We’re looking for a MEAL specialist who is, at heart, a peacebuilder. You’ll deputise for the Regional Director as needed, and work collaboratively as a key part of the Regional Leadership Team to shape the strategic direction of Concordis’ future work across the Central African region.

As Regional Head of MEAL, your work will go above and beyond reporting to the donor on logframe outputs and outcomes to the donor, as important as those are. With your extensive peacebuilding experience, you’ll work with the team to develop and implement sophisticated metrics for measuring these changes over time. You’ll feed this information back into programme delivery, to ensure programmes remain accountable to the wider population and adapt to the rapidly changing and fragile contexts in which we work.

You’ll also use your flair for writing and your publishing skills to produce more informal news items, telling stories of the impact of our work, and publicising the recommendations that come from dialogues we facilitate. This will help us amplify voices that are often ignored by decision makers, leading to evidence-based policy making.

Job Title: Regional Head of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

Location: Flexible, but spending at least 25% time in the Regional Office in Cameroon, with regular visits travelling across CAR, Cameroon and Chad

Reporting to: Regional Director, based in the Regional Office

Supervising: Up to seven MEAL Managers based in hubs across the region

Role Duties and Responsibilities:

Develop and implement the programme’s monitoring and evaluation systems

  • Develop and oversee the systems to monitor and evaluate activities and their impact
  • Evaluate and enhance existing data collection tools used during previous monitoring exercises
  • Evaluate and enhance existing metrics to measure attitudinal and behavioural change resulting from programme activities.
  • Design the implementation plan to monitor and evaluate programme delivery.
  • Contribute to the development of Concordis’ peacebuilding methodology, policy, strategy and monitoring and evaluation.

Responsible for programme monitoring and evaluation

  • Ensure the programme adapts and evolves to meet the needs identified, remaining accountable to communities affected by conflict.
  • Monitor against performance indicators to check that the project is delivering as planned. Identify issues and agree action plans to address.
  • Monitor against the Theory of Change and ensure the programme is achieving the intended impact. If not, identify what needs to change and how to create that change.
  • Capture learning and identify what worked, what didn’t work and what we’d do differently next time.

Responsible for producing timely internal and external reports

  • Lead the MEAL team to produce monthly and bi-annual donor reports on all regional programme activities.
  • Generate clear, professional and visually attractive reports that explain the impact of our work and the recommendations from our dialogues.
  • Work with the Communications team producing informal news items, telling the story of the impact of our work and publicising the recommendations that come from dialogues facilitated by Concordis.

Create a culture of accountability and learning across the Regional Team

  • Lead on ensuring staff across the programme understand the role of MEAL in their work and have the skills to operate the required systems and capture the data.
  • Deliver training and coaching on our approach to MEAL, techniques and tools to the wider team.

Leadership responsibility in the Regional Team

  • Deputise for the Central African Regional Director in their absence.
  • As part of the regional Senior Leadership Team oversee the work and staff teams in the regional hubs in CAR, Cameroon, Chad and Sudan.

How to apply

Applications will only be considered if they are submitted as follows:

Submit your CV and a covering letter as two separate documents. The cover letter should be no more than two pages long and explain:

  • Why you are interested in the post and why you’d like to work for Concordis
  • How your skills and experience make you a good fit for the person specification
  • What languages you can use to a professional level, including verbally and in writing. What languages have you prepared donor reports in or been published in
  • Your experience in senior management
  • Your experience of evaluating the impact of peacebuilding work

The document should be saved in PDF in the following format:

Your First Name-Your Last Name–Document Name–Date(mmyy) eg, John-Smith-CV-0524

Please send both documents to [email protected]