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Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Accountability MEAL Officer
Catholic Relief Services

We work with organizations around the world to help poor and vulnerable people overcome emergencies, earn a living through agriculture and access affordable health care.


 Gross Salary: 1257 USD
 Grade Level: 07
 Supervisor: Senior Project Officer
 Duty Station: East Darfur – Eldeian State
 Closing Date: 20 Jan 2021


Job Summary

The primary role of the MEAL Officer is to oversee and provide technical support in designing and implementing sound MEAL systems that facilitate accurate analysis of program performance and impact. S/he will be directly engaged in all CRS program sectors and work directly with program staff and partners to ensure Implementation of high quality Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning for the UNICEF projects in East Darfur State. S/he will be required to support the development of effective MEAL systems and data collection tools; collect data using qualitative and quantitative methods, conduct data entry and analysis. The MEAL officer is expected toensure the development of technical capacities as well as the integration of MEAL activities and responsibilities into all aspects of programming.

 Duties and responsibilities:

Support the MEAL System Design

  • Support the development of Proframe for the project, including identification of appropriate indicators, measurement methods and critical assumptions.
  • Lead development of effective data collection tools for routine monitoring, project databases and reporting formats for the project.
  • Support the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for project MEAL system as required.


Support The MEAL System Implementation:

  • Plan for and monitor project compliance with CRS MEAL policies and procedures
  • Conduct regular project monitoring visits
  • Use qualitative and quantitative methods (as necessary) to collect data in the field and accompany CRS and implementing partner staff doing this.
  • Ensure timely trend analysis of monitoring data to support project reporting and decision making.
  • Conduct data quality assessments to ensure data integrity, precision, reliability, timeliness and validity
  • Assist with review and/or development of project reports
  • Assist with project baseline studies, mid-term, final evaluationsand any other assessments, as required
  • Support implementation of project accountability and learning initiatives under the guidance of the MEAL Manager and in cooperation with project and program quality teams.
  • Ensure regular formal and informal feedback from beneficiaries and project stakeholders is collected, analyzed, used and recorded.
  • Support documentation of project processes and learning.
  • Participate in field- level project review meetings to support and validate the data collected and suggest for improvement.



  • Work with Project Manager (s) to organize quarterly learning events.
  • Work with Project Manager (s) to support relationships, networks and synergies within and outside the organization to promote the use of information and evidence for decision-making.
  • Work with Project Manager (s) to generate communication products for different audiences that disseminate learning and evidence to influence key internal and external interest groups.



  • Develop systems and guidelines for staff to consult with male and female beneficiaries to define indicators for project success.
  • Design mechanisms for collecting and responding to feedback from communities and project participants.
  • Document and respond to all community feedback received.
  • Ensure active participation of partners, beneficiaries and other stakeholders in the design and implementation of MEAL.
  • Identify and respond to key stakeholders’ specific information needs, especially those of beneficiaries using a range of appropriate communication methods.


Capacity Building

  • Support project staff in strengthening the MEAL systems and capacity to improve program quality through the provision of on–the-job supportand reflection sessions.
  • Promote the use of current Agency and Regional MEAL guidance and Program Quality (PQ) references in own assignments and in the capacity building of field staff.
  • Ensure appropriate, high quality orientation and training of field staff and partners on project MEAL system and tools, as required.

 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:


  • Graduate degree in a directly related field, such as operations research, quantitative analysis etc.; significant work experience in a directly related field will be considered in lieu of graduate degree.
  • Postgraduate degree in related field is preferable
  • At least three years of MEAL experience with an NGO (experience with INGO preferred)
  • Familiarity with principles and current approaches to MEAL of development programs
  • Excellent communication skills in English, Arabic and local language (s)
  • Proficiency in database development/management, and skills in analyzing, interpreting and communicating information to various stakeholders
  • Experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative assessments and surveys (including understanding of sampling aspects)
  • Previous experience with leading or managing studies and consultants
  • Strong English writing skills.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and Output
  • Ability to work in team and support concurrent project/Assignments.



  1. Experience or related work in monitoring and evaluation, especially in Health & Nutrition, Education and Gender& Protection sectors
  2. Proficiency with statistical packages such as SPSS or Aa plus.


Key working Relationships

  • Internal: Senior Project Officer Project Manager (s), MEAL Manager, ,and Head of Programming.
  • External:National Partners, UNICEF, HAC, MoH, WES and other Stakeholders



Agency-wide Competencies; These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

  • Serves with Integrity
  • Develops Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning


Desired MEAL Competencies

  • Monitoring:Implements monitoring activities and processes according to the project’s Detailed Implementation Plan and MEAL system.
  • Evaluation: Supporting project and program evaluations and reviews by ensuring the quality of evaluation methods, tools, and data and facilitating the use of evaluation results to inform decision-making and enhance learning
  • Accountability: Involves community members in the design and implementation of MEAL systems and other activities in a respectful manner that values local knowledge and priorities and increases project relevance and impact.
  • Learning: Promotes the application of learning to improve program quality and to strengthen agencyinfluence among external stakeholders.
  • Analysis and Critical Thinking: Engaging with data, challenging biases and assumptions, posing thoughtful questions, pursuing deeper understanding of evidence through reflection and perspective-taking, and making informed programming decisions



How to apply:

  • If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, and copies of your education and work certificates to Sudanjob.net


CRS is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of Ethnicity, gender, religion or political affiliation.

Disclaimer Clause:  This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.



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