MEAL Specialist

Category: Development and Project Management, Economics, Health Care
Location: Wollega, Oromia  
Career Level: Mid Level ( 2+ – 5 years experience)
Employment Type: Contract
Salary: Minimum 19,706.00 ETB Maximum 29,285.00 ETB with other additional benefits provided according to the social benefit packages of the organization.
Application deadline: January 20, 2020

Job Description

As a registered charity, founded in 1979, Action Against Hunger operates in 45+ countries. The international network of Action Against Hunger is represented in France, United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, USA and India. Teams in the field combat hunger on 04 fronts: Nutrition and Health, Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Water, Sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and Mental Health and Psycho-social Support (MHPSS).

We are currently looking for the following professional:

MEAL Specialist

General Assignment:

The Base MEAL Specialist is responsible for the overall day to day management of the M&E activities in the base. He/ She will ensure properly implementation of the monitoring and evaluation activities, monitor day to day activities in the field, and oversee proper delivery of activity progress reports. Furthermore, they will support the MEAL TA in the rolling out of new M&E tools, and will assist regarding any data analysis and quality checking needs for data entry that may arise. Finally, they will provide support in drafting any monitoring and assessment reports that may be required.

Objective 1: Implement the monitoring and evaluation activities at the field:

  • The identification of needs and demands for M&E roles & activities from field PMs;
  • The development and implementation of MEAL framework of programs;
  • Ensure that MEAL standards of the program and the mission are being implemented and respected;
  • Ensure that program targets and objectives are being met per proposal guidelines;
  • Ensure the proper follow-up and consistency of Activity Progress Reports;
  • Undertake baseline, midline and endline survey’s ensuring quality in data collection, analysis and reporting;
  • Ensure timely undertakings in surveys like PDMs, KAP etc.;
  • Undertake continuous field monitoring visits and draft reports on the visits, including actions taken and recommendations;
  • Review field level donor and government reports for consistency with the MEAL standards;

Objective 2: Effectively implement the accountability framework:

  • Acquaint themselves on the FCB of Action Against Hunger;
  • Follow-up and recommend workable operation in the FCB system;
  • Ensure feedbacks are collected & review and compile the monthly accountability reports;
  • Review the FCM minimum standards of Action Against Hunger and work in setting the goal per operational area in terms of FCM;
  • Continuously engage with program team on the effective implementation of FCM;

Objective 3: Effectively and efficiently, utilize communication, coordination and partnerships:


  • Actively consult with others to ensure you understand their needs or goals;
  • Consulting with the PM to determine support needs in field level MEAL;
  • Support the field team in quality data management;
  • Support the field team on analytical tools and methodologies;


  • Make complex things simple for the benefit of others;
  • Actively listen and question to check your understanding and draw out others `
  • Be sensitive to what others may be feeling, based on what they say, how they say it and their non-verbal behavior, adapting your style and approach to fit;
  • Address difficult issues when they arise, being honest and open;


  • Maintain on-going relationships with individuals and contacts through networks, based on mutual rapport and respect;
  • Take on different work when necessary to achieve a team or organizational goal;
  • Listen to and take on board fresh perspectives and views even if you initially disagree with them;

Steward resources

  • Implement ways to reduce the inefficient use of resources or pass the ideas on to someone who can make them happen;
  • Estimate the resources needed to achieve your own work plans or objectives and to deliver them in the most efficient and cost effective way;
  • Set and communicate realistic timelines for achieving tasks, working out how best to adapt as priorities change or unforeseen circumstances arise;

Strive for improvement

  • Constructively challenge existing practice;
  • Seek better ways of doing things, taking into account the possible implications;
  • Make positive suggestions on a way forward when faced with challenges even if these fall outside own scope of work;
  • Look inside and outside Action Against Hunger for new ideas and evaluate them for own work;

Objective 4: Learning:

  • Facilitate experience shared and review meetings at the field level between sectors;
  • Establish a system for gathering, organizing, documenting and sharing of learnings and best practices;
  • Document and share best practices and learnings through publications, web sharing and other means within the mission;

Educational Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • Bachelors degree in humanitarian affairs, international development, public health, epidemiology, economics, or other social / developmental sciences
  • At least 3 years of proven experience in the Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Accountability of humanitarian or development programs
  • Demonstrated knowledge of M&E concepts and international humanitarian quality standards
  • Experience with mobile data collection (preferred)
  • Experience with GIS (preferred)

Required skill:

  • Professional, motivated, open, creative, mature, responsible, flexible and culturally sensitive
  • Excellent communication, writing and analytical skills
  • Proven ability to translate evaluated results into learning strategies
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating  donor (i.e. ECHO, SIDA, PRM, EHF) funded activities
  • Skills on statistical and other software (MS Excel, SPSS, SPHINX, STATA, EPI Info, ENA for SMART, GIS, etc.)
  • Microsoft Office Skills (Outlook, Excel, Power Point, Word)
  • Experience in humanitarian M&E
  • Experience in designing and leading internal and external evaluation
  • Experience designing and leading capacity building and training for national teams
  • Familiarity with Management Information Systems (Databases) and GIS
  • Knowledge of  project cycle management
  • Previous experience with nutrition, WASH, food security and livelihoods programming.
  • Previous experience with cash based interventions (i.e. cash for work, cash transfers or cash vouchers)
  • Experience with mobile data collection processes and platforms
  • Experience with GIS and spatial analysis
  • Familiarity with Management Information Systems (Databases)


If you are interested, please send your application composed of: none returnable CV, Covering Letter with “MEAL Specialist – Wollega” written in the subject lineand three references, applicants to the following addresses:

  • Action Against Hunger – Addis Ababa – Human Resources Department, P.O. Box 2357,  (On the way to Meskel Flower from Dembel city mall, Behind Addis Ababa Road Transportation Authority Garage ): or
  • Directly In Person to Action Against Hunger,  Gode, Sekota, Gambella, Mega, Wollega and Hirna offices ;

“Women Applicants Are Highly Encouraged”

NBOnly short listed applicants will be, communicated on and selection process includes technical test and an interview.

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