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Regional MEAL Manager - Middle East

Relief International
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
December 18, 2023


Posted4 Dec 2023

Closing date18 Dec 2023

Title: Regional MEAL Manager - Middle East

Location: Remote – in any country office of Relief International operations 2Hr difference with Amman)– with 30% travel to COs

Reports to: Regional Program Director – Middle East

Direct Reports: Dotted line technical management/oversight and support to Country MEAL Managers (or equivalent position) in all Country Offices within the Middle East.


About Relief International

RI is active in 15 countries around the world, including some of the most fragile: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen. Often, RI is the only organization providing assistance to highly vulnerable communities.

Globally RI employs about 5,000 staff and auxiliary workers

97% of staff are local nationals and about 90 international (expat) staff

2022 programs budget is about $130M

About our Country Program

Relief International is a prominent humanitarian organization operating in multiple Middle Eastern countries. Our work spans across Turkey, where we support refugees and host communities affected by recent earthquakes. In Lebanon, we address the needs of both refugees and vulnerable host populations amidst a high concentration of refugees per capita. Jordan hosts around a million Syrian refugees, and we operate in refugee camps and urban centres to provide essential services. Finally, in war-torn Yemen, we deliver urgent humanitarian aid to a population where 75% are in dire need due to a collapsed healthcare system and skyrocketing prices for basic goods. For Syria Relief International is one of the leading providers of healthcare services in northern Syria delivering healthcare to over 1 million people annually

Job Profile

As part of the Regional Programs Team within the Regional Support Office (RSO) for RI’s Middle East Region, the Regional MEAL Manager will work closely with the Regional Program Director and the Regional Program Team (Program Manager and Technical Advisors) to provide in-person and remote guidance to RI’s MEAL teams across the five countries of the Middle East region. This position will enhance the MEAL capacity across the countries and ensure that country teams are supported in the design and implementation of a robust MEAL system, high quality analysis and reporting, and the advancement of accountability and community led approach. The Regional MEAL Manager will also work directly with RI’s Global MEAL team and support initiatives that are focused on improving program quality and accountability across the region and organization.

Key accountabilities and responsibilities

Enhance Country MEAL Systems and Capacities

Identify MEAL capacity-building needs of country teams and work with the global MEAL team to meet these needs through trainings and other support initiatives.

Through coordination with GSO MEAL staff, work closely with MEAL Country Managers to support and enhance their technical capacities and approaches to implementing MEAL practices within their country programs, serving as technical dotted line to these positions.

Work with in-country leadership to ensure MEAL structures, systems and processes are fit for purpose.

Work with the global MEAL team to ensure all new country MEAL Managers are adequately on-boarded on RI’s MEAL framework, processes, and resources

Foster an organisational culture that recognises the importance of MEAL, beyond MEAL departments, promoting innovation, evidence-based decision making, and an interest in learning across departments.

Ensure country teams undertake quality design, implementation, and data analysis for a wide range of MEAL activities and provide support as necessary (e.g. KAP surveys, baseline surveys, post-harvest/planting surveys, post-distribution monitoring, Indicator Tracking Table Analysis etc.)

Ensure that all country teams have robust Complaints, Feedback and Accountability Mechanisms in place, in adherence to global RI standards, and that regular reporting and learning is generated from the feedback received both at country-level and across the region.

Work closely with Program Teams to ensure sound program design and implementation, meeting Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) and prioritizing program quality and constant improvement towards a robust community centred approach

Support the global MEAL team with the roll-out of LogAlto, RI’s web-based monitoring & evaluation software, across the region and provide ongoing support to ensure LogAlto is consistently used (when feasible) to enhance reporting and analysis.

Enhance Proposal Design and Reporting Quality

Support country offices in program design process along with technical referents - review and advise on logframs and/or results frameworks, theories of change (TOCs) and proposed MEAL activities during program design/proposal development,

Actively participate in proposal review at RSO level contributing to ensure high quality proposals are submitted for funding opportunities

Support country offices during the mobilization phase (baselines), implementation and close-out and reporting phase (e.g. end-lines)

Work with GSO, RSO Program Team and country teams to adapt data collection tools and methodologies as necessary, for any given project or donor.

Provide support on data collection exercises, including needs assessments, PDMs, and evaluations for country offices, as well as regional initiatives (i.e. coordinate with GSO MEAL on region-wide data analyses).

