The MEAL Advisor will be based in Washington DC, USA and coordinate with Mali, Guinea, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, CAR, DRC and Zimbabwe teams on the harmonization of monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning for sector interventions to promote results management and evidence building activities for target communities. The Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Advisor, working as part of International Medical Corps’ MEAL Department at headquarter, will contribute to implementation of the MEAL strategy by capacity building, technical assistance, field visits, regular follow-ups and mentorship. The MEAL Advisor will work closely with International Medical Corps staff at headquarters and in countries of operations of International Medical Corps to ensure highest quality standards are established and adhered to throughout the program cycle. Within the programs that International Medical Corps’ delivers in the West, Central & Southern Africa & the Americas region, the MEAL Advisor is responsible for supporting the development and harmonization of effective monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning systems, being involved and support capacity building and training activities on MEAL topics, ensure coordination and communication role with the different departments as it relates to program development and implementation, promote the development, adaptation, testing and mainstreaming of good practice in needs assessment, project design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
- Contribute significantly to team’s efforts to update minimum MEAL standards, competency framework and good practices in MEAL documents; contribute to updating manuals, user aids, training materials for field staff
- Follow up with country offices on the implementation of strategy documents such as global MEAL strategy, MEAL Minimum Standards, MEAL Competency Framework and strategy for remote monitoring to ensure results management, accountability and evidence building in high threat environments
- Design and roll-out of initiatives to strengthen International Medical Corps’ technical approach to program MEAL from the field level to headquarters (including adoption of standardized indicators; performance MEAL plans, activity and tracking tools)
- Responsible for the consolidation of Global data and support the analysis of data for the IMC annual report, based on the Monthly Country Report: support country teams with their processes for data collection, compilation, analysis and use of data to orient programming. Liaise with field in finalizing the data; provide Communications Department the final data and reports to share the data with colleagues in the organization and/or externally
- Coordinate systems building activities and strengthening of standards through work with M&E team and TU colleagues on updating/creating: i) the Global Indicator Bank; ii) M&E Guidance Notes by sector; iii) Tool Catalogue; iv) M&E Manual; and other related tasks/tool development
- Support MEAL teams’ efforts for implementing data management systems and transitioning from existing country-specific MEAL systems to the global system. This includes providing specific support to countries for their MEAL and data management systems
- Contribute to operational research projects in collaboration with lead technical specialists.
Monitoring and Evaluation Support to Program
- As the MEAL focal point for International Medical Corps countries in region, provide technical support to field teams for MEAL related activities
- Support, coordinate and harmonize monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning mechanisms and practices in the field of Health and Nutrition, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, Child Protection, WASH, Non-Food Items and Gender-Based Violence, for the Country Offices of Mali, Guinea, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, CAR, DRC and Zimbabwe
- Support to harmonize data collection tools, monitoring checklists and supportive supervision mechanisms across all countries
- Support the development of MEAL systems at country offices particularly with regards to outcome measurement
- Assist the country teams in data analysis, report writing and presentations based on needs
- Contribute to the development and implementation of strategies/tools to improve field teams’ ability to collect, interpret, and aggregate data
- Provide technical support for design, implementation and analysis of periodic quantitative and qualitative data collection activities, including baseline and end-of project assessments
- Determine the appropriate data collection tool based on the purpose, advantages and disadvantages of mobile data collection techniques. Support in designing simple and complex questionnaire using XLS or form builder (Kobo form builder, ONA form builder, etc.).
- Design and coordinate needs assessment and situation analysis through various approaches (e.g. direct data collection, secondary sources, problem tree analysis, SWOT analysis) and ensure that needs assessment and project design are linked.
- Support to field team with developing the results framework, theory of change, logframe and MEAL plan including indicators for existing and new projects.
- Support country MEAL team on identify the budget/resources needed for MEAL activities of projects.
