Location: Patna, Bihar
Programme Name: India Grain Legume Cluster Development Programme (IGLCD)
Reporting to: Team Leader – IGLCD Programme
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) (India)) is a member of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of 11 development agencies addressing the needs of poor and marginalised communities in more than thirty countries where it operates. Since 1978, it has operated in India, implementing programmes both directly and supporting work by other AKDN agencies and partners in rural and urban areas. Active in seven states, its multi-sector programmes include the creation of robust and vibrant community institutions, early childhood development, education, community health, livelihood improvement and agriculture development, skill development, and water and sanitation.
Introduction to the Project
AKF India has launched a new initiative focused on promoting the production and productivity of legumes by smallholder farmers in five districts of Bihar. The project titled ‘India Grain Legume Cluster Development: Policy, Production and Nutrition’ is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It aims at piloting an integrated package of practices for pulses farming in the districts of Saran, Siwan, Samastipur, West Champaran and East Champaran, directly benefiting 10000 farmers and developing a model for pulses promotion with potential for replication and scaling up to other districts of the state.
In particular, the project will focus on a mixed farming systems approach to promotion of pulses with interventions to improve access to inputs, particularly improved seed varieties, knowledge and extension related to pulses farming in both sole and mixed cropping systems, and the identification of innovative practices to overcome smallholder farmer risks in growing pulses. The project also proposes to support primary value addition at the village level to enable an advancement further up the pulses value chain and increase the availability of pulses for consumption at the village level.
Thus, the three key outcomes of the project are: (i) piloting a mixed farming systems approach to increase the production and productivity of pulses in five district clusters in Bihar (ii) increase incomes for smallholder farmers from pulses farming and (iii) establishment of a community of practice for promotion of pulses in Bihar and sustained policy dialogue for increased support for pulses development.
Overall responsibilities of the Position
AKF India seeks a highly motivated and results-driven person as M&E Officer. The M&E Officer will work under the leadership of the Team Leader of the project and will be responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of the project over the next 4 years. The M&E Officer will be based at Patna, Bihar.
• Project Monitoring: The M&E Officer shall assist the Team Leader in monthly monitoring of programme progress and expenditure against plans and budgets, in line with donor guidelines and statutory requirements and preparation of Monthly Progress Reports as per the agreed formats (hard and soft). In addition, he/she will make regular field visits, document the observations related to constraints and challenges faced by implementation partners and submit regular updates and reports to the Team Leader.
• MIS Development: The organization will engage a technical agency to develop a rigorous Management Information System for timely and effective tracking of project activities and outputs. The M&E Officer will coordinate the dialogue with this agency to ensure successful design and deployment of the system and generation of reports from the MIS.
• Evaluation: The project will hold a number of evaluations to test various hypotheses and research questions regarding “what works best” for achieving the intended outcomes of the project. The M&E Officer will assist the Team Leader in the process of identifying qualified external experts and agencies for various surveys and qualitative/ quantitative assessments and studies, including the development of terms of reference and monitoring of the evaluations in the field. He/ she will ensure that these evaluations are closely aligned to the Results Framework of the project. He/ she will take custody of the raw data, maintain the database of the evaluations carried out, verify the data through adequate random checks and, as and when required, report the key findings of these evaluations including the top-line statistics, emerging trends, detailed reports and tables to the senior management.
• Learning: The project has a range of stakeholders including the relevant government departments and agencies, external evaluation agencies, technical institutions and agriculture universities, service providers and vendors, etc. The project aims to learn from their contribution by organizing learning events and using all available platforms as appropriate, so that the project implementation benefits from learning and best practices related to pulses farming through technical partnerships with the Indian Institute of Pulses Research, National Seeds Corporation, Rajendra Agriculture University, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, NCDEX, NeML, Skymet, CSISA etc. Some of these events will be the quarterly and annual learning and review workshops. The M&E Officer shall lead and manage such learning events under the guidance of the Team Leader.
• E-portal Management: During the project, an e-portal will be established for regular sharing of emerging learning for policy dialogue and replication. The M&E Officer will be responsible for the editing, updating and enrichment of the content of this portal.
• Documentation: The M&E Officer shall lead the process of documentation of innovative practices and approaches relevant to the project and illustrative cases of success or failure of pulses farming in the project areas, along with the Documentation Officer and converting these documents into high quality publications wherever possible.
• The M&E Officer will be responsible for calculation and reporting of the total reach of the project (in terms of number of farmers and farming households reached, number of farmers’ groups formed etc.)
• The M&E Officer will ensure that the Theory of Change of the project is explained to and understood by all concerned. The identified activities, outputs and expected outcomes of the project flow from the Theory of Change document of the project.
• Carry out any other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the State Programme Manager and the Team Leader.
Required qualities, competencies, and qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have the following technical competencies and skills:
• Post-graduate qualifications in agriculture/ agribusiness/ management/ social sciences;
• At least 5 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation of programs involving agricultural data;
• Experience of managing large databases and development of MIS software for social sector projects;
• Understanding of the challenges involved in working with grassroots organisations, esp. in relation to getting data collected or a data reporting system established;
• Experience of mentoring a team for doing technical work such as collection, scrutiny, analysis and presentation of data on yield, income, perceptions and attitudes, etc.
• Familiarity with quasi-experimental evaluation designs and Randomized Control Trials (these approaches will be extensively used in the project to compare the yields, incomes and farmers’ experiences across different packages of practices offered to farmers)
The ideal candidate will also exhibit the following behaviours and attitudes:
• Penchant for working in cross-functional teams
• Sense of comfort in ambiguous situations
• Capacity to meet short deadlines and produce quality materials with a fast turnaround
Please submit an updated CV and Cover letter via this link www.akdn.org/careers/1054233 by 30 May 2017. Please mention the reasons for your interest, your qualifications for the position and current and expected salary in the body of cover letter). Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.
Aga Khan Foundation is a non-governmental organization established in 1978?. The registration number of the organization is: F00837?(03-07-1978)?. The organization is operational in Delhi, India. Aga Khan Foundation works in the area of Art & Culture, Children, Civic Issues, Disaster Management, Eco tourism, Education & Literacy, Environment and natural resource management, Health & Nutrition, etc. The NGO works towards the promotion of sustainable development.