6 Dec 2017

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Assistant


Job Description


Date: 06/12/2017


Health Poverty Action (HPA) formerly Known as Health Unlimited works with some of the poorest and most marginalized communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America, often in very difficult environments.  We work to enable these communities to achieve improvements to their health, promoting this as one of their fundamental human rights.

Spanning almost a quarter of a century, Health Poverty Action’s work has grown to include programmes in 14 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America (with more currently in development).  We always prioritise the most poor and the most marginalised – those neglected by governments and almost everyone else.  This has led us to work in some very difficult environments, often providing the only external assistance.

Health status and poverty levels are inextricably bound together.  Each is both a cause and a consequence of the other.  Put positively, this means there is great power in an approach that addresses both of them as improvements in one yield improvements in the other.  This is the approach Health Poverty Action is committed to.  It makes health first and foremost not a medical challenge – though that plays its part – but a fundamental issue of justice and human rights.

Working with communities to build local capacity, Health Poverty Action’s programmes seek to pioneer new approaches.  We take a holistic approach, focusing not just on the health sector but being prepared to do anything we can to help make the biggest possible difference to health.  Our programmes take a rights-based approach, strengthening poor and marginalised communities to advocate on their own behalf, and helping build the capacity of wider networks and movements they can partner with.

HPA Somaliland seeks to recruit competent and dynamic professionals for the positions of Clinical Coordinator and Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Assistant. The positions are based in HPA Berbera office with frequent travel to project sites within the Sahil region as detailed bellow;

Position: MEAL Assistant

Duration: 11 Months

Duty Station: Berbera with frequent field travel in Sahil region

Reporting to: MEAL Officer

Job Purpose:

The position holder will contribute to the implementation of project performance monitoring, evaluation accountability and reporting systems. He/she will promote understanding of MEAL processes to HPA teams, partners, beneficiaries and donors. Working closely with project teams, the position holder will implement tools to ensure beneficiaries are informed of project goal, implementation methodologies, beneficiary selection criteria, project timeline and obligations. He/she will monitor adherence to HPA/donor compliance standards and requirements and will contribute to assessment and baseline processes to promote quality design and to help measure impact.Support, institutional learning and to assist on MEAL, and related research activities with particular emphasis to Integrated Health and Nutrition, SGBV and WASH programmes. He/she will also support the wider HPA Somaliland Programme.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist the development of a programme Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) framework with indicators for output, outcome and impact and, facilitate development of a strategy that informs effective programme delivery by relevant programme staff.
  • Support MEAL officer to collect good quality monitoring data in a timely manner and collate/organize data received for reporting to the programme MEAL office.
  • With the support of the MEAL officer, participate and undertake baseline, mid-term, end evaluation and other need based reviews / evaluation of ongoing and future programme / projects
  • Support fruitful programme coordination and collaboration with central and local government authorities and line ministries particularly MoH to achieve planned results
  • Assist the team in preparing monthly, quarterly and other need based programme / project progress reports; with specific reference to data quality, analysis and interpretation
  • Support the MEAL officer in the collection and documentation of best practices
  • Support the accountability activities, including the development and use of information materials and the establishment of complaints response mechanism with support from MEAL officer
  • As per the established Beneficiary Feedback Mechanism (BFM), assist in logging complaints received on a daily basis, sharing the complaints log with the MEAL Officer on a weekly basis and processing complaints in a professional and timely manner according to the established system, ensuring that complaints are logged and addressed and that serious complaints relating to abuse, exploitation and corruption and referred appropriately.
  • Assist the MEAL officer in the  facilitation of learning between the different programmes and contribute to the refinement of the Programmes action plan as well as the Country Strategic Plan
  • In case of emergency response, undertake additional responsibilities related to respective functions
  • Ensure priority areas such as gender equality mainstreaming are integrated into all Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Mechanisms

Job Requirements

Skills and Competence:    


  • Relevant qualification; diploma or BSc in Development studies / Research
  • Proven ability & experience in programme monitoring and technical support supervision in integrated health and nutrition support supervision – Minimum 2 years
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills;
  • Excellent English writing skills
  • Fluent in Somali and English languages
  • Commitment to overcome poverty and suffering


  • Experience of working effectively within a big international agency, in health and nutrition projects/programmes.
  • Research background and knowledge of statistical packages(SPSS or STATA)
  • Prior experience training/accompanying/learning in the field.
  • Experience leading strategy development and implementation monitoring in collaboration with staff
  • Proven ability to synthesize and distil information from a variety of sources, to draw lessons from project documentation and to summarize complex  information accurately and concisely
  • Prior experience working on a USAID funded projects

How to Apply

  • All Applications should be addressed to: The HR-HPA
  • Please send an Updated CV and cover letter to: slvacancy@healthpovertyaction.or.ke indicating full contact details of at least 3 referees, one of whom MUST be your most recent/current supervisor/employer
  • Please Quote “Berbera Recruitment” in the Subject line


Only applications sent by email will be accepted.

Deadline for Submission:  Wednesday 20th December, 2017 at 5.00 PM. Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted. Only Shortlisted Applicants will be contacted.


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