Iraq - A MEAL Coordinator in Erbil
Starting date : November 2019
Duration of Mission: 12 months
Location: Erbil, 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 Coordinator
The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator is responsible for guiding the overall MEAL strategy and implementation or related activities within projects while providing timely and relevant information to stakeholders. The MEAL coordinator will support PUI’s operational and technical staff in ensuring the accountability of PUI’s programme in Iraq by developing the appropriate MEAL strategies and protocols for each project/specific technical sector. He/she will provide technical MEAL guidance and leadership at all level of the Country Program, by leading efforts to document progress, effectiveness and impact of PUI´s intervention in the country. The MEAL Coordinator will ensure the use of technically appropriate needs assessment, monitoring and evaluation methods, contributing therefore to improve the quality and effectiveness of PUI humanitarian action.
Tasks and activities
Under the supervision of the Deputy Head of Mission for Programmes (DHoMP), and in cooperation with technical coordinators and MEAL staff in the operational bases and at coordination level, the MEAL Coordinator will:
- Lead the design and the roll-out of a sound and adapted-to-context MEAL strategy and operational guidance integrating cross-cutting issues (gender, protection, accountability, do-no-harm, community participation, disability, etc.)
- Provides a methodological support to all program teams on technical questions linked to MEAL and cross-cutting issues such as: design of M&E plan, quantitative and qualitative data collection, measure of indicators, feedback and complaint mechanism, “do no harm” analysis, terms of references of internal and external evaluations etc.
- Looks over the quality and relevance of internal monitoring and evaluation activities, recommendations and analysis produced by his/her department (studies, maps…);
- Makes sure his/her department is cross-cutting and well integrated with all departments (functional links) as well as coherent with all coordinators and managers;
- Supports training of MEAL and program teams within his/her fields of expertise;
- Contributes to institutional knowledge building and improvement of MEAL methods and techniques;
Note: The responsibility for some assessments, monitoring and evaluation of program activities will remain the primary responsibility of the program teams. MEAL Coordinator will however ensure the proper tools are developed and are made available to the field teams.
Training and Experiences
Training: Bachelor’s or Master degree in a field related to Project Management, international development and/or social sciences.
Experience: At least 3 years previous NGO experience and 2 years managing MEAL teams.
Knowledge and Skills:
- Capacity for analysing and synthetizing comprehensive information & technical data
- Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through training and mentoring
- Good written communication skills
- Knowledge of project management
Languages: English is mandatory, French, Arabic and Kurdish are assets.
Software: excellent capacities in excel. MDC & related soft./language (ODK, Kobo,…)
- Fixed-Term Contract:12 months
- Starting date: November 2019
- Monthly Gross Income: from 2 200 up to 2 530 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 every 2 months + break allowance
- Paid Leaves Policy : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months
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