Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA)

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is an international non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. and Brussels, Belgium with offices in 16 countries throughout Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. We work with businesses, foundations, governments and communities to build customized local and global partnerships that meet the world’s growing demand for food. Since our inception in 1985, we have designed and implemented enterprise-based, agricultural development initiatives to facilitate market access, enhance agribusiness competitiveness, increase productivity and improve access to inputs and credit across 45 countries worldwide.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Ref No: 637
Location: Nigeria
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Staff
Category: Headquarters
Travel: Up to 25%

Position Description

  • Reporting to the Chief of Party, the MEL Manager will lead all Activity Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) interventions. S/he will be responsible for developing and implementing M&E systems, including indicator targeting, tracking and reporting according to USAID and CNFA standards, managing data collection systems, leading impact assessments, and contributing to a knowledge management and learning strategy. The MEL Manager will oversee the MEL Specialist.

Program Description

  • The five-year USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity, implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative, strengthens the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture.
  • To achieve this goal, the activity focuses on three interrelated components: improving the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; broadening access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and promoting investment opportunities for agribusinesses to expand and scale up operations.
  • In line with the U.S. and Nigerian Government’s commitment to growing the non-oil based economy, these efforts will increase the quality, quantity, market access, and diversification of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector.
  • Beginning in December 2018 and closing in 2023, this $15.6 million project aims to integrate thousands of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and producer organizations as high-performing commercial actors in the value chains for rice, maize, soy, aquaculture, and cowpeas.
  • As a result of streamlined regulations, more effective policies, improved production and processing practices, and significantly increased finance and investment flows, the project will increase the competitiveness and returns of both large and small sale agricultural enterprises.
  • Employing a value chain approach, the Agribusiness Investment Activity aims to facilitate $100 million in new lending and $100 million in new investment across the 5 crops in the following 7 designated States: Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, and Cross River.  The USAID/Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity is a 5-year year, $15 million-dollar project implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative.  The project’s goal is to strengthen the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. Activities will encompass three broad but interrelated components.
  • First, the Agribusiness Investment Activity will improve the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; second, the Activity will expand access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and third, the Activity will promote investment opportunities for agribusinesses to strengthen their readiness to expand and scale up their operations.
  • Taken together, these efforts will increase the volume, added value, and diversification of agribusiness investments.

Duties and Responsibilities
The main duties of the MEL Manager include, but are not limited to:

  • Implement the MEL strategy (monitoring the MEL systems for data collection, targeting and tracking custom and USAID/FTF indicators, knowledge management, impact assessments, learning activities and reporting in compliance with the requirements provided in the Activity contract, USAID regulations and CNFA standards;
  • Update the Activity’s Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Plan;
  • Work closely with other technical units to manage the GIS referencing, cloud-based MEL system and ensure data requirements are integrated into project management processes;
  • Provide oversight and training to relevant project staff on data collection and analysis;
  • Ensure timely data collection, analysis, reporting, and completion of other MEL activities;
  • Facilitate Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) strategies to support the use of data and information from the MEL system for real-time decision-making to improve project implementation;
  • Regularly review monitoring data and help organize periodic learning days and annual learning summits with staff to help managers identify successes and make decisions about adapting activities and approaches to achieve results;
  • Directly supervise the MEL Specialist, and work closely with other members of the technical team to implement the MEL Plan;
  • Ensure compliance with all USAID, CNFA, and, if/where applicable, host country government reporting requirements;
  • Complete other duties as necessary and assigned by Chief of Party.


  • Degree (Master’s Degree preferred) in Economics, Business, Social Sciences, or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant, progressively responsible experience, with a proven track record evaluating and assessing donor-funded agriculture development projects.
  • Experience developing and implementing monitoring, evaluation and learning systems with USAID-supported indicators;
  • Must possess technical familiarity with the Automated Directives System (ADS) 200 Series and with evaluation methods and standards under the USAID Evaluation Policy;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact and communicate with wide range of stakeholders both verbally and in writing;
  • Proven experience in managing multiple and competing tasks while maintaining quality of deliverables within deadlines;
  • Willingness to collaborate, innovate and ability to think systematically; and
  • Strong communication skills and ability to present and write high quality technical reports in English.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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CNFA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer:

  • It is the policy of CNFA to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of age, race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, veteran status, or on the basis of personal favoritism or other non-merit factors, except where otherwise provided by law.

Reasonable Accomodation & Contact Information:

  • CNFA provides a reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.
  • Please contact the CNFA Home Office Human Resources Department via email at: or via phone at 202-296-3920 if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job with us.

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