Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer

at International Rescue Committee - IRC
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted July 23, 2020
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Job purpose

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is seeking dynamic, analytical, and highly motivated individuals for the position of MEAL Officer in the IRC’s field offices. The ideal candidate has worked for an NGO in the programs and Monitoring and evaluation departments (e.g. design, management, monitoring) and has concrete experience with monitoring and evaluation, and tracking systems and processes. The MEAL Officer contributes to overall program quality through the coordination, and implementation of enhanced monitoring and evaluation, accountability, and learning strategies; the emphasis is on streamlining processes and tools for efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability throughout the project cycle across the IRC’s various sectors and grants. This position is based in Addis Ababa but will require frequent travel to the field-offices and intervention areas/refugee camps. The MEAL Officer will report to the Senior MEAL Manager in Addis Ababa.

Responsibilities and tasks

Accountability and Monitoring Systems

  • Develop and/or update M&E tools, databases, and monthly reporting formats in close collaboration with the MEAL Officers in the field and Sector MEAL Managers.
  • Support Programs in assessments and surveys, mobile data collection; using Kobo Collect, Commcare, and the IRC apps to collect and analyze data.
  • Support in the design of indicator matrixes and follow up updating of data against indicators and provide update on the progress..
  • Conduct data quality reviews against the 3 Cs “ Completeness, Accuracy, Consistency”
  • Assist in gathering data for client Statistics: a quarterly gender and age disaggregated overview per grant per sector should be provided.
  • Provide support on data management and storage to sectors, in collaboration with IT and Senior MEAL Manager.

Assessment, Learning, and Documentation

  • Ensure relevant, timely, and quality support on assessments and evaluations; i.e. support in developing the survey tools, data analysis, and report writing.
  • Organize and attend semi-annual meetings with the senior MEAL Manager, MEAL Managers, and the MEAL Coordinator on project monitoring and learning updates, achievements, challenges.
  • Provide documentation and dissemination of key findings stemming from monitoring, assessment, and other learning activities.
  • Track and ensure organized, comprehensive electronic filing of lessons and validated findings/analyses.

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, Statistics, Economics and/or other relevant fields with at least three years of relevant professional work experience.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 3 years of proven experience with the first degree and 2 years of relevant experience for postgraduate degree holders preferably in an international NGO, in a similar role/with similar responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated understanding of direct monitoring and evaluation experience, specifically in the humanitarian and development context.
  • Proven experience developing tools and systems for, and building capacity of others in skills related to, program tracking and documentation.
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation methodologies, including logical models, conceptual frameworks, and assessment/evaluation.
  • Proven experience of implementing beneficiary complaint and feedback mechanisms.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.
  • Preferred knowledge of mobile data collection tools such as Kobo Collect or Commcare.
  • Familiarity with information management systems and analysis software is a plus.
  • Effective, high-quality communication, writing, and interpersonal skills are crucial.


Personal specifications:

  • Ability to work under pressure, long work hours, and high workload.
  • Ability to independently coordinate work and prioritize tasks.
  • Self-motivated, honest, highly responsible, and punctual.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Applicants, and especially women, having experience in a refugee setting are encouraged to apply

Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols, and other supportive benefits and allowances

Equal Opportunity Employer: IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law


Applying Instructions

Candidates who meet the above qualifications; please send your CV and application letter only through the below IRC career site.



Your application letter/cover letter must include the following information.

·         Name of the position you have applied for

·         Date of application

·         Summary of  your qualifications and experience

·         Motivation/objective of why you have applied for the job

·         Please include at least 3 references from current and former supervisors.


              Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply!

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