Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning Officer (MEAL Officer)

Job Description

                                   INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

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                                     Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning Officer (MEAL Officer)

Country Office:Ethiopia

Work Base: Gambella-Pinyudo

Availability: As Soon As Possible

Salary Scale: EMS07

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply for this position.

About Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger-USA is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children and we enable entire communities to be free from hunger. With more than 8,000 staff in over 50 countries, our programs reached 17 million people in 2019.

About the Country Program in Ethiopia

Action Against Hunger has been operational in Ethiopia since 1984 responding to both chronic and acute needs through a multi-sectoral strategy where nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH, and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support activities are integrated to have a meaningful impact on people’s resilience. Action Against Hunger currently operates in 5 different regions (Oromia, Somali, Amhara, Benishangul Gumuz, and Gambella) with a portfolio of 20m USD/year of emergency, resilience building, research, and innovation programs. We have a country team of around 600 staff in 17 regional and satellite offices. Our main donors in Ethiopia in 2020/2021 are BHA, ECHO, Europaid, UNHCR, UNICEF, GFFO, BPRM, SIDA, EHF, WFP, CIAA, and others.

Summary of position

The Senior MEAL Officer is responsible for the overall day-to-day management of the MEAL activities at the base. He/She will ensure proper implementation of the monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning activities, monitor day-to-day activities in the field, and oversee proper delivery of activity progress reports, and donor and partner reports. Furthermore, they will support the MEAL TA in the rolling out of MEAL tools and will assist regarding any data analysis and quality checking needs for data entry that may arise. Finally, the Senior MEAL Officer will provide support in drafting any monitoring and assessment reports that may be required. 

The Senior MEAL Officer role’s purpose, engagement, and delivery are:

Purpose (The substantive focus of the job encompassing scope, depth, and difficulty of work both conceptual and applied)

Objective 1: Implement the monitoring and evaluation activities in the field:

  • Develop and implement a MEAL plan for each project;
  • Ensure that MEAL standards of the program and the mission are being implemented and respected;
  • Ensure the proper follow up,  compilation, and review of Activity Progress Reports;
  • Support the country office in undertaking  baseline surveys with high-quality data collection;
  • Ensure timely undertakings in assessments like Post Distribution Monitoring (PDM), exit interviews, target verification reports, etc.;
  • Lead the annual need assessment exercise of the field office,
  • Undertake continuous field monitoring visits and draft reports on the visits, including actions and recommendations taken;
  • Review and compile field level donor and government reports for consistency with the MEAL standards;

Objective 2: Effectively implement the accountability system:

  • Establishing a context-based functional accountability system for the base;
  • Ensure clear, timely and relevant project information are shared for communities and beneficiaries;
  • Ensuring project beneficiaries know about the project activities, their entitlements, targeting criteria,  selection criteria and feedback and complaint mechanism;
  • Ensuring communities and project beneficiaries actively participated throughout the project period;
  • Establishing contextual Community Feedback and Complaint and Response Mechanism (CFRM);
  • Ensuring feedback is collected, recorded in a database, reviewed timely, track and coordinate with program managers for timely response; and compile the monthly accountability reports;
  • Support the MEAL TA’s and the mission in roll outing MEAL and accountability guidelines;
  • Ensuring the voices and concerns of the community and beneficiaries we serve are heard through regular individual and community level assessments (FGD and KII);

Engagement: (The focus of interaction both internally and externally needed to deliver a service seek collaboration and build effective partnerships)

Objective 3: Effectively and efficiently, utilize communication, coordination, and partnerships:

  • Consulting with the PM to determine support needs in field-level MEAL;
  • Support the field team in quality data management;
  • Maintain ongoing relationships with individuals and contacts through networks, based on mutual rapport and respect;
  • Estimate the resources needed to achieve your own work plans or objectives and deliver them in the most efficient and cost-effective way;
  • Set and communicate realistic timelines for achieving tasks, working out how best to adapt as priorities change or unforeseen circumstances arise;
  • Seek better ways of doing things, taking into account the possible implications;
  • Look inside and outside Action Against Hunger for new ideas and evaluate them for your own work;

