Closing Date : 2019-05-29
Duty Station : Conakry, Guinea
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Organization: Catholic Relief Services
Country: Guinea
Closing date: 29 May 2019

Job Description

Job Title:MEAL Specialist, McGovern-Dole International School Feeding and Child Nutrition Program (MGD) Guinea Bissau

Job Location:Bissau

Reports to:Chief of Party

Job Type:regular, full-time

Anticipated start date:1stOctober 2019

Note: This position is contingent on donor funding.

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transformlives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS' relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.


CRS is seeking applications from qualified candidates for a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Specialist position to support the anticipated U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) McGovern-Dole International School Feeding and Child Nutrition Program (MGD) in Guinea Bissau. The MGD Program supports education, child development and food security in low-income, food-deficit countries around the globe. The program provides for the donation of U.S. agricultural commodities, as well as financial and technical assistance, to support school feeding, literacy and maternal and child nutrition projects.


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 indicatorsand 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 resultsParticipate in donor-required M&E workshops and contribute to the finalizing of key MEAL documentsWork 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 systemDevelop data collection tools in collaboration with Technical and Gender Leads and establish gender-sensitive feedback mechanisms on the quality of implementation on the groundDevelop 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 proceduresParticipate in Program Management Unit (PMU) meetings and establish a MEAL working groupTrain 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 necessaryManage data consolidation and validate the quality of data collected by the project in collaboration with key staffWork with CoP to establish a system for reporting direct and indirect beneficiary numbers annuallyCoordinate midterm and final evaluations with consultants and project team membersFacilitate documentation, development and sharing of results, lessons learned, success stories and best practices within the consortium and with external stakeholdersEnsure that accountability and protection measures are in place at the community level, with an attention to gender dynamics, as part of regular monitoringContribute 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 neededTrain 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 authoritiesSupport partners in recruiting for MEAL positions to ensure that required competencies are foundSupport 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 staffConduct performance reviews of CRS MEAL staff and identify capacity-building needsEnsure 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 reportsExcellent partnership skills and the ability to interact effectively with donors, collaborating agencies, local and government partnersExcellent organization and planning skills and ability to resolve problems constructivelyComputer 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 teamAbility to work in a challenging and stressful environment with unexpected challenges


Master's degree in Development Economics or related fieldMinimum of 5 years of experience in development, including experience in research, designing and managing systems for learning, organizational development and knowledge managementExperience in establishing MEAL systems and conducting participatory research of qualitative and quantitative natureDemonstrated skills in quantitative and qualitative research methodologiesSubstantial understanding of Knowledge Management theory and practiceDemonstrated ability to strategically lead high quality MEAL staffSubstantial experience in working with information search/retrieval systemsExcellent written and oral communication skills in French and excellent English writing skills Ability to communicate in Portuguese or Spanish is desiredExperience working with development research institutions/universitiesExperience with developing and managing learning agendasDemonstrated capacity to use ICT4D in the collection, analysis and reporting of dataAbility 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.

What we offer

CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, vision, generous retirement savings plan and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world.

*Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS' processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

EOE/M/F/D/V -CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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