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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist / Emergency programme

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Activation Date: 25 May, 2021   Announced Date: 25 May, 2021   Expire Date: 12 Jun, 2021

Job Location: Kabul
Nationality: National
Category: Monitoring and Evaluation
Employment Type:
Salary: As per DRC Salary Scale
Vacancy Number: VA-AFC-048-21
No. Of Jobs: 1
City: kabul
Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Years of Experience: 3 Years
Contract Duration:
Gender: Male/Female
Education: University degree
Close date: 12 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 (MEL) Specialist for Emergency programmes of DRC Country Programme in Afghanistan leads and coordinates the strategic planning and implementation of all MEL processes and activities required to improve programme quality over the course of project implementation and ensure and demonstrate positive impact on beneficiaries’ lives.  The MEL Specialist for Emergency is directly responsible for assessing and measuring quality and accountability of DRC Afghanistan’s emergency response (i.e. multipurpose cash assistance, winterization and shelter and Non-Food Item support) through the application of the MEAL framework. This includes, among other responsibilities, a) designing MEAL plan and IPTT, b) designing assessment Scopes of Work (data collection tools and methodologies) for monitoring and evaluation purposes in collaboration with project teams, c) delivering trainings and capacity-building to MEAL and project officers in the field on assessment methodologies and tools, appropriate interviewing techniques and protection and gender mainstreaming in assessments, d) leading and coordination data collection, e) data quality checks of process and outcome monitoring dataset; f) analysis and reporting and g) follow up with project teams on actions taken. S/he will also be involved on project proposal and donor reporting. S/he is directly responsible for process and outcome monitoring and may provide direct support to project teams for developing and coordinating output monitoring and database design and management. S/he will be co-responsible for revising and maintaining IPTT and Output Tracker with the Information Management Officer to ensure proper sex-, age, and specific-needs segregated documentation and analysis of beneficiary profiles at country and area levels, with particular focus on safeguarding confidentiality of clients at all times. S/he is also responsible in supporting the strengthening of accountability mechanisms across emergency programmes in close collaboration with the Accountability Officer.  .


Design and Implementation of Overall MEL System for Emergency Programmes

Lead the design and implementation of the DRC MEL Emergency Framework and Standard Operating Procedures, including MEAL and indicator plans, data collection/measurement Scopes of Work, tools and methodologies, planning and implementation of MEL field work for the collection, analysis and usage of data to measure progress against indicators and promote programmatic learning;
Lead the design and implementation of learning activities
Support on the design and implementation on evaluation activities
Lead or support on assessments for proposal development or other purposes

Data collection tools development and use

Lead the development of relevant and quality data collection tools for quantitative and qualitative research related to our Emergency programming, e.g. baseline/endline surveys, minimum standard checklist, FGD/KII guides, etc
Coordinate with technical unit on the review of relevant MEL tools for inputs
Lead the development of a qualitative research strategy through the deployment of innovative research methods in order to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of DRC Afghanistan’s emergency programmes at individual, household and community levels
Lead on planning and/or conducting of AO Monitoring and Evaluation data collection exercises (including routine, process and outcome monitoring)

Data management, analysis and use

Lead the design and management of Emergency output and outcome monitoring systems including report templates
Collaborate with Information Management Officer to ensure appropriate data management for all emergency programmes in country, including coding, storage, cleaning and analysis
Consolidate and analyse trends and key findings of MEL data
Support data analysis processes for monthly/regular Emergency Monitoring & Evaluation exercises, including raw and interpretative data analysis; 
Closely coordinate with relevant programme staff 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 actions are taken based on MEAL findings and recommendations
Lead or support on presentation of key MEAL findings (internally and externally)


Coordinate and track AO MEAL routine and outcome monitoring activities
Coordinate with technical staff (Coordinator or Specialist) on MEL processes (particularly verification) and findings
Conduct bi-weekly meeting with MEAL AO to ensure MEL activities are on track and key issues are discussed
Conduct monthly meeting with CO technical staff to ensure key findings and critical issues are taken upon

Reporting & Proposal development

Lead in creating Quarterly Report, looking into trends and key findings to be shared to CO and AO relevant staff
Review and sign off AO MEAL reports related to Emergency
Lead in creating Outcome Monitoring reports (e.g. PDM, Satisfaction Survey) and coordinate and review if report is assigned to AO MEAL staff
Lead in creating lessons learned report and coordinate and review if activity is done by AO MEAL staff
Support MEAL Manager in doing evaluation and other MEL products
Inputs on the donor reporting on key outcome findings
Support on proposal development, in particular, assessments and beneficiary counting


Closely coordinate with the 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, if necessary, key complaints issues with technical unit during the monthly meeting

Technical management and capacity-building

Supervise directly plans and work completion of MEAL Officers in the field when related to the emergency sector or to specific projects where MEAL Specialist  Emergency acts as MEAL Project lead
Provide mentoring and technical support to AO MEAL staff in data collection, analysis and reporting
Ensure a monthly visit to AO offices for technical quality monitoring and capacity building purposes
Provide sessions or trainings to staff (MEAL, program or partner) on Emergency-related MEAL topics


Assist in other tasks as required by the MEAL Manager, 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 3 years of relevant experience within the humanitarian field, preferably in an emergency context
Minimum 1-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:


Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply

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