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MEAL Assistant -MRT

Syria (Syria)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Syria (Syria)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2020-01-21

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Requisition ID: req7925

Job Title: MEAL Assistant -MRT

Sector: Monitoring & Evaluation

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Syria

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.


The Syria crisis is often described as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the end of the Cold War. Inside Syria, 7.6 million people are internally displaced and 12.2 million are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 4.8 million in hard to-reach areas. There are 4 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. This is no short-term humanitarian episode. The devastating human consequences to huge numbers of people will endure for decades. The destruction of relationships, communities, livelihoods, homes and infrastructure will take years to repair. IRC is offering a robust humanitarian response to the Syria crisis. With an annual budget in excess of $140 million and a rapidly expanding portfolio, supported by more than 1,250 staff in the region, IRC is undertaking programs in Syria and the neighboring countries of Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan in the fields of health, child protection, education, women’s protection and empowerment, NFI and food distribution, cash assistance, water and sanitation, and livelihood programming. Our work in these challenging settings gives rise to some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary humanitarian action, including questions of access, security, funding and coordination.

Job Overview/Summary: The MEAL Assistant is a part of the IRC Syria XB Program MEAL team, to support the implementation of the overall MEAL system. He/she swill work with the central MEAL team to ensure that the data needed to track progress against commitments is flowing from the field sites to Antakya, the IRC and its partner activities are being monitored to increase programming quality and inform project adjustment where necessary, and is available in a timely manner to provide decision makers with the information they need to make evidence based decisions through the following activities; data collection, data entry, coordination with the sector response program, field visits and assessments and evaluations for both partners and IRC direct projects. The MEAL Assistant will also support the planned activities for integrating a high level of partner and beneficiary accountability across the Syria XB programs. He/She will g support the Accountability Officer to roll out accountability systems on the ground. He/She will generally support the central MEAL team and program teams to ensure learning and accountability systems are working effectively within the emergency response.

Major Responsibilities:


  • Coordinate with the Syria team lead, assessment team members and partner staff such as drivers, distributers, field hospital staff, and program focal points
  • Be present on the site of delivery of NFI (warehouse or distribution site) and fill out appropriate assessment forms
  • Conduct health facility assessment surveys.
  • Monitor NFI distributions by filling out appropriate assessment forms
  • Conduct post distribution/assistance monitoring (home visits to monitor the use of distributed NFIs, or other form of assistance)
  • Lead or support debriefing sessions with program staff to discuss issues reported during the Monitoring visit, and set action points with clear timeframe for them


  • Assess the needs of Syrian communities and households in specific, pre-identified locations
  • Complete the assessment forms (questionnaire) on daily assessment visits
  • Conduct regular home visits to random beneficiaries to assess their needs and living conditions
  • Lead or support meetings with heads of communities and relief committees
  • Meet with different local associations or organizations interested in working with IRC to assist Syrians
  • Maintain close contact with IRC partners and IRC teammates
  • Collect and input survey data on mobile device (cell phone)
  • Upload data via wireless internet on a regular basis
  • Accountability
  • Coordinate the running of the Syria Accountability system at field level with technical support from the Accountability Officer
  • Support accountability activities within surveys, assessments and evaluations.
  • Support all efforts for promoting a high level of beneficiary accountability
  • Support program teams to implement the feedback mechanisms at field level
  • Ensure learning and accountability systems are working effectively across the program.


  • Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of the team, and to the extent possible, of the partners; promptly reporting concerns or incidents to IRC management
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Senior MEAL Officer in Darkoush

Indirect Reporting: MEAL Manager

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: Field Manager/Team Leader

Job Requirements:



  • High school certificate and above.
  • Previous relevant experience such as data collection and conducting surveys/assessments.
  • Solid understanding of data importance and quality assurance.
  • Demonstrated ability in community mobilization and community-level dialogue
  • Good communication and influencing skills
  • Culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of IRC. In particular, a good understanding of the IRC Way and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support
  • Good English language skills


  • 1 year previous experience working in humanitarian programs
  • Diploma certificate in Statistics, Economics, Mathematics, or English or any other related fields is preferable

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Working Environment:

The MEAL assistant will conducting daily field sites visits to different project sites collecting different types of data in IRC and its partners’ area of operation. These visits will be supported by Transportation allowance and directly supervised and planned (minimum 1 day in advance) by MEAL officer. The MEAL Assistant will have to attend meetings, trainings, or conversance call in the office eventually.


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