MERL Coordinator

  • Added Date: Monday, 26 July 2021
  • Deadline Date: Saturday, 21 August 2021

The MERL Coordinator will be incharge of:

  • Implement the structure, resources and tools of the MERL mission wide;
  • Coordinate and Supervise activities planned under MERL;
  • Design methodology for assessments, monitoring and evaluation of Action Against Hunger Sectors of intervention, providing sector guidance and capitalizing the lessons learnt;
  • Liaise, coordinate assessment internally and with partner organization;
  • Support the design of project monitoring tools streamlining resources;
  • Support the mission in capitalizing on ongoing activities;
  • Work on research and development studies that interest the mission.

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Key activities

Objective 1: Lead the MERL Department and the MERL Strategy at Mission Level

  • Define the MERLโ€™s Department Strategic Objectives and Key Actions, along with an Action Plan for each year and update it based on achievements and evolving priorities of the mission
  • Design, lead and manage processes to establish AAH Syria MERL systems in close coordination with, all departments, all stakeholders and with partners
  • Ensure that the MERL systems are in compliance with Action Against Hungerโ€™ global and regional policies, Minimum Standards, procedures, strategic initiatives, and donorโ€™s reporting policies and guidelines
  • Define/adapt and innovate for the assessment, monitoring and evaluation approaches and methods used by the MERL Department and AAH Syria mission
  • Ensure the roles and responsibilities in terms of MERL activities are well defined across all departments and revised as needed with the other Coordinators
  • Lead the generation of primary evidence by the MERL teams to support decision making in the mission, and communication / advocacy activities as per the priorities of the time
  • Ensure that assessment and monitoring visits are meaningful and capture data sought and feed into management decisions
  • With the support of Technical Coordinators, develop indicators to measure the impact of sectoral programs

Objective 2: Manage the MERL Department

  • Validate admin, HR and log requests of MERL Officers (leaves, advances, TRF)
  • Ensure the MERL Officer closely follow-up with other human resources recruited for MEAL activities (plan, budget, payment, etc.)
  • Lead the recruitment of MERL staff (creation of JD, tests and interviews) and review the organigram based on evolving needs and changes in operations
  • Lead staff using performance management (appraisals), identifying strengths and weaknesses within the team
  • Oversee MERL activities through monthly and weekly plans prepared by the MERL Officers and ensure that the team closely coordinated and communicated the plan with Technical, Program and Logistics teams
  • Coach and mentor the MERL Departmentโ€™s staff, suggest tailored training opportunities to develop their career and hold regular meetings to discuss about their performance and motivation
  • Closely coordinate and communicate MERL plans / activities / needs with other departments as needs be (HR, Logistics, Finance, Admin, etc.).

Objective 3: Strengthen the MERL Capacity of the mission and of AAH partners in Syria

  • Provide strategic leadership to the Action Against Hunger technical and program team, and partners for all MERL related activities
  • Provide trainings and follow-up refresher trainings on MERL sufficient to equip Action Against Hunger staff and partners to undertake effective assessment, monitoring, evaluation and learning at field level in all implementation areas; identify and fill training gaps
  • Provide hands-on technical assistance to all staff in designing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting for projects
  • Systematically review and provide feedbacks on reports / documents produced by MERL staff, disseminate and archive finalized documents in a harmonized format and centralized location (NHF) to facilitate learning
  • Provide leadership, technical guidance and support to the MERL Department and other program / technical staff to develop more strategic approaches to improving M&E within their activities / projects
  • In coordination with the HR department, ensure all new staff member received a MERL induction, delivered by the MERL Officer or by the MERL Coordinator depending on the relationship of the new-comers with MERL
  • Facilitate or contribute to external M&E Technical Working Group meetings to exchange on challenges and best practices in Syria.

Objective 4: Coordinate and lead the MERL systems set-up and implementation for all projects / programs in Syria

  • Contribute to project proposal and logic model development, using knowledge from AAH documented lessons learned and best practices
  • Ensure the consistency of indicators across all grants as appropriate, ensuring they are coherent with AAH Key Indicators
  • Develop indicators and M&E plans for all projects and design the MERL calendars with the heads of project based on the projects updated workplan
  • Attend the projectsโ€™ kick off meeting and introduce the projectโ€™s M&E system
  • Provide direct technical support to the program teams to complete the IBPR on a regular basis
  • Design and develop the M&E tools (baseline, endline, surveys, questionnaires, observations grid, etc.) based on the projectโ€™s M&E systems
  • In coordination with IM where appropriate, support the technical and program team to develop strong project tracking, record keeping and filing methodologies for all activities
  • Compile and analyze M&E data and facilitate learning-to-action discussions with the program/technical teams, and partners
  • In coordination with IM where appropriate, streamline the data/information flow and requirements
  • Design and prepare appropriate reporting content for different audiences for key stakeholders and donors in coordination with Reporting Coordinator and DCD
  • Collect and analyze lessons learned and best practices from previous and ongoing programs capturing the change from activities to ensure they validate the projectโ€™s theory of change
  • Leverage lessons learned, best practices, program data, evaluations and other information to generate donor communication pieces, proposal annexes, success stories, case studies and other high-quality, results-based documentation.
  • Provide input into budget management issues related to the MERL components of the projects

