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Kenya PMEL - Team Leader

Abt Associates

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KES Confidential
5 days ago

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Job Description/Requirements

Programme Overview:

The FCDO Kenya Portfolio Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (PMEL) project will support FCDO Kenya, by working with UK-funded projects, staff, and partners to deliver work in three areas:

Overall: To provide a core PMEL service to all teams and programmes across the UK Aid Kenya portfolio, through technical support, assessments, capacity building, and research, evaluation and learning.

Programme monitoring support - programme monitoring data that is more relevant, valid and reliable, increasing assurance and accountability to the taxpayer, and enabling learning and improvement on programme delivery. Independent, evaluative programme evidence - including beyond and across programmes, that allows us to spend in the most efficient, effective and impactful areas in current and future programming. Strategic evidence and learning - at the strategic and portfolio level, including in non-programme areas, which directly informs decision-making and adaptations to our approaches across BHC Nairobi.

The work will deliver the following outcomes and impact for FCDO:


Accountability: Better accountability on the use of FCDO Kenya resources; better control, identification and management of risk. Learning: Insights to inform programme and policy design and adaptation, strategic direction, country planning, forecasting and budgeting.

Impact: FCDO Kenya’s approach is grounded in evidence, maximising impact and VFM. 

Core Responsibilities:

The Team Lead will:

Hold responsibility for the management and quality of programme deliverables Manage strategic relationships with key stakeholders, including, but not limited to: FCDO Kenya, Government of Kenya, other partners, Kenyan Universities, and Kenyan think tanks, through periodic strategic meetings Provide technical leadership in the implementation of the programme through the management of the technical team Performance management of the Nairobi-based team Take part in periodic reviews of the programme, to ensure continual improvement across its lifetime Lead or oversee the writing of key technical quarterly, and annual reports  Demonstrate experience in and support flexible, adaptive programming 

Core Requirements:

This role is based and operating in Kenya. This role is open to Kenyan Nationals, as well as regional Nationals, who have a minimum of 10 - 15 years experience in the requirements listed below:

Engagement in donor-funded programmes in Kenya, preferably with FCDO/DFID  Experience working with the Government of Kenya Proven experience of being either Deputy Team Leader or Team Leader on previous donor-funded programmes (preferably FCDO/DFID), leading multiple and complex MEL programmes/projects, or major functions as part of wider M&E programmes/projects, with at least 15+ technical MEL with management experience. Internationally recognised MEL expert in their field with exceptional knowledge of the subject area and extensive sectoral and / or regional expertise. Will have outstanding capabilities to conceptualise, design, and deliver complex interventions in a timely fashion.  Experience overseeing monitoring data assurance and/or audit activities (including verification site visits, data management and QA, VfM assessment)  Experience of designing, evaluating and adapting theories of change, log-frames and results frameworks  Experience of evaluating FCDO donor-funded programme portfolios, programmes, projects, using quantitative and qualitative methods  Experience of using evidence in learning and adaptive management  Understanding the key issues in economic growth, governance, human development, inclusion, sustainability in Kenya Understanding of approaches to measuring diplomacy, influence and soft power and/or innovation & tech. (desirable) Excellent soft skills including: communication, facilitation ad relationship management skills  At least a master’s degree in a relevant area.

What We Value:

Delivers Results; Builds Internal and External Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty; Develops People; Communicates; Sets Vision and Direction; Demonstrates Sound Financial and Business-Related Practices; Builds Teams and Cooperation; Promotes Technical Excellence and Quality; Promotes Diversity; and Acts as a Role Model

What We Offer:

Abt Global values individuality and celebrates difference with a strong commitment to diversity, equality, racial equity and inclusion; we encourage applications from diverse backgrounds perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.

We are deeply committed to safeguarding, to protect and prevent harm and abuse to individuals we work for and who work for us. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. We will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, child abuse, sexual abuse or exploitation in any form, and expect everyone to be treated with respect and dignity. 

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