The M&E Unit is responsible for coordination and provision of ME&L technical guidance and support at the institutional level to IITA Management, Hubs, CGIAR research programs and project levels.

The Unit is guided by the following terms of reference:

  • Guide the conduct of ME&L across all projects and programs of the institute. Provide technical backstopping to IITA Strategic and CRP projects.
  • Contribute to data aggregation and alignment functions of lITA’s Institutional Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and the CGIAR System Level
  • Institutionalize Management Information Systems (MIS) and manage the automation of M&E processes in IITA. (IITA MEL Dashboard, MARLO, CLARISA, OBB)
  • Conduct midterm evaluation of IITA projects in HQ and hubs using OECD evaluation criteria e.g. impact, sustainability, relevance, efficiency and effectiveness and provide recommendations to senior management and project managers.
  • Lead the IITA ME&L-CoP team activities that includes M&E professionals and focal persons of hubs or other projects. Represent IITA on the CGIAR M&E groups, and regional M&E communities of practice.


Currently the CGIAR is restructuring into ONE CGIAR with shared services.  A new strategy and results framework (2022-2030) has been initiated to guide the process. The notion of shared support services on results and performance-based management is to provide support to all the three action areas:

  1. System Transformation
  2. Resilient Agrifood systems
  3. Genetic innovation.

Our vision is to become a center of excellence in M&E that would conduct research and provide technical M&E support and guidance to contribute to ONE CGIAR at global, regional and country levels.

Project Support

The ME&L Unit provides the following services to projects

  • Theory of Change and Impact Pathways
  • Logical / Result Frameworks
  • Constructing Performance Indicators
  • Baseline Studies
  • Household surveys / Evaluation Studies
  • ME&L Strategy Development
  • Learning Agenda
  • MIS Support
  • ME&L Training

Monitoring Evaluation and learning Community of practice (ME&L CoP):

The ME&L-CoP was formed in 2014 with 12 project M&E specialists/officers across the four hubs. These M&E experts joined seven project managers and seven staff of the M&E Unit to organize the first M&E summit in 2015. ME&L-CoP membership grew to 15 M&E specialists/officers in 2018. After a period of inactivity, it was rejuvenated in 2019 and it has now grown to 24 members in 2020. The ME&L-CoP is guided by the following principles:

  1. Monthly virtual meetings
  2. Yearly Summit (face-to-face)
  3. Joint Monitoring and Evaluation of IITA’s Key Performance Indicators
  4. Sharing ideas on ME&L Tools, Methods and processes
  5. Linkage with CGIAR MELCOP and Impact Assessment COP
  6. Capacity Building activities
  7. Common Performance Management Standard
  8. Joint Proposal Writing.

ME&L Strategy

In line with IITA’s 2012–2020 refreshed strategy, the M&E strategy is aimed at building M&E capacity within IITA and to service Scientists, Project Managers, and Senior Management on all aspects of M&E.

ME&L Policy

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IITA-MEL Dashboard

The objective of IITA-MEL Dashboard is to provide a system to monitor and aggregate project data (planned and reported) based on Key Performance Indicators. Web link:

Contact Us

Dr. Hope Webber
Head, Monitoring Evaluation and Learning
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA,
PMB 5320, Oyo Road, Ibadan 200001, Oyo State, Nigeria
International Mailing Address: IITA, Grosvenor House, 125 High Street, Croydon, CR0 9XP, UK
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