MEAL Manager

Danish Refugee Council, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
23rd December, 2018

Job Description


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. DRC promotes and supports solutions to the problems faced by refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and migrants. The organization has offices across the region, and has been operational in Ethiopia since 2009. With funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, DRC is currently implementing a range of activities across Ethiopia and Djibouti, including WASH and shelter provision, child and youth protection, gender based violence response, awareness-raising of migration risks, protection monitoring of migration routes, and livelihoods support for returning migrants or those at-risk of migration.

Project Background

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is leading an international consortium to deliver a £21 million programme to protect would-be migrants and refugees from unsafe irregular migration through and from the Amhara, Tigray and Somali regions of Ethiopia. The 4-year programme, funded by the Department for International Development, UK (DFID) will address barriers to reducing unsafe irregular migration from and through Ethiopia. The programme is anticipated to be innovative, cross-sectoral and solutions-oriented with strong emphasis on research, learning and adaptive management.

This appointment is subject to DRC successfully securing funding from DFID, UK.

Overall Purpose of the Role:

The role is a member of the DFID Programme’s Programme Management Unit (PMU) and is responsible for overseeing a team of 4 to 5 MEAL staff while ensuring compliance with the PMU’s strategy, policies and procedures. The role contributes to the regular review and revision of the Programme strategy, which is translated by the MEAL Manager into a comprehensive MEAL system, MEAL tools plans and strategies. The MEAL Manager collaborates closely with other members of the PMU, including the Technical Programme Manager and Programme Manager, to ensure rigorous and thoughtful monitoring of Programme implementation.


Management and Technical Guidance

  • Overall responsibility for the management of the Programme’s MEAL team, ensuring positive and collaborative working relationships between the MEAL and implementing teams.
  • Lead the development of the Programme’s MEAL strategy, system and tools and oversee effective, efficient and timely implementation of the Programme’s MEAL plans.
  • Collaborate with the PMU’s Technical Programme Manager to develope and ensure the Programmes MEAL system and tools reflect sector-specific needs and best practices, and are technically robust.
  • Collaborate with the Technical Programme Manager, Technical Specialist Leads and field teams to undertake assessments and data collection to inform Programme design as well as to identify risks and vulnerabilities, including those related to gender, age and diversity.
  • Analyse data and generate reports and recommendations.
  • Lead the PMU’s MEAL team to undertake regular monitoring visits.
  • Assure quality of data collection and data entry processes.
  • Manage all Program MEAL databases and systems to oversee measurement of achievement and progress toward programme goals and results.
  • Ensure the Programme is able to articulate and document relevant best practices and assess performance regularly against agreed programme objectives and indicators.
  • Contribute to the strategic direction of the DFID programme through active and ongoing participation in and contribution to strategic planning meetings and development of strategic documents at both the PMU and field levels through sharing ongoing MEAL analysis and recommendations.
  • Collaborate with other members of the PMU to ensure effective coordination and visibility of the implementation of the Programme.

Finance and Administration:

Collaborate regularly with the PMU’s Support Services Manager and finance team to monitor spending of the Programmes MEAL budget.

Human Resources:

  • Ensure respectful and positive working relationships within the MEAL team which allow for the effective implementation of all MEAL activities. This is to be achieved through leadership, team building, day-to-day support and capacity-building.
  • Coordinate and support MEAL recruitment processes and ensure that relevant staffing structures are in place and are reflective of appropriate gender balance.
  • Promote professional development of the MEAL team by identifying training and capacity building opportunities and ensure MEAL staff are well versed in core protection concepts, DRC's code of conduct, accountability, respectful dialogue with the refugee population, and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.
  • Collaborate with the PMU’s human resources team to ensure MEAL staff evaluations are conducted on a regular basis.

Experience and Technical Competencies:

  • At least 10 years' experience in relevant field.
  • At least 8 years' experience with people management.
  • Experience in managing a complex MEAL programme, including at the country senior management level, with exceptional understanding of MEAL principles and process, including database management.
  • Proven understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
  • Demonstrable experience in designing and leading programme learning.
  • Proven leadership skills and a competence in people management.
  • Experience overseeing the implementation of a MEAL system for a commercial programme, with experiencing implementing a DFID commercial programme a notable advantage.
  • Experience effectively coordinating MEAL activities with partner agencies.
  • Full professional proficiency in English.

Education: Master's degree in relevant field (development, social research preferably with a focus on monitoring and evaluation as well as compliance issues).

Languages: Excellent verbal and written English.


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