The MEAL Specialist is responsible for the implementation of the MEAL strategy and work plans, monthly progress and output/outcome monitoring, and the capacity development/training of junior MEAL staff. The MEAL Specialist ensures MEAL field teams are supported and their identified priorities are incorporated into the MEAL Department action/work plans.
- Develop and continuously update the MEAL strategy and workplan and lead on implementation of MEAL activities;
- Work closely with the IM Coordinator and the MEAL staff to ensure proper implementation of the MEAL data collection plan and update it with the relevant teams whenever necessary;
- Provide technical guidance, support, and coordination to the MEAL team and relevant programme staff;
- Develop logframes in coordination with technical focal points at proposal stage;
- Support the field MEAL staff in the development, update and implementation of monitoring and evaluation plans across all DRC Lebanon projects, sectors, and field offices;
- Develop a MEAL work plan based on the DRC Lebanon MEAL strategy and MEAL plans for ongoing projects and ensure its implementation;
- Undertake weekly field trips to support MEAL staff and conduct observational visits to ongoing MEAL activities;
- Coordinate the design and implementation of monitoring systems and tools for DRC Lebanon projects, working closely with the field MEAL staff and Area Managers/ Area Programme Managers;
- Develop and follow up on the implementation of the yearly country evaluation plans in coordination with the different technical focal points;
- Lead the design/planning of evaluations as well as the development of evaluation TORs;
- Manage and support in-country evaluations as required;
- Ensure that field teams (sector and MEAL team leaders) abide by the standards for the monthly update of Indicator Performance Trackers on the database;
- Assist field-based MEAL staff to develop and improve tools and methods for information/data collection;
- Develop and strengthen the MEAL Unit – including support to both junior and senior staff recruitment/performance management and the implementation of a junior and senior staff training/capacity building plan;
- Ensure proper follow up on national MEAL budget lines;
- Represent DRC Lebanon at relevant inter-agency MEAL and potentially other working groups;
- Develop Standard Operating Procedures for the department and ensure proper implementation across all offices;
- Ensure that the DRC staff are aware of and support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to beneficiaries and in line with the international standards, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of the programme;
- Follow up on the feedback mechanism routes (including hotlines, email and suggestion boxes) at DRC Lebanon and ensure continuous analysis and improvements;
- Develop monthly accountability snapshots to ensure analysis around timeliness and effectiveness of response to beneficiary feedback;
- Lead the process of CHS self-assessment across all offices;
- Develop of the Accountability Improvement Plan (AIP) on a yearly basis in coordination with technical and support teams;
- Organize bi-annual learning reviews per sector;
- Follow up on the implementation of recommendations and learnings generated by different sources;
- Act as a focal point for PSEA at DRC Lebanon;
- Perform other duties as directed by the Head of Programmes.
- The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years' experience in MEAL in a humanitarian organization. A Master’s degree in social sciences, community or international development, public health, social work or similar.
At least 3 years' experience in a relevant role
- MEAL training and capacity development experience;
- Knowledge of Lebanese context, local dynamics and stakeholders in Beirut is a plus
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:
Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.
Contract length: 12 months from starting date, suggested 15th of May 2021
Band/Level: G – Non-Management
Duty Station: Beirut
Start date: DRC suggested 15th of May 2021
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to drc.ngo under Vacancies. For questions regarding the vacancy please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered. (interviews will take place on a rolling basis)
Closing date for applications: 15th of May 2021
For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website drc.ngo.