Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 19 April 2019

Job Description


The MEAL Specialist will be responsible for the management, capacity strengthening and strategic direction in relation to the project’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) system. S/he will collaborate closely with CRS team members and implementing and technical partners to develop and establish a MEAL system that adheres to CRS principles and norms and is adapted to project and consortium member needs. The MEAL Specialist will develop gender-specific indicators and will ensure that all projectindicators are monitored according to standard MEAL policies and procedures defined by the agency. S/he will lead all project MEAL efforts in collaboration with the CoP, and other Technical Leads to ensure MEAL activities are coordinated across interventions. S/he will also oversee project assessments, evaluations and operational research, and will serve as point person for M&E with the donor. This position will develop a learning agenda rooted in evidence-based approaches and will ensure the integration of information technology in monitoring processes.


Project Refinement and Organizational Learning

  • Participate in the baseline study, especially in establishing methodologies and coordinating data collection on the ground, and help in data analysis and dissemination of results
  • Participate in donor-required M&E workshops and contribute to the finalizing of key MEAL documents
  • Work closely with the Finance Director and the Director of Supply Chain to establish a monitoring system for commodity distribution activities based on the use of ICT materials (Barcode, SMS, GPS, etc.) and integrate into the overall MEAL system
  • Develop data collection tools in collaboration with Technical and Gender Leads and establish gender-sensitive feedback mechanisms on the quality of implementation on the ground
  • Develop a learning agenda and coordinate its implementation across the consortium

Project Implementation and Reporting

  • Oversee the project’s MEAL system while orienting project staff on CRS and donor MEAL policies and procedures
  • Participate in Program Management Unit (PMU) meetings and establish a MEAL working group
  • Train CRS and partner staff on the use of ICT for data collection and analysis
  • Conduct regular monitoring visits with members of the MEAL Team to improve and modify the MEAL system as necessary
  • Manage data consolidation and validate the quality of data collected by the project in collaboration with key staff
  • Work with CoP to establish a system for reporting direct and indirect beneficiary numbers annually
  • Coordinate midterm and final evaluations with consultants and project team members
  • Facilitate documentation, development and sharing of results, lessons learned, success stories and best practices within the consortium and with external stakeholders
  • Ensure that accountability and protection measures are in place at the community level, with an attention to gender dynamics, as part of regular monitoring
  • Contribute to the development of all reports according to CRS and donor requirements


  • Support partners in establishing a community-based, gender-sensitiveMEAL system with quality data controls using ICT4D and strengthen capacity as needed
  • Train partner trainers and ensure that MEAL/ICT4D trainings are systematically cascaded down to the community level for community structures, traditional and religious leaders and government authorities
  • Support partners in recruiting for MEAL positions to ensure that required competencies are found
  • Support partners in developing and submitting quarterly and annual DIPs and progress reports per project requirements

Management, Finance and Donor Compliance

  • Manage and supervise CRS MEAL staff
  • Conduct performance reviews of CRS MEAL staff and identify capacity-building needs
  • Ensure that CRS administrative and financial policies and procedures are respected and donor requirements are met

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.

* Integrity

* Continuous Improvement & Innovation

* Builds Relationships

* Develops Talent

* Strategic Mindset

* Accountability & Stewardship


  • Demonstrated analytic capacity and ability to write high quality reports
  • Excellent partnership skills and the ability to interact effectively with donors, collaborating agencies, local and government partners
  • Excellent organization and planning skills and ability to resolve problems constructively
  • Computer literate, with strong knowledge of MS Office applications, spread sheets, database programs, and statistical software packages.
  • Flexibility, persistence, and ability to work well in a multi-sectoral and multi-cultural team
  • Ability to work in a challenging and stressful environment with unexpected challenges


  • Master’s degree in Development Economics or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in development, including experience in research, designing and managing systems for learning, organizational development and knowledge management
  • Experience in establishing MEAL systems and conducting participatory research of qualitative and quantitative nature
  • Demonstrated skills in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
  • Substantial understanding of Knowledge Management theory and practice
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically lead high quality MEAL staff
  • Substantial experience in working with information search/retrieval systems
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in French and excellent English writing skills
  • Ability to communicate in Portuguese or Spanish is desired
  • Experience working with development research institutions/universities
  • Experience with developing and managing learning agendas
  • Demonstrated capacity to use ICT4D in the collection, analysis and reporting of data
  • Ability and proven experience to build knowledge and skills through training, coaching and mentoring

TRAVEL: The COP will be required to travel nationally and internationally up to 30% of the time. Field work monitoring is essential to the success of the intervention.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

About the Organization

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on five continents and in 98 countries. We aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging people to help with their own development. Together, these approaches foster secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential. As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.

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