Senior MEAL Officer – NGO Job Vacancy Ethiopia 2019

Posted on: Saturday Jun 29 , 4:02 PM , 2019
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Job Description  –  Oxfam Great Britain

Location: Addis Ababa, with frequent travel to field locations for MEAL technical support
Our package:

Internal Grade:

Contract type: Fixed Term contract, till September 30, 2021
 Hours of work:  37.5 hours per week. This is a full-time role; however, Oxfam offers various flexible arrangements which candidates can discuss with the Recruiting Manager at interview stage
This role reports to: Program Quality and Learning Manager
Staff reporting to this post: None
Annual budget for the post:  
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DBS checks (for roles based in the UK): N/A.
Screening checks: All successful candidates will be screened through Refinitiv World-Check One to comply with counter-terrorism and financial sanctions regulations.

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.


Oxfam Ethiopia is part of the global family of Oxfam International; operating in the country since 1974. It has been implementing development and humanitarian programs in various parts of the country to address the immediate and strategic needs of people living in poverty.

The current country strategy (2015 – 2020) envisages “an Ethiopia free of poverty; where empowered women and other citizens influence and benefit from pro-poor and gender sensitive systemic changes that reduce their poverty and vulnerability and; an increase their socio-economic wellbeing”. In 2016-17, the organization consolidated its efforts to meet the needs of the most vulnerable and has reached more than 1.2 million people across Ethiopia with life-saving humanitarian assistance and longer-term resilience, livelihoods and gender-based programmes. Oxfam currently implements programs directly and through partners across eight regions and one city administration including Amhara, Oromia, Tigray, Somali, Afar, Dire Dawa, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region (SNNPR) and Gambella.

The programs in the Somali, Dire Dawa, East Harerge, Gedeo, and Gambella regions are dominantly humanitarian; drought, conflict and flood preparedness, response and recovery, and supporting refugees from South Sudan respectively though Oxfam is increasing its resilience-based programming throughout. The longer-term resilience-development programs cover sustainable livelihoods, gender, and climate change work. More specifically Oxfam in Ethiopia focuses on rural economic development working all through the value chain cycle, promoting viable local and export markets while building the resilience of the local population to respond and adapt to the re-current natural and man-made disasters. Gender programming is at the center of our work, always taking into consideration local gender dynamics and prioritizing the most vulnerable population.


Oxfam is a global movement of people who won’t live with the injustice of poverty. Together we save and rebuild lives in disasters. We help people build better lives for themselves. We speak out on the big issues that keep people poor, like inequality, discrimination against women and climate change. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can live without poverty.

Oxfam GB is a member of the international confederation Oxfam.


The MEAL/PQ team will be accountable for ensuring that project design, management, monitoring, review, evaluation and reporting processes meet Oxfam Minimum Standards for programming and CAMSA guidelines. The team will include monitoring, evaluation, accountability, learning and ensure compliance with all external and internal (to Oxfam) quality and contractual obligations of Oxfam in Ethiopia may have. PQ/MEAL will occasionally constitute an Internal Audit Team to assess and rate country compliance with internal standards, systems, and procedures.

Job Purpose

The purpose of the Senior MEAL Officer is to provide technical support for Oxfam and partners MEAL and program team on Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) and related research activities for long term development and humanitarian response programs in Ethiopia. He is responsible for development and implementation of monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL) tools, and systems for a project – “Promoting market-based production system for smallholder farmers in SNNPRS through strengthening FTC and creating appropriate input-output linkages”. This includes conducting, managing and documenting key discrete MEAL milestones, events and processes, MEAL internal and external reporting, and knowledge management between the project team and partner affiliates to ensure Oxfam benefits from applied program learning. He is also responsible for leading/conducting different surveys, assessments, evaluations, post-distribution monitoring for different programs/projects in both long term development and humanitarian response programs.  He will also support the Program Quality and Learning Manager on the development and implementation of different MEAL tools and systems for Oxfam country programs.

Our values and commitment to safeguarding

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and adults. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organization and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.


1.    Program Planning, MEAL System Development, and Implementation

  • Support the Program Quality and Learning Manager on the design and implementation of robust MEAL/PQ systems for both long-term development and humanitarian response programs, including MEAL Framework (log frame/results framework, IPTT, MEAL plan, and DIP) and MEAL tools development, MEAL strategy and CAMSA rollout
  • Manage the data collection for key program deliverables to demonstrate qualitative and quantitative changes over time in collaboration with the field MEAL and program team. This will include the collection of primary data collection as well as secondary sources
  •  Oversee and support MEAL and project staff in the timely implementation of monitoring framework and tools, to ensure quality and consistent information is available on program performance and impact.
  •  Oversee quality assurance of all field data collection exercises, data management, and analysis
  • Contribute to timely and quality reporting on Oxfam projects in all covered locations of the response, demonstrating accountability and learning.
  •  Assist project teams in the development of the theory of change and logic models for new proposals
  • Ensure that new projects have MEAL plans with adequate financial coverage

