Position: MEAL Officer
Department Programs
Reports to Nutrition Programme Manager
Location Dodoma
Last update: April 2023



Action Against Hunger leads the global movement to end hunger. We innovate solutions, advocate for change, and reach 24 million people every year with proven hunger prevention and treatment programs. As a nonprofit that works across 50 countries, our 8,300 dedicated staff members partner with communities to address the root causes of hunger, including climate change, conflict, inequity, and emergencies. We strive to create a world free from hunger, for everyone, for good.


Action Against Hunger USA is part of the Action Against Hunger International network. As an independent NGO, Action Against Hunger USA currently manages operations in 8 countries: Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia and Haiti

Job summary

The MEAL Officer will provide technical backstopping      on Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) for the Action Against Hunger in Tanzania. The position holder will participate in project design specifically in the development of M&E frameworks for the projects and collaborate with communications focal person in supporting the documentation of human-interest stories, lessons learnt and best practices, ensure implementation meets the key standards and as per the budget, work-plan and on scope. The MEAL Officer will spearhead surveys and surveillance activities in collaboration with the Program teams and other key stakeholders; conduct routine project monitoring and spearhead project final evaluation. The MEAL officer will also be responsible for support of data management cycle in all Tanzania bases.

The MEAL Officer: The role of has the following purpose, engagement and delivery: –

 

  • Purpose: 

To support the generation of evidence at the base level in Program Monitoring process, Evaluation activities, Accountability mechanisms and Learning products across different field bases in the mission.

 

·       Engagement:

  • Representing Action Against Hunger in various county level external meetings on information management, monitoring and evaluation
  • Work in collaboration with relevant government authorities in conducting joint surveys, surveillance, evaluation and monitoring
  • Provide technical support to program team on MEAL
  • Liaise with Nutrition Program Manager/ Specialist for technical support and exchange of information, collaboration and coordination of MEAL activities

 

  • Delivery:

 

–       The MEAL officer is responsible to coordinate aggregation and analysis of routine quantitative reports, design and maintain performance dashboards and other visualization tools in use, design data collection tools, generate post distribution monitoring reports, baselines and end-lines reports.

–       The MEAL Officer will manage the routine MEAL data management cycle and share updates to the Nutrition Program Manager/ Specialist for dissemination.

 

  1. Essential Job Duties

 

1.                  Survey and surveillance Activities (30%)

  • Implementation of the integrated nutritional surveys and other survey activities in collaboration of the local authorities and relevant govern procedures/protocols adherence to Government of Tanzania procedures / protocols / guidelines designed methodology, reporting process, etc.
  • Support in Strengthening the capacity of staff, and other partners in surveys methodologies, processes to include sampling, data collection, analysis and report writing skills

 

2.                  Project Monitoring (32.5%)

  • Develop, create a framework and procedures for MEAL and strengthen monitoring and evaluation of the framework and procedures for project activities and progress towards achieving the project output;
  • Define and implement the key project performance indicators (KPI) as well as monitor them throughout the duration of the projects.
  • Provide feedback to the Program Manager on project strategies and activities to include suggesting strategies to the Project Management for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the project by identifying bottlenecks in completing project activities and developing plans to minimize or eliminate
  • Assist in Monitoring and Evaluating and reviewing work plans and targets accordingly throughout project
  • Contribute towards the operationalization of internal project feedback mechanism and project related accountability.
  • 3.                  Data Management (32.5%)

    • Management of data reporting cycle by generating internal data reporting calendar, data collection process, data analysis and data sharing/dissemination.
    • Assist the project managers in collating quantitative and qualitative reports generated monthly, quarterly, half-yearly and annual on the progress of the project
    • Maintain project specific databases and ensures all MEAL related data, reports, and records are clearly organized archived in a central location for future reference.
    • Ensure the  quality   of   data (timeliness,   integral,   reliable,   valid   and   complete) shared/disseminated and that it is

     

    • Aggregation, collation and analysis of incoming data coming from the field
    • Analyze data submitted on a monthly basis and develop key descriptive statistics from each group’s activity and their
    • Conduct spot-checks to confirm reported activities, reported datasets as a means of program implementation quality assurance. This can be done collaboratively with partners or local government officials where applicable.
    • Work with Program/ MEAL Manager to ensure data management during the data cycle that will be within relevant timelines so that the information can be useful for programmatic and strategic decision making for Program staff, support staff, partners and local government
    • Work with Program/ MEAL Manager to design relevant surveys and routine surveillance activities. This includes and not limited to Baselines, Endline, context monitoring and post distributing monitoring

     

    4.                  Other duties as required (5%)

     

    • Track projects performance against the Mission strategy targets.

     

    1. Supervisory Responsibilities

     

        III.            Fiscal Responsibility

    • Nil
    • IV.            Physical Demands

      • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit for long periods and to concentrate on work, including typing, and turn out heavy volumes of work accurately, within short time frames under stressful situations in the context of a moderately noisy office with many interruptions. Must be able to proofread own work accurately so that only minor corrections are needed on an infrequent

       

      • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential

       

       

       

       

            V.            Working Conditions, Travel and Environment

      • The duties of the job require regular job attendance at least five days per week. Must be available to work outside normal office hours or on the weekends as required.
      • Must be able to travel as required for standard domestic and international business travel.
      • The employee will regularly travel to various project sites as scheduled
      • Foster an environment that reinforces values of women and men, and equal access to
      • Provide a work environment where women and men must be evaluated and promoted based on their skills and
      • Promote a safe, secure, and respectful environment for all stakeholders, particularly for children, beneficiaries, and members of staff.
      • Help to prevent any type of abuse including workplace harassment and sexual abuse and
      • Respect beneficiaries’ women, men, children (boys and girls) regardless of gender, sex orientation, disability, religion, race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, or marital
      • Value and respect all
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        VII.                        Required Qualifications and Professional Experience

        • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as Monitoring and Evaluation, Statistics, Epidemiology, Public Health, Project Development or another field of social
        • Minimum 3 years work experience on similar position with similar setting and
        • Demonstrated experience in developing project monitoring and evaluation

         

        VIII.                        Required Skills & Competencies

        • Demonstrated analytical skills both qualitative and quantitative approaches (data analysis, documentation, interpretation and reporting).
        • Excellent interpersonal and communication
        • Experience developing and deploying feedback mechanism for multi-sector program .
        • Proven skills in statistical analysis using Excel and Epi-Info / ENA, as well as at least one other software platform such as SPSS, STATA, or

         

        Preferred but not mandatory;

         

        • Knowledge/Use/Experience of Power BI and DHIS 2
        • Experience in GIS and with a mapping software such as QGIS or Google Earth will be an added advantage Extensive.
        • Experience in Nutrition and food security surveillance including collection and management of anthropometric and mortality
        • All employment offers with Action Against Hunger are conditional upon the receipt of satisfactory references and the signing our code of conduct, Safeguarding Policy with a particular focus on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Child Safeguarding.  This position will also be subject to robust reference and background screening checks.

           

          How to Apply:

          All candidates should send their CV and cover letters online via

          [email protected] Action Against Hunger-USA provides all staff with an attractive salary & benefits package. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees & qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Action Against Hunger-USA complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. The dead line is 25th April 2023.

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