Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Team Leader

Danish Refugee Council, Kabul, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
6th December, 2020

Job Description

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 and Learning (MEAL) Team Leader leads the planning and implementation of all MEAL processes and activities required to improve programme quality of Area Office programmatic activities. The MEAL Team Leader is directly responsible for: a) assessment and measurement of impact and quality of projects implemented in the AO; b) establishing learning system to document best/emerging practices and challenges; and c) follow-up and closure of feedback receiving in AO or referred by CO. S/he will coordinate with CO staff regarding technical inputs, accountability and data and knowledge management. The MEAL Team Leader will also be responsible in reviewing AO MEAL staff prior to review from CO MEAL staff.


Management and capacity building

  • Lead and manage the AO MEAL staff (including people planning, performance, well-being and development)
  • Provide mentoring and technical support to MEAL Officer/s and MEAL Assistant/s in data collection, analysis and reporting
  • Ensure effective planning and implementation of MEAL activities
  • Supervise directly plans and work completion of MEAL Officer/s and MEAL Assistant/s in the Area Office
  • Support in monitoring of financial expenditures on MEAL activity budget
  • Initiate procurements and ensure their execution

Implementation of AO MEAL system

  • Support MEAL Specialists across sectors in designing and periodically reviewing the key MEAL framework to be adapted and implemented in the Area Office (including MEAL plans, tools and methodologies).
  • Lead on the development of project MEAL plans (in case of single location project) this includes planning and implementation of MEAL processes for the collection, analysis and usage of data to measure progress against indicators and promote programmatic learning
  • Ensure follow-up and resolution of feedback and actions agreed during debriefing with program
  • Ensure learning (e.g. review, lessons learnt workshop) is implemented to capture best/emerging practices and challenges
  • Lead on verification process (beneficiary and output) in consultation with MEAL Specialists

Data collection tools development and use

  • Support the development of relevant and quality data collection tools for quantitative and qualitative research, e.g. baseline /endline surveys, needs assessment questionnaires, PDM tools, FGD and KII guides etc
  • Lead on planning and / or conducting field data collection and field monitoring exercises

Data management, analysis and use

  • Collaborate with DRC IMO and other Information Management partners to ensure appropriate data management for all AO MEAL data, including storage, cleaning and analysis
  • Assess and review quality of data prior to sharing to CO/AO staff
  • Closely coordinate with relevant programme staff to ensure project-relevant information is shared and used to properly track progress of projects
  • Ensure the use of MEAL information to influence management decision or improve program quality and implementation


  • Lead in creating Post Distribution Monitoring reports of single location grants or when assigned by Specialist or Manager
  • Assess and review quality of reports prior to review of CO MEAL staff

Coordination with program

  • Liaise with Team Leaders on MEAL planned activities
  • Follow-up and collaborate with Team Leaders or program staff key issues raised during monitoring & evaluation visits and feedback to ensure actions are taken in a timely manner
  • Ensure tracking tools (e.g. Activity tracker, IPTT) is being used by program team, this includes training on tools


  • 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


  • Assist in other tasks as required by the MEAL Manager or MEAL Specialist, including extensive support to other programmes / sectors whenever deemed necessary


To be successful in this role you must have:

Experience and technical competencies:

  • Minimum of 1-year management experience
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience within the humanitarian field,
  • Minimum 1-year of relevant working experience in M&E design and implementation
  • Demonstrated knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Experience in working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Experience in managing teams
  • Capacity to think critically and analyse quantitative and qualitative data
  • Capacity to produce high-quality reports and analysis
  • Good level of proficiency in Word, PPT, Windows Excel and SPSS
  • Strong inter-personal, communication and leadership skills
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to meet deadlines and high degree of autonomy in his / her work


  • 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


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