Project MEAL Officer US Non-profit Careers – Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Organization: Catholic
Relief Services (CRS)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Emergency MEAL
Manager
About US:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-profit
organization which implements 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 Project MEAL
Officer – Bureau of Population, Refugees & Migration (BPRM) will work
directly with emergency project staff in Yumbe to ensure implementation of high
quality MEAL activities in CRS emergency response in livelihoods and WASH
project funded by BPRM. With technical support from the CRS MEAL Manager in
Kampala, CRS BPRM Project Manager (Yumbe-based) and the Emergency MEAL Manager (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:  
Specific Responsibilities:
Support the development and implementation of MEAL Systems:
  • Promote project compliance with CRS MEAL
    policies and procedures.
  • Provide support in the development of
    ProFrames and theory of change models 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 the project.
  • Support the use of information and
    communication technologies (ICT) for project MEAL, as required.
  • Work closely 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.
  • Conduct 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.
  • Support the implementation of data quality
    controls to ensure the integrity of project data.
  • Support 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 formal 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) Project MEAL Officer – Bureau of Population,
    Refugees & Migration (BPRM) job opportunity should hold a Postgraduate
    degree in statistics/demography/economics or other relevant areas.
  • At least five years work experience in
    development, with at least 3 years of experience in monitoring and
    evaluation; experience in Livelihood projects a plus
  • Broad knowledge and 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 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.
  • Proven experience of 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
  • 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 Competencies (for all CRS
    Staff): Serves
    with Integrity, Models Stewardship, Cultivates
    Constructive Relationships, Promotes Learning
Desired MEAL 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 Ugandan candidates are encouraged
to send their cover letters, CVs and three work references (names and contact
information only) to ug_recruitment@crs.org
Deadline: 1st October
2017 by 5:00PM
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