Monitoring & Result Measurement (MRM) Officer


Position Title: Monitoring & Results Measurement Officer

Reports to: Senior Monitoring & Results Measurement Expert

Duty station: Lusaka, Zambia

About FoodTrade East and Southern Africa (FoodTrade ESA) Programme

FoodTrade ESA is designed to systematically improve the functioning of national and regional staple food market systems across nine countries in East and Southern Africa (namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe). The programme addresses systematic market failures that should lead to the deepening an improved functioning of food markets and therefore increasing trade. FoodTrade ESA Programme is designed to be opportunistic and flexible with a specific focus on targeting:

  • Food storage and collateral management systems;
  • Supply chain coordination and information systems;
  • Markets for inputs, including seeds and fertiliser;
  • Markets for services, including advice, transport, finance, insurance and market intelligence;
  • The regulatory environment affecting the success of these interventions.

The programme is now on its fifth year and builds on a foundation of programme activities with regional partners, companies and organizations engaged in improving market performance.

Position Purpose:

The MRM Officer provides assistance to the Senior MRM Expert, and to the Team Leader and Zambia Country Director on management of ongoing grantee portfolios in the Southern African Region. She/he will work closely with the Senior MRM Expert to provide direct support to all existing grantees in the Southern African region, quality assessment and improvement of on-going monitoring and all results measurement activities. More specifically the MRM Officer will develop help in maintenance of the database of all grantees in the manner that is appropriate for storage, reporting, and information using software simple statistics software.

Key responsibilities:

  • Working closely with Senior MRM Expert, she/he will develop a results based monitoring plan for all development and challenge fund applicants. This will entail working with the grants management team to develop a results based measurement plan that is directly linked to the payments they will receive;
  • Under the leadership of the Team Leader supported by the Zambia Country Director and supervision of Senior MRM Expert, the MRM Officer is responsible for ensuring that primary stakeholders are involved to the fullest; extent possible in undertaking MRM activities. To this extent s/he will be required to organise and train partner staff in MRM during FoodTrade ESA implementation;
  • She/he will work alongside Senior MRM Expert and Technical Teams to carry out survey/ assessment or evaluation assignments, in accordance with agreed-on TOR, procedures and standards.
  • She/he is responsible for leading initial baseline surveys, data gathering and facilitation, scheduling and timely submission of all relevant reports.
  • She/ he will take the lead in aligning, collecting and reporting on relevant Impact and Outcome indicator data in relation to the logframe.
  • Under supervision of Senior MRM Expert, she/he will undertake the routine field activities, checking the work of enumerators during surveys ensure quality of field data, accuracy and completeness.
  • She/ he will conduct routine monitoring missions in the project sites in the Southern African region to validate and verify data from various projects in the region.


The successful candidate should have ability to interact effectively with FoodTrade ESA team and grantees in a technical advisory and will also have an ability to support the program with timely and meaningful information. A demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information that support grantees activities is essential, as is an impeccable, professional standard in MRM, reporting, willingness and ability to ensure compliance with DAI/ donor policies and procedures. The MRM Officer must be willing to travel regularly to all grantee project sites for verification missions. She/ he must actively seek to improve grantee projects MRM systems and offer new or different options to solve implementation challenges.


Advanced university degree in Statistics, Social Sciences, Economics, Agriculture, Business Administration, Development Studies, Monitoring and Evaluation or related fields. A first level university degree with five additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of experience in programme/ project management and M&E. Conversant in development of survey tools, data analysis, results measurement and report writing. Experience in working in agricultural projects/ programmes is a strong asset.


Proficiency in English (both oral and written) is required.

Other requirements

Proactive, results oriented, independent, able to identify and carry out duties and responsibilities with minimum supervision. Professional, supportive and cooperative in all matters within the work setting, problem-solving oriented. Able to maintain confidentiality with regards to all work-related issues.

Application procedure:

Candidates who meet these requirements are required to send their CV and cover letter by email, quoting the position and relevant reference number in the subject line to [email protected] .

Applications should include three work-related referees who are supervisors and day-time telephone numbers. The application deadline is 30th June 2017. Only candidates who meet qualifications will be shortlisted and contacted. Only Zambian nationals or persons with Zambian work permits will be considered.

We are committed to minimizing the environmental impacts of operations related to the programme, and to ensuring our work supports social protection for everyone without bias. We encourage gender equity and diversity in our programme. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, or national origin. We are an equal opportunity employer.

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