Team: Programs | Commitment: Career | Location: Rwanda

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist


CNFA is a US-based nonprofit nongovernmental organization (NGO) that works to stimulate economic growth and improve rural livelihoods by empowering the private sector through five core capabilities: (1) Productivity, Food Security and Nutrition; (2) Input Supply and Farm Services; (3) Economic Resilience and Rapid Recovery; (4) Value Chain Development; and (5) Volunteer Technical Assistance. CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations (FBOs) and strengthened linkages to markets.

Program Description Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze

The primary objective of the Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze activity is to sustainably increase smallholders farmers income, improve nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of the agriculture and food systems to the changing climate.

Position Description

Reporting to the Chief of Party, the M&E Specialist will lead all Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) activities. The M&E Specialist is a senior member of the program technical team. S/he will be responsible for overseeing all daily work and routine data collection related to monitoring, evaluation, and reporting activities of the project, as well as overseeing the formative research, impact assessments, and ongoing learning activities. The M&E Specialist will lead the MEL Unit, which will develop and manage efficient systems that monitor progress and impact and capture, analyze, and share evidence-based results and lessons learned. S/he will ensure both the M&E system and results reporting meet the requirements of the USAID Feed the Future initiative. The M&E Specialist is based in Kigali.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic leadership and operational management of the various MEL components of the program and ensure the completion of all M&E activities;
  • Oversee Senior M&E Officer, M&E Officer, Financial M&E Officer, and Provincial M&E Coordinators;
  • Develop and implement an MEL strategy (i.e. MEL Manual) outlining M&E systems for data collection, targeting and tracking custom and USAID/FTF indicators, knowledge management, impact assessments, learning activities and reporting in compliance with the requirements provided in the Activity contract, USAID regulations and CNFA standards;
  • Work closely with the other technical units to establish and manage a GIS referencing, cloud-based MEL System and ensure data requirements are integrated into project management processes.
  • Plan and conduct routine assessments that track, analyze, and synthesize project data useful for program learning and adaptive management;
  • Through regular review of monitoring data, organize and lead periodic learning days and annual learning summits to enable managers to identify successes and make decisions about adapting activities and approaches to achieve results.
  • Collaborate closely with other technical units to analyze M&E findings, determine any needed adjustments, and identify and disseminate key learning messages/finding to internal and external audiences, including the GoR and wider development community;
  • Engage with senior technical staff on program impact data collection and research opportunities;
  • Utilize critical inputs, feedback, and assessments from external evaluation partners to inform changes in program approaches and scale-up when necessary;
  • Collaborate with the Finance, Operations, and Compliance Unit to develop a system to track and report cost-related data for each program element to reinforce financial and budgetary strategies and allocations during planning periods;
  • Ensure compliance with all USAID, CNFA, and, if/where applicable, host country government reporting requirements;
  • Complete other duties as necessary and assigned by the Chief of Party;
  • Will ensure that these and other program components are results-oriented.


  • Master’s degree required in relevant field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience in a relevant competency area, including statistics, international development, economics or other;
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience working on the monitoring and evaluation team for donor funded projects; USAID-funded program(s) is highly desirable;
  • Experience developing monitoring and evaluation systems;
  • Ability to write concise and clear reports;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate, willingness to innovate and ability to think systematically;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact and communicate with wide range of stakeholders both verbally and in writing;
  • Proven experience in managing multiple and competing tasks while maintaining quality of deliverables within deadlines;
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills in English and Kinyarwanda required.
  • Must be a Rwandan citizen.