Activation Date: 24 Mar, 2021 Announced Date: 24 Mar, 2021 Expire Date: 03 Apr, 2021
CRS began supporting development efforts in Afghanistan in 1998 as a member of the Caritas Network and began direct operations in Afghanistan in early 2002. CRS maintains several main offices throughout the country in Kabul, Herat, Lal, Chaghcharan, Sangi Takht, and Bamiyan, with sub-offices in all of these provinces. Currently, there is more than 350 national and 9 international staff.
CRS carries out development and emergency relief efforts in Afghanistan with a focus on rural livelihoods through diverse programs that promote food security and access to quality education for poor and marginalized communities. CRS has a particular emphasis on strengthening the resilience of vulnerable households.
CRS seeks a qualified candidate for the position of Consortium MEAL Manager to lead the design and implementation of the MEAL system for an upcoming USAID-funded, two-year resilience and recovery project.
The proposed project has an estimated value of US$20 million and includes five INGO consortium partners in addition to CRS. Over a period of 24 months, the project proposes to address targeted barriers to resilience and recovery across the most vulnerable communities in Afghanistan. Building on the presence and experience of the INGOs involved in the consortium, these interventions will cover a wide range of sectors across the nine provinces, including WASH, livelihoods, and protection. The main focus of the project is to build the resilience of vulnerable communities to external shocks
The Consortium Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) Manager’s primary role is to lead quality MEAL system design and management of MEAL implementation for the consortium project. He/she will drive the consortium to use data for problem-solving, adaptive management, reporting, and learning.
Learning and Accountability (40%)
- Serve as the learning focal point for the consortium: collect, document, and share project learning across the consortium and with relevant stakeholders; support partners in organizing project reflection meetings; and contribute to CRS agency-wide learning initiatives;
- Organize participatory MEAL inception, baseline and endline review workshops with partners; support the Project Director in organizing and facilitating quarterly review meetings and Technical Working Group meetings by providing quality data analysis to support problem solving, identifying lessons learned, and adaptive management;
- Organize and facilitate bi-annual learning events to review progress toward targets, successes, challenges, and lessons learned that would inform continued adaptation of the project and promote partner-to-partner learning; document results of these events to support reporting and communication with donors and other external stakeholders;
- Document lessons learned for and disseminate with consortium to inform designs adaptive management;
- Harmonize accountability standards from all partners and the donor to guide partners to roll out context-appropriate feedback and response mechanisms (FRMs) in their respective target provinces; ensure that FRMs across the consortium are accessible, operational, robust, and efficient;
- Work with partner leads to analyze feedback trends quarterly to inform program decisions.
MEAL System Design and Management (35%)
- Lead the design of the consortium’s MEAL system at project start-up, including the design of use-focused, quality data collection tools and analysis and learning plans used by all partners in the consortium;
- Engage relevant staff to incorporate use of ICT4D and ICT4MEAL in the project;
- Provide guidance to consortium partners to develop partner specific MEAL plans and data collection tools and ensure coherence with the overall MEAL system;
- Manage and budget for the implementation of the MEAL system for the consortium project;
- Engage with and support partner MEAL staff in the provision of guidance and advice related to the Consortium MEAL system
- Identify MEAL capacity needs within the consortium and support capacity building initiatives for CRS and partner consortium staff
- Lead efforts to comply with CRS and donor MEAL requirements, including agreed MEAL Detailed Implementation Plan activities, and liaising with Project Director;
Monitoring and Data Analysis (25%)
- Establish a system to aggregate and analyze consortium-level indicator data from partners to support reporting efforts led by the Project Director;
- Oversee the design and implementation of baseline and endline surveys, as well as a final evaluation, establishing clear guidance for consortium partners to ensure a consistent approach;
- Provide technical guidance to the consortium on monitoring to ensure that it is inclusive and gender-responsive and relevant for project management purposes;
- Ensure quality data capture, input, and management, qualitative and quantitative analysis, reflection, and ongoing use of MEAL data results through agreed processes with consortium partners; oversee regular data quality checks;
- Undertake project site visits to CRS and partner field locations as required to ensure and support optimal implementation of MEAL plans
- Afghan National with a University Degree or equivalent experience Master’s Degree in International Development or in the field of MEAL or data management a plus. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
- Minimum 5 years of experience working in project management, ideally in the field of MEAL, for an INGO, and for USG-funded projects.
- Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint Outlook, Access), Power BI or other information management systems.
- Experience analyzing data and contributing to evaluation reports.
- Knowledge of technical principles and concepts in MEAL; general knowledge of disciplines such as livelihoods, WASH, and protection to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach;
- Experience in designing MEAL systems;
- Strong data analysis and overall analytical skills.
- Experience engaging with a large number of stakeholders in complex projects
- Strong English and Dari reading, writing, and verbal skills
- Experience in delivering training, facilitation, and coaching.
- Excellent communication and presentation skills and good judgment with regards to problem solving
- Skilled in communicating with community members
- Ability to work independently and within a team of national/international staff.
- Ability to work pro-actively with little supervision
- Ability to collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams
- Attention to detail, accuracy, and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities
- Good attitude and willingness to always learn
- Demonstrated ability to create and maintain good relationships with colleagues
- Good strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
- Proactive, resourceful, results-oriented
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Project Director, Country Representative, Head of Programs, MEAL Technical Advisor, MEAL Officers, Senior Program Staff (program managers, senior project officers, project officers), MEAL Regional Technical Advisor
External: Partner MEAL and program staff
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.
- Trusting Relationships
- Professional Growth
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
Protection Acknowledgment: CRS prohibits all forms of abuse and exploitation towards children and vulnerable adults. As a professional candidate, you commit to adhering to the Agency’s policy on protection, rights and dignity of children and vulnerable adults and to safeguard them from abuse and exploitation as defined in CRS’ Safeguarding Policy.
Application comprises a one-page cover letter explaining your interest and suitability for the post and your CV.
Interested candidates can submit their application by clicking on this link or by dropping a hard copy of the documents at one of the provincial CRS office locations. Hard Copy Applications should be in a sealed envelope marked “Confidential” with the position number clearly written on envelope.
We strongly recommend you apply online by filling out the form using the link provided in above.
For any more clarification please contact to mobile number: 0797612223 during 8:30am till 4:30pm
Applications sent to any other address will be rejected
Please note that applications received after the closing date (i.e. 16, July 2020), will be not given consideration. Only short-listed candidates whose applications respond to the above criteria will be contacted for test and interview.
CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
In line with CRS policy on gender equity, qualified women whose qualifications meet
The requirements of above-mentioned position are particularly welcome to apply.
Please use the above link to apply.