Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.
Reports to: Head of Programming
Department: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, Learning and Knowledge Management (MEAL)
Salary Grade: 9
Location: Tamale, Ghana
The purpose of this position is to manage, strengthen, and provide strategic leadership and direction to the Ghana Country Program MEAL systems and processes, ensuring cross-learning in MEAL among projects, and build capacity of MEAL staff. The MEAL Coordinator will work closely with CRS program teams and partner staff to develop high quality monitoring systems and tools which address indicators set out in project proposals. She/he will ensure that learning from projects is systematically captured and used throughout the country program. She/he will also take learning needs into account and develop and conduct capacity building for MEAL and program staff, with support from the Head of Programs (HoP) and the Regional Technical Advisor for MEAL.
The MEAL Coordinator is expected to have a high level of self-initiative and use critical thinking skills to identify and fill gaps. The MEAL Coordinator will also work closely with the HoP to ensure that the Ghana Country Program complies with agency MEAL policies and procedures and actively promotes use of Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D). The MEAL Coordinator should have the ability to work sensitively and positively with programming teams and promote a learning environment.
Strong project management skills and knowledge of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning will ensure that the Ghana Country Program delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of this project. Awareness of community-based accountability systems to ensure beneficiary feedback mechanisms is also important.
Roles and Key Responsibilities:
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Country Representative, Head of Programs, Unit Heads (Health, Agriculture, etc.), Project Coordinators, Project M&E Officers, MEAL RTAs, CRS MEAL Team
External: Donors, international and local partners, National Catholic Secretariat, Government partners, program beneficiaries
Required Skills or Experience
Required Languages - Fluency in English.
Travel - Willingness to travel up to 20%
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
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