About the Organization:
Village Enterprise (VE) works to break the cycle of poverty by helping groups of individuals start microenterprises and build sustainable incomes. We focus on providing rural people living in extreme poverty with the critical resources they need to build successful businesses. VE provides market research, business training, seed capital/start-up funds and ongoing mentoring to help new entrepreneurs succeed in business. Village Enterprise is currently expanding its program, evaluation and innovation efforts significantly.
About the Job:
Village Enterprise is seeking a Fellow to lead its field-level Monitoring and Evaluation activities, design and manage innovative pilot projects as well as current Special Projects in a highly dynamic team. The M&E Fellow will also support East African staff to implement and improve the organization's core program, supervise interns and regional managers, and monitor program implementation. A minimum time commitment of one year is required. After 10 months, the operations team will conduct a performance review and assuming very good performance, future job opportunities within the organization beyond the one-year Fellowship will be explored.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Manage and assess Village Enterprise Business Owner targeting (an ultra-poor targeting process);
Design and lead special project evaluations, write reports for funders;
Oversee and increase the quality and efficiency of core and special project monitoring;
Manage relations with external evaluation partners for a planned impact evaluation;
Supervise the training of staff and Enumerators on data collection / interviewing, data entry, analysis and other tasks as required;
Provide oversight for Microenterprise Development Plan data collection and analysis.
Assist in the implementation, monitoring and expansion of the Village Enterprise core program;
Provide management oversight and leadership, in cooperation with the Senior Director of Programs and Operations, Country Directors, and field staff, in Kakamega, Kenya; Soroti and Hoima, Uganda;
Promote a strong work ethic among the Regional Manager and Business Mentors;
Train trainers, mentor other employees and build capacity in country offices;
Act as a liaison between the Field Operations Team and Development Team in the US.
Masters degree is required. Concentrations in Development or Agricultural Economics, International Development, Public Policy, Statistics or other applied social research strongly preferred.
Previous experience in both quantitative and qualitative evaluation preferred.
Ability to design and implement research based on randomized control trials, regression discontinuity, propensity score matching and other methods preferred.
Experience in a management/leadership;
Experience living / working / traveling in a developing country or emerging economy;
Must be a very strong critical thinker able to identify potential solutions to challenges in new environments;
Must be able to use Excel to analyze survey data, budgets and track basic finances. Ability to perform advanced data analysis with SATA or SPSS strongly preferred.
Experience working effectively in a highly independent capacity - self-managing, taking ownership of goals, developing work plans and self-deadlines;
Willingness to work in a diverse team via email, skype and other Internet based communications;
Strong Written and verbal communication skills (this role will involve writing many reports and making many presentations);
Dedication to producing and executing high quality projects/tasks and recommendations quickly, with a high level of accuracy and systematic attention to detail;
Passion for innovative approaches to poverty reduction around the world, including but not limited to social entrepreneurship and business development in Africa;
Minimum commitment of 1 year; involves living in areas where there are few other foreigners/expats, few stores and restaurants, limited access to electricity at times, unpaved roads that lead to bumpy/uncomfortable car rides during field work;
Fluency in English required; Swahili is not required
Other skills/experience desired, but not required
Experience in curriculum development, this role will require curriculum development for VE's Training Program;
Strong IT skills preferred, including database management, network setup & troubleshooting.
Benefits and Other Support:
During your fellowship, you will receive a stipend totaling U.S. $8,000;
One round-trip ticket from the U.S. to Kenya or Uganda;
Kenya & Uganda visas;
International health insurance, Flying Doctors emergency evacuation insurance, and a U.S. $300 stipend for local health clinic expenses;
Accommodations and house expenses in-country (water, electric and wifi)
All in-country travel, phone, internet and accommodations costs related to your fellowship activities;
21 days of time off (to be taken during your fellowship year)
HOW TO APPLY
How to Apply:
Send your cover letter and CV to Anne Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org a copy to Ellen Metzger at ellenm(at)villageef.org . Please mention "Fellowship Application" in the subject line.
Cover letter should include answers to the following questions:
Why do you want to work in rural East Africa?
What specific leadership or management experiences have you had that will prepare you for this role?
What areas do you hope to develop/grow the most through this fellowship?