MEAL Officer

Danish Refugee Council, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
3rd April, 2019

Job Description


The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfillment of the wish to return home. The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced. All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.


The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer for Protection programmes of DRC/DDG Country Programme in Afghanistan leads the strategic planning and implementation of all MEAL processes and activities required to improve protection programme quality over the course of project implementation, and ensure and demonstrate positive impact on beneficiaries’ lives. The MEALO Protection is directly responsible for assessing and measuring quality and accountability of DRC/DDG Afghanistan’s protection support. S/he will prioritize DRC Protection M&E, but will also lead or contribute to the M&E of DDG Protection as requested. DRC Protection primarily consists of legal and psychosocial counselling, Protection Monitoring, Individual Protection Assistance (IPA) and Case Management, referrals to specialized protection agencies, awareness-raising on national legislation and Housing, Land and Property (HLP) rights, International Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (IHRL and IHL), as well as community centres offering multisectoral service provision and Child Friendly Spaces to all affected populations. DDG Protection includes Mine Action and Mine Risk Education, as well as Armed Violence Reduction, conflict management and social cohesion programmes. S/he does so through the application of the MEAL annual strategy. This includes, among other responsibilities, designing data collection tools for monitoring and evaluation purposes in collaboration with project teams, data collection, analysis, reporting and follow up with project teams on actions taken. S/he is directly responsible for process and outcome monitoring, yet may provide direct support to programme teams for output monitoring and database design and management. S/he will additionally work with the MEAL and the Protection Information Management Officers to ensure an efficient, accurate and transparent data flow from collection in the field to analysis and use, with particular focus on safeguarding confidentiality of clients and respondents at all times.


Design and Implementation of Overall MEAL System for Protection Programmes:

  • Lead the design and implementation of the DRC MEAL Protection Framework and Standard Operating Procedures, including MEAL and indicator plans, data collection / measurement Scopes of Work, tools and methodologies, planning and implementation of MEAL field work for the collection, analysis and usage of data to measure progress against indicators and promote programmatic learning;
  • Contribute actively to the design and implementation of the DDG MEAL Protection Framework and Standard Operating Procedures , including leading Baseline and Impact Monitoring exercises for DDG Mine Action and review of MEAL system for Armed Violence Reduction

Data collection tools development and use:

  • Support the development of relevant and quality data collection tools for quantitative and qualitative research related to our Protection programming, e.g. Rapid Protection Assessments, baseline/endline surveys, Minimum Standard Checklists, FGD/KII guides, etc
  • Lead the development of a qualitative research strategy through the deployment of innovative research methods in order to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of DRC Afghanistan’s protection programmes at individual, household and community levels
  • Lead on planning and / or conducting field data collection and monitoring exercises

Data management, analysis and use:

  • Collaborate with Information Management Officers to ensure appropriate data management for all protection programmes in country, including storage, cleaning and analysis
  • Collaborate with Programme teams to ensure actions are taken based on MEAL findings and recommendations

Reporting: Support MEAL Manager in drafting all protection-related MEAL reports

Accountability: Closely coordinate with the Complaints Response Mechanism Officer to ensure relevant programme teams properly implement accountability measures as per DRC standards and in line with the Core Humanitarian Standards

Technical management and capacity-building: Coordinate and supervise any field work related to MEAL of Protection programming in area offices

Others: Assist in other tasks as required by the MEAL Manager, including extensive support to other programmes whenever deemed necessary



  • Bachelor Degree in social sciences, humanitarian and/or development studies, or relevant field
  • Maters, Diplomas or Certification in M&E, IMS, Statistics or related fields an added value


  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal
  • Ability to work in both Dari and/or Pashto

Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience within the humanitarian field (MEAL and / or Protection work)
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in Protection work (General protection, CP, GBV…)a very valuable asset
  • Demonstrated knowledge of design and analysis of qualitative and quantitative research methods required
  • Capacity to think critically and produce high-quality reports and analysis required
  • Good level of proficiency in Word, PPT, Windows Excel required; SPSS, STATA and NVivo or other software an asset
  • Experience in working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Strong inter-personal, communication and leadership skills
  • Strong planning and organizational skills

Key stakeholders: (internal and external)

MEAL Manager, MEAL Specialists, MEAL Officers, Information Management Officer, Complaints Response Mechanism Officer, Technical Coordinators, Programme Team Leaders and Officers, Area Managers,

national and local authorities, community representatives, community members, external enumerators




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