Monitoring and Evaluation Officer vacancy

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi

UN World Food Program

Job Description

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


These roles are likely found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs). Job holders are likely to report to the relevant Director or more senior programme post.

Job holders are likely to manage a moderate portfolio of activities that may include contribution to and/or direct management of programmes in COs of moderate complexity, or contribution to policy formulation and provision of technical advice at RB or HQ level for a defined area of expertise. Job holders operate with considerable independence in their specialities and may manage a substantial team of junior professional and support staff


Support monitoring, review, learning and accountability within the region, ensuring that WFP programmes generate quality evidence on outcomes of WFP’s food and cash assistance activities on the lives of beneficiaries to inform operational and strategic decision.

The selected candidate will have a solid understanding of M&E, strong analytical and critical thinking skills and a drive for improvement and excellence. S/he will support COs in developing quality M&E systems that will inform programme. S/he has excellent communication (oral and written), interpersonal and leadership skills and the proven ability to facilitate learning and build good working relationship across disciplines and agencies.



Advanced University degree in Sociology, Social Development, Development Economics, Food Security, Environment, Statistic or Performance Management or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of relevant work experience and/or training/courses.


Experience :

Fluency in both oral and written communication in English essential. Proficiency in a second official WFP language, preferably French is desirable.

At least three years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience public sector management, development projects, emergency assistance, and/or operational aspects of national, bilateral or multilateral food aid or commercial transactions.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Regional M&E officer, the National M&E Officer will be responsible for the following tasks:

Head the M&E unit in the absence of the M&E officer, represent M&E in external and internal regional meetings. Manage junior staff members providing coaching and guidance as required to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance
Promote and foster collaboration with country offices (COs) to strengthen the quality and consistency of monitoring, review and learning activities in the field; coordinate and support the planning and implementation of monitoring systems and reviews of WFP interventions
Review and give technical feedback on CO monitoring plans, log frames, budget and M&E framework for new programmes and budget revisions to ensure that M&E systems are focus on measuring results;
Represent WFP, WFP RBN, and WFP CO (e.g. at regional inter-agency meetings, regional and globale WFP meetings with other NGOs and government agencies) to promote the importance of monitoring, learning and accountability and build partnerships that enhance coordination at the regional and country levels
Train country office colleagues and partners in appropriate monitoring and review techniques including corporate policies, guidelines and tools to build capacity of staff, increase awareness on the importance of monitoring and evaluation and encourage accountability for demonstrating results
Advise and contribute to Country M&E analysis of monitoring data (output, process and outcome) and support the production of reports that inform and provide recommendations to programme; and feed into corporate reports such as standard progress reports (SPRs), Annual Performance Reports (APRs) and donor reports
Support CO in establishing follow-up mechanisms for the implementation of monitoring and evaluation recommendations; track and record the implementation of follow-up actions
Document good practices and lessons learnt, for organizational learning and improvements e.g. when offices adapt new corporate approaches, the process, the experience and the challenges are documented and shared
Support country office in testing and adapting new technologies in monitoting so as to improve efficiency including SMS/ Voice system , online /web-based reporting , corporate systems , etc.



Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives : Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
Be a force for positive change : Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
Make the mission inspiring to our team : Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
Make our mission visible in everyday actions : Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.


Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills : Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
Create an inclusive culture : Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
Be a coach & provide constructive feedback : Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit : Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)


Encourage innovation & creative solutions : Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.
Focus on getting results : Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
Make commitments and make good on commitments : Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
Be Decisive : Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.


Connect and share across WFP units : Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning
Build strong external partnerships : Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships
Be politically agile & adaptable : Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations
Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships : Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.


Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance

Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.

Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher)

Demonstrates the ability to design, implement, monitor and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.

Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.)

Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.

Emergency Programming

Displays ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches

Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government

Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes..


Cultivated sustainable relationships with office colleagues, local NGOs, government authorities, and other implementation partners.

Research experience: collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data using a variety of tools and approaches

Experience in measuring progress on capacity strengthening effort an programme is a strong advantage

Knowledge of and experience of statistic and statistical software (SPSS) is a strong advantage

Knowledge and experience with Theory of Change process and results will be appreciated

Experience in performing monitoring, evaluations and assessments at multiple field locations;

Experience in programme implementation and role of M&E within programme

Familiarity with new technology would be an added advantages;


This vacancy is open to Kenya nationals only.


Deadline for application is 20th June 2018.

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply