NELSAP Senior Economist/ Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) (Regional Position)



The role of the NELSAP Senior Economist/M&E is to ensure the integration of social-economic, development communication and environmental safeguards into NELSAP program and project activities including monitoring and evaluating the degree of their integration. The Senior Economist/M&E will provide direct input to the preparation and implementation of NELSAP projects under the scaling up program and will ensure that NELSAP projects address key economic issues relating to sectoral programs from the regional perspective as well as from the perspective of economic and financial viability. The Senior Economist assists the NELSAP Regional Coordinator in preparation of work plans and progress reports, and overseeing the development and use of a result based monitoring and evaluation system for the NELSAP in concert with the NBI Secretariat.

2. Accountability and Reporting: The senior economist will report and be accountable to the Regional Coordinator in a format and schedule as required. He/she will supervise the communication officer, and the social and development officer and other staff as the need arises.

3. Scope:

The functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct reviews of economic aspects of water, power and natural resources planning, development and management to guide NELSAP projects.
  • Advise NELSAP CU regarding sectoral planning and other development issues to be addressed by Projects; relevant themes include, but are not limited to:

o   Identification of key issues in water and natural resources planning, power development and management in the region from economic perspective (trade-offs, system for valuation of benefits and adverse impacts, etc)

o   Development of  tools for assessment of a range of cooperative development scenarios;

o   Development of criteria, methods, and frameworks for identifying and quantifying sharing of benefits and costs of cooperative development scenarios, and for managing economic and financial risks,

o   Capacity building of riparian experts and decision makers in policy and micro/macro-economic analysis;

o   Providing quality control to NELSAP CU in the preparation and implementation of projects, elaborate requirements and criteria for assessment of economic and financial viability of options and scenarios, with particular focus on the poverty impact of NELSAP projects.

  • Review, together with experts/coordinators, project documents produced by NELSAP Consultants and provide technical input, to ensure that work meets NBI quality standards.
  • Participate in drafting regional economic development strategies, in co-operation with NELSAP CU staff and lead dialogue with regional economic communities;
  • Under the strategic planning function, play key role in identification, analysis for emerging economic trends and problems and opportunities at regional and international levels.
  • Continuously review the implementation of the NELSAP Strategic Plans with a view of achieving the intentions and designing a more progressive next strategic plan
  • Promote innovations in the design of NELSAP projects, their organization and management to improve project outputs, ensuring that there is synergy and compatibility among the projects.
  • Formulate strategies and prepare implementation plans to mobilize and attract regional and international resources for NELSAP projects and NELSAP CU.
  • Ensure the integration of social-economic, development communication and environmental safeguards into NELSAP program and project activities including monitoring and evaluating the degree of this integration.
  • Provide leadership and technical guidance for NELSAP programs to achieve monitoring and evaluation related targets, outputs, and performance indicators, ensuring quality and appropriateness of all monitoring and evaluation activities;
  • Liaise with the NBI Secretariat in the development and operationalization of the NBI Result based framework.
  • Manage the preparation and implementation of the M&E related actions, including work plans, procurement plans, participation plans, training plans, and the required budget adhering to the required approval process;
  • Work with NELSAP Project Managers to design standard reporting formats in collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at the NBI Secretariat.
  • Design and update an M & E System that incorporates the effective monitoring of inputs, outputs , effects and impacts of the NELSAP program and projects
  • Prepare timely, accurate and quality progress, technical, financial and other required reports on M&E activities;
  1. Qualifications and experience:
  • Graduate degree in Economics, Statistics or related fields with a post graduate degree or its equivalent in development economics, macro/micro economics and complex development issues or its equivalent from recognized university.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in micro or project-level economics and public finance a an established track record of excellence in analytic work on economic and fiscal policy issues;
  • Experience in working in trans-boundary issues required, with a focus on water economics preferred.
  • Experience working on development partners projects in at least one of the sector required (agriculture, watershed management, hydropower or power transmission, etc)
  • Sound knowledge of development issues in Africa, particularly the core NEL Countries will be desirable;
  • Knowledge of international finance institutions, multilateral or bilateral development agencies, procedures and operations;
  • Competence in the use of standard software, including MS office software.
  • Ability to present and win support for ideas, maintain collaborative work relations with all levels of staff, senior government officials, promote and maintain a productive and cooperative team environment, proven ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams and in multi-culture environment.
  • Familiarity with NBI programs, and NBI objectives and goals is an advantage;
  • Fluency in English. Working knowledge of French is an advantage.
  1. Performance indicators:
  • Economic reviews are prepared and presented on accurate and timely basis;
  • Integration of cross-cutting issues in the NELSAP Program and Projects undertaken;
  • Criteria and frameworks for identifying and quantifying sharing of benefits of cooperative development scenarios are developed;
  • Tools and methods for managing economic and financial risks developed;
  • Strategies and implementation plans to mobilize resources prepared;
  • Updated monitoring and evaluation tools;
  • Timely, accurate and quality progress, technical, financial and other required reports on monitoring and evaluation activities prepared and presented;
  • Cross center coordination in progress reporting and work planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of program and project outcomes undertaken.
  • Other performance indicators to be added, as need arises.

6. Duty Station. The Employee will be stationed at the NELSAP CU Secretariat, Kigali, Rwanda, but shall be travelling extensively in the Nile Equatorial Lakes Region.

7. Employment Terms. The appointment will be on contract for one year renewable based on performance with the initial 6 months as probation period.  The contract shall be renewed for such a number of times to complete the entitled six years of service in NELSAP

8. How to ApplyInterested and qualified candidates are invited to apply by submitting a cover letter, curriculum vitae and academic documents including the date of birth and nationality by Tuesday 2nd February 2021 before 17:00hours Rwanda time, addressed to the Acting NELSAP Regional Coordinator, through email:  with copy to nelcuvacancy@nilebasin.orgThe e-mail application subject title should clearly indicate “NELSAP Senior Economist/M&E”. All applications must be delivered via e-mail to the addresses mentioned above. Only candidates who meet the requirements and are short-listed for the interview will be contacted.

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