Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer Non-profit Career Jobs – Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Organisation: Catholic
Relief Services (CRS)
Duty Station:  Uganda
Reports to: MEAL Manager
About US:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in an international non-profit
organization that carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United
States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at
the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and
as partners’ people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values
and our commitment to serving those in need.
Job Summary: The Monitoring,
Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer will work directly with
emergency project staff in Yumbe to ensure implementation of high quality MEAL
activities in CRS emergency response in two WASH projects. With technical
support from the CRS MEAL Manager in Kampala, CRS WASH Project Manager
(Yumbe-based) and the Emergency Coordinator (Yumbe-based), s/he will support
the development of an effective MEAL system and data collection tools, collect
data using qualitative and quantitative methods, conduct data entry and
analysis.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
Support the development and implementation of MEAL Systems:
  • Actively promote project compliance with
    CRS MEAL policies and procedures.
  • Assist the development of ProFrames for
    assigned projects, including identification of appropriate indicators,
    measurement methods and critical assumptions.
  • Support the development of effective data
    collection tools for routine monitoring, project databases and reporting
    formats for existing and new projects.
  • Support the use of information and
    communication technologies (ICT) for project MEAL, as required.
  • Work in liaison with the MEAL Manager in
    the country program to ensure appropriate, high quality orientation and
    training of field staff and partners on project MEAL system and tools, as
    required.
  • Carry out regular project monitoring
    visits.
  • Use qualitative and quantitative methods
    to collect data in the field and accompany CRS project staff
  • Ensure timely trend analysis of monitoring
    data to support project reporting and decision making.
  • Render support in the implementation of
    data quality controls to ensure the integrity of project data.
  • Assist the project M&E audits, as
    required.
  • Assist with review and/or development of
    project reports.
  • Assist with project baseline studies,
    mid-term and final evaluations, as required.
  • Ensure regular informal feedback from
    beneficiaries and project stakeholders is collected, analyzed, used and
    recorded.
  • Support documentation of project processes
    and learning, this includes ensuring that key project data, achievements,
    and lessons are shared widely within the Country Program, region,
    headquarters and beyond at least twice yearly.
Capacity Building:
  • Support field staff in strengthening the
    MEAL systems and capacity of local partner organizations to improve program
    quality through the provision of on-the-job support.
  • Promote the use of current Agency and
    Regional MEAL guidance and PQ references in own assignments and in the
    capacity building of field staff.
  • Participate in field-level project review
    meetings to support and validate the data collected and suggest areas for
    improvement.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Catholic
    Relief Services (CRS) Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
    (MEAL) Officer job opportunity should a postgraduate degree in
    statistics/demography/economics or other relevant areas.
  • At least five years’ experience in
    development, with three years of experience in monitoring and evaluation;
    experience in WASH projects a plus
  • Thorough familiarity with principles and
    current approaches to M&E – including skills in basic data analysis
    and interpretation using ICT4D and implementing accountability and
    learning systems
  • Previous experience working in an
    emergency context
  • Computer literacy skills i.e. proficiency
    with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and data analysis software
    platforms, (e.g., SPSS, EPI-Info, Access).
  • Ability to work in a team and support
    concurrent projects/assignments.
  • Excellent oral and written communication
    skills in English.
  • Prior experience in mentoring and capacity
    building of team / partners including training facilitation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and team skills
    and proven ability to be flexible in demanding situation
  • Good assessment, analytical and planning
    skills
  • A capacity and desire to pass on skills
    and information, a confident communicator and willing to work in a
    collaborative and respectful way with the beneficiaries.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to
    humanitarian principles (NGO / Red cross code of conduct) and with Sphere
    humanitarian charter and minimum standards
  • Fluent English language (speaking and
    writing) and knowledge of the local language in Yumbe district, Arabic is
    an added advantage.
  • Previous experience of working with local
    partners including local authorities’/settlement leadership
  • Proven experience in gender analysis and
    integrating gender & diversity into programme
  • High degree of flexibility and ability to
    work under pressure and meeting deadlines in changing situations
  • Experience of working effectively within a
    big international agency (I/NGOs)
  • Willingness to be based in Yumbe
  • Agency-Wide Competences (for all CRS
    Staff):
    Serves with Integrity, Models Stewardship, Cultivates
    Constructive Relationships, Promotes Learning
Personal Competencies:
  • MEAL in Design: Developing
    project-level Theories of Change, Results Frameworks, ProFrames, related
    MEAL system tools and components, and accompanying MEAL narratives.
  • Monitoring: Implementing
    monitoring activities, including timely collection of quality data, set up
    and maintenance of databases, facilitation of participatory reflection on
    monitoring results, and submission of timely progress reports.
  • Evaluation: Supporting project
    and program evaluations and reviews by ensuring the quality of evaluation
    methods, tools, and data and facilitating the use of evaluation results to
    inform decision-making and enhance learning
  • Accountability: Improving our
    accountability to a range of stakeholders through increased participation,
    transparent communication, responsive feedback mechanisms and adherence to
    internal and external quality standards and requirements.
  • Learning: Promoting excellent
    knowledge management and collaborative learning processes at the project,
    program and institutional levels, generating robust evidence for project
    and programmatic learning that leads to action, decision-making and
    influence.
  • Analysis and Critical Thinking:
    Engaging with data, challenging biases and assumptions, posing thoughtful
    questions, pursuing deeper understanding of evidence through reflection
    and perspective-taking, and making informed programming decisions.
  • ICT for MEAL: Applying
    knowledge on information and communication technologies (ICT), both
    hardware and software, for opportune and accurate data collection,
    database management.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send
a cover letter, updated CV and three work references (names and contact
information only) to ug_recruitment@crs.org
Deadline: 25th April 2017
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