Call for Applications for the position of a POTATO Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist – Cameroon
IITA Cameroon is seeking to recruit a dynamic and experienced Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist with solid problem-solving skills, ability to work well in a team environment, excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to work under minimal supervision for International Potato Center (CIP).
The International Potato Center (CIP) was founded in 1971 as a research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweet potato and andean roots and tubers. It delivers innovative science-based solutions to enhance access to affordable nutritious food, foster inclusive sustainable business and employment growth, and drive the climate resilience of root and tuber agri-food systems. Headquartered in Lima, Peru, CIP has a research presence in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
A - Duties
The Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Specialist will be responsible for coordinating the monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and knowledge sharing in the North-West, West, and Adamawa regions, Cameroon. The position will be based in Yaoundé with frequent travel to the field.
The MEL Specialist will report to the Principal Investigator (PI) of the project based in Yaoundé. The Potato MEL Specialist will (i) update and implement an M&E system; (ii) coordinate three-level training (Training-of-trainers, Farmer-Field Schools, and Farmer-Run Field Schools) in the three project regions; and (iii) manage the knowledge sharing and communication.
- Develop and update appropriate tools for the overall project M&E;
- Implement the M&E plan in close collaboration with the partners, including the GIZ-ProCISA M&E team and participating training centers;
- Collect and analyze progress data against baseline situation and of performance indicator targets through monitoring surveys of a carefully selected panel of farmers to closely document changes in productivity and gross margin;
- Collect and process training-related data across the project areas: training of trainers (ToT), Farmer Field Schools (FFS) and Farmer-Run Field Schools (FRFS);
- Train project partners on the M&E system, in particular the use of data forms and reporting formats, and provide ongoing coaching support through regular site monitoring visits for quality control and timely problem solving;
- Undertake profitability studies;
- Develop business models;
- Liaise with project regional teams and implementing partners to document and report qualitative and quantitative data to measure gendered and youth-driven impacts;
- Participate in internal and external M&E and training meetings and other project-related activities;
- Document the adoption of good agricultural practices and other cross-cutting themes;
- Document the lessons learned and implementation issues;
- Support fieldwork of consultants and students for M&E related studies, including updating the national potato strategy;
- Develop and maintain good working relationships with stakeholders;
- Write various project documents: proposals, reports, publications, etc;
- Coordinate the development of training tools and other knowledge sharing and communication materials; and
- Perform any other duty as assigned by the Project Coordinator.
B – Qualification
- Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Applied Economics, Monitoring and Evaluation, or related field;
- Degree in other social sciences with strong quantitative skills is also considered
- Additional training in M&E methodologies and quantitative and qualitative assessment methods is an asset.
- At least 6 years of professional experience
- Minimum of two years’ experience working in a related position in an international research or development organization
- Direct experience in designing and implementing project M&E systems from project initiation to closeout stages;
- M&E experience with GIZ projects is an asset
- Very strong skills in statistical analysis, sampling methodology, and data collection and analysis;
- Good computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Statistical analysis software, Web browsers, Smart-phone applications);
- Advanced written and oral communication skills in English and French; and
- Willingness to travel frequently and spend considerable time working under field conditions in rural areas of Cameroon.
C – Why should you consider this opportunity?
- CIP is a global and reputable international organization that has a strong, state-of-the-art R&D background.
- CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improving nutrition and well-being, and gender equity for poor people in roots, tubers farming and food systems in the developing world.
- CIP is a member of the CGIAR, a network of 15 research centers that are mostly located in developing countries and supported by more than 50 donor members.
D – What are the conditions?
The position is Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position limited to Cameroon Nationals and permanent residents only who are ready to start the job immediately. The employment contract will be for a one-year term (with a 4-month probation period) and the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
E – How to apply?
The application file shall include the following documents:
- a completed online application form; kindly fill the form in addition to sending your application file available on https://forms.gle/ybL8gim7C6jHEzmbA
- a detailed curriculum vitae NOT exceeding three pages (written in English);
- a letter of motivation written in French (MAXIMUM of two pages; including the full names of the candidate, his/her full address, phone number, and email address);
- a copy of the national identity card;
- a copy of the highest academic credential (degree); and
- a list of three academic and/or professional referees including their contacts (one of them must be a current or former supervisor of the candidate).
Applications shall be addressed (e-mail attachments ONLY), latest by March 25th, 2022 to:
The Resident Representative
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Cameroon
P.O. Box 2008 Yaoundé (Messa) Tel : 222237434 ; (+237) 699319747
Email: IITACA-HRS@cgiar.org with a copy to D.Motchum@cgiar.org
Application to the position of: Potato M&E and Learning Specialist, Cameroon
Only applications received in French or in English from candidates who have filled the online form will be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Learn more about CIP by accessing our web site at http://www.cipotato.org
CIP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.
CIP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). CIP also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.