Contribute to the RSO revision of COs’ donor reporting to ensure accuracy of data are reported to the donor as per contractual agreements

Support country teams in the preparation for MEAL related exercise (i.e. KAP surveys, evaluation, PDM, etc.) and ensure that reports are of high quality, follow best practices and MEAL standards and support program reporting as per donor contractual requirements.

Support the country teams with internal reporting to the global MEAL team (e.g. quarterly People Reached data) ensuring timely reporting as well as accuracy and consistency of data reported.

Promote Learning for Improved Program Quality, Strategic Development & Decision Making

Support Regional Program Director in promoting RI new strategic framework at regional and country office levels,

Support Regional Program Director with regional analysis of results to tell compelling stories about the quality and impact of RI work in the region and to contribute to learning and program development

Strengthen and reinforce linkages between GSO led initiatives with the regional and country teams, to support the improvement of MEAL as an organization-wide priority as well as ensure that learning from the region informs RI global evidence and strategic direction.

Bridge the Global-Country divide by supporting MEAL staff to understand global guidance, learning and evidence, ensure that learning from the region informs our global evidence and strategic direction, and staff at all levels understand that their roles all contribute to our global objectives.

Work with country teams to capture Lessons Learned from ongoing and previous programs and subsequently capitalize on these Lessons Learned for improved future programming

Work with country teams to identify and implement proactive Learning Agendas and support RI’s country teams to look beyond the day-to-day implementation and take on initiatives to analyze available program data and/or gather additional external primary data, conduct secondary data reviews to ultimately identify trends and patterns that can be used to design innovative interventions, attract new donors, and overall improve the delivery of future programs for the affected communities.

Support Country MEAL teams to effectively communicate top level learning / analysis and monitoring data to ensure that country and regional leadership is able to make informed decisions on a timely basis

Champion knowledge management, in collaboration with the global MEAL team and other TAD colleagues, through sharing of evaluations and lessons learned from country and regional programs and initiatives to inform program decisions and enhance Relief International’s institutional knowledge.

Ensure that high quality analysis reports are being generated region-wide to illustrate Relief International’s impact in the region and that assessment findings are produced, including evidence of good practice and replicable programs, and that they are communicated via appropriate internal and external channels/platforms.

Building collegial dynamic across country MEAL leadership in the region in order to support harmonized approaches and learning lessons between country offices.

Other Management Responsibilities

Serve as technical manager to all Country MEAL Managers (or equivalent position) in the region, leading bi-weekly calls with each.

Participate in meetings convened by Global Support Office MEAL department and champion new organization initiatives as requested.

Participate in key recruitment processes for country-level MEAL leadership as technical referent.

Participate in regional and global initiatives as requested from RPD and/or Global MEAL Director.

Enhance cross-learning opportunities with counterpart in Africa-Asia

Culture and conduct

Demonstrate and uphold RI’s values, ethics and compliance, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Uphold and promote RI’s commitment to ensuring the safeguarding and safety of the vulnerable communities we serve.

Support systems that prevent sexual exploitation and abuse and promotes the implementation of the Code of Conduct and safeguarding policies.

Management and leadership

Create a positive and productive work environment which is free from harassment and bullying.

Demonstrate sensitivity and understanding of diversity and cultural differences, gender issues and the commitment to equal opportunities.

Work collaboratively with the Safeguarding Leads to advocate for the inclusion of safeguarding activities and resources within program

Ability to demonstrate knowledge of donor requirements of safeguarding standards and protection from exploitation and abuse.

About you.

This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment. Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Key desirable qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s degree preferred with relevant specialization in a quantitative field (e.g. Economics, Sociology, Statistics)

Minimum of 5 years professional working experience in MEAL within the humanitarian and development sector

Ideally familiarity with integrated Health, WASH, Nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods, and Protection programming

Extensive experience in data analysis, program monitoring, including designing monitoring systems, indicators, developing MEAL plans, data quality assessments, survey techniques incl. sampling, qualitative investigation, and statistical analysis.

Demonstrated ability to coordinate complex activities, meet deadlines, and exercise sound judgment

Fluency in English and strong English writing skills

Exceptional analytical skills and proven skills in data management; and statistical analysis using SPSS/ STATA/ CSPro, or any other statistical application.

Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment

Excellent time management skills and resourcefulness with strong attention to detail

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to guide others and build the capacity of diverse teams

RI Values

Guided by the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence, as well as “Do No Harm,” Relief International Values:

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