MEAL Officer at International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and Nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: MEAL Officer

Location: Maiduguri, Borno

Job Summary

  • The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer is responsible for the overall planning and implementation of monitoring all activities and outputs of the active projects.
  • In consultation with supervisor, the MEAL Officer will undertake training responsibilities to equip the local government, partner organizations and community level staff/volunteers to undertake monitoring tasks.

Main Responsibilities
For closely tracking the project progress, the MEAL Officer will:

IMC’s Policies, Guidelines, and Procedures:

  • Actively promote Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) standards within IMC and amongst its beneficiaries.
  • Contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the Code of Conduct, ethics, values, and standpoint with regards to internal and external actors.
  • Apply the basic monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning concepts and the purpose of MEAL, with a specific focus on accountability to affected populations (AAP).
  • Manage the implementation of policies and procedures for monitoring, evaluation and reporting in the country-specific to AAP and CHS commitments.

Project Design and Planning:

  • Participate in needs assessment by organizing the training for enumerators on assessment methodology, tools, respondent’s selection, and supervise field team to ensure field-level data integrity.
  • Ensure that MEAL activities are participatory monitoring, evaluation, accountability, learning and needs assessment and uphold accountable and useful MEAL systems.
  • Support in developing results framework and logframe, including indicators for simple projects.

MEAL System:

  • Ensure that different components of the MEAL system are functional and relevant and maintain IPTT to track output, outcome, and impact indicators and their measurement in the different sectors of relevance.
  • Support MEAL department in development of databases for all programs by using available technologies.
  • Use tools for tracking project’s progress and bottlenecks and develop simple data collection tools based on monitoring indicators.
  • Maintain effective M&E system (ensure data collected translates to the M&E Framework/IPTT).
  • Conduct regular field visits.
  • Conduct periodic data analysis and triangulate data from other MEAL exercise.
  • Organize and lead data collection activities following the data collection and reporting flow put in place for a project.

Data Quality Management:

  • Conduct periodic data quality audits to assess the quality of collected data for indicators.
  • Mitigate data pitfalls, issues, and ensure that strategies for quality data are in place.
  • Conduct on-site routine data quality audits at community levels.
  • Assess the quality of collected data for indicators.
  • Provide supportive supervision on data quality at facility and community-levels.
  • Report data quality issues to the MEAL Manager/Coordinator.
  • Adhere to the fundamental concepts of data quality.


  • Apply the concept of ‘random sampling’ following instructions/guidelines of a manager.
  • Apply ‘spin-the-bottle’ method used for selection of households in population-based surveys.
  • Implement probability and non-probability sampling techniques as and when appropriate after consulting with manager.
  • Develop sampling frame and carry out sampling following instructions (manager, guidelines).

Qualitative and Quantitative Techniques:

  • Use different qualitative and quantitate methods of data collection including structured/ semi structured interviews, key informant interviews, in-depth interviews, group discussions, focus group discussions and direct observations as an M&E tool. Conduct trainings on qualitative techniques for data collection for MEAL, program and interviewers.
  • Apply the different interview techniques (structured/semi-structured) and use appropriate questionnaires for monitoring purposes as and when appropriate
  • Engage with communities on accountability and conduct community consultations with understanding of social dynamics and ensure data is collected representative of populations.
  • Conduct regular/when required site visits to monitor data collection process to ensure data quality.
  • Develop and use key qualitative tools (observation checklists, guide for group discussion and interviews) for monitoring purposes.
  • Engage with communities on accountability and conduct community consultations.

Mobile and Manual Data Collection:

  • Determine the appropriate data collection tool based on the purpose, advantages and disadvantages of mobile data collection techniques.
  • Provide training to MEAL staff and enumerators on mobile data collection mechanism and software.
  • Install and configure mobile data collection tools (OKD collect, Kobo collect, ONA collect, etc.) on smart phones or tablets
  • Design simple questionnaire using XLS form and configure mobile phones and tablets for mobile data collection.
  • Use smart phones/tablets for data collection

Data Analysis, including use of Statistical Software:

  • Perform data cleaning and ensuring data integrity before data analysis.
  • Perform descriptive univariate and bivariate data analysis using Excel Pivot tables or statistical software.
  • Interpret frequency tables, bi-variate cross tables, the mean and median.

Evaluation Design:

  • Contribute to the preparation of project evaluation and facilitating the field level work.
  • Apply the fundamental principles of evaluation (concepts, purposes and types of evaluations, contribution versus attribution, and counterfactual).
  • Use and supervise quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods of data collection in evaluation.

Techniques for Presenting Information:

  • Communicate clearly the findings of monitoring activities and reviews against targets set by the project.
  • Compile data and indicators at the project’s level for reporting in a clear and concise manner, providing all required information.
  • Possess the skills to use PowerPoint to share results of data analysis and monitoring.

Management and Leadership:

  • Supervise MEAL Assistants, MEAL monitors and survey enumerators at field sites level.
  • Coordinate with the manager/program staff for data collection/MEAL activities.

Capacity Development and Training:

  • Deliver basic training to teams (data collection methods, use of tools, and concepts of M&E).
  • Assess the knowledge change of participants to trainings.

Knowledge Management and Learning:

  • Organize the documentation of the project’s activities, results, and processes.
  • Organize secondary data (internal and external sources).

Community-Based Feedback and Response Mechanism:

  • Adhere to key concepts and commitments regarding accountability to affected populations (AAP), including IASC CAAP, CHS, and Sphere Humanitarian Charter.
  • Ensure that all data collected via the CBFRM has been reported to the manager in a timely manner, by creating a complaints database.
  • Support Accountability officer and/or MEAL Manager/Coordinator in implementing and monitoring the CBFRM, accountability initiatives, and practices across the Mission.
  • Support the implementation of methodologies to consult communities on their preferences based on the operational context.

Conflict Sensitivity:

  • Monitor the general context through regular field visits and report issues affecting beneficiaries and intra-community relations.
  • Conduct community consultations and engage with communities to ensure accountability by applying different interview techniques (structured/semi-structured).
  • Ensure data collected is representative of population and demonstrate an understanding of social dynamics.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required.

Ethical Conduct for IMC Staff:

  • The International Medical Corps maintains a code of standards of conduct that shall govern the performances of its employees engaged in the award and administration of contracts. No employee, officer, or agent shall participate in the selection, award, or administration of a contract supported /by donor funds if a real or apparent conflict of interest would be involved. Such a conflict would arise when the employee, officer, or agent, any member of his or her immediate family, his or her partner, or an organization, which employs or is about to employ any of the parties indicated above, has a financial or other interest in the firm selected for an award. IMC officers, employees, or agents shall neither solicit nor accept gratuities, favors, or anything of monetary value from contractors, or parties to sub-agreements. These standards shall provide for disciplinary actions to be applied for violations of such standards by IMC officers, employees, or agents.

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse:

  • Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps

Compliance & Ethics:

  • Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards. Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. Communicates these values to staff and to partners and requires them to adhere to these values
  • Other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV addressed to “The Human Resource Coordinator, International Medical Corps” to:


  • We are an equal opportunity organization so Borno State-Based candidates are Strongly encouraged to apply for this position
  • Candidates MUST state the position and location they are applying for as the subject of their email, application letter and curriculum vitae should be in a single Microsoft Word Document, otherwise, applications will not be considered.
  • Nigerian nationals only
  • Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted


Application Deadline  25th November, 2020.


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