Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Coordinator

Danish Refugee Council, Ethiopia

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th October, 2019

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 program to protect would-be migrants and refugees from unsafe irregular migration through and from Ethiopia Amhara and Tigray regions of Ethiopia as well as Djibouti. The 4-year program, funded by the Department for International Development, UK (DFID, UK), will address the barriers to reducing unsafe irregular migration from Ethiopia and ultimately reducing unsafe regular migration through and from Ethiopia, taking into consideration attention to the most vulnerable group -- women, girls and unaccompanied irregular migrants -- and coordination with key stakeholders. The program is anticipated to be innovative, cross-sectoral and solutions-oriented with strong emphasis on research, learning and adaptive management.

Overall purpose of the role:

The MEAL Coordinator is mainly responsible for the overall M&E component within the MEAL framework, but also supporting the MEAL Manager and the consortium in learning events. The role contributes to regular review and revision of the MEAL strategy, with heavy focus on routine data flow management. The MEAL Coordinator will be the main point of contact for all consortium MEAL staff in their daily work. The MEAL Coordinator collaborates closely with MAEL Manager, Altai Consulting, programme partners’ MEAL staff, as well as with technical program staff to ensure rigorous and thoughtful monitoring of programme implementation.


Support the set-up and period review of the M&E systems through the coordination of following:

  • Field testing data collection tools;
  • Translation of data collection tools;
  • M&E and program staff capacity building on the data collection tools;
  • Combining any improvement suggestion from partners on M&E systems.
  • Overall capacity building of national program and M&E staff on M&E;

Coordinate and participate in day-to-day M&E activities such as:

  • Field visits;
  • Ensuring that all consortium members follow the M&E plans and use harmonized toolkits in their daily data collection,
  • Collecting qualitative and quantitative M&E reports from the field teams;
  • Actively participating in data quality assurance process upon the collection of any daily data;
  • Conducting standard monthly quantitative data analysis highlighting progress against program targets, and main overall trends in program implementation, disseminating reports to relevant program staff and M&E counterparts;
  • Coordinating daily data entry on field level, and combining all program data into combined data report submitted to RTL platform implemented by Altai.

Support any research exercises and evaluation through:

  • Coordinating the recruitment of local enumerators if needed,
  • Providing capacity building to the enumerators or any other consortium staff members participating in any of the research or evaluation activities;
  • Coordinating the work of the enumerators;
  • Actively participating in data quality assurance process;
  • Supporting other research and evaluations done by external consultants or consortium members;
  • Field testing data collection tools;
  • Translating data collection tools;
  • Translating qualitative data.
  • Support MEAL team in any learning events and annual program review workshops as requested;
  • Ensure that all program needs in regard to M&E are taken into consideration in timely and efficient manner, including aspects of data analysis, presentation and reporting.

Experience and Technical Competencies: (include years of experience)

  • University degree in Computer Science, Development, social science, Statistics or other related field relevant to above duties.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience with MEAL.
  • Experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods and data analysis.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and prioritize tasks.
  • Interest in sharing professional skills as well as learning from others.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills, sound judgment, planning, team building and facilitating skills.
  • Excellent training and presentation skills
  • Highly developed analytical and communication skills, including oral and written English communication skills.
  • Competence in using information technology, mainly MS Excel and MS Access.
  • Experience with working in a consortium setting with other international implementing partners.
  • Willingness and capacity to travel as needed.
  • Experience with MEAL systems on DFID funded programmes a notable advantage.

Education: University degree in Computer Science, Development, social science, Statistics or other related field


  • English – fluent
  • Local languages– fluent


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