Aga Khan Foundation MER Coordinator, Programme Grant Coordinator and Gender Specialist Jobs in Kenya 2013

Aga Khan Foundation (East Africa)
Employment Opportunities
Strengthening Education Systems Project in East Africa (SESEA)
Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private, non-denominational, development agency promoting creative solutions to problems that impede social development. AKF (East Africa) seeks sustainable solutions to long-term problems of poverty, hunger, literacy and health, with a special emphasis on the needs of rural communities in coastal and other resource-poor areas.
AKF(EA) works in five sectors including Health, Education, Early Childhood Development, Rural Development and Civil Society enhancement.
Over the last several years, AKF (EA)’s programmes have evolved and expanded in response to government policies, beneficiary demand and assessment of needs.
In order to optimise AKF (EA)’s efficiency and effectiveness as a development actor in the region, it seeks to support and improve innovations that create viable solutions to community problems that impede development.
AKF (EA) is seeking experienced personnel for the implementation of a complex, multi-partner, regional education project.
The Strengthening Education Systems in East Africa (SESEA) is a five year project co-funded by CIDA and AKF that aims to sustainably improve learning outcomes, with a particular focus on literacy and numeracy, for pre-primary and primary students in selected areas of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
The project components include 
a) professional development of educators,
b) strengthening institutions and education support systems and
c) enhancement of evidence based knowledge for policy dialogue.
AKF is inviting applications for the following exciting positions based at its Regional Office in Nairobi with frequent travel in the region to work with implementing partners.
 
1. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (MER) Coordinator
The position will report to the Programme Director.
The MER Coordinator will oversee the design and implementation of the project’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting systems in partnership with AKDN implementing agencies. Specifically, the MER Coordinator will;
  • Develop the Project Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Framework and set up project monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Coordinate the implementation of project baseline, mid-line and end-line for each assessment by a reputable organisation.
  • Assist the Programme Director and the Programme Grant Coordinator in the implementation of the project research and learning agenda.
  • Carry out quality assurance of the project activities including regular field monitoring and supervision.
  • Provide remote and on-site technical support to project implementing partners.
  • Prepare regional M&E progress reports for the project.
  • Coordinate project M&E and reporting activities among all relevant agencies.
  • Assist in the identification and recruitment of relevant MER technical experts.
  • Liaise with other relevant AKF/AKDN personnel on MER related issues as necessary.
Required Qualifications and Experience
  • Graduate degree in a relevant discipline, such as education, international development, or the social sciences.
  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant practical experience designing and implementing M&E systems in a development context, preferably in the education sector.
  • Knowledge and experience of results-based monitoring and evaluation with particular attention to assessing gender equality results
  • Planning implementation of M&E systems
  • Experience in M&E development, implementation, Information analysis and reporting
  • Proven experience with results-based management and associated tools, donor requirements and reporting processes
  • Proven experience working with NGOs and government agencies, and with donor-funded projects
  • Ability to meet strict reporting deadlines
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English and excellent analytical, organisational, interpersonal and problem-solving skills
 2. Programme Grant Coordinator
The Position will report to the Programme Director. The Programme Grant Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring the project meets AKF and donor requirements and will also lead the preparation of accurate, high quality and timely reporting.
The incumbent will work closely with various agencies.
Specifically, the Programme Grant Coordinator will:
  • Coordinate the development of project annual planning and reporting processes.
  • Provide analysis, synthesize and articulate the lessons, challenges, and risks emerging from the project, and feed these back into project planning and implementation.
  • Develop and coordinate the implementation of a Communication Strategy for the project with partners.
  • Work with field implementing partners, to draft, consolidate and edit project reports, annual work plans, briefs, communications pieces and other relevant documents.
  • Assist in the creation and support of the project learning agenda to inform and improve policy and practices in education, both nationally and within the region.
  • Work with the Finance Officer to ensure accurate and timely reporting.
Required Qualifications and Experience
  • Graduate degree in a relevant discipline, such as international development, economics, education, or the social sciences
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant experience in results-based management, grant management, financial management, donor requirements and reporting processes
  • Relevant practical experience in a development context, preferably in the education sector
  • Familiarity/experience with development issues in East Africa and the education sector
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills and an ability to work under pressure with multiple tasks, demands and deadlines
  • Proven ability to meet strict reporting deadlines and to produce results
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English and superb analytical, organizational, interpersonal, negotiation and problem-solving skills
3. Gender Specialist
The Gender Specialist will report to the Programme Director and will serve as a technical advisor for the project, providing targeted expertise to ensure that gender as a cross-cutting theme is considered and addressed throughout the project implementation.
The incumbent will ensure that AKDN implementing partners are empowered to effectively engage in policy dialogue relevant to gender equality in the education sector and will assist partners to develop and implement detailed, country-specific gender action plans.
The Incumbent will also strengthen the capacity of AKDN implementing agencies, identifying specific opportunities for improving and mainstreaming gender equality through project activities.
In collaboration with AKF and partners, the Gender Specialist will support the project’s integration of gender into its activities, including monitoring and evaluation tools.
The main tasks will include:
  • Provide analysis on gender equality issues, synthesize and articulate the lessons, challenges, and risks related to gender, and apply these to on-going project planning and implementation.
  • Analyse current policies and practices within the education systems to identify existing barriers that inhibit equal access to education and provide practical recommendations to address these barriers within the project scope.
  • Work with the team to review and integrate gender equality issues within all project planning, MER systems, project implementation and reporting.
  • Assist to identify specific activities to integrate gender, and provide support for their implementation, including identification and supervision of gender consultants.
  • Provide training, supplementary learning materials, and technical assistance to staff and partners to build their understanding of gender and education systems.
  • Provide support to strengthen the capacity of implementing agencies to ensure that pedagogical practices, teaching/learning materials, classroom environments, education management, teacher training programs and community/parent committees are gender sensitive.
  • Work with project team and implementing partners to ensure that the Research and Learning Agenda integrates gender equality issues.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
The Gender Specialist should meet the following criteria in terms of qualifications, technical competencies, and experience:
  • Graduate degree in a relevant discipline, such as gender, education, or the social sciences
  • Minimum of 7 years relevant, practical experience in a developing country context, with at least three years of experience applying gender analysis to implementation of education development projects
  • Experience working with NGOs and government agencies, and with donor-funded projects
  • Experience in conducting gender analyses and implementing gender equality activities in international development projects, particularly in the education sector
  • Knowledge and experience of results-based monitoring and evaluation with particular attention to assessing gender equality results
  • Proven ability to meet strict reporting deadlines and produce results
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English and superb analytical, organizational, interpersonal, negotiation and problem-solving skills
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, CV and the names and contact information of three professional referees by 22nd February, 2013 to the Regional Human Resource Manager, Aga Khan Foundation, East Africa, via e-mail to. recruitment-akfea@akdn.org.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
The Aga Khan Foundation is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (www.akdn.org).



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