Iraq - A Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Manager
Starting date : ASAP
Duration of Mission: 6 months (renewable)
Location: Bagdad, Iraq
Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilian victims of marginalization and exclusion, or those hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapse by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads on average 200 projects a year in the following sectors of intervention: Food Security, Health, Nutrition, Construction and Rehabilitation of infrastructures, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Economic Recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 6 million people in 22 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.
Humanitarian situation and needs
Iraq has suffered nearly 39 years of conflict and unrest starting with the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s which lasted for 8 years and resulted in around a million people being killed as well as dealing a significant blow to the Iraqi economy. This was closely followed by the annexing of Kuwait and subsequent First Gulf War in 90s which saw heavy causalities and destruction of the Iraqi infrastructure. The 2003 invasion of Iraq by the US led coalition saw even more upheaval and conflict for this population. After a short period of relative stability between 2009 and 2012, the rise of Islamic State group (ISg) in 2014 and its seizure of, at one point, an estimated 40% of Iraq including Fallujah, Tikrit and Mosul, Iraq saw mass population displacement and the exposure of the people of Iraq to multiple and cumulative acts of violence. The military operation to retake areas under IS control has been officially completed end of 2017, however some pockets of ISg fighters remain active up to this day.
Iraq as a whole has been facing one of the most critical humanitarian crisis of the moment. Starting from 2014, the conflict engendered mass displacements, and left up to this day more than 8.7 million people requiring humanitarian assistance. In the end of 2018, more than 4.1 million people returned to their area of origin, and over 1.8 million are still displaced. In addition, 225,000 Syrian refugees who have been displaced since 2013 are still living in Iraq.
Our action in the field
PUI, present and registered in both Republic of Iraq and Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), is operating in four governorates (Dohuk, Ninewa, Baghdad, and Anbar) and has been responding to the emergency health and WASH needs during the ISg crisis with the aim to be as close as possible to the frontline and be involved in immediate response in accessible areas. Over the crisis, PUI has been positioned as a major health and WASH actor and a first responder in challenging areas with little humanitarian presence. PUI plans to maintain its current health and MHPSS activities in camps as long as the populations are not able to return. Iraq being today in a recovery phase, PUI intends to transition from mobile to static health and MHPSS interventions by supporting existing health facilities. PUI’s strategy for the coming months is also to keep developing a better integrated approach, linking health, protection, WASH, shelter and livelihood interventions in areas of return and displacement to ensure that basic needs of the populations are covered, opening the path to social cohesion among the communities.
As part of our activities in Iraq, we are looking for a MEAL Manager.
The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Manager is responsible for applying the overall MEAL strategy in his/her area of implementation (Central and South Iraq) under the guidance of the MEAL Coordinator.
He/she is responsible for supervising the MEAL team and, in collaboration with program managers, is in charge of the implementation of MEAL related activities while providing timely and relevant information to stakeholders. In collaboration with the MEAL coordinator, he/her looks over the quality and relevance of the of internal MEAL activities, recommendations and analysis produced.
The MEAL Manager will ensure the use of technically appropriate methodologies and data management systems, contributing therefore to improve the quality and effectiveness of PUI humanitarian action in his/her area of intervention.
He/she is ensuring the accountability of PUI’s programme in his/her area of intervention by developing, under the guidance of the MEAL Coordinator, the appropriate MEAL strategies and protocols for each project/specific technical sector.
He/she will provide technical MEAL guidance and leadership by leading efforts to institutional knowledge building, effectiveness and impact of PUI´s intervention in his/her area of intervention.
Tasks and activities
Under the supervision of the Deputy Area Coordinator for Programs, with technical guidance from the MEAL Coordinator, and in close cooperation with the program teams in his/her area of intervention, the MEAL Manager will:
- Ensure the roll-out of the country MEAL strategy in his/her area of intervention and operational support in integrating cross-cutting issues (gender, protection, accountability, do-no-harm, community participation, disability, etc.);
- Supports the MEAL Co in training of program and MEAL teams within his/her fields of expertise ;
- Provides a methodological support to program teams in his/her area of intervention on technical questions linked to MEAL and cross-cutting issues such as: design of M&E plan, quantitative and qualitative data collection, complaint response mechanism, “do no harm” analysis, terms of references of internal and external evaluations etc.
- Ensure the quality and relevance of internal monitoring and evaluation activities, recommendations and analysis produced by his/her department (studies, maps, methodology documents…);
- Makes sure, with the support of the Deputy Area Coordinator for programs, that the recommendations made by his/her department are followed by the program teams in his/her area of intervention;
- Provides methodology support for the learning aspects of the projects at base level and contribute to institutional knowledge building at mission level ;
- Provide an up-to-date MEAL action plan and manage the MEAL resources in coordination with the relevant departments (Log, HR, Admin, Program) at base level
Note: The responsibility for all assessments, monitoring, evaluation and learning of program activities will remain the primary responsibility of the program teams. MEAL Manager will however ensure the proper methodologies, tools and analyse are developed and are made available to the program teams, as well as providing recommendations on potential improvements on the quality of activities.
Training and Experiences
Training: Bachelor’s or Master degree in a field related to Project Management, statistics, international development and/or social sciences.
- 1 year previous experience with NGO
- Previous working experience abroad
- Previous experience in M&E or PM
Knowledge and skills:
- Capacity for analysing and synthetizing comprehensive information & technical data
- Good written communication skills
- Knowledge of project management
- Ability to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through training
Languages: English is necessary, French, Arabic and Kurdish are assets.
Fixed-Term Contract: 6 months
Starting date: October 2019
Monthly Gross Income: from 1 815 to 2 145 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI
Cost covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…
Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
Housing in collective accommodation
Daily living Expenses (« Per diem »)
Break Policy : 5 working days at 3 and 9 months + break allowance
Paid Leaves Policy : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months.
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