Experience 2 Years
No. of Positions 1
ob Title: Monitoring Evaluation Accountability & Learning (MEAL) Officer
Reports To: MEAL Manager
As part of the universal mission of the Catholic Church, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) works with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, not a creed, race or nationality. The primary goal of CRS/Rwanda programming is to ensure that vulnerable households in Rwanda achieve full, integral human development
The Improving Early Childhood Development in Rwanda (IECD-R) programs responds to the challenge of limited access to integrated Early Childhood Development (ECD) services in Rwanda and focuses on the conception to three-year-olds (0 – 3) age group and follow-up services for 4-6year olds. It seeks to build the knowledge and skills of parents and caregivers, enabling better stimulation, learning, protection, nutrition, and health and as a result better physical, social, cognitive and emotional development for approximately 730,000 children. You will provide advice, guidance, and support for monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) to implementation of the project in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to project teams to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. Your MEAL-related technical knowledge, advice, and guidance will contribute to determining how effective, adaptive and innovative CRS’ programming is across the globe.
- Organize and lead the implementation of all assigned project MEAL activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles, standards, and MEAL practices; donor MEAL requirements, and industry good practices.
- Ensure learning properly accompanies project activities throughout the project cycle. Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and guiding partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences. Analyze implementation challenges and report any inconsistencies and gaps to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules.
- Lead the roll-out and implementation of the project’s feedback and response mechanism (FRM). Support actively seeking and responding to feedback from all members of targeted communities and other stakeholders as defined by the FRM.
- Implement monitoring activities and processes according to the project’s Detailed Implementation Plan and MEAL system. Ensure the quality of monitoring data through annual data quality assessments.
- Coordinate and oversee MEAL-related working relationships with all local project stakeholders and serve as the liaison between them and the project team to mobilize local actors and promote project activities and impact. Identify and respond to key stakeholders’ information needs in MEAL activities, using a range of appropriate communication methods.
- Supervise and perform ad hoc inspections of various MEAL processes and resources at project sites to ensure timely project activities implementation and adherence to established process standards and procedures. Ensure proper tracking of resource use for project MEAL activities through periodic budget reviews and follow-up with and assistance to implementing partner.
- Support and coordinate MEAL-related capacity-building and technical support activities to ensure assigned project MEAL activities are implemented per project guidelines and standards. Optimize partner participation and capacity development in the implementation of MEAL systems.
- Coordinate provision of any MEAL-related logistical and administrative support to staff and partners.
- Ensure timely, project documentation for assigned MEAL activities is complete with all required documents and is filed per agency and donor requirements. Assist with preparation of trends analysis reports and documentation of case studies and promising practices.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Statistics, International Development, International Relations or in the field of MEAL would be a plus.
- Minimum of 2-3 years of work experience in project support, ideally in the field of MEAL and for an NGO.
- Experience working with partners, participatory action planning and community engagement.
- Staff supervision and training experience a plus.
- Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data especially
- Experience in using ICT4D tools
- Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
- Experience in OVC programming is a plus
- Analysis and problem-solving skills with the ability to make sound judgment
- Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners
Required/Desired Foreign Language: Full working proficiency in English and Kinyarwanda is required.
Travel Required: 25 to 50% travel to the field is required.
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: ICT4D/Database Coordinator, MEAL Manager, Procurement Manager
External: Community members, partner staff, other local stakeholders
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
- Accountability and stewardship
- Builds relationships
- Develops talent
- Continuous improvement and innovation
- Strategic mindset
MEAL Competencies (for CRS MEAL Program Staff):
Each staff member in this position is expected to have knowledge and ability and can apply the following competencies in the most project situations.
Each staff member in this position is expected to have knowledge and ability and can apply the following competencies in new situations.
- Analysis and Critical Thinking
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
Equal Opportunity Employer
How to apply
Electronic applications-Only a motivation letter and a current detailed CV should be addressed to the CRS Country Representative exclusively at RW_HR@crs.org not later than Friday, July 19, 2019, at 5:00 pm. Please, include “Monitoring Evaluation Accountability & Learning (MEAL) Officer” and your name in the subject line. Due to anticipated high interest in this post and the expected number of applicants, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Kigali July 12, 2019