Position Title

MEAL Manager

Supervised by

Fund Director

Reporting to

Fund Director

Duty Station

Dakar

Area of Operation

Region of West-North Africa & Latin America (Regional Office + 11 countries)

Employment Period

2 years contract

Type of Contract (Expat/National/Trainee)

Expat

Salary & Benefits

M.F Family package

Introduction

The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfillment of the wish to return home.

The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956 and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and present in forty countries, the Danish Refugee Council is a non-profit-making, politically independent, non-governmental and non-denominational relief organization.

Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced. All our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.

1. Background

DRC has been operating in West Africa since 1998 and in Latin America and the Caribbean since 2011. The DRC West-North Africa & Latin America (WANALA) Regional Office is based in Dakar, Senegal, and covers several countries. Led by the Regional Executive Director, the DRC WANALA oversees, supports, and provides strategic directions for DRC’s Country Offices within the above-mentioned regions. From May 2022, it will include Algeria*, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Libya*, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Tunisia*, Venezuela.

2. Purpose

The DRC WANALA is looking to recruit an experienced, highly qualified, and enthusiastic professional. The DRC WANALA is in discussion to be the fund manager for the Sahel Regional Fund (hereafter: SRF), which will be a strategic regional fund.

The MEAL Manager will be based in Dakar with frequent travel required (40%). This position requires strong previous experience in developing MEAL tools. This position also requires a full professional proficiency in French and English language.

3. Duties and Responsibilities

Under the authority of the Fund Director, and in close coordination with the DRC Regional team, the main responsibilities and tasks of the MEAL Manager are the following: Take a lead role in implementing SRF Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability Strategy and Procedure:

  • Maintain regional level M&E system in accordance with SRF MEAL framework and tools
  • Ensure that SRF grantees' programmes adhere to SRF MEAL framework and tools, continuously update the Fund Director and contribute to evolving and adapting these standards 

    • Support adherence to the SRF MEAL framework and develop specific SRF Evaluation and Learning Guidelines
    • Support the development of plans towards achieving adherence to relevant SRF MEAL frameworks and tools.

  • Work to ensure strong linkage between M&E and SRF strategy and program adaptation/development with a view to improving the quality and effectiveness of programmes and projects:
    • Put in place appropriate mechanisms, systems and tools that will facilitate structured and systematic projects review
    • Ensure that key elements of SRF planning processes including the revision of the SRF strategy and frameworks, Quarterly Reports, Annual Reviews are adequately informed by M&E data and information as well as learnings emanating therefrom.
    • Assess existing and further develop procedures used for ensuring program quality in coordination with the global processes of strengthening monitoring and evaluation in DRC;
    • Review and provide technical feedback into the proposed project log frames, reviewing and approving monitoring and evaluation plans

  • Supports learning and knowledge management, including;
    • Provide technical support to ensure that SRF is able to articulate and document relevant best practices and assess performance regularly against agreed SRF program objectives and indicators.
    • Ensure capture of lessons learned from evaluations and other MEAL processes
    • Support the production of lessons learned policy paper and monitor the implementation of the corrective action/recommendations by SRF partners
    • Institutionalize a system of reflection and learning across all stages of the SRF Project cycle and ensure that systems to facilitate utilization and reapplication of learnings, both internally and externally, are developed and implemented 

      • Work with SRF Fund Managing Director to highlight key learning and embed this learning across the SRF projects

    • Provide technical support to SRF Grantees MEAL and Programme teams with a view to ensure coherence and improve quality in data collection, analysis and reporting:
      • Support the SRF projects to improve quality of monitoring, evaluation and accurate reporting
      • Support the roll out of the Online MEAL database aimed at facilitating real-time reporting of M&E data and information
      • Direct support to evaluations, assessments and projects monitoring
      • Continuously improve and update data collection tools, so they can be used in a particular context
      • Provide capacity building training, coaching and mentoring to SRF project staff in implementing SRF M&E assessments and surveys.
      • Continuously QA the quality of data collection and data entry
      • Overall manage the various databases and summary sheets to oversee measurement of achievement and progress toward SRF program goals and results through the M&E system.
      • Disseminate results in varied ways to enhance use in reports and in decision making 

        • Support and manage SRF MEAL staff, including development of a training and capacity building plan and regular field trips to provide technical support and guidance

      • In addition to the above, the Head of MEAL may be asked to carry out other duties requested by the Fund Managing Director.
        4. Required Qualifications
        • Background in demographics, social sciences, statistics and MEAL.
        • At least 5 years of professional experience working with humanitarian / development organisations with responsibilities in a MEAL department.
        • Highly developed skills and demonstrated capacity developing MEAL strategies and mechanisms, including implementation and training in related principles and practice.
        • Experience in writing high quality proposals for large donors, such as DFID, EU, ECHO, USAID, OFDA, UNHCR, and other UN agencies
        • Knowledge of donor rules and regulations
        • Demonstrated ability to prioritize large workloads, to consistently meet deadlines and adapt in a complex and challenging work environment
        • At least 3 years' experience with people management 

          • Minimum 2 years of experience working with INGOs and international organizations with the following sectors in their portfolio – protection, food security and nutrition, WASH, shelter, NFIs and health
          • Proficiency in common computer packages i.e. Word, Excel, Power point etc
          • Experience living and working in a cross-cultural, multi-sector, team environment
          • Ability to work well under pressure and in adverse conditions
          • Demonstrated commitment and strict adherence to confidentiality
          • Effective communication skills (written and verbal)
          • Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English and French

        • 5. Required Skills & Qualities
          • Core Competencies of DRC:
          • Striving for excellence
          • Collaboration
          • Taking the lead
          • Communication
          • Demonstrating Integrity
          • Ability to work in a multinational and multicultural environment
          • Proactivity, with a sound commitment to teamwork and with a spirit of genuine collaboration
          • Excellent communication skills, as well as patience and politeness, are required
          • Multi-tasking and organizational skills are a must
          • Adaptable and Flexible
          • Proven analytical and critical thinking skills
          • Exemplary sense of ethics in the workplace
          • Team-oriented & good sense of humor

        • 6. General Regulations
          • The employee shall follow DRC instructions on safety, confidentiality and ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework
          • Employee should not engage in any other paid activity during the DRC contract period without prior authorization
          • Employee should not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or the implementation of any project during the DRC contract period
          • Employee should not give interviews to the media or publish project-related photos or other material without prior authorization
          • Employee shall return all borrowed equipment for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request

        • 7. Application Process
          Are you interested? Then apply for this position online:  http://www.drc.dk/about-drc/vacancies/current-vacancies   or click on the "apply for position" button below. All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both can be in English or in French.
          DRC provides equal opportunity in employment and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. DRC encourages all applicants to apply and does not practice any discrimination in any recruitment process.
          However, applicants must be aware that DRC cannot employ, under an expatriate contract, a citizen of the country in which she/ he is going to be stationed (in such case, the Republic of Senegal).
          Applications close on december 01st 2022 at 11:59PM (Dakar-time). Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.
          Due to the urgency of the position, DRC has the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.