MEAL Coordinator in Addis Ababa: The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using a human rights framework, the DRC East Africa and Great Lakes (EAGL) operation focuses on people who are affected by displacement, including refugees, internally displaced, migrants, and host communities in Burundi, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is implementing a large scale-up project to respond to the drought in the Horn of Africa and contribute to famine prevention efforts. At the current time, the project will specifically be implemented in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, with some displacement research extending into Djibouti. This multisectoral integrated emergency response will also have a specific focus on strengthening the protective environment in drought-affected areas of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, and improving the delivery of life-saving services in areas affected by large-scale displacements.
Overall purpose of the role
The overall purpose of the position it to be responsible for monitoring, evaluation, learning and accountability as well as the information management system under the drought response program. S/he will work closely with the MEAL staff in each Country Office to ensure effective MEAL practices are applied throughout the project period and specifically provide technical leadership on related activities such as assessments, evaluations, learning events and the overall accountability system
- Support the Head of PMU in refining mechanisms, systems and tools that enable structured participation and inputs by MEAL focal points in the reporting process for the drought response programme
- Participate in project kick off, review and close out meetings, ensuring that the MEAL aspects (indicators, tools and monitoring activities) of the drought response project are well understood and integrated into the project
- Review and provide technical input into the development of log frames/results frameworks and Indicator Tracking Tables, and ensuring these are updated continually
- Disseminate project outputs and findings regularly with technical leads of the PMU and other relevant project staff working in the country offices
- Undertake field trips as part of physical monitoring and verification of the drought response project activities
- Support the work of MEAL consultancies for the drought response project
- Support operations by providing timely trends analysis and data visualization products
- Continuously QA the quality of data collection and data entry and provide feedback geared towards improving data quality
- Provide technical guidance and contribute to the development of data collection tools, plans, process, and guidelines to strengthen monitoring of the drought response
- Ensure compliance with DRC global guidelines on data protection
Evaluation and Assessments:
- Work with Country Office MEAL Coordinators to plan for and conduct assessments and other internal surveys
- Develop TORs for cross cutting external evaluations and assessments
- Review Country Office TORs for evaluations and assessments
- Provide technical guidance on the design and implementation of evaluations, surveys and other assessments
- Get findings from the Country Office accountability systems for the drought response including consolidating lessons from the Community Feedback Mechanisms (CFM) Systems
- Collate lessons learnt periodically and share action plans for improvement with the PMU
- Assess performance regularly against agreed program indicators
- Document and articulate best practices, ensuring the PMU is regularly kept informed
- Regularly present key MEAL findings to the PMU, Project Steering Committee etc.
- Along with colleagues, produce lessons learnt briefs and disseminate these with the PMU and Program Sector Leads
- Liaise with Regional and Country Office MEAL staff to continually share learnings and best practices in MEAL
- Coordination and collaboration with the PMU team, Program Sector Leads and Country Program Management
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 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.
Experience and technical competencies:
- Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (development, social research preferable with a focus in MEAL as well as compliance.
- Minimum of 5 years working experience within the field of MEAL
- Experience working with INGO, UN Agencies, line ministries and/or local authorities in complex emergencies
- Experience in developing /guiding information management systems for large humanitarian programmes
- Experience in participatory assessment and community-based monitoring approaches
- Have clear understanding of Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS)
- Experience with capacity building of staff and, in convening and facilitating trainings and workshops.
- Excellent analytical and report writing skills
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to work independently and as a team player with demonstrated leadership and participatory manner.
- Ability to travel regularly within the region and beyond – including in conflict affected areas – for potentially up to 4 weeks at a short time notice
- Proficiency in English is a strong preference; while other regional languages are beneficial.
- Contract: One year contract with possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance. Salary and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for Kenyan Staff ; Employment band F-Non Management: Not accompanied
- Availability: Immediately
- Duty station: To be determined (Nairobi/Kenya, Addis Ababa/Ethiopia or Mogadishu/ Somalia – with more than 50% of travel to other two country and field offices)
- Reporting Line: Chief of Party
Providing equal opportunities 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.
Promoting high standards: 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
Application and CV
Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered.
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