Recruiter: MasterCard Foundation , Nairobi | Contract Type: Permanent | Salary range: Confidential

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Head, Evidence & Insights


  • Advanced University degree in International Development, Economics, Social Science or other relevant field, or First University degree with an additional years of related work experience and training. 
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant professional experience with majority of career focused on evaluation-related work, with preference for experience with programmatic and participatory impact assessment both in the field and in a managerial position overseeing several staff and evaluation specialists. 
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in managing and/or conducting country strategy and program evaluations in diverse development and or private sector managed initiatives. 
  • Extensive experience using participatory techniques for facilitating inclusive evaluations, evidence and insights. 
  • Strong networks and work with youth groups, including youth in vulnerable circumstances. 
  • Exceptional understanding of data systems and insights for triangulating evidence for Impact measurement and decision-making. 
  • Strong understanding and commitment to the use of indigenous knowledge and techniques of enquiry to enrich evidence with communities and citizens. 
  • Support for evaluation and evidence fields of practice that encourage thought leadership in the use of mixed methods, and the harvesting of outcome and impact narratives that are qualitative as well as quantitative. 
  • Strong training, skills and competencies in economics, and in the handling and management of big data, as well as tech-enabled data collection and analysis. 
  • Extensive experience in market-based MEL work with enterprises, investors, corporations.
  • Familiarity with policy and practice debates on evidence and insights, particularly arising from evaluation. 
  • Experience in youth-targeted development investments, including the private sector. 
  • Professional experience in multiple countries in Africa. 
  • Experience leading and managing evaluation team(s) and/or supervised professional staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate knowledge and skills effectively, design and conduct training, especially for young evaluators, and ability to conduct remote coaching. 
  • Excellent research and analytical as well as writing and communication skills. 
  • Membership in professional evaluation associations, notably in emerging African and Indigenous Evaluation networks; and/or professional certificate in evaluation is highly desired. 
  • Strategic communications experience to present Evaluation, Evidence and Insights to high-level Boards, Governments and other relevant stakeholders to promote evidence and insights utilization. 
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities.
  • Possess excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills with the ability to articulate information to a variety of constituents across cultures.
  • Possess professional maturity, sensitivity with different cultures, and impeccable integrity that exemplify the Foundation’s values.
  • French language and/or local language skills are an asset.
  • You have a commitment to Mastercard Foundation’s values and vision.

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