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With over 70 years of experience, our focus is on helping the most vulnerable children overcome poverty and experience fullness of life. We help children of all backgrounds, even in the most dangerous places, inspired by our Christian faith.

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Job Description Summary:

The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer is responsible for implementing a functional MEAL system at the field level. He/she supports the programmes and operations departments/partners in designing, monitoring, and evaluating projects’ interventions. Moreover, he/she works with the direct supervisor in the coordination and/or the implementation of projects’ MEAL processes and tools for all sectors at the field level.

The MEAL officer will work closely with the MEAL coordinator/MEAL officers/accountability advisor to ensure the functionality of the accountability within WVSR in Türkiye projects and will implement different field visits to the direct implementation locations, and will visit the partner to check accountability system, and to share information with community. The position is based in Gaziantep WVSR office, with 50% of the work in the field.

5% 1. Program Design

  • Support MEAL Coordinator/Senior MEAL Officer as requested (One Syria Response, strategy, sectoral frameworks, EBP (based on Regional and Global strategic priorities for Evidence Building), overall MEAL system set-up, ad-hoc requests)
  • Support MEAL Coordinator/Senior MEAL Coordinator in leading the proposal development process regarding MEAL input (logframe, budgeting for MEAL activities and staffing, MEAL narrative plan, etc.)
  • Develop project-specific MEAL frameworks in coordination with project staff

40% 2. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

  • Develop methodology, sampling, and tools for the outcome and process monitoring studies, including pre/post-tests, PIMs/PDMs, FGDs, KIIs, etc.
  • Plan, lead and oversee the implementation of outcome monitoring studies for grants such as PIMs/PDMs, midline and endline studies, pre/post-tests, FGDs, KIIs, etc. (coordinate, follow up, and review the outcome monitoring methodology, tools and reports for grants
  • Lead project-specific evaluations and baselines at the field level (development of ToR, select and short-list consultants, coordinate with the consultant, review of design methodology and tools, review final reports, attend interpretation workshops, etc. if externally led; and conduct data analysis and report writing if internally-led)
  • Implement field-level tasks for the outcome and process monitoring of grants, including pre/post-tests, PIMs/PDMs, midline and end-line studies, FGDs, KIIs, etc. (training of casual workers, planning field data collection, coordination of data collection, supervising, facilitating, coding tools, developing datasets, data cleaning, analysis, reporting)
  • Implement field-level tasks for the Syria strategy Impact Assessment (casual training workers, ensuring the quality of data collection through supervision, data cleaning)
  • Responsible for the coordination of projects’ baselines and evaluation studies (coordination at field level with consultants, beneficiaries and partners/stakeholders if externally led and methodology, development of tools, data collection, and cleaning if internally led)
  • Provide support in training project staff and partners on reporting requirements, core humanitarian standards, output level monitoring and conduct regular training for Operations staff on data collection and data entry for pre-post tests
  • Contribute to the MEAL-related component of the Child Well-Being Report (a requirement by GC for Response Offices to also submit a CWBR - as per frequency set by GC)
  • Conduct ITT verifications of projects in coordination with project staff every month and ensure project level ITT are updated with accurate data monthly, and key findings are shared with management at the program review meetings
  • Conduct project site visits regularly and monitors partner & direct implementation for quality standards through scheduled visits, data quality audits, and spot checks.
  • Ensure that critical MEAL findings and recommendations are discussed and addressed by management

50% 3. Accountability to Children & Communities

  • Assess community preferences and needs to inform the design of contextually-appropriate accountability processes and share outcomes/results with communities, colleagues and partners
  • Implement the accountability plan/design developed based on the community preferences on providing information, consulting with communities, promoting participation and collecting & acting on feedback and complaints
  • Receive, process and respond to feedback and complaints and communicate progress back to the children, communities and stakeholders
  • Implement the plan for sharing information according to the information needs and preferences of community stakeholders and adjust accordingly and collaborate with colleagues to collect relevant and accurate organizational and programme information that will be shared openly with communities, stakeholders and partners
  • Ensure that all the feedback & complaints received from communities are recorded/updated timely and accurately in the system and loops closed within the timeline
  • Sensitize community members about their right to information, to be consulted, participate and provide feedback and complaints, balanced with a responsibility to support solutions
  • Support investigating allegations of irregularities, fraud, corruption or other forms of misconduct by directly liaising with the affected communities, according to guidelines and promptly that promotes trust and safety
  • Engage community members in measuring the effectiveness of Accountability practices and, provide recommendations for and address areas that need improvement in coordination with the accountability core team, conduct other consultation activities which can support the design of new programmes
  • Conduct exit interviews, observation and reporting.

5% 4. Miscellaneous

  • Complete Horizon tasks relevant to assigned projects (uploading MEAL plans and monitoring data) - (a requirement by GC to roll out Horizon at the Office level)
  • Attend internal and external meetings relevant to assigned projects
  • Attend internal and external training, workshops, events, etc.
  • Manage and follow up on P&C and financial-related matters for casual workers and conduct performance agreement and review with direct supervisor

Required Professional Experience

Minimum one to two years of experience in working in a relief or development NGO with a focus on MEAL and specifically accountability

Required Education, training, license, registration, and certification

BS Degree in international development, international relations, public health, nutrition, statistics, community development, or other relevant discipline is required

Preferred Knowledge and Qualifications

• Experience in the design and implementation of MEAL systems, including qualitative and quantitative approaches to baselines, monitoring and evaluations, is required

• Experience in accountability for direct implementation and through partners.

• Ability to enhance the accountability of direct implementation and of partners.

• Good understanding of international standards in humanitarian and accountability (i.e. CHS, SPHERE and Red Cross Code of Conduct)

• Good working knowledge of statistical packages (Excel, etc.) is required

• Excellent knowledge of ODK database/SMAP server

• Expert data handling skills (classification, categorizing, tabulation etc.) and demonstrates diligence in data management

• Good knowledge of information presentation techniques (graphing, charting, tabling etc.) and interpreting them

• Information dissemination skills are required

• Good knowledge of and experience with humanitarian guidelines and principles.

• Ability to work effectively under pressure

• Organization, planning, and time management skills

• Detailed oriented and able to verify data quality

• Stays open to internal and external feedback

• Good contextual knowledge of the local community and social/cultural constraints, realities and organizational relationships

• Ability to understand, explain and contextualize MEAL tools

• High-level communications skills

• Ability to build positive relationships in a cross-cultural environment

• Preferred working knowledge of advanced statistical packages (SPSS etc.)

• The position requires the ability to attend and participate in capacity-building opportunities, training and meetings locally and internationally as required by the organization

Travel and/or Work Environment Requirement

• The position requires 50% of the time to be field-based and 50% at the office level

• Position requires willingness and ability to continue functioning during a crisis, including during a World Vision response to an artificial or natural disaster.

• The position requires availability and willingness to work outside regular office hours occasionally.

• The position requires ability to communicate with MEAL members and with departments to disseminate accountability

Language Requirements

• Essential: Strong English and Turkish communication skills (oral and written)

• Desirable: Good working knowledge of Arabic (oral and written).

Applicant Types Accepted:

Local Applicants Only

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