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Posted: 20 September 2021
Location: Baidoa, Somalia

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) Assistant Officer

Posted: 20 September 2021
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20 October 2021 Monitoring & Evaluation Baidoa, Somalia Full Time Mercy Corp
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Position Title: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) Assistant Officer

Location: Baidao

Position Status: Full-time


Mercy Corps Somalia aims to strengthen systems and mechanisms that enable sustainable development, emergency response and peaceful processes through high quality and high impact programming in Puntland and the South-Central of Somalia, i.e. all over Somalia. Mercy Corps assists communities in Somalia to transition from crisis to transformative recovery and sustainable development. We currently implement programs that address IDP and returnees needs in terms of education, health, conflict mitigation management, livelihoods and emergency response with an orientation towards early recovery. We aim to expand our programs that strengthen and diversify livelihoods and ensure food security and resilience throughout the country. In our continued response to emergency and disaster, Mercy Corps seeks to hire an Assistant Program Officer with background and/or experience in Agriculture and Livestock for its Somalia Emergency Assistance and Early Market Recovery Program (SEAM II), funded by the USAID/BHA.

General Position Summary

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Assistant Officer is an important position in the Mercy Corps Somalia program responsible for providing support to country-level monitoring and evaluation (M&E) department staff, monitoring quality delivery of program activities, accountability to affected population and information management of project participants. The MEAL Assistant’s role is to support and conduct Post-delivery monitoring, update beneficiaries information, google folders and support record retention processes.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Understand how to address all feedback received face-to-face
  • Document all feedback received face-to-face and share with the CARM Officer
  • Sensitize community members on the available feedback channels.
  • Promote and learn the use of M&E and ICT best practices.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Information Management

  • Conduct post-delivery monitoring exercise regularly, compile reports and share with team members.
  • Participate in recruiting enumerators for post-delivery monitoring
  • With the Senior MEAL Officer and MEAL Manager, support Mercy Corps Somalia in the implementation of a holistic MEAL system that uses open-source software and flexible cloud solutions to more accurately collect, monitor, verify and document program activities.
  • Participate in tracking performance indicators, ensuring adherence to Mercy Corps’ M&E best practices and minimum standards, including the use of standardized indicators, form templates and documentation methodologies.
  • Support in ensuring accuracy and comprehensiveness of country-level reporting on indicators such as beneficiary numbers, design for impact indicators and other information as needed.
  • Participate in an office-wide M&E agenda, with prioritized subjects of strategic assessment and evaluation.

Knowledge Management

  • Assist in maintaining proper and standardized filing system for storing program documents according to Mercy Corps Program Management Minimum Standard.


  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.


Reports Directly To: Senior MEAL Officer

Works Directly with: All Somalia staff

Knowledge and Experience

  • Diploma in development studies, research, statistics, economics, monitoring and evaluation, project management or other relevant field required.
  • 1-2 years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation with reputable organization
  • Excellent written English skills, with proven ability to produce final documents for team members consumption
  • Experience with theoretical and practical background in research or MEAL and knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and techniques used.
  • Experience with data management including the ability to structure and collate data sets for ease of analysis.
  • Demonstrated understanding of intermediate statistics and ability to summarize and make predictions from multiple data sets.
  • Actively promote communication, learning and accountability.
  • Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment.


  1. Commitment to local capacity building and the ability to engage local stakeholders in program design and implementation.
  2. Ability to work simultaneously on multiple tasks and keeps to deadlines.
  3. Knowledge and understanding of the Somali people’s culture and political set up.
  4. Strong team player and effective communicator.
  5. Willing to interact effectively with international and national personnel and other partners.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

Application Procedure:

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply for this position and submit their applications (cover letter, updated CV and contacts of 3 professional referees) through only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Deadline for Applications: September 25, 2021.