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Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability And Learning (MEAL) Officer

Overall purpose of the role:
Under the guidance of MEAL Manager, the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer will be responsible for monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning for all projects ensuring quality evidence on the results and outcomes of assistance is provided for reporting and decision making.  The MEAL officer will be responsible designing and implementing MEAL activities of the project; drafting quarterly/annual reports in close collaboration with HDP Manager and ensure project beneficiary databases and indicators tracking tables are up to date. The role will also ensure program data and other protection data is accurately and ethically collected, stored, analyzed & shared in strict adherence to DRC’s data protection policy. Further the officer will also ensure Feedback and Response Mechanisms are established and functional across project locations. The MEAL officer will work in close collaboration with the MEAL Manager, HDP Manager, Country program team and Civilsociety organizations.  

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure full compliance with DRC’s Minimum Monitoring Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Standards in all projects implemented.  
  • In collaboration with the MEAL Manager, lead field-level assessments, including needs assessment, baseline, mid-term, end-line and post-distribution monitoring surveys to ensure data quality controls including verifying consistency between collected data, means of verification, the IPTT and donor reports. 
  • Lead the development of MEAL components of project proposals or concept notes, including the development of indicators and project-specific MEAL plans. MEAL plans and DIPs will be developed in close collaboration with programme teams and will be used to populate DRC’s Indicator Performance Tracking Tool (IPTT), which will be used by the program and MEAL teams to provide monthly updates and analysis of progress against indicators.   
  • In close collaboration with the MEAL Manager and the program team, develop sector-specific data collection tools and ensure their proper use by implementing teams. The position will ensure the timeliness and quality of data collection, and ensure all captured data is managed according to protection information management standards and best practices.  
  • Conduct periodic data quality audits to assess the quality of collected data for indicators and report data quality issues to the  MEAL Manager
  • Produce monthly analysis reports with updates on the implementation status of all assigned projects. This will entail flagging areas of concern, developing recommendations for corrective actions to share with the MEAL Manager  
  • In collaboration with the MEAL Manager, facilitate project-based learning events to capture, document and disseminate lessons learned for internal and external purposes.    
  • Identify and conduct MEAL-related capacity building needs and opportunities for DRC’s program staff in targeted project and assume responsibility for facilitating trainings on Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS), and beneficiary feedback and response mechanisms. 
  • In collaboration with the country-level MEAL Manager, ensure Kenya Community Feedback and Response Mechanism, and all associated tools and SOPs, in the field office level.
  • Supervise IMS/Data Assistant including providing coaching and mentoring on MEAL

Experience and Technical Competencies:

  • A minimum of 4 years of MEAL experience within the humanitarian or NGO field.  
  • Demonstrated experience translating theories of change, log-frames and results frameworks into monitoring plans, developing data-collection tools and protocols, leading data-collection and management process, designing and managing databases, and analyzing data.  
  • Proven technical skills in monitoring, evaluation and experience with both qualitative and quantitative data-collection and analysis. 
  • Excellent analytical, presentation, and report-writing skills. 
  • Strong background in the use of computers including the use of software applications such as Excel, Access, PowerPoint, statistics software such as SPSS.
  • Experience in the use of GBVIMS, CPIMS or ProGRes will be an added advantage
  • Previous experience with electronic or mobile data-collection such as Kobo collect preferred
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines.  

Education:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in the Social Sciences, Economics, Statistics or Information Management Sciences.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Swahili is essential  

DRC’s Core competencies: 

  • Striving for excellence: you focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: you involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: you take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: you act in line with our vision and values.

Conditions:  
Contract duration: 
12 months. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council terms of employment for National staff.
Availability: July 2022
Duty station: Lodwar (with occasional travel to the Country Office in Nairobi)
Key stakeholders: 
Internal: Programme implementation teams and MEAL staff in Kakuma Field and Country Offices.
External: National and county government authorities, INGO/NGOs, Donors, Implementing partners

General
Commitments: 

DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (http://www.drc.dk/HAF.4265.0.html)

Application Process:
Qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications, which should include a 1-page cover letter clearly stating their motivation, and qualifications and a CV. Applications should include contact details of three professional referees who have supervised the candidate in the last five years. One referee must be the applicant’s most recent manager. Only applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications will be considered.  
We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on www.drc.ngo under Vacancies. Applications should be sent no later than: 10th June 2022.

Gender Equality: 
DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels.  In light of this, female candidates and those from minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/about-us/job-and-career/support-for-job-seekers.

Danish Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply!

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