Position Title: MEAL Officer
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) officer is responsible for all planning, monitoring, documentation, learning and research activities, both quantitative and qualitative, for assigned South Syria Area Office projects.
This position is crucial to the management and implementation of programs by providing a strong evidence base and continual learning to improve monitoring of programs, ensure that lessons learnt are built into improved program delivery and program design and to build the capacity of partner NGO staff to strengthen their monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning systems and approaches.
The MEAL officer will be responsible for working closely with WV programs staff, partner NGO staff and WV field monitors to develop and implement best-practice monitoring and evaluation tools and assessments. This will include training field staff (both WV field monitors and partner NGO staff) on best practice approaches to data collection, including ensuring the confidentiality and rights of beneficiaries are respected. The MEAL officer will support the analysis of results and help develop products to disseminate the findings of surveys and assessments, including drafting assessment reports.
The MEAL officer will support program design by writing MEAL frameworks and MEAL plans, tracking progress against program-wide monitoring indicators and collecting and drafting information relevant to improving the evidence base for the design of programs.
The MEAL officer will also represent WV in external fora, such as working with UNOCHA and other organizations on joint data collection exercises, including the Humanitarian Needs Overview and other inter-agency monitoring and evaluation exercises.
The MEAL officer will also support the recruitment of specialist consultants to help establish MEAL systems (such as health information management systems. GBV information management systems and other monitoring systems required by the program) and to support the publication and dissemination of needs assessments, evaluations and field studies.
The MEAL officer will also support the establishment and monitoring of accountability to affected populations (AAP) systems and processes, ensuring high standards of transparency and protecting the privacy of those using the system.
This position is subject to donor approval for grant funding.
Ensure the project baseline is planned, coordinated and implemented within the first 3 months of the project start-up.
For assigned projects, develop a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system (comprehensive log frame, M&E plan and indicator tracking table, data collection tools, information flow, reporting and review) consistent with the WV DME framework, as appropriate, and in accordance with specific donor requirements.
Work with partners to ensure quality programming and adherence to minimum standards including World Vision International DME standards, values and principles, SPHERE and other sector standards and protocols as well as the mainstreaming of cross-cutting themes (Gender, Protection and Disability).
Ensure that monitoring incorporates and consider aspects at output, process, context and outcome levels for assigned projects and that appropriate data collection and reporting tools are developed and used.
Develop tools to gather relevant data according to donor and WV log-frames. Train field staff on data collection.
Synthesize and analyze M&E quantitative and qualitative data received on a monthly basis.
Ensure effective monitoring through regular field visits (most likely remotely through WV field monitors), conducting data verification, quality assessments and reporting the findings.
Coordinate periodic review with partners to facilitate dialogue and intentional learning and reflection from assessments, program progress monitoring etc, to improve project implementation and project quality.
Ensure a master beneficiary database is developed for the project and is updated regularly.
Ensure a master indicator database is developed for the project and is updated regularly.
Prepare and lead end of project evaluations as per donor requirements.
Prepare monthly MEAL plans and corresponding reports covering work completed for the period under review and ensuring that key performance indicators are captured.
Review monthly and periodic donor and Government reports produced by projects/programs to ensure compliance with recommended M&E guidelines, formats and programming standards.
Design, conduct and report on post distribution/ implementation/ monitoring/end to end verification surveys as required by projects.
Ensure that projects’ MEAL systems and reporting clearly reflect WV’s contributions to the well being of children, especially the most vulnerable.
Support Project Managers in preparation of donor reporting by providing information coming from monitoring findings and data collected from field staff in a timely manner.
Organize and facilitate trainings on MEAL functions for capacity development and awareness with implementing partners and WV field staff.
Orient new partners and staff to MEAL requirements of their projects and their role in ensuring an effective MEAL system for the project.
Write program logframes and MEAL sections to support the continual improvement of program design.
Organize and lead learning and innovative opportunities aimed at improving project effectiveness
Ensure that projects have a system to track information produced to help report to donors and the management.
Determine research needs, develop ToRs, supervise consultants and research teams; undertaking capacity building activities for staff and other stakeholders with a view to improve monitoring and documentation of programs.
Lead in developing a responsive, functional and appropriate feed backing mechanism which can improve current project implementation and guide future programming.
Ensure the accuracy of all data presented in reports to stakeholders including to donors, local government units, partners, community beneficiaries, among others.
Ensure that the highest ethical standards and confidentiality standards are applied in supporting accountability to affected populations.
Education:Bachelors in Social Sciences field
2 years’ field experience in Program Design and Development, Program Monitoring and Evaluation, and Capacity Building.
Knowledge & Skills:
Demonstrated ability in the use of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analytical techniques.
Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge through informal and formal training.
Demonstrated ability in the use of quantitative and qualitative methods including questionnaire design, survey techniques and participatory approaches.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team.
Good organizational and time management skills.
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Arabic.
Computer proficiency in word processing, Power Point, database, spreadsheet and graphics presentations (including one or more of the following programs: Excel, Access Epi Info, SPSS, ODK), and other internet applications.
Previous experience with developing DME tools
Previous experience in cross boarding
Experience working with remote management programs in Syria
Preferred working knowledge of advanced statistical packages (SPSS etc.)
Preferred knowledge of ODK database/SMAP server
Understands the application of policy and the impact of decisions
Understands fundraising, relief, development and advocacy issues, including operational consequences
Understands international standards in humanitarian protection and accountability (e.g. HAP, SPHERE, Red
Cross Code of Conduct, etc)
Fluency in speaking English and Arabic is required
Ability to write very good quality reports in English is required
Basic working knowledge of statistical packages (Excel, etc.) is required