Job Title: MEAL Manager
Program Global Fund Project
Reports To: Project Director – Global Fund
Country: CRS. Sierra Leone
Supervisory Responsibilities MEAL Assistant]
Duty Locations: CRS Freetown (with up to 40% travel to Assigned Locations)
The purpose of this position is to manage, strengthen, and provide technical direction to the Global Fund MEAL system, ensure learning, build the capacity of MEAL staff, and support the implementation of CRS MEAL policies and procedures. The MEAL manager will support the program team and partner staff to develop high quality monitoring systems and tools which measure progress towards indicators. He/she will ensure that accountability and learning are systematically captured and used on the Global Fund
Roles and Key Responsibilities:
- Manage and implement all MEAL activities throughout relevant project cycles – project design, start-up, implementation and close-out – to ensure efficient and effective implementation in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices. Ensure project team and partner staff use the appropriate systems and tools.
- Effectively manage talent and supervise the MEAL assistant. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being.
- Champion learning with project staff and partner teams. Analyze and evaluate project performance data following MEAL policy.Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles.
- Act as a MEAL resource person in design and proposal development for new Global Fund funding cycles
- Coordinate the identification of MEAL needs of partner organizations and capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality project implementation.
- Compile analyze and present SR summary data and progress reports to GF Project Director to generate progress update for reporting to the Global Fund
- In consultation with the GF Project Director, coordinate with the rest of the Global Fund team to write the Global Fund PU/DR
- Support SRs through supervision and training to ensure that they provide to CRS timely and quality reports.
- Conduct data verification exercise in the field to ensure data and reporting are of high quality and data reported in the PU/DR is accurate.
- Monitor the use of standardized CRS reporting forms and suggest adaptations as required.
- Developed new reporting forms as needed in consultation with Project Director
- In consultation with the Health Program Manager, work closely Zonal Coordinators on MEAL related activities
- Coordinate with MEAL Assistant and Global Fund Project Director to report on barriers to implementation in the field and provide inputs to problem solving.
- Support MEAL Assistant to follow up on the agreed monthly summary data and quarterly progress reports for the CRS GF grant.
- Monitor Sub-Recipients at district level to report on MEAL related activities as required during project implementation.
- In consultation with Project Director, ensure the data collection needs of the PC-GSM and PDs activities are up to date.
- Establish strong working relationships with DHMTs and other stakeholders.
- Represent the program at various levels as directed by GF project Director.
- Support the Project Director to meet all reporting requirements to Gateway.
- Master’s Degree in International Development, International Relations or in the field of Statistics, Mathematics or Computer Science required.
- At least 3 years relevant experience
- Experience working with large donors e.g.: USAID (including PEPFAR, FFP, FtF, OFDA offices), USDA, Global Fund, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Familiarity with principles and current approaches to MEAL of development programs using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
- Experience with participatory MEAL systems.
- Proficiency in database development/management, SPSS, EPI-Info, Access, Excel and skills in analyzing, interpreting and communicating information to various stakeholders.
- Experience using ICT for data collection and information visioning and mapping using GIS.
- Significant experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative assessments and surveys (including sound understanding of sampling issues).
- Previous experience with leading and managing studies and consultants.
- Experience with facilitation, capacity strengthening and partnership building, with the capacity to empower staff through opportunities for growth & development.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.
- Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse groups. English is essential, Krio is an added advantage
- Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to write reports
- Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented
- Project management experience in MEAL is highly desirable.
- Experience engaging with partner organizations.
- Experience contributing to the development of technical proposals.
- External File MEAL.docx