Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning Team Leader

Danish Refugee Council

Kyiv, Ukraine

DRC has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, currently DRC employs over 400 staff in Ukraine and will continue significant scale-up in 2023 to implement emergency response in the Protection, Livelihoods, Shelter/NFIs and Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding (humanitarian mine action) sectors, using direct interventions, support to duty bearers and civil society organizations (CSOs), and partnerships with CSOs. DRC will continue and adapt its durable solutions portfolio to the evolving context.

The MEAL team leader will work together with the MEAL manager to oversee the daily operations of DRC’s MEAL team. The MEAL TL will work with MEAL officers and assistants to implement MEAL activities in line with minimum standards and project MEAL plans. The MEAL TL will travel regularly to DRC areas of operation to ensure that MEAL staff are supervised, trained, and well-supported in their ongoing work, and that MEAL outputs are to a relevant standard and in line with donor requirements.

Main responsibilities:

  • Accountable for people management of employees, usually working in the same area of work
  • Accountable for ensuring that agreed work plans and tasks set by the next-level up Manager are implemented on time
  • Hiring and termination of employees and conducting performance appraisals (closely overseen by the next-level manager)

Supervisor responsibilities:

  • Coordinates the daily activities of the area based MEAL team members

Quality Management:

  • Responsible for the development and implementation of MEAL plans in pursuit of high impact and cost effective program strategies and activities.
  • Participate in project Kick-off meetings, review meetings and close-out meetings in order to highlight cross-project components aimed at replicating good practices and strengthening synergies between projects or programs.
  • Work with area-based MEAL staff to regularly update activities and indicators according to internal procedures and donor reporting requirements. 
  • Work with the MEAL manager to operationalize MEAL deliverable such as baseline and endline evaluations, needs assessments etc. in line with donor requirements and DRC program priorities.

Programme Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning:

  • Work with the MEAL manager to ensure that DRC’s team members are supporting all efforts towards accountability, specifically to beneficiaries and in line with international standards, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of DRC projects.
  • Support the MEAL manager to development systems, tools and templates that enhance monitoring of program outputs and quality, generate quality evidence on program outcome and promote and ensure use of data for decision-making processes.
  • Design and manage evaluations in compliance with DRC evaluation policy, from development of ToRs, to advising management on approval of final report, to dissemination of evaluation.
  • Support the MEAL manager, program managers, Head of Programme and others to present key findings to the Senior Management Team for further development.

Capacity building:

  • Provide timely and high-quality advice to programme managers and staff as required;
  • In cooperation with the MEAL manager, develop capacity building plans and operationalize these through trainings and ongoing support and oversight.
  • Manage the MEAL team including area based officers and assistants.
  • Proactively support and advise on recruitment and induction of MEAL and relevant programme and project staff. 
  • Work alongside the MEAL manager to develop and continuously update accountability strategy and lead on implementation of programme wide feedback and complaint mechanisms.

Required experience:

  • Minimum 2 years of technical experience in M&E, and information management.
  • Previous staff management experience.
  • Proven ability to create and utilize qualitative and quantitative M&E methods and analyses in organizational planning
  • Full professional proficiency in English.