2.    Capacity Building for Oxfam and Partners Staff

  • Assist the partners/consortium members in the design of their MEAL system. Organize relevant training and other capacity-building events for partners to carry out proper MEAL activities.
  •  Support the program team to identify MEAL priorities on Oxfam’s directly implemented projects, and those projects implemented through partners.
  • Organize relevant training and other capacity-building events for partners to carry out MEAL
  • Provide technical guidance to project teams including partners with planning on the design and implementation of baseline/midline and other data requirements to support program analysis, the development and use of monitoring tools and instruments (e.g., objective/target setting, monitoring formats, etc.), as well reporting of program progress.
  • Undertake periodic monitoring and technical support visits to program areas to assess progress against agreed MEAL system and recommend corrective actions as appropriate.
  • Ensure effective common understanding between Oxfam and partners on MEAL objectives and frameworks and organize orientation/workshops/training.
  • Assist project leads/responsible persons and partners in identifying relevant areas on partner MEAL systems that need strengthening and aligning to the requirements of the individual program and overall Oxfam MEAL objectives and requirements.
  • Work closely with program focal points and partners to ensure appropriate feedback mechanisms are incorporated into project teams’ and partners’ projects.
  •  Ensure the integration of ICT in MEAL functions like Mobenzi, LMMS, etc

3.    Accountability

  • Develop and continuously update the accountability strategy and lead to the establishment of feedback and compliant mechanisms in line with Oxfam standards.
  • Oversee and ensure quality assurance of feedback and compliant mechanisms.
  •  Ensure the implementation of strong accountability and community feedback mechanisms at country and field office levels.
  • Strengthen upward (including donor) and downward accountability (to the beneficiary, and other stakeholders) within the program
  • Share accountably findings with program teams and senior management

4.    Learning and Knowledge Management

  • Together with Program Quality and Learning Manager and field MEAL/PQ team, facilitate annual review and reflection sessions, as specified in the MEAL framework/ system and Oxfam accountability dimensions.
  • Contribute to project learning by preparing, analyzing and disseminating data, lessons learned, good practices, statistical, qualitative and anecdotal project’s evidence.
  • Support the program team on the design, planning, and conduct of key impact assessment exercises on programmatic, thematic, geographic or cross-cutting activities
  • Conduct key thematic learning activities and processes for staff and partners
  • Analyze documentation and reporting of program data, lessons learned, and best practices for internal and external sharing.
  • Coordinate and produce key learning documents.
  • Organize reviews and learning events.

5.    Reporting, Sharing and Communications

  • Support the program team in the consolidation of periodic quality reports to internal and external purposes.
  • Work closely with the Communication and Media team to collect positive impact stories and photos from projects and prepare them to be used for shared learning.
  • Facilitate the collection and documentation of best practices and lessons learned across the project that will serve for scaling up of project’s good practices.
  • Review and comment on reports coming from partners/ consortium members and communicate issues that need to be corrected for the smooth implementation of the project. Facilitate quarterly joint review meetings to discuss project progress, challenges and the way forward.
  • Be accountable for accurate reporting of project achievement as per donor requirements and apply MEAL framework and gender-sensitive indicators to measure results.

6.    Others

  • Required to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values as well as the promotion of gender justice and women’s rights
  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles
  • Actively participate in the implementation of Performance Management including objective setting, performance review, upward feedback, and personal development plans and ensuring relevant aspects of Oxfam work in Ethiopia e.g. gender equity is reflected in objectives
  • Be a member of the Oxfam team participating in appropriate staff meetings, planning sessions and work closely with Oxfam in Ethiopia.
  • Support to ensure gender sensitivity in all activities of the projects and equitability in the project
  • Undertake other additional tasks assigned by his/her supervisor

Job Requirements

skills, experience, and knowledge


  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience and demonstrable skills in designing and implementing MEAL systems for economic empowerment.
  • Degree in Economics, Statistics, Social Science or relevant discipline
  • Good understanding of the country’s context and policies on: youth employment, SRH, gender and climate change
  •  Strong analytical skills
  • Good critical thinking and clear understanding about the Motoring Framework, tools and indicator setting
  •  Evidence-based monitoring and evaluation frameworks and programmes, with emphasis on participatory and partnership-based MEAL approaches
  • Strong knowledge of ICT applications and development – especially spreadsheets, database, and familiarity with associated web-based platforms and mobile applications.
  • Familiarity with project cycle management, monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience in the organization, conduct and management of various capacity-building/skills transfer events and process
  • Fluency in Amharic and English, both written and spoken
  • Good report-writing skills
  • Organised and able to manage own time under guidance and direction from line-manager
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s overall aims and beliefs, including strong commitment to gender, diversity issues, equal opportunities and capacity building
  • Strong interpersonal and self-awareness skills
  • Ability and willingness to undertake extensive travel in the country
  • Well-developed conceptual, critical, analytical thinking and planning skills.
  • Demonstrates ability to take Initiative, drive to achieve results, the ability to develop effective organizations.
  • Demonstrable understanding and experience of gender equity issues and their relevance to humanitarian response work.
  • Ability to work effectively with others, adaptable and flexible.
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work sensitively with people from various cultural and social backgrounds.


  • Able to work with minimum supervision and provide solutions to problems as they arise;

·         Basic knowledge of donor contract management and compliance issues.

  • Knowledge of Somali and Oromiffa will constitute an advantage.
  • Master degree

Key Attributes

  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities
  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity for all aspects of development work
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible

Organisational Values

  • Accountability – Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions
  • Empowerment – Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen
  • Inclusiveness – We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences

 Note to candidates: Shortlisted candidates will be assessed on our organizational values and attributes at the interview stage. The successful candidate(s) will be expected to adhere to our code of conduct. We encourage candidates to read and understand our code of conduct here.

How to apply

Deadline: July 12, 2019 

As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile through or or using Oxfam internal application portal(for external applicants: ( and for internal applicants: ( or before 12th July 2019.

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