Uganda: MEAL Officer -Yumbe- (for Ugandan Nationals Only)

Organization: Catholic Relief Services
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 28 Apr 2017

Position Title : MEAL Officer -Yumbe

Supervisor : MEAL Manager -Kampala

Position Grade : 6

Position Type : Full time

Area of Interest : Program Quality

Location : BidiBidi Refugee Settlement, Yumbe, Uganda

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Project Background

The recent fighting in South Sudan between government and the opposition has displaced thousands of South Sudanese community members who have been forced to seek refuge into neighboring countries, including Uganda. Following the rapid needs assessment and information provided via coordination with other stakeholders, CRS has identified critical gaps in settlements in Yumbe District that include water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), non-food items (NFI), livelihoods, and shelter support for those most vulnerable. The interventions will target refugees in zones 4 and/or 5 within the Bidibidi refugee settlement in Yumbe, which have been recently established in November 2016 and experiencing big gaps in WASH needs. These zones have poor household latrine coverage and low water supply but with high groundwater potential according to UNHCR Hydrogeological survey report. CRS will directly implement the interventions to improve the access of refugee households in Yumbe District to safe and sufficient water sources, livelihood opportunities, and non-food items related to protection and hygiene promotion in the Bidibidi Refugee settlement.

Overview

The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer will work directly with emergency project staff in Yumbe to ensure implementation of high quality MEAL activities in CRS emergency response in two WASH projects. With technical support from the CRS MEAL Manager in Kampala, CRS WASH Project Manager (Yumbe-based) and the Emergency Coordinator (Yumbe-based), s/he will support the development of an effective MEAL system and data collection tools, collect data using qualitative and quantitative methods, conduct data entry and analysis.

Specific Responsibilities

Support the development and implementation of MEAL Systems:

  1. Promote project compliance with CRS MEAL policies and procedures.

  2. Support the development of ProFrames for assigned projects, including identification of appropriate indicators, measurement methods and critical assumptions.

  3. Support the development of effective data collection tools for routine monitoring, project databases and reporting formats for existing and new projects.

  4. Support the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for project MEAL, as required.

  5. Work with the MEAL Manager in the country program to ensure appropriate, high quality orientation and training of field staff and partners on project MEAL system and tools, as required.

  6. Conduct regular project monitoring visits.

  7. Use qualitative and quantitative methods to collect data in the field and accompany CRS project staff

  8. Ensure timely trend analysis of monitoring data to support project reporting and decision making.

  9. Support the implementation of data quality controls to ensure the integrity of project data.

  10. Support project M&E audits, as required.

  11. Assist with review and/or development of project reports.

  12. Assist with project baseline studies, mid-term and final evaluations, as required.

  13. Ensure regular informal feedback from beneficiaries and project stakeholders is collected, analyzed, used and recorded.

  14. Support documentation of project processes and learning, this includes ensuring that key project data, achievements, and lessons are shared widely within the Country Program, region, headquarters and beyond at least twice yearly.

Capacity building

Support field staff in strengthening the MEAL systems and capacity of local partner organizations to improve program quality through the provision of on-the-job support.

Promote the use of current Agency and Regional MEAL guidance and PQ references in own assignments and in the capacity building of field staff.

Participate in field-level project review meetings to support and validate the data collected and suggest areas for improvement.

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Emergency WASH Project Manager, Emergency Coordinator, CRS MEAL Manager, CRS Head of Programs, Water and Sanitation Team Leader, Hygiene Promotion Team Leader, Hygiene Promotion Officers, Water and Sanitation Field Engineers

External: Local leaders, beneficiary communities

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.

  1. Serves with Integrity

  2. Develops Constructive Relationships

  3. Models Stewardship

  4. Promotes Learning

Minimum Requirements:

  1. Postgraduate degree in statistics/demography/economics or other relevant areas.

  2. Minimum of 5 years work experience in development, with at least 3 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation; experience in WASH projects a plus

  3. Thorough familiarity with principles and current approaches to M&E – including skills in basic data analysis and interpretation using ICT4D and implementing accountability and learning systems

  4. Experience working in an emergency context

  5. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and data analysis software platforms, (e.g., SPSS, EPI-Info, Access).

  6. Ability to work in a team and support concurrent projects/assignments.

  7. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

  8. Proven experience of mentoring and capacity building of team / partners including training facilitation skills

  9. Well-developed interpersonal and team skills and proven ability to be flexible in demanding situation

  10. Assessment, analytical and planning skills

  11. A capacity and desire to pass on skills and information, a confident communicator and willing to work in a collaborative and respectful way with the beneficiaries.

  12. Knowledge of and commitment to humanitarian principles (NGO / Red cross code of conduct) and with Sphere humanitarian charter and minimum standards

  13. Fluent English language (speaking and writing) and knowledge of the local language in Yumbe district, Arabic is an added advantage.

  14. Experience of working with local partners including local authorities’/settlement leadership

  15. Proven experience in gender analysis and integrating gender & diversity into programme

  16. Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and meeting deadlines in changing situations

  17. Experience of working effectively within a big international agency (I/NGOs)

  18. Willingness to be based in Yumbe

Desired MEAL Competencies:

MEAL in Design: Developing project-level Theories of Change, Results Frameworks, ProFrames, related MEAL system tools and components, and accompanying MEAL narratives.

Monitoring: Implementing monitoring activities, including timely collection of quality data, set up and maintenance of databases, facilitation of participatory reflection on monitoring results, and submission of timely progress reports.

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: Improving our accountability to a range of stakeholders through increased participation, transparent communication, responsive feedback mechanisms and adherence to internal and external quality standards and requirements.

Learning: Promoting excellent knowledge management and collaborative learning processes at the project, program and institutional levels, generating robust evidence for project and programmatic learning that leads to action, decision-making and influence.

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.

ICT for MEAL: Applying knowledge on information and communication technologies (ICT), both hardware and software, for opportune and accurate data collection, database management.

How to apply:

Disclaimer Clause:

This job description is not an exhaustive list of skills, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with the position. CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. “I understand that CRS takes all allegations of abuse and exploitation seriously. Abuse or exploitation of children or vulnerable adults is grounds for immediate dismissal.” Note: Please submit cover letter, CV and three work references (names and contact information only) to ug_recruitment@crs.org by April 28th 2017.

Only selected candidates that meet the requirements will be notified. EOE/M/F/D/V**

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