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10 Aug 2018

MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) Officer

Job Description

Oxfam is convinced that people have the power to end poverty. All they need is an opportunity. Oxfam is committed to make sure everyone gets that chance. That is why we support local projects in developing countries, why we lobby governments and companies to listen to the poorest people, and why we campaign to involve both men and women in our work. Oxfam is a confederation of 17 organizations that works together to increase the impact of its long-term development and humanitarian responses.

The Country Office in Somaliland is currently recruiting for a

MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) Officer

National position

Fulltime/ 40 hours a week

Contract Duration: up to December 2018

Based in Burao, TogdheerSomaliland

Shaping a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty.

Job Purpose

To support the delivery of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) strategy, policy and practice by helping design programme monitoring systems, build the capacity of staff in their analysis and dissemination of data, and coordinate information management and reporting systems. Support the Hargeisa senior MEAL Officer in implementing the country MEAL framework ensuring achievement of MEAL standards and program quality. The Burao MEAL Officer contributes to ensuring that programme teams and partner organisations adopt a systematic approach to MEAL, and that are able to effectively track outputs and outcomes and manage and use data effectively.


Programme monitoring, Information management and Reporting:

  • Participate in the development of tools and guidelines for data collection, collation and reporting (ensuring these are gender sensitive)
  • Lead on all field data collection exercises and data management, involving:

–  Recruitment and training of data collectors

–  Carry out and supervise data collection (Focus group discussions, post-distribution monitoring, baseline and end line surveys, observations etc.) and data entry.

  • Perform analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, draft reports presenting the results of the analysis, and share the findings in an appropriate format.
  • Systematically check data for quality, accuracy and consistency, and providing feedback as necessary
  • Report/alert to project team on regular basis on any anticipated project issues, risks and any emerging opportunities and threats to the project implementation, related to this role.
  • Act as a focal point for the field team on Oxfam’s beneficiary counting methodology and processes.
  • Produce clear and quality reports that demonstrate accountability and learning.
  • Ensure all MEAL-related data and files are properly organized and stored


  • Support collection of beneficiary data through Oxfam CRM mechanism, and ensure that feedback is channelled to programme teams and that follow up to beneficiaries is tracked, ensuring adherence to agreed standards.
  • Contribute to further development and continuous updating of the accountability strategy in line with Oxfam standards
  • Share accountability findings with the programme teams in an appropriate format

Capacity building for Oxfam and Partner staff:

  • Support the capacity building of partners and programme teams to implement MEAL and reporting.
  • Undertake periodic monitoring and technical support visits to partners to assess progress against agreed MEAL system and recommend corrective actions as appropriate.
  • Work closely with partner MEAL staff or focal points and provide support as appropriate

Evaluation, Review, and Learning:

  • Share relevant MEAL findings with programme team in an appropriate format and follow-up their implementation.
  • Assist the programme team and partner organisations in documenting lessons learnt and provide support to internal/external reviews, evaluations, and lessons learned exercises have to be conducted.
  • Collect best practices and case studies which demonstrate qualitative and quantitative changes over the period.
  • Support monitoring reviews and learning events



  • Strong commitment to the aims and objectives of Oxfam, including to gender equality and social justice
  • At least 2 years’ experience of work in humanitarian or development context projects with Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning skills.
  • Experience of gathering, analysing and presenting quantitative and qualitative data
  • Experience of using participatory approaches in projects
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Proven ability to work effectively with others – including in multicultural team – and strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent facilitation and training skills
  • Good organisational and coordination skills, with the ability to organise a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities
  • Proven knowledge of computerised systems; high degree of computer literacy and word processing and spreadsheet/Excel skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure, ability to prioritize and commitment to meet deadlines.
  • Potential and flexibility of attitude to learn.


  • Experience of capacity building to local partners staff is highly desirable
  • Previous experience in working Sool, Sanag and Awdal is an asset

The position will be based in Burao but will require the staff to be roving when necessary for program implementation.

We offer                                                                

A competitive, fair and comprehensive pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors.

Oxfam is committed to gender balance and diversity. Women, persons with disabilities and persons belonging to minority groups are encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure:                        

Please apply the position by clicking the Apply button. Application Deadline is on 20thAugust 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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