- Location: U.S. based preferred, 100% work-remote
- Reports to: Livelihoods and Agribusiness Director (LAD)
What’s the job and who is Nuru?
As the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Senior Associate you will support M&E and impact programming within local Nuru NGOs in Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and in future scaling geographies. You will support the advancement and adaption of their existing data-driven decision making strategies. You will bring your knowledge of M&E systems and project management to activities that include research and development, collaboration with academia, and program implementation. A key attribute of the job is building working relationships based on trust and mutual value creation while working remotely. You will work closely with the LAD and Chief Programming Officer (CPO) to achieve the organization’s goals.
Founded in 2008, Nuru International establishes locally-led NGO’s in Sub-Saharan Africa which work to eradicate extreme poverty and unlock economic potential in rural farmer communities. This goal is achieved by transitioning vulnerable smallholder farmers from subsistence to professionalized farming as a business. While Nuru staff technically work for separate and distinct locally-run organizations based in various countries, we all operate under a shared vision to cultivate lasting meaningful choices in the most vulnerable and marginalized communities in the world.
Nuru International has been a fully remote team since 2008 and will continue to be one. All Nuru International staff members work from a location of their choice.
What you’ll be doing:
- Support M&E, programs, learning, and data-driven decision making in partnership with Nuru local NGOs in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Nigeria.
- Organize, manage and analyze monitoring and evaluation data from all Nuru impact programming activities in partnership with academic partners.
- Develop and publish impact reports in collaboration with Nuru staff and academic partners.
- Collaborate with local NGO teams to ensure M&E planning, enumeration, analysis and reporting are efficient and accurate.
- Manage and engage in productive partnerships with external partners from academia, private sector, and peer organizations.
- Provide external reporting backbone that ensures organizational expectations are met punctually, correctly and consistently (particularly on all quantitative data points).
- Develop and conduct ad hoc research that supports the scaling of the Nuru model in current and future geographies.
- Maintain a comprehensive understanding of stakeholder commitments.
- Maintain an understanding of best practices in M&E systems as applicable to agriculture, agribusiness, financial inclusion, gender, conflict, and other cross-cutting areas relevant to the Nuru model.
- Actively participate in ad hoc work groups to develop proposals to address major issues and challenges with respect to achieving the goals of Nuru International.
What you should have:
- Undergraduate degree with coursework in international development, monitoring and evaluation, research methods, statistics, econometrics or related areas with a minimum of 2 years applying your undergraduate skills and knowledge in a professional work setting.
- Field experience implementing M&E processes in a developing country (Africa experience a plus).
- Understanding and experience in qualitative and quantitative data gathering and how data relates to program design, management and quality; and experience with survey design and digital survey development.
- Demonstrated knowledge of USAID’s Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning policies and frameworks.
Who you are:
- Independent Self-starter. You are confident working independently in a work-remote environment with minimal supervision. You establish clear priorities, work plans, and meet deadlines. You are efficient, effective, and your colleagues sing praises of your high quality performance.
- Strong Facilitator. You are eager to mentor and train staff as partners. Together you execute program activities. You build out, lead, and communicate successful processes with clarity and kindness.
- Excellent Project Manager. You manage all aspects of a project from beginning to end. You set strategic program milestones, address challenges, and maintain successful impact measurement systems. You manage multiple projects at one time and overcome interruptions with ease and good humor.
- Cross-cultural aptitude. You highly respect and eagerly learn from other cultures.
- Aligned. You are motivated by and committed to Nuru International’s mission, theory of change, and Nuru values (fail fast/learn fast, equity, bold action, transparency, and servant leadership).
- Contributor. Like other Nuru staff, you take your work seriously but you don’t take yourself too seriously. You appreciate the quote “culture eats strategy for breakfast” and you cooperate easily with staff, partners, and donors working as a positive team player.
- Globetrotter.You are excited to travel within the U.S. for team events or conferences and jump at the chance to visit Nuru NGOs in Africa every 6 months to a year.
What Nuru offers you:
- Our culture encourages healthy work/life satisfaction, a flexible 100% work-from-home schedule, prioritizes your resiliency, and is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment.
- You will be an essential member of the team, ensuring that all staff have a shared understanding of Nuru’s M&E systems and programmatic learning agenda.
- You will be supported by a strong management team who values your input, is eager to coach you, provide feedback, receive feedback, and help you grow in your career.
- You will work alongside a team of highly accomplished professionals across the globe who are all motivated by a shared purpose.
- You will receive an equitable and competitive salary based on recent industry data, an excellent benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision insurance and a flexible spending account; long-term and short-term disability; 401(k) with company match, generous time off, paid parental leave, laptop, and more. Salary and benefits will be discussed in the first interview.
How to apply
We are committed to creating a diverse work environment and proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Nuru recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. Our Diversity@Nuru committee and Lean-In group consistently spearhead diversity, equity, and inclusion conversations and learnings across the organization.
What happens next:
We will review applications and contact candidates advancing to the interview stage. The interview process has several steps: a zoom interview with HR, followed by a zoom interview with the supervisor for this role, and a job simulation activity concluding with a panel interview.
You will receive a confirmation that your application was received and you’ll hear directly from HR if you’re invited to interview. Please note that we are unable to offer individualized feedback before the first interview round due to the volume of applications we receive.