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Organizational Description

Tanager is an international nonprofit that connects smallholder producers and private businesses to co-create new ways of realizing life-changing economic and social opportunity. Our process builds on years of technical expertise, on-the-ground presence and public/private partnerships to unite economic growth with social innovation. Together, we are ushering in an era of equitable market systems that combine profitability with the power to address urgent challenges in poverty, malnutrition, and gender inequity.

Tanager provides a full range of services to co-create healthy markets that benefit all participants:

Connect: Tanager connects people and partners to bridge stakeholder divides, expand market access, and unlock the full potential of shared market opportunities. We bring the right people to the table and make sure every voice is heard, linking smallholder producers to major consumer brands and everyone in between.

Analyze: Tanager combines technical expertise and business perspective to assess markets, analyze supply chains, and pilot new technologies and tools. We test promising business models and shed light on issues critical to market success. We advance research vital to emerging economies. Our analytical approach helps us identify variables early on, which saves time and money in the long run.

Implement: Tanager is a flexible implementing partner with a track record of delivering results in complex, dynamic environments. We drive ambitious initiatives to the finish line with a clear roadmap and the right resources at the right time and place. Our global expertise and on-the-ground presence brings last-mile experience crucial to sustainable market solutions. Clients know they can count on us to keep our word and see things through.

People & Values

It takes bold hearts and resourceful minds to change the world. Our mission attracts high-caliber professionals who are dedicated to the work we do and the way we do it. We take risks, roll up our sleeves, and push the boundaries of what’s possible. We listen, learn, and adapt rapidly, without losing sight of our end goal or the momentum needed to reach it.

We are a networked team that supports each other. We live our mission and exhibit and embrace the following values:


  • Make choices using sound thinking, intelligence, and experience.
  • Be honest and ethical in everything you do and say.
  • Set high standards and learn from your mistakes to continually improve.
  • Trust your teammates’ capabilities and intentions.


  • Build strong connections with our partners and communities to achieve results.
  • Work as a team with everyone at the table and reach out for input as well as advice.
  • Measure success, not by the boxes we tick, but by the real difference you make in people’s lives.


  • Strive to achieve equilibrium in all you do.
  • Exercise perspective and prioritize what is important.
  • Align the interests, expectations, and needs of those we work with.
  • Balance seriousness with humor and levity, and our work with our personal lives.


  • Ask, evaluate, innovate, and apply to deliver the best result for all.
  • Be agile, efficient, and adaptable in your relationships, processes, and work.
  • Take what we’ve learned and adapt to each new situation.

Project Description

Tanager is implementing two programs with a focus on gender mainstreaming and nutrition integration. The Impacting Gender & Nutrition through Innovative Technical Exchange in Agriculture (IGNITE) mechanism is a five-year investment implemented by Tanager to improve household nutrition and women’s empowerment by strengthening African institutions’ ability to integrate nutrition and gender into their way of doing business and their agriculture interventions.

IGNITE works with African institutions to design, implement, and evaluate nutrition-sensitive and gender-integrated agriculture interventions. IGNITE will also strengthen the ability of African institutions to incorporate nutrition and gender equality into their policy priorities and business practices—their way of doing business. Based on the interventions implemented by IGNITE clients, IGNITE will identify key mechanisms and drivers of demand for the scale up and replication of nutrition-sensitive and gender-integrated interventions. IGNITE activities will be targeted in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania. Current project clients include NGOs, private sector companies, and government bodies working in agriculture.

The African Poultry Multiplication Initiative (APMI) is a two-year investment with the primary objective to provide technical assistance (TA) to three APMI poultry companies to reach APMI’s goals of increasing women’s access to poultry production resources and increasing consumption of chicken and eggs by rural communities in Nigeria and Tanzania. Tanager works with the poultry companies to help them understand the value of gender and nutrition integration, as well as helping them design messages or outreach strategies that will allow them to reach their objectives.

Position Summary

Tanager is seeking an experienced Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager based in their office in Nairobi, Kenya, who will report to the Team Leader. The overall responsibility for this position is  implementing and managing the IGNITE and APMI project’s MEL framework, coordinating the IGNITE learning agenda implementation and development of qualitative and quantitative measurement tools. The MEL Manager will work closely with the IGNITE project’s technical team and will have primary responsibility for project MEL leadership, tool development, data collection, analysis and reporting.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

MEL Leadership, Technical Support & Learning Activities for Project Staff (40%)

  • Provide guidance and training to IGNITE and APMI team members on the selection and definition of project indicators.
  • Develop and deliver MEL trainings to support gender mainstreaming and nutrition integration.
  • Use MEL framework results to support the IGNITE technical team’s development of project work plans to ensure that the project is learning during implementation and pursuing interventions that are proven effective.
  • Lead knowledge-capture and learning events for IGNITE’s technical team and BMGF representatives to share experiences and lessons, and brainstorm ways to apply new learning.

Data Collection, Analysis & Reporting (40%)

  • Manage the implementation of a client and activity tracking database system to collect, process and analyze project data.
  • Oversee collection and analysis of project results data for use in quarterly, semi-annual and annual reporting cycles.
  • Track and analyze project indicators and other useful statistics and prepare high-quality and timely reports using the recommended formats and communication channels.
  • Support project evaluations, selected research activities and qualitative surveys by providing necessary MEL and technological support.
  • Develop, deploy and manage Open Data Kit (ODK)-based data collection forms on an as-needed basis for project team members.

MEL Guidance & Support to Project Clients (20%)

  • Collaborate with IGNITE gender and nutrition technical staff to conduct MEL-focused institutional capacity assessments for project clients.
  • Support the identification and implementation of research and learning opportunities with project clients.
  • Provide additional support for qualitative data collection, coding, and analysis, as necessary based on requests from project clients.

Other duties as assigned by your supervisor


  • Bachelor’s degree in statistics, international development or other relevant field required; Master’s preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of experience managing the monitoring and evaluation component of a donor funded project, preferably Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation or USAID
  • Demonstrated experience providing MEL technical support for nutrition and gender activities and programming, preferably on a project dealing specifically with nutrition and/or gender technical areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply analytical methods practically in the complex setting of the day-to-day lives of project beneficiaries highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience collecting, organizing, and analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Demonstrated experience using data and results to direct project learning sessions, such as CLA and/or learning feedback sessions, for project use.
  • Strong record of presenting data analysis to project staff in a clear and compelling format.
  • Strong preference for experience developing ODK-based data collection forms.
  • Strong verbal, writing and presentation skills.
  • Fluent spoken, written, and reading abilities in English is required. French is an added advantage.

To apply please download and fill in this application form (also included below in both Word and PDF), attach your CV and motivation letter (PDF version please) and send to with the subject “MEL expert position“. Submission for applications will be closed on 20th April 2021. All documents should be submitted in English.


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