Objective 5: Oversee the Needs Assessment process

  • Hand in hand with Senior MERL Officer, guide the MERL teamโ€™s identification of areas prone to exploratory assessments through surveillance of context (reading of HAT analysis, OCHA report, etc.) and priorities of the mission
  • Ensure that the MERL team closely coordinate assessmentsโ€™ visits with Program and Technical departments, along with reports and conclusions. If findings differ, ensure the teams reach an agreement through a joint analysis session, and triangulate their sources
  • Provide technical support to the MERL Officer to design / review the assessment tools and methodology depending on the assessment type: multisector, sectoral, rapid, etc. and validate the final version before dissemination to the team
  • When necessary, take the lead in designing assessment methods and tools or provide direct methodological support to the technical departments / coordinators
  • Perform qualitative, quantitative and/or statistical analysis and aggregation of the gathered data/information for decision making
  • Review the assessment reports, ensuring that the reports are made useful for decision making and add to the Advocacy agenda
  • Store, organize and disseminate the assessments to the mission ensuring the format is relevant and appreciated by the varied audience (technical, program, operation, advocacy, etc.)
  • Supervise the data entry of the assessment summary and key indicators in Kobo for analysis and visualization by the IM Department

Objective 6: Research and studies development with a focus on Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)

  • Strengthen a collective and systematic inquiry in which AAH Syria and community stakeholders engage as equal partners in the research process steps.
  • Produce research studies reflecting the Syrian context needs and AAH priority themes under the guidance of AAH Syria CD and DCD Programs
  • Organize internal and external Research workshops to present research findings as needed

Candidate description

  • Post-graduate degree from a recognized university in a relevant discipline such as operations research, Development / Humanitarian Studies, quantitative analysis, monitoring and evaluation, statistics, etc.
  • Extensive experience on project cycle management, research, data gathering and management, quantitative/qualitative analysis and English reporting.
  • Experience on humanitarian needs assessments is a must.
  • Gender / protection mainstreaming related experience.
  • At least 3 years of experience within humanitarian organisations, in project cycle management and in M&E positions or tasks with management responsibilities.
  • Demonstrable capacities in design and implementation of MEAL systems.
  • Experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection approaches and tools.
  • Capacity to facilitate work with community-level actors in planning, design, implementation of MEAL.
  • Demonstrable track record in effective team membership and communications at a management level.
  • Ability to conceptualize, perform and direct team research and writing of technical documents.
  • Demonstrated MEAL field experience and competencies in collecting, manipulating, synthesizing, analyzing and presenting data to a variety to audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through training, mentoring, and other formal and non-formal methods.
  • Experience in developing and monitoring accountability systems.
  • Excellent communication skills in English both oral and written.
  • Able to work under Windows OS.
  • Proficiency on the basic office tools (at least Word and Excel).
  • Knowledge on databases and mobile data collection systems (ODK, Kobo).
  • Knowledge of visualization tools (such as PowerBi).

Remuneration package

We offer immediate incorporation to a dynamic international network with the following remuneration package:

Formal work contract: 12 months contract

  • Base: Damascus
  • Annual Gross Salary: Starting 47**,000**โ‚ฌ**
    • This packaged includes:
    • Expatriate insurance (health, live, repatriation, travel, etc.)
    • Break flights/trips to defined area: (break per diem: 215 EUR)
    • Yearly holiday return flight ticket
    • Accommodation and housing expenses (in shared guest house)
    • Travel costs to and from the mission.
    • 25 working days of paid leave per year.
    • Extra per month and per child (Under 18 years old): from 100โ‚ฌ to 225โ‚ฌ monthly (according to standard list of Action Against Hunger -Spain).
    • * Candidates may be contacted for other suitable positions within Action Against Hunger.
    • Due to the high-number of application received, only potential applicants will be contacted.
    • Applications will be assessed and vacancy might be closed before the end of the announcement as per qualifications availability.
    • The organization is committed to the principles of non-discrimination and diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people.

This vacancy is archived.

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