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Programme Advisor – Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

Posted: 7 November 2023
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21 November 2023 Media/Communication Mogadishu, Somalia Full Time NCA
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Job Title: Programme Advisor - Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)
Line Manager: Deputy Country Directord


The Programme Advisor - Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) position exists to provide leadership and coordination in the Design, Documentation, Monitoring, Learning, Accountability and Evaluation of NCA programmes and associated projects implemented by NCA and partners in Somalia in compliance with NCA and donor requirements and standards.  This includes: providing technical guidance to MEAL Officers, supporting or leading assessments, baselines, monitoring, Reflection and learning, evaluations, updating and maintenance of NCA Somalia Program information management systems (PIMS) for the country office and programmes, providing technical support to M&E processes as required by other thematic programmes, quality assurance on all MEAL processes and tracking key CO Strategy and program indicators for each of NCAs thematic areas, ensure a functional  PIMS for Somalia CO, maintenance of standardized MEAL tools and processes to ensure accurate and reliable data collection, validation, storage, analysis and consolidation in appropriate formats and timely reporting in compliance with NCA and donor requirements; and ensure MEAL capacity building for NCA staff and Partners.

Establish and maintain standardized MEAL tools and processes at all levels to ensure accurate and reliable data collection including its storage, validation, analysis, consolidation in appropriate formats and timely reporting in compliance with NCA and donor requirements.


  1. Leadership, Coordination and Collaboration  
    1. Provide proactive and clear functional leadership and guidance on MEAL to MEAL Officer, Programme Advisors and SMT across NCA programmes
    2. Coordinate the development and implementation of country office level MEAL calendar of major MEAL events, practices, reflection and learning in collaboration with MEAL officers and HO M&E counterpart
    3. Participate in MEAL Global and CO level MEAL events including representing NCA Somalia Programme in key MEAL stakeholder meetings when required to enhance cooperation and coordination
    4. Develop and maintain an effective cross-functional working relationship for MEAL teams and other functions/sectors.
    5. Participate effectively in MEAL networks, practitioners and learning/research institutions to access, research, evaluate and promote the best available external practices and resources in MEAL to NCA programmes and partners
    6. Maintain close working relationships with NCA and partner M&E focal point persons for effectiveness in MEAL.
  1. Assessment, Design and Planning- provide technical guidance and leadership for field based assessments, context monitoring and new project designs
    1. Lead and support assessments, context monitoring and operational research for contextual understanding for identifying opportunities, vulnerabilities, capacities and resources, deciding feasibility and as a basis for setting priorities for re-planning existing programs and developing new programs and projects
    2. Lead the program and technical teams in the development of design documents and logical frameworks that prioritize needs established through assessments and secondary data analysis.
    3. Support programmes to identify funding opportunities and coordinate development and submission of concept notes and proposals
    4. Assist with the design of exit strategies, and monitor progress of transition through achievement of activities
    5. Assist all programs to develop, implement and monitor progress of transition plans in order to assure sustainability of NCA supported programs in Somalia.
    6. Organize and coordinate programme and partner planning and review meetings and guide staff and partners in the development of annual plans and budgets for the MFA and Norad multi-year programmes
  1. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting - take lead in programme related surveys, baselines, reviews, evaluations and reporting
    1. Develop a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system consistent with the NCA MEAL framework and Evaluation policy and in conformity with standards of key donors & responsible governments.
    2. Develop and regularly review M&E plans as necessary to ensure consistency and standard data collection and in accordance with programme goals and objectives
    3. Support management and accountability through routine, accurate collection and reporting of information that confirms status of program activities based on logframes,
    4. Ensure effective monitoring of all programme and projects and ensure regular reporting as per project agreements with partners and donors
    6. Undertake annual outcome monitoring of programmes with a focus on prioritized indicators for purposes of annual reporting and tracking progress towards the country office strategy
    7. Ensure programs and projects are reviewed and evaluated in line with NCA and donor policies and standards
    8. Responsible for the compilation of annual reports, ensuring all donor and internal reports are submitted on time and of acceptable quality. 
  1. Evidence, Learning and reflection
    1. Ensure annual evidence and learning day for Somalia program is conducted  
    2. Document key findings and lessons from project monitoring, evaluations and operations audits and disseminate for organizational learning and decision making.
    3. Gather relevant information regarding best practices to program design, monitoring and evaluation from within and outside NCA and share it with field staff and partners to facilitate organizational learning and experience sharing.
    4. Document and disseminate case studies, lessons learned and best practices
  2. Digitization and data quality
    1. Lead strategic thinking and planning in relation to integration of the management information system (MIS) and application of M&E data.
    2. Develop the quality control systems and mechanisms needed to guarantee proper management of data and information.
    3. Always ensure updated data (qualitative and quantitative) for NCA Somalia programmes and projects management) are maintained in PIMS
    4. Actively contribute to programme development including digitization and innovation
    5. Collaborate with HO and ensure NCA social media both internal and external are regularly updated with content from NCA Somalia to enhance the visibility of the programme
  1. Program / Humanitarian Accountability – to affected populations (AAP)
    1. Ensure NCA Somalia has a functional Humanitarian Accountability system through supporting coordination of efforts for the implementation of Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) and other NCA policy commitments in the country office
    2. Act as a Country Office focal point for Community Response and feedback Mechanism (CRM) and ensure proper documentation. The Advisor will as a routine analyze community feedback, generate trend reports, and capture lessons learnt and best practice for internal and external learning as well as use in future designs.
    3. Spearhead the implementation of strategies to achieve improvement in community engagement, information-sharing, community participation, complaints and feedback mechanisms by supporting the programme teams to develop contextualized complaint and response mechanism to improve accountability to affected populations (AAP), as well as current project implementation and future programming conform to common humanitarian quality standards (CHS).
    4. Monitor adherence of NCA and partner projects and programs to Common Humanitarian Standards (CHS).
  1. Staff and Partner Capacity Building
    1. Responsible for ensuring monitoring of NCA and partner activities in various project locations in Somalia as required and their mainstreaming within all the programmes (WASH, GBV, Education and Economic Empowerment)
    2. Lead in the overall documentation of partner contributions to program goals and learning processes for NCA Somalia Programme including digitization and innovation to ensure a continuous cycle of learning and development
    3. Responsible for strengthening the capacities of NCA Somalia programme staff and partners on MEAL related tasks
  1. Any other duty assigned to you by your line manager(s)
    1. Any other duty that may be assigned to you from time to time by your line manager or management

