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ILRI Hiring Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist

ILRI Hiring Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist

ILRI Hiring Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist

  •  Apr 09, 2024
  •  Nairobi, Kenya
  •  Full-time
  •  WorldFish

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) on behalf of Worldfish seeks to recruit a highly motivated Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist for the Climate-Resilient Aquaculture Systems for Africa (CASA) project.

ILRI works to improve food security and nutrition and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe, and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 11 CGIAR research centers dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, ILRI has regional or country offices and projects in East, South, and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern, and West Africa.

WorldFish is an international, nonprofit research and innovation institution that creates, advances and translates aquatic food systems science into scalable solutions. For more information, please visit


The Climate-Resilient Aquaculture Systems for Africa (CASA) project is a five-year project that will be implemented in Kenya. The purpose of the project is to reduce poverty, improve food and nutrition security, and improve adaptive capacity to climate change by strengthening the sustainable development of aquaculture systems in Kenya.

By the end of the project, it is expected that over 5 million people in Kenya will obtain increased food and nutrition security; over 5,000 fish farmers and processors will have higher incomes and productivity; and over 6,000 new jobs will have been created across aquaculture value chains in Kenya.

The intended change at the beneficiary level includes direct increases in income (over 50% for the average farmer-beneficiary). At the institutional level, significant improvements in local capacity to sustainably grow aquaculture production and address challenges are expected to emerge; and at the policy level, new or updated policies and increased investments in aquaculture by policymakers are expected.

Key Responsibilities  

The MEL Specialist will be supporting the development, review, and implementation of a robust Monitoring, Evaluation, and learning framework and tools to facilitate measurement of the progress of the project and enhance their compliance with donors’ requirements and best practices to achieve efficiency and accountability. S/He will be responsible for the effective execution of the project’s MEL plan and ensure the creation of robust data collection and management procedures across the project. The MEL Specialist will work closely with the WorldFish HQ MEL & Data team to ensure integration with the institutional MEL processes, policies, and best practices while guaranteeing that the data collected follows the highest standards and ethics. S/he will be responsible for preparing and reviewing project MEL reports and providing the required data for submission to the donor. The MEL Specialist will also help identify, analyze, and synthesize lessons learned from project implementation and facilitate internal and external knowledge sharing through collaborations, learning, and adaptation activities. This position will be based in Kenya and will report directly to the Project Leader.


  • Design, implement, and oversee the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) system for the project and ensure it is aligned with established Result Management (RBM) and Knowledge Sharing (KS) standards and processes.
  • Develop a detailed MEL Plan to track delivery against program targets, outcomes, and impacts, including clearly defined objectives, indicators, learning mechanisms, and the implementation of appropriate MEL procedures.
  • Monitor performance indicators results as identified in the results framework in a timely manner and provide regular key recommendations to project leadership to facilitate informed decision-making and knowledge sharing.
  • Facilitate stakeholders’ meetings to review the project’s theory of change, produce evidence, and capture and share lessons and contribute throughout the project’s lifecycle.
  • Review and enhance the results framework and support the development of a result-based yearly work plan consultation with the Project Leader, relevant partners, and stakeholders reflecting the Adaptive Management principles.
  • Oversee data management activities, including collection processes, data quality assessments, data cleaning, interpretation, and visualization, and adjusting processes as needed.
  • Work across teams and undertake such other duties appropriate to the grade and the character of the work, as may be reasonably expected.
  • Attend regular project meetings as required.



  • Master’s or PhD degree, preferably in Agricultural Economics/ Economics/ Sociology/ Social Development Studies/Statistics.
  • At least 5 years working experience in the area of MEL activities, survey design and report preparation.
  • Relevant experience in developing and supporting monitoring and evaluation methods and management information systems in relevant sectors.
  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to make presentations and represent WorldFish with a variety of audiences.
  • Sound technical knowledge on MEL, aquaculture/fisheries and or agriculture, extension, training, and dissemination.
  • Possesses a good understanding of data management, particularly an understanding of statistics as it relates to MEL.
  • Capable of managing activities including project planning, implementation and donor reporting.
  • Ability to think clearly and analytically, setting priorities, meeting deadlines, solving problems, and making decisions.
  • Strong in essential computer software/packages like MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, SPSS or STATA software.
  • Ability to manage projects, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities.
  • Excellent proficiency of spoken and written English with strong writing skills.
  • Possesses strong publication track records.
  • Proven ability to integrate, inspire and develop multidisciplinary teams and manage talent, with strong commitment to promote diversity, knowledge sharing and staff development.
  • Ability to effectively communicate a common vision to diverse internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills and ability to work collaboratively with people at all levels in a decentralized, respectful, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as an agent of change, in order to build a unified CGIAR culture and dynamic, integrated and agile organization.
  • Uphold the highest ethical standards by inspiring trust and treat all people with respect and     personal integrity.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision with a positive and constructive attitude.
  • Hard-working with good physical fitness and having the ability of frequent field visits.
  • Proven ability to successfully work in a multi-disciplinary team of national and international partners.


Post location: This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

This position is at job level HG  16 and it is only open to Kenyan nationals. The position is a 3 year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes pension, medical and other insurance.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the role, and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab above on or 9th April 2024. The position title and reference number REF: WF-MEL/2236/2024 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

To find out more about ILRI visit our websites at

 ILRI is an equal-opportunity employer.


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