Requisition ID: req10536
Job Title: MEAL Assistant - Shire
Sector: Evaluation & Learning
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No
Location: Shire, Ethiopia
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. IRC has been working in Ethiopia since 1999 and is implementing integrated, community-managed programs aimed at improving the quality of lives and recovery of livelihood of the disaster-affected population’s through promoting individual participation, strengthening institutions, and emergency response.
The MEAL Assistant will work directly for the PlayMatters Project under the day to day supervision of the field-based M&E Officer and technical reporting to PlayMatters MEAL Manager based in Addis. The PlayMatters project is an initiative to increase play-based learning opportunities for nearly 1 million pre-primary and primary school aged refugee and host community children impacted The MEAL Assistant will be responsible for routine monitoring of the project, digital data collection, quality assurance, design and implementation of key M&E tools and establishment of client feedback channels. The MEAL Assistant will also be responsible for recording and monitoring feedback, and for ensuring that the loop is closed, and clients are informed of decisions taken.
• Collect data and routinely monitor project implementation
• Pilot and support in the contextualization of data collection tools
• Pilot and prototype contents to adopt learning through Play approach.
• Assist in mapping pilot location and select settlement, recruit respondents for the behavioral mapping.
• Train staff and local officials in the correct use of digital data collection tools.
• Ensure data quality of routine monitoring and evaluation data.
• Support local management teams with ad-hoc data requests and analysis
• Present statistics on monitoring data in clear formats to highlight feedback trends to the program team, as well as synthesize qualitative feedback in ways which provide the detail that the program team will need to design an appropriate response.
• Analyze key themes, challenges, and opportunities for program improvement.
• Support and train enumerators or data collectors as needed.
• Work with the MEAL Officer and other MEAL Assistants to collect client feedback through various channels that IRC installs including community meetings, surveys, discussions, phone lines, suggestion boxes, SMS among others
• Support MEAL officer in updating the Feedback Registry and raise cases including breach of IRC code of conduct, allegations of child abuse or sexual exploitation and other major programmatic complaints
• Collect response from the program staff on the feedback and communicate back to client
• Work with other MEAL Assistant and the MEAL officer in the field office to analyze and compile feedback and complaints
• Collect feedbacks on use of developed contents to adopt learn through Play.
· Provide support to the M&E Officer to conduct ongoing monitoring and evaluation activities.
· Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs
The MEAL Assistant will report to the M&E Officer on issues related to day to day activities. On technical issues the MEAL Assistant will receive technical support by the PlayMatters MEAL Manager in Addis.
The length of employment is for one year initially but could be extended, contingent upon satisfactory performance evaluation and funding.
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
Requirements (Qualifications, Skills and Abilities):
• 10 +3 Diploma in social science and other relevant field of studies
• Analyze and communicate data in a way that facilitates effective decision making
• Experience with digital data collection tools and the use of smart devices for data collection
• Proactively engage with clients, local officials and community members, acting as a community liaison focal point
• Driven and able to balance multiple task, commitments, and to work flexibly in a team
• Creativity, curiosity and enthusiasm, and the ability to develop and test new ways of working and solutions to problems
• Strong oral and written communications in English, Amharic and local language is required.
• Experience with M&E for Education programming in a refugee context.
• Written and verbal communication in English is an added advantage.
• Passionate about humanitarian work and assistance!
Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply!
How to apply:
Candidates who meet the above qualifications; please send your CV, application letter and copies of credentials through:
Please include 3 references from current and former employers.
Your application letter/cover letter must include the following information.
Disclose any family relationships with existing IRC employees.