Emergency Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Manager

Emergency Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Manager Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Background The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. IRC has been working in Ethiopia since 1999 and is implementing coordinated, community-managed programs aimed at improving the quality of lives and recovery of livelihood of the disaster-affected population, including host communities, through promoting individual participation, strengthening institutions, and emergency response. Position Overview The position technically reports to MEAL Coordinator and to the Deputy Director for Emergencies on operational issues. IRC is implementing multiple emergency grants funded mainly by USAID, ECHO and the UN, hence the position will undertake the Monitoring, Evaluation, accountability and learning actions under these grants. In some of the grants IRC is prime and works in consortium with other humanitarian organizations and engages local partners to implement some of the activities. He/she will also monitor the changing humanitarian context work closely with the Project Leads to ensure that, humanitarian needs are identified and responded to in a timely and effective manner. The Staff will dedicate 75% of his/her time for emergency projects and 25% for other projects depending on the need. The position is based in Addis Ababa with 50% travel to the field sites for assistance, support and monitoring of program activities. Key Job functions/responsibilities Program Management, Technical Quality, and Strategy ·         Develop M&E frameworks, standards and protocols for the various Emergency projects based on project log frames and IRC’s Monitoring for action (MfA) standards to improve monitoring and evaluation practices, data quality and evidence based decision making. ·         Review proposals and reports for both IRC and partners to ensure that they meet IRC M&E standards and practices. ·         Work closely with the MEAL Coordinator and implementing partners to develop standard data collection tools and systems to ensure timely, relevant and high quality data for the emergency projects. ·         Provide ongoing technical assistance to program and M&E staff for both IRC and partners in the implementation of M&E plans, the application of data collection tools, data management and quality checks, and data analysis and reporting. ·         Ensure that beneficiary feedback for all emergency projects is adequately captured, analyzed, and responded to by program teams in line with IRC’s Client Responsiveness initiative. ·         Work with IRC MEAL Coordinator and GIS unit, as well as information and communication technology (ICT) staff at HQ or in the regional office on the use of technology for improving M&E systems. ·         Capture Learning, document and disseminate internally and externally in collaboration with the IRC MEAL Coordinator and participate in learning events as relevant. ·         Lead evaluation efforts such as emergency real-time evaluations, internal end-of-project evaluations, impact studies, case studies as needed. ·         Together with the CO MEAL Coordinator, facilitate quarterly and annual data reviews and reflection sessions as specified in the M&E frameworks to track progress and agree on corrective action together with the program team. Capacity building ·         Coordinate and conduct capacity building for IRC project staff and partner organizations where appropriate on monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning to improve knowledge and skills in project cycle management. Trainings will be based on training needs assessments and these may include; needs assessments, qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection, data analysis, presentation and interpretation of data and reporting ·         Conduct regular visits to field sites to provide oversight, coaching and mentoring for IRC and partner M&E and program staff making sure that that set standards and procedures are implemented effectively and meet the highest quality standards; ·         Act as the MEAL focal point for the Emergency Projects, work closely with NGO counterparts and at appropriate forums/workshops to share lessons learned and further develop IRC’s own knowledge base and programming. Leadership roles and working relationships Reporting line: Position reports technically to the MEAL Coordinator and to the Deputy Director for Emergencies on operational issues. Staff Management: At the moment the position doesn’t have staff management responsibility but this may change if there is need. Other internal and/or external working relationships Internal; Emergency Technical leads (WASH, Nutrition, Health, Community wellbeing Initiative, Child Protection, Cash and NFIs and commodities), Country Office Program Coordinators and relevant Headquarters (HQ) and Regional Program staff. Externally; Partners, government ministries/agencies, clusters Leads and other engaged in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning. Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability and Gender Equality. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and makes sure policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols, and other encouraging benefits and allowances. Equal Opportunity Employer: IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Job Requirements ·         5 years for BSC degree and 4 years for master’s degree holders in statistics, social sciences, public health and economics. ·         At least 1 year of  management experience. ·         Proven skills and experience in monitoring and evaluation in emergencies including multi-sectorial and consortium projects. ·         Proven abilities in translating log frames/results frameworks into monitoring plans, developing data tools and protocols, data collection and management, use of data bases and data analysis. ·         Demonstrated experience developing and rolling out tools and data systems and feedback/accountability mechanisms for, and building capacity of others for assessing progress and documentation. ·         Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation methodologies including logical models, conceptual frameworks, assessments and evaluations. ·         Knowledge and experience with digital data collections and analysis tools such as ArcGIS, Kobo Toolbox and CommCare. ·         Knowledge of Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) agreed Commitments to Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) and global commitments on participation revolution ·         Familiarity with information management systems and analysis software and data presentation platforms such as Power BI or Tableau. ·         Demonstrated experience in managing and capacity strengthening of staff ·         Strong ability to communicate concisely and with impact in English. ·         Demonstrated ability to work, handle, and meet contending targets in a fast-paced operating environment. ·         Consistent track record of proactively identifying and presenting potential problems and proposing solutions. ·         Able to function effectively in a changing work environment and to set appropriate priorities and deal effectively with competing needs and pressure. ·         Committed to the IRC’s mission, purpose, and values. How to Apply Candidates who meet the above qualifications; please send your CV and application letter only through IRC career site.

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