Research Associate Job in Kenya 2021
Career Employment Kenya: Research Associate Job in Kenya 2021
Job Description: Today Work Kenya

date: August 10, 2021 

The International Potato Center (CIP) is a research-for-development
organization that 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. CIP is present in 15 African countries supporting potato and
sweetpotato. For more than two decades in Kenya, CIP has been a vibrant member
of the potato community, working with the National and County Governments,
Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO), Kenya Plant
Health Inspectorate (KEPHIS), development partners, humanitarian organisations
and the private sector.

CIP is seeking a Monitoring and Evaluation specializing in USAID projects
for the anticipated Accelerated Institutional and Food System Development
(AIFSD) project. The project aims to improve the livelihoods of farmers in
Bungoma and Taita Taveta counties through developing the potato value chain.
Main focus areas are to improve performance of farmer producer organizations to
support farmers to equitably engage in the value chain, support certified seed
production and develop institutional capacities.

The Position: The M&E Research Associate will be
based in Nairobi with frequent travel to Bungoma and Taita Taveta counties and
will report to the Potato Value Chain Manager.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support
    the implementation of the AIFSD (potato value chain component) monitoring
    and evaluation plan.
  • Support in
    the design and implementation of M&E frameworks through Annual
    Monitoring and Evaluation Plan.
  • Lead in
    the preparation of data collection tools for continuous monitoring.
  • Develop a
    continuous monitoring plan to track indicators and project performance.
  • Develop
    and lead baseline, midterm and endline studies – including preparing
    surveys, training, and supervising surveys.
  • Prepare
    baseline, midterm and endline reports as per the surveys.
  • Prepare
    outcome-based reports based on continuous and annual survey monitoring.
  • Report on
    all monitoring activities for biweekly and quarterly reports, and any
    other reporting as necessary
  • Support
    Field Monitoring visits by providing briefs on project performance.
  • Support
    development of project success and outcome briefs based on results from
  • Train
    project partners on the implementation of the monitoring 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.
  • Participate
    in AIFSD project meetings were necessary.
  • Carry out
    M&E and survey data analysis and reporting writing in English.
  • Any other
    duty as will be assigned by the supervisor.

Selection Criteria

  • Master’s
    degree in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics,
    Monitoring and Evaluation, or related field. Master’s degree in other
    social science with strong monitoring skills will be considered.
  • Minimum of
    6 years’ experience working in M&E, of which 3 years under USAID
  • Solid
    understanding of USAID-Feed the Future monitoring plan and indicators.
  • Direct
    experience in designing and implementing project M&E plans from
    project initiation to closeout stages.
  • Strong
    skills in statistical analysis, sampling methodology, and data collection
    and analysis.
  • Experience
    on the use of FTMS or DIS reporting systems is highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated
    ability in the use of online data collection software such as ODK, CSPro, Survey
    Solution and MEASURE.
  • Proficiency
    in use of data analytics packages such as STATA, SPSS and Advanced
    Microsoft excel.
  • Ability to
    serve as the project liaison person for diverse implementing partners.
  • Willingness
    to spend considerable time working under field conditions in rural Kenya.
  • Fluent in
  • Advanced
    written and oral communication skills in English.

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, improved nutrition and well-being,
    and gender equality for poor people in root and tuber farming and food
    systems of the developing world.
  • CIP is a
    member of the CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food secure
    future dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition
    security, and improving natural resources.

What are we offering?

  • Excellent
    working environment.
  • Generous
    compensation package commensurate with experience.
  • One (1)
    year term contract with possibility of renewal
  • Work in an
    equal and diverse workplace.

What are the conditions?

This is a mid-level Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position limited to
Kenya nationals and permanent residents only. The employment contract will be for one (1) year (with
a 3-month probation period). Any
offer made with regards to this vacancy is conditional to the formal award of
the afore-mentioned grant.

How to Apply

Visit the following
link: and submit your
cover letter and a full C.V. with your references. Screening of applications
will begin on August
10, 2021
 and will continue until the post is filled. Only
short-listed candidates will be contacted.

This position WILL NOT
have contact with children or vulnerable adults.

Learn more about CIP by
accessing our web site at

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.