Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) Officer
for the EMERGENCY FOOD SECURITY & VULNERABLE LIVELIHOODS (EFSVL)
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Internal Job Grade – National position – 5A
Contract type – 12 Months –Fixed Terms – Renewable, subject to funding
Reporting to – Food Security Manager, Program Quality Coordinator (Matrix manager)
Staff reporting directly to this post – N/A
Location – Sahrawi refugee camps – Tindouf – Algeria
Shaping a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty.
Oxfam in Algeria – Sahrawi Refugee Camps
Oxfam has operated in the Sahrawi refugee camps since 1975 and has established itself as a key humanitarian actor in the area. Oxfam has developed a multi-sectoral approach spanning WaSH, Food Security and Youth, with a cross-cutting commitment to advocacy and to the humanitarian, development and peace nexus.
To reduce widespread dependence on humanitarian aid, especially food distributions, as well as to encourage more sustainable and efficient access to nutrition, Oxfam is working with over 500 Sahrawi refugee families to improve small-scale, agro-ecological farming. Oxfam seeks to establish self-sustaining associations of farmers to collectively sell their produce on the local market. Through its support to families, Oxfam is piloting several water-efficient, innovative irrigation techniques to optimize agricultural production in the harsh desert environment.
The majority of Sahrawi refugees remain dependent on humanitarian aid while the nutrition status worsens across the camps. Oxfam’s food security programme promotes access of vulnerable refugees to fresh produce, in complementary to the WFP dry food basket. In conjunction with broad distributions, Oxfam will pilot targeted distributions to refugees with particular health and nutritional vulnerabilities. Oxfam maintains its distribution of gluten-free flour to the celiac population in the camps.
In order to complement its action in strengthening the food security and nutrition of Sahrawi refugees in Tindouf, Algeria, Oxfam in Algeria is seeking an experienced Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & learning Officer for the EFSVL (Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihood) component.
The holder of this position will be responsible for leading MEAL modalities for EFSVL activities and projects. S/He will work under the direct supervision of Food Security Manager, with matrix responsibilities from the Program Quality Coordinator. The incumbent will also have a functional link with each project officer.
MEAL System Development
- Develop and implement monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning systems for Oxfam’s EFSVL program in Algeria.
- Contribute to planning within the EFSVL department, including determining data collection needs, mobilizing related activities, and coordinating with external and internal stakeholders to ensure appropriate data collection.
- Support in the development and definition of the logical framework, including result and activity indicators (qualitative and quantitative) for all EFSVL programs and projects.
- Lead on the development and implementation of MEAL tools to improve the quality, relevance and reliability of EFSVL data.
- Support the design and implementation of traditional and innovative methods to track project progress and achievements.
- In collaboration with program team, develop impact indicators and empowering and participatory methods of measurement, such as participatory action research, most significant change stories, constituency feedback committees, etc.
- Contribute to improved research for the EFSVL program through suggesting new research ideas, participating in research design, coordinating research initiatives and contributing to data cleaning, analysis and visualization
Reporting and Information Management
- Data cleaning, formatting, analysis and visualization for internal and external reporting, in particular by producing relevant visual and written materials.
- Contribute to the establishment and maintenance of a consolidated database and dashboard for the country office; the incumbent will focus on monitoring EFSVL activities and recording related challenges and learning identified for each activity.
- Contribution to the development of monthly, quarterly and final reports of the various projects.
- Participate in the process of developing new proposals by integrating lessons learned.
- Contribute to internal and external communication, and to the development of communication products for the various projects, by creating a photo and testimonial database for each project. Coordinate closely with Advocacy and Communications department on this topic.
- Coordinate regular project monitoring of department activities at field level, including coordinating and/or conducting focus group discussions, key informant interviews, project observations
- Support for the preparation of reports after each activity, meeting or field visit, including reporting on project indicators, successes and challenges and collecting stories
- Raising awareness and training of EFSVL department teams on M&E tools and methods.
- Prepare with the support of the team, all the capacity building and learning material related to MEAL activities for EFSVL team, as well as related stakeholders and promoters.
- Coordination with MEAL technical referents, whether internal to Oxfam or external;
- Coordinate with Oxfam departments (Administration, HR, logistics, MEAL …) to ensure compliance with Oxfam procedures and standards;
- Participate in steering committees and other project monitoring or coordination meetings.
- Manage daily workers and contract staff with an operational link with MEAL assistants when carrying out MEAL-related activities;
- Work flexibly and take on additional tasks as may be delegated to meet programmatic objectives.
- Participate in team and internal coordination meetings and in workshops organized at country level.
- Take necessary actions to ensure that MEAL activities adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values as well as the promotion of gender justice and women’s rights.
- Ensure that MEAL activities adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles.
- Promote Oxfam’s safeguarding commitments and standards in the context of the EFSVL projects.
Education & Experience:
- Holds an advanced university degree in statistics, economics, social sciences, data and computer sciences, agronomy or any related field of study.
- Minimum 3-4 years of relevant experience in MEAL management, or any another sector whichrelevant sector such as project coordination, information management or research.
- Excellent command of English and French, Arabic and Spanish are highly desired.
- Relevant technical knowledge, skills and extensive work experience in: Food Security and vulnerable Livelihood, development of M&E tools and systems.
- Experience in developing training modules and capacity building;
- In-depth understanding of project cycle management, Logical Framework Analysis, monitoring and evaluation, reporting,
- Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible.
- Good facilitation skills and able to accommodate different views, understanding and experience of participants.
- Good written and verbal communication skills in French and English and local languages;
- Accountability – Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions.
- Empowerment – Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen.
- Inclusiveness – We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.
We are comfortable to make transparent decisions and to adapt decision making modes to the context and needs.
We have the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders in a way that leads to increased impact for the organization We spot opportunities to influence effectively and where there are no opportunities we have the ability to create them in a respectful and impactful manner.
We put ‘we’ before ‘me’ and place an emphasis on the power of the collective, nurture the team and play to the strengths of each individual. We are not concerned with hierarchical power, and we engage with, trust and value the knowledge and expertise of others across all levels of the organization.
We understand the importance of building relationship, within and outside the organization. We have the ability to engage with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in ways that lead to increased impact for the organization.
We are good listeners who can see where deeper levels of thoughts and tacit assumptions differ. Our messages to others are clear and consider different preferences.
We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organizational values. We are ready to be held to account for what we do and how we behave, as we are also holding others to account in a consistent manner.
Agility, Complexity, and Ambiguity
We scan the environment, anticipate changes, are comfortable with lack of clarity and deal with a large number of elements interacting in diverse and unpredictable ways.
We view problems as parts of an overall system and in their relation to the whole system, rather than reacting to a specific part, outcome or event in isolation. We focus on cyclical rather than linear cause and effect. By consistently practicing systems thinking we are aware of and manage well unintended consequences of organizational decisions and actions.
Strategic Thinking and Judgment
We use judgment, weighing risk against the imperative to act. We make decisions consistent with organizational strategies and values.
We have the ability to identify and lead visionary initiatives that are beneficial for our organization and we set high-level direction through a visioning process that engages the organization and diverse external stakeholders.
We are able to develop a high degree of self-awareness around our own strengths and weaknesses and our impact on others. Our self-awareness enables us to moderate and self-regulate our behaviors to control and channel our impulses for good purposes.
We all work to effectively empower and enable others to deliver the organizations goals through creating conditions of success. We passionately invest in others by developing their careers, not only their skills for the job. We provide freedom; demonstrate belief and trust provide appropriate support.
Key Behavioral Competencies (based on Oxfam’s Leadership Model)
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