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21-045: Consultant - MEAL Assistant
Department:International Programs
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:
The role of the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Assistant is to support the MEAL Officer in the implementation of the MEAL work plan and contribute to achieving and improving the quality of the program/project. The MEAL Assistant will follow-up progress and collect data on the effectiveness of planned interventions by collecting and supporting with the data analysis. The MEAL Assistant plays an important role in carrying out MEAL activities in the field, including field monitoring and verification, baseline and endline assessments, needs assessment and surveys.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. Responsibilities include: 

MEAL system
Use data collection tools to gather qualitative and quantitative data at different levels (facility and community).
Support MEAL department in development of databases for all programs by using available technologies.
Implement the basic monitoring and evaluation concepts and system in accordance with the purpose of MEAL activities. 
Implement field level MEAL activities according to the MEAL work plan and support M&E activities, such as physical verification of assets, post distribution monitoring, data quality audits, surveys/assessments, etc.
Ensure data entry using an electronic database
Data quality management
Conduct on-site routine data quality audits at different field site/office-levels.
Sampling techniques
Apply the concept of ‘random sampling’ following instructions/guidelines of a manager while conducting any community level survey.
Apply ‘spin-the-bottle’ method used for selection of households in population-based surveys.
Implement probability and non-probability sampling techniques as and when appropriate after consulting with manager.
Qualitative and quantitative techniques
Conduct qualitative data collection activities and review data from the field for deficiencies or errors, correct any incompatibilities if possible.
Regularly perform data cleaning and data integrity and ensure data quality.
Perform data entry using a statistical software, under guidance and supervision.
Mobile and manual data collection
Understand the purpose, advantages, and disadvantages of mobile data collection techniques.
Collect data using smart phones/tablets.

Techniques for presenting information
Translate qualitative data from mission language to English and back.
Apply and use basic data visualization skills (use of tables and graphs to represent data and information) for data presentation.
Knowledge Management and Learning
Promote internal learning by sharing timely feedback from and to the field.
Process basic data visualization using tables and graphs to represent data and information.
Support the program/project in documenting the lessons learned.
Community-based feedback and response mechanism
Adhere to key concepts and commitments regarding accountability to affected populations (AAP), including IASC CAAP, CHS, and Sphere Humanitarian Charter.

Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed in this document are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and not necessarily all inclusive.


Diploma or a bachelor's degree in related fields.
Understand the basic monitoring and evaluation concepts and the purpose of MEAL.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
Personal and organizational skills, including time management and the ability to meet deadlines.
Previous experience of 1 year on related positions.
Ability to travel on short notice to project sites by car, boat or air. 
Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills; 
Strong organizational, able to exercise sound judgment and proactive problem-solver; 
Autonomous, creative with ability to work with limited resources; 
Good understanding of the project cycle and team work; 
Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment, prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and ensure high quality work; 
Computer literacy with demonstrated experience in utilization of databases, Microsoft Office, Excel and PowerPoint in particular. 

Previous experience in working with NGOs of at least 1 year.