Job ID

Job Title
MEAL Officer

To work for
Oxfam Syria



Field of Work

Job Type
Full time

Military service
Finished or Exempted (For male)

Minimum Education Level
Bachelor/ License Degree

MEAL System Development and Implementation:
• Provide support to the PMEAL Manager and programme teams in project/programme design and proposal development, in line with Oxfam’s programme quality standards – particularly on results frameworks and indicators.
• Support, and where applicable, lead on the development and updating of gender-sensitive MEAL frameworks, working closely with programme teams, the PMEAL Manager, and Technical Advisers.
• Independently develop MEAL plans and review/update on a regular basis, in close coordination with programme teams and Oxfam’s partners.
• Work with the programme teams in implementing MEAL frameworks, processes, and tools, ensuring quality and consistency with Oxfam standards.

Programme Monitoring, Information Management, and Reporting:
• Develop/improve/update tools for data collection, analysis and processing that facilitate disaggregation by gender and age.
• Lead on all field data collection exercises and data management, involving:
- Recruitment and training of data collectors.
- Carry out and supervise data collection (focus group discussions, post-distribution monitoring, surveys, observations etc.) and data entry.
• Perform analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, draft reports presenting the results of the analysis, and share the findings in an appropriate format to respective stakeholders/team members.
• Investigate and conduct analysis of various secondary data sources.
• Appraising the project activities, progress reports, and streamlining the partners’ work and documentation (including through joint monitoring visits).
• Report/alert to project team on regular basis on any anticipated project issues, risks and any emerging opportunities and threats to the project implementation, related to this role.
• Act as a field focal point for the team on Oxfam’s beneficiary counting methodology and internal reporting processes.
• Produce clear and quality reports that demonstrate accountability and learning.
• Ensure all MEAL-related data and files are properly organised and stored.

• Assist the project team in strengthening the accountability mechanisms at project level, and contribute to further development and continuous updating of Oxfam Syria’s accountability strategy
• Setting up and managing complaint and feedback mechanism for the programme, including tracking of follow-up, ensuring adherence to agreed standards.
• Work with PMEAL team and programme to implement Your Word Counts project.
• Share accountability findings with the programme teams in an appropriate format.

Capacity building for Oxfam and partner staff:
• Train and coach the project teams and relevant partner staff in MEAL.
• Undertake periodic monitoring and technical support visits to partner working areas to assess progress against agreed MEAL system and recommend corrective actions as appropriate.
• Work closely with partner MEAL staff or focal points and provide support as appropriate.
• Provide training to partners on accountability and support them in setting up own mechanisms.

Evaluation, Review and Learning:
• Share relevant MEAL findings with project teams in an appropriate format and follow-up their implementation.
• Support the PMEAL Manager in the design and management of evaluations, including: the coordination of field-based data collection activities, review of evaluations reports, sharing of evaluation findings and recommendations with intended audiences.
• Support the implementation of evaluation recommendations at field level
• Assist the project team and partners in documenting lessons learnt.
• Collecting best practices, case studies which demonstrate qualitative and quantitative changes over the period.
• Organise/support field-based reviews and learning events.

Coordination and Networking:
• Where relevant, participate in and contribute to relevant inter-agency efforts to agree and develop coordinated / joint M&E and accountability frameworks and mechanisms.
• When requested, attend relevant sectoral coordination meetings to identify opportunities for integration of data collection activities, harmonization, secondary information sources etc.
• Delivering any other responsibility related to MEAL assigned by the line manager.

• Passion for improving effectiveness and impact of multi-sectoral programs and demonstrating tangible outcomes for poor and vulnerable women and men.
• Very good knowledge in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning.
• Strong experience of gathering, analysing and presenting quantitative and qualitative data.
• Ability to plan workload and demonstrate accountability for outputs with minimal direct supervision.
• Good organizational skills including accuracy, consistency, attention to detail, tenacity, and the ability to work under pressure.
• Proven ability to work effectively with others - including in multicultural team.
• Excellent organisational and coordination skills.
• Commitment to the aims and objectives of Oxfam and strong commitment to gender equality and social justice.
• Excellent communication and facilitation skills
• Ability to work under pressure, ability to prioritise and commitment to meet deadlines.
• Experience in and the ability to train and coach people.
• Potential and flexibility of attitude to learn.
• Ability to work with partners.
• Prepared to undertake regular travel within the country and within the region.
• Proven knowledge of computerised systems; high degree of computer literacy and word processing.
• Fluent in written and spoken English and Arabic.

• Knowledge in the establishment of remote MEAL systems.
• Previous experience of working on programmes such as WASH, livelihood, and gender is preferable.

Specific Vacancy Requirements
Due to the urgency of this role, we will be reviewing CVs and interviewing candidate in advance of the closing date. For this reason, interested candidates are asked to submit their application as soon as possible.

Salary and Benefits
As per Oxfam Salary Scale

About us
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.

In Syria :
While Oxfam has been present in the region since 1970, it began operating in Syria through its Damascus based presence in July 2013. Since then, Oxfam has been responding to both the urgent WASH needs for vulnerable people, and has been working on the rehabilitation of water systems in order to provide durable, more sustainable solutions to the affected populations. Interventions implemented under Oxfam’s WASH Programme include: Provision of Acute Emergency Life-Saving WASH Services, Rehabilitation of Water Systems, Hygiene Promotion and Water Conservation, Capacity Building and Training, and Improved Emergency WASH Coordination. To date, Oxfam has been worked in 10 governorates, seeking out to over 2.5 million beneficiaries.

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Posted On
Jan 23, 2018

Expiry Date
Feb 22, 2018


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