Skills and Qualifications

The applicant should hold at a minimum a bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields of study:

  1. Essential: Statistics, Economics, Monitoring & Evaluation, Information management systems plus a Postgraduate training in Monitoring & Evaluation. 
  2. Desirable: MA or MSc M&E; MA in Development Evaluation.
  3. Additional training in GIS, data analysis using Stata, SPSS, Epi Info, ENVIVO for qualitative data, use of mobile data collection applications such as Kobo, ODK is required


  1. At least five (05) years’ experience leading programming, monitoring and evaluation functions of an international NGO or donor organization at country level.
  2. Comprehensive understanding and working experience of monitoring and evaluation in development, advocacy and humanitarian emergency affairs approaches.
  3. Extensive experience and recognized expertise in the full range of evaluation theories, models and tools, and ability to adapt, contextualized and apply appropriately to all project scenarios
  4. Proven track record as a trainer and capacity builder in MEAL using a wide variety of training methods, facilitation and capacity building strategies.
  5. High-level expertise in Results-Based management, Logical Framework Analysis, and Result-Based Performance Monitoring and Evaluation
  6. Good understanding and experience in Management Information Systems
  7. Professionally and emotionally mature and able to provide guidance to diverse staff and partners.
  8. Experience of working in MEAL sector in Somalia
  9. Only Somali nationals are eligible to apply.

How to apply

We Offer
Contract period: 12 Months with the possibility of extension.
Salary: According to NCA salary scale.
Duty Station: Mogadishu.
Travel: Some
NB: Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications may be screened. Email application will not be accepted.
NCA is an equal opportunity employer and females, people with disabilities, and those from marginalized backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

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