Support to ACERWC Response Measures to the Impact of COVID-19 on the Rights and Welfare of Children in Africa

Country: Ethiopia Organization: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Closing date: 11 Dec 2020 Re-invitation to Bid Reference No: 83368440 The Covid-19 global pandemic has resulted in unprecedented disruption of the health, social and economic order of the world and that of Africa. Its direct impact on health has already resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands and left millions in dire situations. The resulting macroeconomic downturn has affected every country and every sector resulting in mass disruption or loss of household incomes. The United Nations (UN) reported that COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It threatens to reverse years of progress on poverty, hunger, healthcare and education. It is noted that while the pandemic has impacted everyone, it is affecting the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people the most. Hence its overall consequences for Africa are overwhelming. Children, as the m

Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Manager

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia International Rescue Committee (IRC) Ethiopia

Job Title: Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Manager

Sector: Monitoring & Evaluation

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Job Description


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is seeking a dynamic, analytical, and highly motivated individual for the position of Senior MEAL Manager. The ideal candidate has worked in programs (e.g. design, management, monitoring) and has concrete experience with compliance, monitoring and evaluation, and tracking systems. The Senior MEAL Manager contributes to overall program quality through the coordination, and implementation of enhanced monitoring and evaluation, accountability, and learning strategies, including high quality written products; the emphasis is on streamlining processes and tools for efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability throughout the project cycle across the IRC’s various sectors and departments. A critical component of this role is mainstreaming M&E processes, as well as creating and managing a centralized database that allows us to view our progress towards indicators. This position is based in Addis Ababa within the program department but will require frequent travel to the field (40%). The Senior MEAL Manager will technically supervise the MEAL Officer based in Addis and the MEAL Officers in the field and directly reports to the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning Coordinator in Addis Ababa.

Responsibilities and tasks

Accountability and Monitoring Systems

  • Collaborate with the Grants Unit and technical teams to provide input as needed on M&E plans, and logical frameworks, towards comprehensive strategies that will ensure program quality and impact.
  • Manage the development and use of the Indicator Matrix as a project monitoring tool, and provide consultation as needed to project/program staff as they design and define effective and technically sound indicators for new and ongoing programs.
  • Manage ongoing efforts to streamline data (including qualitative) collection, central storage using BOX, and management across the country program while collaborating with the MEAL officers, MEAL managers, Technical Coordinators, and GIS unit.
  • Support the MEAL officers in collecting data on the beneficiary numbers and provide at least a quarterly update on the beneficiary count across IRC Ethiopia.
  • Support IRC Ethiopia technical and senior management staff as needed to interpret and advise project design and management decisions based on collected data and the learning database.
  • Contribute to the rollout of IRC global strategic initiatives related to measurement (Monitoring for Action, Outcome and Evidence Framework, Client Responsiveness), including adapting in-country tools where needed to align and enable reporting against IRC global standards and requirements.

Assessment, Learning, and Documentation

  • Ensure relevant, timely, and quality support to IRC Ethiopia technical sectors on assessments and evaluations, either directly in developing/advising on methods and ToRs, or through support in the recruitment and oversight of consultants.
  • Attend and participate in regularly scheduled meetings with coordinators/managers on project monitoring and learning updates, achievements, challenges, while developing a method/forum for pertinent information to be fed back to other relevant staff/departments.
  • Manage and update the internal learning database, including learning from all monitoring, evaluations, studies, learning exercises, project review and closing meetings. Ensure that recommendations are disseminated and followed up and incorporated in new project designs.
  • Track and ensure organized, comprehensive electronic filing of detailed findings/analyses.
  • When appropriate/applicable, facilitate and participate in information sharing opportunities among IRC partners/donors.

Capacity Building

  • Facilitate weekly calls to the MEAL Officers in the field offices (7) and the MEAL Officer based in Addis, while discussing their work plans and their development goals.
  • Develop and deliver content during the bi-annual MEAL workshop held in Addis Ababa for all relevant MEAL staff in the Field Offices as well as the Country Office.
  • Regular field visits (40%) to support the MEAL officers and field staff, delivering hands-on training on M&E, accountability and learning, including related IRC global initiatives (Monitoring for Action, Client Responsiveness, etc), and providing technical support in conducting assessments and evaluations using mobile data collection methods such as Kobo Collect and CommCare.
  • Provide support to Client responsiveness Manager and officer and make sure that accountability and learning tools and strategies are understood and being implemented effectively.





  • Master’s degree in social sciences, systems science, and/or other relevant fields with at least 5 years of relevant professional work experience; or bachelor’s degree with more than six years of relevant experience.


Work Experience:

  • Minimum of five years’ experience in an international NGO in a similar role/with similar responsibilities.
  • At least 2 years of management experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of direct monitoring and evaluation experience, specifically in the humanitarian and development context.
  • Proven experience in mobile monitoring using Kobo Collect, Commcare or other applications is a great advantage.
  • Demonstrated experience developing tools and systems for program tracking and documentation.
  • Demonstrated experience in staff supervision, and capacity building.
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation methodologies, including logframes, theories of change, and assessment/evaluations.
  • Demonstrated experience of implementing beneficiary complaint and feedback mechanisms is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of major donor requirements, e.g. US Government, DFID, UN, EU is an Asset.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel and being able to visualize data.
  • Familiarity with information management systems and analysis software is a plus.
  • Effective, high-quality communication, writing, and interpersonal skills are essential.


Personal specifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and tight time frames.
  • Proven team leadership skills with the ability to independently coordinate and prioritize tasks.
  • Highly professional and dependable.
  • Willingness to regularly travel to field locations (appr. 40%)

Time frame

The length of the posting is one year initially but could be extended, contingent upon satisfactory performance evaluation.

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