- Provide technical input and quality assurance review for all reports and proposals to meet donor and International Medical Corps’ requirements
Capacity building and Human Resources
- Update MEAL training module on regular basis based on needs identified from the field
- Coordinate the design of training curricula and roll out of trainings for IMC and partner staff based on universally accepted and/or country protocols;
- Develop and deliver capacity building initiatives with identified stakeholders, including training and mentoring for field staff based on gaps in specific areas of knowledge and practice;
- Continue advocacy and assistance for adequate staffing in the country programs to support MEAL initiatives;
- Train technical focal points on MEAL tools, database use and data interpretation to improve data for decision making;
- Coordinate the MEAL Community of Practice, including: maintaining an updated list of M&E focal points and CoP members, work with MEAL colleagues to design annual CoP plan, organize session invitations and platform, design & facilitate CoP sessions as needed, disseminate learning tools.
- Support country offices in the recruitment process for MEAL-related roles (national and international) by preparing technical test and participating in interviews;
- Perform program quality assurance activities such as data quality audits, partner capacity assessments, mid-term and final reviews, field monitoring and evaluations
- Lead MEAL systems assessment processes in supported countries to identify gaps and strengthen the M&E systems in place
- Develop MEAL processes and related tools that support quality assurance for key program areas in collaboration with sector technical specialists;
- Engage HQ- and field-based staff in data analysis and use of results for program quality improvement.
Evidence Building and learning
- Promote the development, adaptation, testing and mainstreaming of good practice in needs assessment, project design, and implementation and monitoring;
- Manage the dissemination of results and briefings in full collaboration with IMC’s Health Technical Unit staff for improved decision making
- Develop research partnerships with universities or other partners to generate a more substantial evidence base for future programming
- Work with teams to ensure that lessons learned from project evaluations are integrated into new proposals
- Contribute to organizational learning and knowledge management activities, including maintenance of MEAL sections on OneCorps.
- Provide technical support to the field team on establishing and maintaining effective feedback mechanisms for decision making, fully in line with commitments regarding accountability to affected populations (AAP), including IASC CAAP, CHS, and Sphere Humanitarian Charter
- Technical support in implementation of effective feedback and accountability mechanisms;
- Adapt accountability tools supported by International Medical Corps to ensure accountability measures and reporting are integrated in programming among stakeholders
Code of Conduct
It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report.
- Masters level or higher degree in epidemiology social sciences, public health, statistics, or international development, with experience or background in M&E, epidemiology, public health, and health information management.
- At least seven years of applied experience in designing, implementing, and overseeing MEAL tasks with humanitarian organizations in designing, implementing and overseeing monitoring and evaluation tasks in the health, Nutrition, WASH, MHPSS and GBV sectors;
- At least two years of field experience in developing countries (Africa, Asia, Middle East)
- Experience with MEAL for large scale emergency response
- Familiarly with MEAL requirements for all major donors (OFDA, BPRM, DfID, UN, etc.);
- Knowledge of causal analysis approaches (e.g. problem tree analysis, SWOT analysis) and carry out situation analysis and assessment of needs and opportunities (with the inputs of technical specialists).
- Demonstrated understanding of data protection and confidentiality as part of data collection and management practices, and ability to respect and maintain confidentiality.
- Competency in conducting surveys, assessments, and evaluations for multiple sectors (mental health, nutrition, WASH, and health) using practical methodologies in austere conditions;
- Demonstrated competency in database design preferably DHIS2 and other tools for information management
- Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. French is desired.
- Willingness and ability to travel to International Medical Corps project sites in the region, including traveling to insecure environments, is required.
- Competent in MS Excel, word processing, Power Point and experience using the statistical package EPI-Info7, SPSS, and/or STATA; experience with m-health solutions and knowledge of Health Information Systems such as DHIS2 an asset
- Possess the skills in qualitative data analysis software such as MaxQDA, NVivo, Atlas.ti.
- Possess the skills in mobile data collection software such as Ona, KoboToolBox.
International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.
About the Organization
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.