Scientist : MLE Specialist

5 - 7 Years
Hyderabad

Job Description

ICRISAT seeks applications for the position of Scientist - MLE Specialist. The position is based in Nairobi, Kenya.Responsibilities:
Provide a strong foundation for tracking the implementation of activities and achievements of deliverables in TL-III, HOPE II, AVISA, CRP-GLDC and Theme Seed Systems.
Develop, refine and operationalize dynamic Project Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (PMEAL) tool in consultation with project team and management.
Document project progress for review by the donor and the broader public to ensure proper monitoring of the project through the PMEAL process.
Identify risks in the process of project implementation and periodically suggest ways of mitigation for further discussion with project management and the donor
Establish and implement a gender monitoring system capable of reporting on gender empowerment and female participation in decision-making that is compatible with the CGIARs gender monitoring system for legume crops
Track project outputs, intermediate outcomes and primary outcomes as a basis for reporting impact metrics
Review project key performance indicators and means of assessment against these indicators and the ideas identified and selected for implementation
With the Gender Scientist, establish a gender monitoring system module linked to the PMEAL capable of reporting on gender empowerment and female participation in decision-making in line with the CGIARs CRP GLDC gender monitoring system
Review project key performance indicators and means of assessment against these indicators and the ideas identified and selected for implementation
With the Gender Scientist, establish a gender monitoring system module linked to the PMEAL capable of reporting on gender empowerment and female participation in decision-making in line with the CGIARs CRP GLDC gender monitoring system
Track TL-III/HOPEII/AVISA/GLDC data collection across all objectives and countries
Track implementation of project milestones, outputs and outcomes in the target countries
Track development and implementation of Program Improvement Plans of the Breeding Program Assessment Tool (BPAT) in the NARS breeding programs
Track the establishment in Regional Crop Improvement Hubs (RCIHs) and implementation of breeding modernization
Establish and maintain of PMEAL database on ICRISATs MEASURE digital platform
Maintain an internal communication mechanism through monthly distribution of MLE updates to the project coordinator
Collate annual project reports from respective partners and compile the overall global annual project reports for onward submission to the donor
Support socioeconomics research work at ICRISAT in designing data collection tools, training partners in data collection and supporting the unit in database management
Conduct advanced adoption and impact assessment analysis of ICRISAT technologies and/or interventions using econometric models in standard statistical softwares (SPSS and STATA)
Present research findings in international workshops and conferences
Publishing research findings in peer reviewed journals
Participate in fundraising initiatives of ICRISAT

Requirements:
PhD in Agricultural Economics, Operational Research, Statistics, Development Studies or related discipline. Experience in MLE at a busy institution will be an added advantage
Competencies:
Experience in monitoring and evaluating development programs with a good understanding of Sub-Saharan Africa development context, with an aptitude for technical report writing and good understanding of PMEAL Systems and Frameworks.
Very strong analytical skills, with expert knowledge of standard statistical software packages (SPSS and STATA)
Excellent writing skills and the ability to document clearly and succinctly for internal and external audiences
Strong organizational skills, client orientation and communication skills, and an ability to work effectively in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams
Skills and experience in general monitoring and evaluation tools of (e.g.: Knowledge Practice Coverage Quality Assurance Sampling and qualitative research) and statistical software packages such as SPSS and STATA
Specific experience in monitoring and evaluation tools of BMGF funded projects (Results Framework and Tracker and Global Monitoring Framework) will be an added advantage
Thorough familiarity with principles and current approaches to monitoring, learning and evaluation of development programs using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Demonstrated ability for performance measurements (indicator selection; quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methodologies; database management etc.)
Excellent communications and report writing skills in English.
Flexibility for frequent travel out of the duty stationAbility to work with a wide range of stakeholders as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural environment
Knowledge of statistical tools and big data management
Excellent interpersonal skills
Good publication record, as evidenced by research papers in refereed journals.
Ability and willingness to participate in field work and travel extensively

Key Performance Indicators:
Dynamic PMEAL tools developed and refined for the projects
Project databases developed and maintained;
Efficient gender monitoring system established and integrated within ICRISAT projects;
Project performance indicators developed and tracked
Implementation of BPAT in both RCIHs and NARS tracked
Implementation of project milestones tracked
Timely submission of high quality project specific donor reports

General:
This is an Internationally Recruited Staff [IRS] position initially for 3 Years, and extendable depending on performance of the incumbent and the institutes continuing need for the position.
How to apply:
Applicants should apply on or before 16 August, 2019; with a letter of motivation, latest curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about their professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged; however only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer

Salary: Not Disclosed by Recruiter

Industry:Agriculture / Dairy

Functional Area:Medical, Healthcare, R&D, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology

Role Category:R&D

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INTERNATIONAL CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR THE SEM I ARID TROPICS (ICRISAT)

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is a non-profit, non-confessional and non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. Covering 6.5 million square kilometers of land in 55 countries, the semi-arid tropics is home to over 2 billion people, with 650 million of these being the poorest of the poor. ICRISAT and its partners help empower those living in the semi-arid tropics, especially smallholder farmers, to overcome poverty, hunger, malnutrition and a degraded environment through more efficient and profitable agriculture. ICRISAT, established in 1972, and is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, visit www.icrisat.org.
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