Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager – Kenya Primary Literacy Programme at Education Development Center (EDC) – May 2024

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager – Kenya Primary Literacy Programme

  • The KPLP Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager will work closely with the MEL Specialist to develop and deploy a program monitoring system. Additionally, they will collaborate with technical staff and the MEL Assistants at the regional level to collect monitoring data. They will support the work of the MEL Specialist and will support the preparation of quarterly and annual reports, as well as the development and preparation of evaluations and learning activities. This position will report to the MEL Specialist, and will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.

The MEL Manager responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the design of the monitoring and evaluation tools and instruments;
  • Assist in the development of the evaluation design, tools, protocols and procedures;
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation data collection activities, including logistics of form distribution and collection;
  • Oversee data processing, including data transfer, entry, verification and cleaning;
  • Ensure forms are filed according to compliance protocols;
  • Oversee and provide support to MEL activities of subpartners and grantees;
  • Build the MEL capacity of subpartners and grantees, if needed;
  • Train data collection and other MEL staff as needed;
  • Support disaggregation of data as required for programme indicators. Ensure that all data is disaggregated by gender and other required disaggregation where appropriate.
  • Conduct data quality assurance checks;
  • Oversee MEL database setup and management;
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative data analyses;
  • Generate data reports in compliance with USAID procedures and agreements in the award;
  • Participate in preparation of evaluation reports;
  • Contribute to and lead when requested in the development of the quarterly, annual and other technical reports as required and in alignment with USAID requirements.
  • Ensure effective communication and collaboration between M&E team, GoK counterparts, project staff, partner teams and home office;
  • Prepare communications for stakeholders based on M&E data;
  • Mentor and build the capacity of junior M&E staff;
  • Provide other management and support as needed.


The candidate for the position of MEL Manager shall have at a minimum the following qualifications:


  • Master’s degree in statistics, monitoring and evaluation, social sciences, or a related field.

Skills and Experience:

  • 7 to 8 years of progressively responsible and directly relevant experience in supporting MEL in developing countries, especially aspects of performance management and reporting.
  • Experience in successfully supporting the MEL of large-scale national reading programs in a developing country, preferably in Kenya or East Africa, is highly desired.
  • Proficient in data management and reporting systems.
  • Experience in designing and maintaining databases ensuring data quality and integrity.
  • Demonstrated exemplary technical, communication, and interpersonal skills to ensure internal coherence among diverse team members.
  • Ability to write, communicate, and prepare reports clearly in English.
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills in Kiswahili.


  • Fluency in oral and written English and Kiswahili is required.


  • Applicants must be Kenyan nationals or hold current work authorization.

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