One of our Clients in the International Development sector working in Recovery Programs in Nepal is recruiting for the following positions.
Department: Program Reports To: Head of Programs
Supervision: Senior MEAL Officer, MEAL Officer(s) and Database Assistant
Job Summary: The purpose of this position is to ensure high quality Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) across organization’s programming sectors and to strengthen country program staff and partners MEAL capacity. The MEAL Manager will be responsible for supervising the organization’s MEAL staff and coordinating efforts with project/program managers. The MEAL Manager will keep abreast of agency and industry best/good practices in MEAL to ensure the use of technically and operationally appropriate MEAL methods and tools in the organization’s programming.
A. MEAL in Design
•Provide technical support for the design and implementation of project design assessments, gender analysis, stakeholder analysis, and other pre-proposal data collection and analysis.
•During project design and proposal development, provide technical support to develop and review theories of change, results frameworks, Proframes, MEAL plans, MEAL narratives, and MEAL budgets.
• Contribute to the writing of MEAL sections of proposals.
• Ensure that MEAL system design for all new projects is in compliance with donor MEAL requirements and the organization’s MEAL policies and procedures (MPP).
•Lead the appropriate application of the organization’s simple measurement of indicators for learning and evidence-based reporting (SMILER) approach in the design of MEAL systems for all new projects ensuring that all paper-based and digital data collection tools, reporting and visualization tools, data flow and communication & reporting maps, data management, and accountability and learning processes and tools are well designed.
•Ensure that project monitoring systems provide timely, high quality data that is consistently collected, analyzed and shared in a user-friendly format with project management, implementing partners and MEAL stakeholders.
•Collaborate with project/program managers to co-facilitate quarterly learning to action discussions that include reflection on project monitoring data to inform evidence-based decision making and action planning.
•Provide technical assistance to MEAL and project management staff to ensure the quality and integrity of all data gathered, including planning and organizing annual data quality assessments (MEAL procedure 2.4). •Provide technical assistance to MEAL and project management staff to ensure that all monitoring data is recorded in relevant project databases and tracking tools in a timely and accurate manner.
•Assist program management and MEAL staff in the development of timely, high quality donor and project progress reports.
•Ensure accurate and comprehensive beneficiary data tracking across all projects that facilitate timely annual reporting of beneficiary and service delivery indicators data reporting to HQ.
•Provide technical leadership to ensure that baseline and evaluation events for all Vietnam projects comply with donor and evaluation (MPP) requirements.
•Develop terms of reference (ToR) for all project baseline, midterm and end of project evaluation events that include technically and operationally appropriate evaluation methods that reflect agency and industry good practice with support from Sub-Regional MEAL Manager.
• Develop scopes of work (SoW) with the respective Program Managers, for hiring MEAL consultants with support from the Sub-Regional MEAL Manager.
•Co-facilitate participatory reflection events with project and partner staff to identify learning and recommendations as part of all baseline and evaluation events (MEAL procedure 3.7).
D. Accountability & Learning
•Support the identification and documentation of lessons learned, good practices and results from the organization programming. This includes the preparation of donor success stories and contributing to the development and implementation of the Country Program Learning Agenda.
•Provide support and technical assistance to MEAL staff to ensure that transparent high-quality accountability mechanisms are in place for all programs, and that beneficiary feedback is routinely captured and responded to by programming teams. • Ensure MEAL systems and activities meet donor requirements and adhere to the agency’s MEAL Policies and Procedures.
•Proactively participates in sub-regional and regional MEAL processes, including Accountability and Learning, through a community of practice approach, including sharing and application of good practices in the sub-region.
• Support programming staff to introduce participatory community level monitoring & evaluation systems and tools.
•Develop and co-facilitate MEAL workshops/training for staff and partners as needs are identified by Program Managers.
•Coordinate with project management and MEAL staff to optimize partner participation and capacity development in the design and implementation of MEAL systems and activities.
• Provide mentoring/accompaniment to the organization and partner staff to strengthen MEAL capacity
F. MEAL Management:
•Directly supervise the Senior MEAL Officer, MEAL Officer(s) and Database Assistant and/or future MEAL staff in accordance with the organization’s Performance Management System.
•Ensure that regular feedback, including at least twice-yearly coaching sessions, informs formal and informal performance management activities. •Recruit new MEAL staff and/or key MEAL positions within projects including, for example JD review/development, development/scoring or written tests, supporting short-listing and/or candidate interview, and on-boarding new staff.
•Conducts or supports period reviews of project MEAL systems to refine MEAL practices and systems and to address gaps or challenges that arise. Coordinates with project managers and MEAL staff to ensure implementation of MEAL activities as per the project Detailed Implementation Plan and financial plan.
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Head of Program, Country Representative, Sub-Regional MEAL Manager, MEAL Coordinator, MEAL Officers, Database Assistant, Program Managers, and Project Officers.
External:Local partner staff, community members, government, consultants, NGOs, donors.
Background, Experience and Requirements: Education and Experience :
• Master’s Degree in Economics / Development or Social Studies / Statistics, or related field & experience
• Minimum 3-5 years of managerial experience with an NGO, preferably within an INGO with
• Excellent written and oral English and local language
• Demonstrated experience in writing proposals and reports in English
• Strong analytical skills with the ability to detect and report inconsistencies
•Excellent data management (collection, entry, analysis and visualization) skills in Microsoft Excel, Access, or similar platforms. Familiarity with analysis software such as SPSS, STATA, EpiInfo, etc. is a plus.
•Demonstrated experience developing qualitative and quantitative tools and the analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data.
•Experience with capacity strengthening and partnership building, with the capacity to empower staff through opportunities for growth, development and delegation of appropriate authority and responsibility
•Excellent planning and organization skills and experience with information management systems
•Supervisory experience and management and team building skills, especially in a multicultural setting
• Preference for ICT4MEAL experience
Personal Skills and Requirements
•Ability to provide opportunities for continuous learning, motivate individual/team/department performance
•Proactive and self-motivated approach to work, with an enthusiasm for learning and openness to adapting
• Willingness to spend 50% of time traveling in the field
These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of the organization and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.