Monitoring officer (M/F)

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Job type: Full-time position
Contract duration: 2 years
Salary: Competitive based on skills and experience
Location: Blantyre / Mulanje / Thyolo

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) are looking for an experienced, gender-sensitive and self-motivated Monitoring Officer to work as part of a small team on the development and implementation of a nutrition project that seeks
to improve availability and consumption of nutritious foods among workers and their families. We are looking for someone with excellent project monitoring skills, stakeholder engagement skills gained through supporting rural communities on nutrition, natural resource management, food security, and/or gender equality.

The Global Alliance for improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) have worked in the tea communities supporting nutrition for estate workers and surrounding small holder farmers, initially, as part of the Malawi Tea 2020 program and now as the project
entitled Healthier Diets for everyone in tea communities. This global sector-wide nutrition project runs in India, Kenya and Malawi until 2022.

Overall, the project aims to reach 800,000 people (farmers, workers and their household members) with about 180,000 of these beneficiaries planned for Malawi. Tea communities worldwide are affected by both undernutrition and overweight. In Malawi, 34% of women aged
15-49 years in tea regions are anemic, 7% of women aged 15-49 years in tea regions are underweight whereas 22% of women aged 15-49 years in tea regions are overweight. It is hoped that this program will help contribute to addressing these issues.

Ultimately, the program aims to improve availability and consumption of nutritious foods among workers and their families. It is further believed that the program will generate increased knowledge of the importance of health diets and be able to reach 80% percent of
the estate workers with fortified maize flour in their estate-provided meals, and through support for home gardens in surrounding tea farming communities. It is hoped that at the end of the program, there will be improved consumption of nutritious and fortified foods among the tea communities in Malawi both within estates and among small holder farmers.

The project on the estates includes maize flour fortification for midday meals, sensitization of management and education of workers on the importance of nutrition and healthy diets, including fortified foods. The project with the smallholder trusts includes building skills and
knowledge on food production, in home gardens (vegetables) as well as in the fields (rain-fed bio-fortified crops), as well as education on the importance of nutrition and healthy diets.

There is a need for a programme officer to support the monitoring activities on the estates and in the surrounding communities. The work on the estates is managed by GAIN in collaboration with TAML (Tea Association of Malawi) while the work in the communities is managed by ETP.

Job Purpose
The objective of the Monitoring Officer is to ensure regular and reliable monitoring data to inform the progress of the program for any necessary course correction and for regular reporting. It is anticipated that the monitoring data will be collected on a digital platform
(via a smartphone) and include indicators as per the results framework in the attached Annex. The monitoring officer will be responsible for:

Fine-tuning the monitoring system including any adjustments to monitoring forms as needed.
Training all relevant stakeholders on the monitoring system (forms, timeframe,quality control, reporting, interpretation, use and justification)
Ensure the smooth operation of the monitoring system by all users
Input data from monitoring forms on an online platform (as communicated by GAIN)
Routinely track and interpret data for internal reporting and tracking
Collection of case studies and support the facilitation of comms asset gathering
Facilitate the use of the data by project staff for regular project improvements
Ensure close collaboration with the nutrition network at the district council
Person specification

Qualifications and Experience

A minimum of a Degree in Economics, Agriculture, Social Sciences, Rural Development and other related fields.)
At least 5 years’ proven experience in monitoring and evaluation or performance assessments
Experience designing and overseeing M&E data collection and reporting for nutrition agriculture/food security projects.
Practical experience and understanding of data analysis in operating relevant statistical computer programmes, such as EPI INFO, SPSS or STATA:
Specialized training in M&E and practical exposure to learning and knowledge management approaches and methodologies

Key competences

Displays cultural sensitivity, adaptability and result focus
Strong knowledge of project planning, management and monitoring:
Solid professional experience in monitoring and negotiation with institutional partners both national and international
Good knowledge of statistical instruments adapted to the context of rural development projects
Communicates clearly and convincingly; demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills:
Empowers project beneficiaries to address their development needs; directs partners towards available tools and promotes an open atmosphere of mutual feedback and support; and
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Software

Closing date for application: 28th May 2021

Please send applications to: [email protected] / [email protected] and [email protected]

The application should contain:
– Curriculum Vitae – max 3 pages
– Covering letter describing your suitability for this role and why you want to work for ETP-GAIN – max 2 pages

We regret that non-adherence to the above-mentioned page limitations will automatically disqualify you.

Interviews are expected to be held towards the end of May in Blantyre, Malawi, and virtually.

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