Placement Organization: Gardens for Health International
Placement Location: Ndera, Rwanda
Eligible Citizenship: American
About: Founded in 2007, Gardens for Health International (GHI) provides agricultural solutions to health problems. GHI partners with health centers to equip families facing malnutrition with resources and know-how for greater self-sufficiency.
Through our core program, Family Food Security, health centers can prescribe seeds, livestock, agricultural training, and nutrition education—just as they would medication. GHI’s agricultural agents help vulnerable families establish and sustain home gardens. Our start-up package includes a diverse array of fruits, vegetables, and staple crops, as well as animal livestock, like chickens or rabbits.
What sets our model apart is our training curriculum: families gain the skills to sustain improvements in agriculture and chart paths towards better health. Our ongoing commitment to families ensures that they remain healthy, and that one bad growing season doesn’t push them back into chronic malnutrition.
The Family Food Security Program operates within existing local healthy systems to strengthen the prevention and long-term treatment of malnutrition. Agricultural assistance is not only effective, but also cost-effective — a $1 investment in agriculture this year saves an estimated $10 in food aid next year.
The Family Food Security Program currently operates in three health centers in Rwanda’s Gasabo District and serves an estimated 450 families. We plan to add at least one additional health center in August 2012.
Position Overview: The Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator will work closely with the program team to strengthen existing M&E systems at Gardens for Health International to ensure the M&E program helps support program activities and drives improvement.
- Manage and refine existing cloud-based database system
- Increase operational efficiency and data quality through new methods of data collection including expanding the use of digital and mobile technology
- Support program improvement through analysis of operations and impact
- Improve upon existing impact metrics to ensure technical rigor
- Communicate impact clearly to external parties
- Develop research partnerships with outside organizations
- Manage M&E associate and data collection team to ensure data quality
- Analyze data and generate regular reports on findings
- Liaise with local health centers for improved data collection
- Participate in strategic decision-making
- Participate in budgeting
- Contribute to proposals
- Review and refine results framework as necessary
Required Skills and Experience:
- Demonstrated experience ensuring complex and diverse data collection processes deliver high-quality data
- Demonstrated experience with database management software
- Demonstrated ability to manage, clean, and/or analyze data and report findings
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
Preferred Skills and Experience:
- Proficiency with statistical software
- Ability to synthesize information
- Creativity and resourcefulness
- Ability to teach her/himself quickly
- Ability to adapt to new situations and systems
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively
- Ability to manage deadlines
- Organizational skills and attention to detail
- Patience, flexibility, resiliency, and community spirit
- Experience with mobile technologies preferred
- French proficiency preferred
Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of $650/month. Fellows will also receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included. Fellows will live at the Gardens for Health office and farm just outside of Kigali, Rwanda.