Delivery: (The focus on the execution of the work and the role of the team for supporting business/operational functions in terms of timeliness and quality)           

Objective 4: Reporting

  • Compile monthly Activity Progress Reports of the field office,
  • Prepare monthly accountability report of the field office,
  • Prepare Monthly MEAL Activity Report,

Objective 5: Learning:

  • Facilitate experience sharing and review meetings at the field level between sectors;
  • Establish a system for gathering, organizing, documenting, and sharing learnings and best practices;
  • Producing success stories and sharing for learning and program implementation improvement;
  • Document and share best practices and learnings through publications, web sharing, and other means within the mission;

Reporting Responsibilities 

  • Review and compile APRs
  • Ensure functional Feedback and Complaint Mechanism
  • Accountability Report
  • Monthly MEAL Activity Report
  • Produce and Compile Program success stories
  • Learning documentation.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  •  N/A

Gender Equality Commitments 

  • Foster an environment that supports the values of women and men, and equal access to information.
  • Provide a work environment where women and men must be evaluated and promoted based on their skills and performance.
  • Respect beneficiaries’ women, men, and children (boys and girls) regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, or religion. Race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, or marital status. 
  • Value and respect all cultures. 

Fiscal Responsibility

  • N/A

Physical Demands

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit for long periods and to concentrate on work, including typing, and turn out heavy volumes of work accurately, within short time frames under stressful situations in the context of a moderately noisy office with many interruptions. Must be able to proofread own work accurately so that only minor corrections are needed on an infrequent basis.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions, Travel, and Environment 

  • The duties of the job require regular job attendance at least five days per week. Must be available to work outside normal office hours or on the weekends as required.
  • Must be able to travel as required for standard domestic and international business purposes. While performing the duties of this job in the field, the employee may be exposed to precarious settings under high-security risks and/or very basic living conditions and outside weather conditions, as well as infectious diseases. 

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications and Professional Experience

  • Minimum- bachelor’s degree in humanitarian affairs, public health, epidemiology, demography, statistics, economics, or other human health science fields.
  • Preferably 3 up to 5 years of experience in the Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, and Accountability of humanitarian or development programs;
  • Familiarity with one of the Action Against Hunger intervention thematic areas is also preferable.
  • Experience as a lecturer or assistant lecturer in the field of epidemiology, biostatistics, statistic, demography, and research is desirable.
  • Fluency in English (both written and spoken skills).
  • Knowledge of the vacant position’s local language is a plus

Required Skills & Competencies

  • Professional, motivated, open, creative, mature, responsible, flexible, and culturally sensitive
  • Excellent communication, writing, and analytical skills
  • Proven ability to translate evaluated results into learning strategies
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating  donor (i.e. ECHO, SIDA, PRM, EHF) funded activities
  • Skills in statistical and other software (MS Excel, SPSS, SPHINX, STATA, EPI Info, ENA for SMART, GIS, etc.)
  • Microsoft Office Skills (Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Experience in humanitarian M&E
  • Experience in designing and leading internal and external evaluation
  • Experience designing and leading capacity building and training for national teams
  • Familiarity with Management Information Systems (Databases) and GIS
  • Knowledge of  project cycle management
  • Commitment to ACF mission, values, and policy

Preferred

  • Previous experience with nutrition, WASH, food security, and livelihoods programming.
  • Previous experience with cash-based interventions (i.e. cash for work, cash transfers, or cash vouchers)
  • Experience with mobile data collection processes and platforms
  • Experience with GIS and spatial analysis
  • Familiarity with Management Information Systems (Databases)

How to Apply

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

If you are interested, please send your application composed of none returnable CV, a Covering Letter with “Senior MEAL Officer” written in the subject lineand three references, applicants to the following address:

Through www.ethiojobs.net

NBOnly shortlisted applicants will be, communicated on and the selection process includes technical tests and an interview.

Action Against Hunger-USA provides all staff with an attractive salary & benefits package. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees & qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Action Against Hunger-USA complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

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