Ethiopian Somali Development Association MEAL Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

Ethiopian Somali Development Association MEAL Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

Organizational Background

The Ethiopia Somali Development Association (ESDA) was established in April 2012 by the Somali communities in the region as non-governmental, no-profit making association registered under the Ethiopian civil society charity organization number 3122 with a view to mitigating the humanitarian and development problems of the region by mobilizing local and external resources.

ESDA support the development endeavours of the people of Somali region in the areas of Health, Basic education, food security and livelihood, protection, Water, hygiene and sanitation, livestock health, peace building, income generating activities for women and youth, and other related development activities through mobilizing resources from volunteer members, Diaspora communities and institutional donors.

Role Purpose:

The MEAL Specialist will bring significant experience and fresh ideas to develop and implement a realistic MEAL strategy and systems, ensuring that they are institutionalized within the existing FFV project cycle management framework, and that staff have the capacity to implement them.
The MEAL specialist will have a key role in establishing and promoting program quality and innovation, which will be achieved through developing and improving monitoring, evaluation, impact assessment and learning methodologies.

S/he will ensure that FFV project is continually monitored and that lessons are documented and communicated to inform on-going implementation and future programming. S/he will guide teams in achieving outcome/impact focused projects and accountability to beneficiaries in line with ESDA’s and donors’ policies and practices.

Key Areas of Accountability:

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Ensure that the ESDA delivers on all internal and external MEAL requirements of the FFV project in a timely manner and with high quality information.

  • Develop robust MEAL systems and processes to measure achievement and progress towards project objectives and outcomes.

  • Ensure that FFV project is designed and implemented in accordance with international MEAL standards (such as, but not limited to, Accountability Partnership International (HAP-I) Benchmarks, SPHERE, DEC Accountability Framework), ESDA and WFP Programming tools and approaches.

  • Provide capacity building, technical support and training to ensure MEAL is consistently and systematically integrated in to the FFV project.

  • Develop monitoring tools during programme design, in line with ESDA initiatives, donor requirements, and other internal monitoring and evaluation framework.

  • Develop outcome and learning indicators for Log Frames and other purposes.

  • Develop M&E plans for FFV project that include: data collection and reporting tools, filling system and indicator performance tracking.

  • Support project staff to collect good quality monitoring data in a timely manner and collate/organize data received for reporting purposes.

  • Bring together data and findings from across project operational sites to form a coherent basis for analysis of impact which promotes learning and strategy development.

  • Produce high quality analysis reports to illustrate ESDA’s impact and assessment findings.

  • Make recommendations on changes in FFV project activities or management based on findings from M&E and analysis of trends.

  • Assist in data quality assurance and compliance with all grants related reporting requirements and their timely submission.

  • Manage and provide technical supervision to all M&E field officers in the project sites.
    Ensure that children, women and other vulnerable community members are included in all MEAL activities.

  • Keep track of all project evaluations and, in coordination with sectors’ technical coordinators, design evaluation TORs, provide briefings to consultants and provide logistical support to ensure evaluations are in line with ESDA’s and donors’ standards.


  • Ensure that all staff at all levels, including senior managers, fully understand and promote accountability in general, through training and coaching.

  • Ensure that accountability to beneficiaries becomes a core element and success indicator for all program activities.

  • Build on progress to date on integrating accountability to beneficiaries within FFV project through establishing feedback mechanisms and producing information materials in a way which mainstreams accountability across all programmes.

  • Contribute to improvements in existing policies and procedures to enhance effective accountability mechanisms.

  • Develop and report against accountability-related indicators and issues.

  • Assess how beneficiaries can best be involved at every
    stage of the project cycle.

  • Design and implement appropriate feedback mechanisms that are contextual, effective, accessible and safe for beneficiaries, and that ensure that feedback is recorded, reviewed and acted upon.

  • Develop regular trend analysis of complaints on the organisation and sharing for wider learning and improvement.


  • Promote learning throughout the FFV project, particularly on issues of program quality, policy analysis and advocacy. Ensure new analysis and information is constantly available.

  • Communicate program learning (through document sharing, presentations, etc.) internally to provide guidance and technical input on strategic direction and programme design, and externally with key stakeholders (NGOs, government partners, working groups, etc.).

  • Coordinate with sectors’ technical specialist, project Manager and program staff to ensure that lessons learned are properly documented and are incorporated into program implementation and design.

  • Regularly produce and report on best practices and case studies.

  • Participate in designing and implementation of studies, assessments and learning in coordination and cooperation with sectors’ technical Specialists and program staff.

    Technical supervision, performance management and capacity building of staff

  • Ensure appropriate staffing within the MEAL team.

  • Provide leadership, motivation, guidance and technical support to the MEAL team.

  • Provide technical supervision of the field-based MEAL staff through regular contact, field visits and meetings.

  • Identify training needs of staff and conduct trainings to address the capacity gaps, in collaboration with their line-manager and the human resources department.

  • Contribute to performance management of staff within the MEAL team, in cooperation and collaboration with their line-manager and the human resources department through: - effective use of the performance management system (establish clear and measureable objectives, on-going feedback, periodic reviews and fair and unbiased evaluations); - coaching, mentoring and other development opportunities; - recognition and rewards for outstanding performance; - documentation of unsatisfactory performances with appropriate tools and means.

    Qualifications and Experience


  • MA or BSc Degree in Statistics, economics, Community Development, Social Sciences, Communications

  • At least 5 years’ experience of working in MEAL roles.

  • Fluency in both Somali and English, for oral and written communication.

  • Previous experience of successfully securing MEAL resources and managing a budget.

  • Knowledge and/or experience of working on accountability initiatives, such as child participation, information sharing and complaints response mechanisms.

  • Experience of conducting and/or commissioning evaluations.

  • Experience of designing and managing knowledge management systems, an awareness of learning methodologies and experience of leading learning events.

  • Good organisational skills, the ability to pay close attention to detail and capable of reporting in a timely manner.

  • bility to analyse information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically.

  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner, and to use innovative forms of communication.

  • Demonstrable understanding of gender and equity analyses.

  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff.

  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy; capacity and willingness to be flexible and accommodating in difficult working circumstances.

  • IT skills required.

  • Commitment to and understanding of ESDA’s aims, values and principles.

  • Good computer skills (particularly Excel, Word) and internet skills

  • Have sound experience in ODK and Kobocollect tools

  • Proven experience in data analysis using SPSS, STATA and excel sheets

  • Previous work experience in fragile environment with minimum supervision

    How to Apply

    ESDA Jig-Jiga Main Office is located near Ayar Dega Health center or UNHCR Jig-Jiga Field Office. Only Qualified local residents are invited to submit their updated CV and cover letter stating the location of the position to with the subject line “MEAL specialist”
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