Monitoring & Evaluation Junior Officer

  • Africa Programs
  • Kigoma, Tanzania, United Republic of

Monitoring & Evaluation Junior Officer

Job description

About the Jane Goodall Institute 

Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) USA is an international non-governmental organization that continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering work on chimpanzee ecology and behavior.  Its mission is to promote wildlife conservation, in particular chimpanzee sustainability, through research, education, and community conservation.  The breadth of JGI’s mission reflects Dr. Goodall’s personal philosophy that the survival of all species, whether chimpanzee or human, depends upon the collaboration of all people.  In 2012, JGI formally adopted an ambitious 30-year goal to protect 85% of Africa’s wild chimpanzee populations in their natural habitats.  In reaching this goal, JGI will capitalize on its considerable strengths and experience gained from working throughout the chimpanzee range, which includes more than 50 years of chimpanzee behavioral research at the Gombe Stream Research Center; 20 years of developing people-and community-centered conservation strategies; impressive expertise in the use of geospatial technology to innovatively map and monitor human and chimpanzee use of forest resources; and a global environmental and humanitarian youth program—Roots & Shoots. 


Under its Department of Africa Programs (AP), JGI USA implements community-based conservation activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Uganda.  Our Africa Programs partners include, but are not limited to, Arcus Foundation, Disney Conservation Fund, J.P. Fletcher Foundation, USAID, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS), and a strong individual donor base.

The USAID-funded Landscape Conservation in Western Tanzania Project intends to strengthen landscape-scale conservation in the western geographical landscape of Tanzania.  This will be achieved by developing a strategic landscape approach and building upon USAID’s previous and continued support to natural resource management and conservation in Western Tanzania.  This is a five-year funded cooperative agreement under USAID.


Position Summary

The Jane Goodall Institute is currently recruiting for a Monitoring & Evaluation Junior Officer for a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) grant in Kigoma, Tanzania, focused on strengthening landscape-scale conservation in the western geographical landscape of Tanzania. 


The Monitoring & Evaluation Junior Officer will be a member of the JGI Tanzania who will provide technical expertise in: general Program monitoring, reporting on indicators for measuring Program overall performance and recording progress towards set goals/objectives. He/she will also play an integral role in implementing and updating Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) and Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) plans. The role will be responsible for data collection, verification and reporting. He/she will support the implementation of the adaptive management best practices and work closely with Monitoring and Evaluation Officer to guide Project team through the process of learning from and making programmatic decisions based on the results of monitoring and evaluation data. 


Essential Functions:

Main responsibilities will include, but not limited to:

  • Provide broad support on implementation of MEL and CLA plans;
  • Support systematic reviews and updates of MEL and CLA plans;
  • Ensure accurate and consistent data collection, verification and storage meeting all USAID requirements;
  • Support development of accurate quarterly reports meeting all USAID requirements;
  • Visualize qualitative and quantitative M&E data to create high quality annual project reports and other communication materials to meet the needs of multiple external and internal audiences;
  • Formulate and prepare M&E performance reports to support project learning and decision making;
  • Maintain CLA learning agenda for the project;
  • Facilitate innovative project learning approaches through meeting participation, supporting, and/or coordinating related CLA activities;
  • Support structured and continuous collaboration across internal teams and partner organizations on M&E related tasks throughout the life of the project;
  • Coordinate and maintain project communication channels to ensureMEL and CLA results are being consistently share with all relevant stakeholders;
  • Prepare TORs for and support facilitation of external project evaluations.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in Monitoring & Evaluation for other related field;
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in a performance monitoring and/or evaluation role with an international biodiversity/natural resource and/or development organization;
  • Demonstrated expertise providing project learning, monitoring, reporting and adaptive management support;
  • Experience conducting data collection and quality assessment (DQA) activities in the field in the context of theUSAID grants or contracts is highly desired;
  • Knowledge of specialized USAID programming of foreign assistance and monitoring and evaluation tools and processes is a plus;
  • Excellent Communication skills - fluency in Swahili and English, both verbal and written, is required. This position involves working with a wide range of people within the institution, local communities, local and international partners, including technical and non-technical colleagues;
  • Experience working in rural and remote areas of Tanzania;
  • Experience with performance management of biodiversity and natural resources, climate change and/or development issues programs;
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to summarize information in a clear and concise manner;
  • Proven ability to work with a diverse team in challenging environments;
  • Ability to work under pressure, tight deadlines and less supervision, self-motivated person, team player, reporting and presentation skills.

Apply through the JGI career portal at by the closing date of 23 November 2018.  Due to the number of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.