TICAH MELS Coordinator – Job Description
Based at our Nairobi office, the MELS Coordinator will support the design, planning and implementation of our program monitoring, evaluation, and learning initiatives in line with TICAH’s strategy and donor requirements. He/ she will ensure high standards and quality around MELS collection, analysis and reporting with the aims of respecting TICAH communities and of promoting successful learning across the organization.
The Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH) was established in Kenya in 2003. Our aim is to promote health. Our focus is on good relationships, healthy households, and community action. We seek to learn from indigenous wisdom wherever we can. We believe beauty is important, our stories matter, and health is a matter of the body, the spirit, and the heart. Our work is done through four integrated programs:
Medicine Wheel: Learning from Kenyan communities to bring a broader awareness and respect to positive indigenous, cultural traditions and practices. This body of work and vision of healing is made up of four connected circles: the Elders Circles, the Peace Circle, the Learning Circle and the Song Circle. The Elders Circle brings elders together to meet on their own terms and share with one another. The Peace Circle creates cross-cultural understanding that leads to peace. The Learning Circle invites herbalists to meet and to teach community health worker and university students. The Song Circle encourages traditional music and musicians, exploring the links between music and healing.
Healthy Seeds: Identifying household strategies for health and good nutrition, including training in natural remedies, improving the use of health services, encouraging local leadership and helping our children to thrive. This work takes place in five slum communities in Nairobi: Kawangware, Kibera, Majengo, Viwandani, and Korochogo. To facilitate the work, we developed a publication of natural medicine called Using Our Traditions: A Herbal and Nutritional Guide for Kenyan Families. We also create a yearly TICAH calendar for discussion and learning to promote health, good values and responsible citizenship. This work is broad reaching, found within community groups, schools and partner organizations.
Art with Heart: Using art and free expression with communities and into our shared vision to create conditions for justice, health and happiness. We support the creation of community-developed murals sharing positive values, art as a tool for bridging communication divides, and encouragement of art as a tool for healing. Additionally, we bring communities together at TICAH installations at the National Museum of Kenya and Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi.
Our Bodies, Our Choices: Encouraging more honest, healthy and informed approaches to sexual life for all ages where rights and choices are respected. Through community-based peer learning we developed a facilitator’s guide, scenario cards and a curriculum to help host conversations, collect stories, learn together and build towards positive change for all. Within this body of work is also the Aunty Jane Hotline, where anyone across Kenya can call for confidential, reliable information on reproductive health, services and sexuality.
MELS System Management: 20%
- Design, develop and manage a system for (a) program logistics, (b) program outcomes monitoring, and (c) impact evaluations
- Create and revise procedures, tools and data collection questionnaires for selected TICAH programs
MELS Implementation / Coordination: 30%
- Collaborate with TICAH program leads and community leaders on all data collection activities and ensure their feedback is incorporated into the MELS system
- Design, facilitate and coordinate recommended capacity building initiatives, such as termly trainings, trainings on monitoring tools and procedures, etc. for relevant stakeholders, in order to facilitate a culture of results-based management.
- Coordinate the process program monitoring, ensuring that the data is collected in a timely and harmonious manner.
Data Analysis & Reporting: 30%
- Perform periodic data quality assessments to ensure validity, integrity, precision, reliability and timeliness of all program data; identify any deficiencies and suggest corrective actions.
- Ensure accurate compilation and timely publication of MELS reports, including Mid-of-Term and End-of-Term Monitoring Reports
- Present analysis and interpretation of termly Monitoring Reports to the TICAH Team
Evaluation & Research: 20%
- In coordination with program leads, set a learning agenda, determine methodology, design data collection, and oversee execution of research and evaluation.
- Assist in the conduct of high quality and timely evaluation/ impact assessment of key projects/ programmes to ensure the achievement of desired outcomes.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences or similar and 2 – 3 years of experience in MELS with an Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) at coordinator level, with at least 1 year coordinating or planning field-based data collection activities.
- Demonstrated strong research, monitoring and evaluation skills, including planning/ participating in evaluations and computer aided questionnaire design and
- High level of computer literacy: Ms Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc. and excellent analytical and report writing skills.
- Engaging and interactive trainer with passion for coaching team members, with experience in training and capacity building.
- Location is Nairobi, Kenya, with periodic travels to field sites.
Send your cover letter, CV and references to [email protected] no later than 15 July 2018. TICAH is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our community.