Senior Research, Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Specialists (2)

  • Location
    TBD, Ghana
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 14

Position description



IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS: United States Department of Agriculture and Foreign Agriculture Services (USDA/FAS); University Of Rhode Island (URI) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana


COORDINATING CENTER: Bureau of Integrated Rural Development (BIRD), College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, KNUST, Ghana




The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana, the University of Rhode Island, USA, and the ASSESS project are seeking highly qualified candidates for immediate engagement to implement the SCAPE activity. The Analytical Support Services and Evaluations for Sustainable Systems in Agriculture, Environment and Trade (ASSESS) project is implemented by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in partnership with The University of Rhode Island (URI) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).


SCAPE Activity Description: The purpose of SCAPE is to strengthen the capacity of select West African parliamentarians, parliamentarian networks/associations, policy makers, and policy-focused organizations/institutions in evidence-based and data-driven legislation and policy making. The expected outcome of the activity is that selected parliamentarians, policy makers, and organizations supported by this activity will be able to effectively perform their functions of oversight, policymaking, advocacy, and national decision-making by ensuring appreciation, demand, and utilization of evaluative evidence and other data from various sources in their daily work. This activity also helps to address the important question of government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness. The overall goal is to promote economic growth and sustainable development in Africa through increased evidence-based and data-driven legislation and policy making. SCAPE will focus on four primary objectives and its associated illustrative activities:


  1. Increased evidence-based decision-making skills of parliamentarians, policy makers, and

regional and national organizations/institutions engaged in policy advocacy.

  • Assessment of current state of use of evidence in legislative and policymaking processes.
  • Identification of “evidence champions”
  • Virtual regional trainings, including training of trainers, and training for parliamentarians
  • and policy makers, regional organizations, and media/journalists.
  • A “How To” Guide on Strengthening Evidence-based Legislation and Policies.
  • In-country/face-to-face clinics/workshops for parliamentarians and policy makers, regional organizations, and media/journalists.


  1. Improved strategic planning, monitoring, and oversight of legislative and policy actions.
  • Supporting parliamentarian M&E Plans/systems
  • Supporting Oversight and Evaluations of Legislation and Policies
  • Supporting National Evaluation Policies and M&E Systems


  1. Increased access to and use of evidence through strengthened platforms for knowledge

sharing and peer learning.

  • Strengthening existing platforms
  • Developing and disseminating videos, brochures, policy briefs, evaluation syntheses, and
  • other sensitization and communication materials
  • Webinars and virtual study tours to facilitate experience sharing and networking


  1. Development of resources and tools that will enable USAID Missions in Sub Saharan Africa

to work more effectively with Parliamentarians to strengthen evidence used in decision



Position 4: Senior Research, Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Specialists (2)

Type of position: Local hire (engaged by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana)

Expected duration of assignment: August 2021 to 15 September 2022

Hours: Full time

Location: Virtual, with travel within Ghana and West Africa when required

Salary: To be determined by Experience and Education


Roles and Responsibilities

The Senior Research M&E specialists are mainly responsible for providing technical inputs to the activity tasks and deliverables under the direction of the Team Lead. They also lead the execution of some of the M&E tasks as assigned by the Team Lead.


Key Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Masters’ degree in Development Studies, Monitoring and Evaluation, Evidence-Based Intervention and Policy Making, Policy Evaluation, or a related area
  • At least 7 years of M&E/research experience
  • Experience in Democracy and Governance (DG)
  • Demonstrable experience integrating gender equality into M&E approaches
  • Demonstrable experience in evidence-based policy making and knowledge synthesis, translation and exchange
  • Demonstrate ability to analyse workflow, data schema and other barriers and enablers to evidence-informed policy making and legislation
  • In-person and virtual training/facilitation experience
  • Proficiency in English and French (writing/reading/speaking) preferred.
  • Ability to travel frequently within the West Africa region when required.

Application instructions

To apply for any of the positions, please access and submit your application via this link:

You will be required to upload in English:

  • a cover letter (maximum 1 page),
  • a curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages),
  • a writing sample (for all positions except the Administrative Specialist/Project Coordinator). Writing sample includes a technical report, journal article, brochure and relevant write-ups related to the position.
  • three names and contact details for persons who are knowledgeable about your capabilities and experience.

For further enquiries, please contact:  Deputy Registrar, Human Resources Division (Room 206), KNUST Main Administration, Tel: 0322497299, or email: Dr Albert Arhin ([email protected]) with a copy to [email protected] and Kim Kaine ([email protected]).