BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian international NGOs, provides relief, rehabilitation and development support to vulnerable people and communities over 40 countries. We began work in Ethiopia in 2000 in response to severe drought in Ethiopia’s Somali region and are currently providing assistance to Ethiopians and refugees in six regions in Ethiopia, implementing emergency and development programs in health, water and sanitation, economic recovery and development (ERD), women’s protection and empowerment, education, child protection, and multi-sectoral emergency response.
Reporting to and technically supported by the Senior MEAL Manager, the Senior MEAL Officer works in close collaboration with health and Nutrition program and MEAL teams to optimize monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning capacities and opportunities of IRC mission in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa Office, to ensure high-quality programming for the clients we serve and support the global ambitions of IRC Strategy 100, and the Country Strategic Action Plan. The Senior MEAL Officer oversees, leads and implements MEAL activities of health and nutrition specially GAVI REACH Projects within Health and Nutrition MEAL Manager.
Leadership and Partnership
- Support all technical aspects and actions of MEAL regarding the GAVI Reach and other health and nutrition projects; respond to program needs; foster high standards and practices for quality data collection, analysis, and reports. Enable accountability to clients, partners, and donors .
- Implement and support MEAL system and approaches in your areas of expertise and foster learning as per the IRC MEAL Standards .
- Represent IRC at technical meetings, forums, and other events & build partnerships within IRC and area of expertise .
- Champion access and use of data for shared learning, sound decision-making, and data-informed programmatic adaptations.
- Run the health and Nutrition MEAL system and processes in harmony with the MEAL Country and Global Strategies throughout the project cycle which include:
- Collaborate with MEAL and non-MEAL staff to ensure that data is collected, compiled, checked for its quality and completeness in compliance with IRC and donors’ standards for quality.
- Conduct regular data quality checks and audits and analysis to ensure high-quality data, compile a report with relevant indicator data per grant, showing targets versus actuals.
- Beneficiary counting: a quarterly gender and age disaggregated overview per grant per sector should be provided.
- Document and share learning, evidence, and data from previous projects to inform project proposal design.
- Implement MEAL plans, revise (digital) data collection tools, follow-up on processes for online data management, quality checks, and audits, and updating of data visualization.
- Undertake regular analysis of monitoring data and H&N MEAL manager and senior program managers to facilitate decision-making for real-time program adaptation.
- Produce quality reports and updating dashboards with key findings that foster learning and decision-making and share in project cycle management meetings and team meetings.
- Identify, document, and share client feedback to improve services and results for our clients.
- Support H&N MEAL manager on deployment of surveys such as baseline and end line, and the commission of evaluations in coordination with colleagues and partners.
- Support the use of standard mobile data technology and online dashboard to enhance timeliness and quality of data collection, analysis, and visualization.
- Join and contribute to IRC’s effort in meeting its internal and external accountability commitments through the implementation of sound accountability, client feedback, and response mechanisms.
- Develop and/or update M&E tools, databases, and monthly reporting formats in close collaboration with the MEAL focal points/sectoral managers.
- Provide technical support to field offices when there is a need or where there is less number of grants in the permanently assigned field office.
- Work closely with Safe Programming Team and Sectors to ensure gender equality and client safety.
- Provide documentation and dissemination of key findings stemming from monitoring, assessment, client feedback channels and other learning activities.
- Facilitate capacity building for program staff (especially the MEAL focal points/sector managers on skills and knowledge related to M&E and accountability and learning, including IRC global initiatives.
- Conduct visits to field offices, sub-offices, and intervention areas to provide training, technical assistance, and support, as well as to ensure that M&E and CRA tools and strategies are understood and being implemented effectively.
- Provide training on how to collect, document, refer and respond on client feedback for the focal points who manage client feedback channels
- Coordinate, lead, mentor Senior MEAL Officers; foster timely and high-quality achievement, and an inclusive and respectful team climate.
- Promote the growth and development of others in IRC teams and partners: present high-quality technical training and learning material for partners, colleagues, and junior staff.
- Participate in the recruitment and onboarding of M&E/MEAL Assistant, field incentive workers and enumerators.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports directly to H&N MEAL Manager
Position directly supervises: N/A.
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: Health and Nutrition Sector MEAL Managers, Senior Program Managers, coordinator, and Senior Coordinator, and Database Officer, ICT Officer, Partnerships Manager, HR
External: Beneficiaries, program partner organizations, local and national government.
· A technical degree or equivalent in Healthcare, Monitoring and Evaluation, Statistics, and related fields.
- A minimum 3 year of working experience (3 years for first degree and or 2 years for postgraduate degree holders preferably in an international NGO in Monitoring and Evaluation/ EPI program is preferable/ in humanitarian and development health program.
- Demonstrated understanding of direct monitoring and evaluation experience specifically in expanded program of immunization (EPI) in humanitarian and development context.
- Possess basic technical knowledge of M&E approaches and techniques in some or all the following areas: Outputs, Outcome monitoring; Theories of Change, Logical frameworks, Data collection, Basic data analysis, Accountability, Client feedback mechanisms.
- Experience in conducting primary quantitative data collection and data entry.
- Basic proficiency and experience with mobile data collection such as Kobo, CommCare, ODK Collect is required, knowledge of Tableau, PowerBi, or GIS software tools are additional assets .
- Good computer skills in MS Office, especially Excel; and Word – with experience in writing reports.
- Self-motivated and pro-active attitude with good organization, planning, and analytic skills, including prioritizing work, multi-tasking, and attention to detail.
- Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and in constantly evolving work environments.
- Demonstrated analytical, systematic-thinking, and problem-solving skills are definite assets.
- A strong understanding of accountability and proven ability to build Client Feedback Systems
- Willingness to travel to various field-level offices/sub-offices or sites [ 60% ]
How to Apply
Candidates meeting the above qualifications are encouraged to apply only through the below IRC On-line recruitment website:
Please include 3 references from current and former employers.
Applications will not be returned. IRC discourages phone calls or personal visits.
Only applicants meeting the minimum qualification will be short listed and contacted.
Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
Your application letter/cover letter must include the following information.
- Name of the position you have applied for
- Date of application
- Summary of your qualifications and experience
- Motivation/objective of why you have applied for the job
- Permanent Address and present address (if different from permanent) and telephone number if possible also email address
- Disclose any family relationships with existing IRC employees.
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