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

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Ref #: DRC/HGA/2022/001

Background

DRC has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using a human rights framework, the DRC Somalia operations focuses mainly on people who are affected by displacement, including refugees, internally displaced, and migrant.

Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a specialized unit within DRC which implements mine action and armed violence reduction (AVR) programmes. DDG’s mandate is ‘to create a safe environment free from armed violence and the remnants of conflict’, and DDG does this via a programmatic focus on four key sectors: Security Systems Reform, Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) management, Mine Action and Conflict Management.

Overall Purpose of the role:

The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Officer will be in charge of managing the projects’ MEAL activities. Working closely with the Programme team and the MEAL Coordinator, she/he will support a culture and practice of reliable planning, monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and reporting in all projects.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and/or update M&E tools, databases in close collaboration with the MEAL Coordinator and sectoral focal points.
  • Responsible for the implementation of the Meal policies and procedures for effective programme delivery
  • Ensure key indicators are identified, monitored and reported on in line with the project M&E Plan, DRC and donor standards
  • Responsible for the collection, analysis and dissemination of project data and follow up with specific sectors for the utilization of such data
  • Ensure quality of the full data management cycle from collection to storing and analysis of data and ensures validation and accuracy of all data.
  • Carry out Post-Distribution Monitoring (PDM) exercises to determine if interventions are reaching the right people, in the right quantity and quality, at the right time and are relevant
  • During monitoring activities ensure beneficiaries are treated with respect, confidentiality and informed consent.
  • Monitor activity implementation progress against objectives and work plans
  • Produce periodic monitoring reports and make recommendations for corrective action to appropriate decision-makers, to ensure programs have accurate and useful data to inform project development.
  • Ensure that MEAL findings are reflected and their recommendations are incorporated in the concept notes, proposals and implementation plans
  • Support Program team leaders, Coordinators, and other program staff with the active implementation of the MEAL plans, ensuring that plans are updated on a timely basis and that MEAL findings are included in all donor reports.
  • Support and carry out project assessments, evaluations, and any other form of survey or review.
  • Undertake field trips and conduct physical observations on ongoing projects.
  • Participate in developing and strengthening DRC’s MEAL unit by providing support in recruitments and capacity building of staff.
  • Work closely with programme teams to ensure that project-relevant information is shared among teams.
  • Promote awareness on DRC MEAL standards among relevant DRC staff and key stakeholders through various means including in-house trainings of staff, meetings with beneficiaries, communities and local authorities.

Accountability

  • Coordinate the design and implementation of accountability systems for projects, working closely with Programme Managers
  • Build the capacity of staff to plan and implement effective accountability systems for the Programme.
  • Strengthen the country program’s beneficiary and feedback complaint mechanism and set-up new systems as the program extends to new geographical areas
  • Ensure that the activities are compliant with DRC accountability principles
  • Support the implementation of DRC’s complaints mechanism.

Learning and project quality

  • Participate in the Review meetings and Close-out meetings in order to highlight cross-project components aimed at replicating good practices and strengthening synergies between projects or programmes.
  • Regularly present key MEAL findings to the Senior Management Team for further development.
  • Support the programme’s aim for further strengthened integrated programming and actively propose ways of achieving this using MEAL findings.
  • Perform other duties as directed by the MEAL Coordinator

Education, experience & technical competencies.

  • A Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (development, social research preferable with a focus on monitoring and evaluation as well as compliance issues). Fluency in written and spoken English essential,
  • Knowledge of data analysis software and use of data analytics tools such as SPSS.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of work experience in designing and implementing of MEAL systems for emergency, recovery and development programs.
  • Experience working with International NGO’s, UN agencies, line ministries and/or local authorities in migrants’/refugee settings in complex emergencies
  • Demonstrated ability and understanding to design, commission, and manage assessment methodologies and techniques such as focus group discussions, key informant interviews, observations to name a few.
  • Excellent knowledge of Mobile data applications (Kobo Toobox, ODK, etc)
  • Experience with research, including data collection and data management.
  • Experience in developing/ guiding information management systems for large humanitarian programs.
  • Experience in participatory assessment and community-based monitoring approaches
  • Clear understanding of Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS)
  • Experience with convening and facilitating trainings and workshops
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills (English)
  • Fluency in written and spoken English-essential.

ABOUT YOU

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies:

Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.

Collaborating: You are a strong networker and enjoy working with many different types of stakeholders, you involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.

Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while balancing the role of advisor and taking leadership

Communicating: You write and speak effectively and honestly and display political and cultural sensitivity, including ability to adapt well to local cultures

Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.

Conditions

Availability: 1st April 2022 Duty station: Hargeisa

Reporting to: Acting Base Manager

Duration: 6 Month of contract with possibility of extension based on fund and performance.

Contract: This position is graded as G6 (NM-H2) for qualified national staff and the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for national staff.

THE POSITION IS OPEN TO NATIONALS ONLY.

Gender Equality:

DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.

Equal Opportunities:

DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, color, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.

Commitments:

DRC adheres to the Core Humanitarian Standards. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of these standards.

DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework.

For general information about Danish Refugee Council, please visit www.drc.ngo

Application:

Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post. We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on www.drc.ngo under Vacancies.

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the online application on www.drc.ngo under Vacancies no later than 20th February 2022.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/jobsupport.