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Activation Date: 25 May, 2021   Announced Date: 25 May, 2021   Expire Date: 10 Jun, 2021

Job Location: Kandahar
Nationality: National
Category: Monitoring and Evaluation
Employment Type:
Salary: As per DRC Salary Scale
Vacancy Number: VA-KDH-044-21
No. Of Jobs: 1
City: Kandahar
Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Years of Experience: 3 Years
Contract Duration:
Gender: Male/Female
Education: University degree
Close date: 10 Jun, 2021

About Danish Refugee Council:

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization working in more than 30 countries throughout the world. DRC has been present in Afghanistan since the end of 2010 implementing programming that includes livelihoods, protection, emergency response and preparedness, infrastructure development, and supply chain management and logistical support to UNHCR. DRC is registered with the Government of Afghanistan through the Ministry of Economy and MoRR. DRC AFG has implemented programs funded by DANIDA, EC, ECHOP, BPRM, UNHCR and WFP supporting over 25,000 displaced families per year. 

DRC adopts a regional approach unifying our country programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Tajikistan around the Afghan displacement axis. This decision is built on the premise that a multi-stakeholder regional response to the massive displacement issue is required. The DRC approach is in line with UNHCR’s push for a regionally based robust and ‘Comprehensive Solutions Strategy’ (2012-2014). The four country programs strive, wherever possible, to adopt a regional approach to activities, including cross border livelihood and protection programs and coordinated emergency preparedness and response planning.

Job Description:


The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEAL) Team Leader leads and coordinates the planning and implementation of all MEAL processes and activities required to improve programme quality of Area Office programmatic activities across sectors. The MEAL Team Leader is responsible for assessing and measuring quality and accountability of AO’s response in collaboration with CO MEAL.  The MEAL Team Leader is directly responsible for: a) assessment and measurement of impact and quality of projects implemented in the AO; b) establishing learning system to document best/emerging practices and challenges; c) follow-up and closure of feedback receiving in AO or referred by CO; d) leading and coordination data collection within AO; e) data quality checks on enumerators/staff output; f) analysis and reporting; g) follow up with project teams on actions taken  S/he will coordinate with CO staff regarding technical inputs, accountability and data and knowledge management. S/he will be co-responsible for maintaining IPTT along with the sector team leaders within the AO to ensure proper sex-, age, and specific-needs segregated documentation and analysis of beneficiary profiles, with support from the Information Management Officer if needed. S/he is also responsible in supporting the strengthening of accountability mechanisms within the Area Office in close collaboration with the Accountability Officer.


Implementation of AO MEAL system

Support MEAL Specialists across sectors in designing and periodically reviewing the key MEAL framework to be adapted and implemented in the Area Office (including MEAL plans and tracking tool, tools and methodologies).
Lead on the development of project MEAL plans (in case of single location project) this includes planning and implementation of MEAL processes for the collection, analysis and usage of data to measure progress against indicators and promote programmatic learning
Ensure follow-up and resolution of feedback and actions agreed during debriefing with program
Ensure learning (e.g. review, lessons learnt workshop) is implemented to capture best/emerging practices and challenges
Lead on verification process (beneficiary and output) in coordination with MEAL Specialists
Support on the design and implementation on evaluation activities

Data collection tools development and use

Support the development of relevant and quality data collection tools for quantitative and qualitative research, e.g. baseline /endline surveys, needs assessment questionnaires, PDM tools, FGD and KII guides etc
Lead on planning and / or conducting field data collection and field monitoring exercises (including routine, process and outcome monitoring)

Data management, analysis and use

Collaborate with CO Information Management Officer to ensure appropriate data management for all AO MEAL data, including coding, storage, cleaning and analysis
Assess and review quality of data prior to sharing to CO MEAL staff
Closely coordinate with relevant programme staff to ensure project-relevant information is shared and used to properly track progress of projects
Consolidate and analyse trends and key findings of MEL data from AO
Closely coordinate with relevant programme staff, in coordination with CO MEAL, to ensure project-relevant information is shared and used to properly track progress of projects (i.e. PDM reports, Distribution monitoring, IPTT)
Collaborate with programme teams to ensure the use of MEAL information to influence management decision or improve program quality and implementation (i.e. action tracker, accountability mechanisms resolution)
Support on the presentation of key MEAL findings (internally or externally)

Coordination with program

Liaise with Team Leaders on MEAL planned activities and MEAL findings
Coordinate and track AO MEAL staff routine and outcome monitoring activities in collaboration with MEAL Specialists
Ensure tracking tools (e.g. Activity tracker, IPTT) is being used by program team, this includes training on tools
Conduct bi-monthly meeting with program staff to ensure key findings and critical issues are taken upon


Lead in creating Monthly MEAL report, looking into trends and key findings to be shared AO staff and relevant CO staff
Support, assess and review quality of reports (process and outcome monitoring) of MEAL staff  prior to review and sign off of CO MEAL staff
Lead or support in creating lessons learned or evaluation report, if activity is done in AO
Lead or support on Outcome Monitoring reports (i.e. PDMs, Satisfaction survey) for single location grants or when assigned by MEL Specialist or MEAL Manager


Closely coordinate with the CO Accountability Officer to ensure relevant programme teams properly implement accountability measures as per DRC standards and in line with the Core Humanitarian Standards
Follow-up key complaints issues with program team leads to facilitate closing the feedback loop

Management and capacity building

Lead and manage the AO MEAL staff (including people planning, performance, well-being and development)
Provide mentoring and technical support to AO MEAL staff in data collection, analysis and reporting, with support from CO MEAL if needed
Ensure effective planning, implementation and tracking of MEAL activities across sectors and projects
Supervise directly plans and work completion of AO MEAL staff
Support in monitoring of financial expenditures of AO MEAL activity budget
Initiate procurements and ensure their execution
Provide sessions or trainings to staff (MEAL, program or partner) on MEAL, with support from CO MEAL


Assist in other tasks as required by the MEAL Manager or MEAL Specialist, including extensive support to other programmes / sectors whenever deemed necessary

Job Requirements:


To be successful in this role you must have:

Experience and technical competencies: 

Minimum of 1-year management experience
Minimum 3 years of relevant experience within the humanitarian field,
Minimum 3-year of relevant working experience in M&E design and implementation
Demonstrated knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods
Experience in working in complex and volatile contexts
Experience in managing teams
Capacity to think critically and analyse quantitative and qualitative data
Capacity to produce high-quality reports and analysis
Good level of proficiency in Word, PPT, Windows Excel and SPSS
Strong inter-personal, communication and leadership skills
Strong planning and organizational skills
Demonstrated commitment to meet deadlines and high degree of autonomy in his / her work
Interested qualified female candidates with minimum of 2 years of relevant working experience will be considered for the next stage of the recruitment process.


Bachelor Degree in social sciences, humanitarian and/or development studies, or relevant field
Maters, Diplomas or Certification in M&E, IMS, Statistics or related fields an added value


Fluency in English, both written and verbal
Ability to work in both Dari and/or Pashto

We Offer:

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with DRC salary scale

Submission Guideline:

Interested? Then apply for this position, all applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) by clicking on the following link:


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