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National Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer Job
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National Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer Job


  Posted3 Aug 2023  Closing date16 Aug 2023


Open to Internal and External Candidates

Position Title: National Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer

Vacancy Number: SVN/IOMSO/025/2023

Duty Station: IOM Somalia in Nairobi, Kenya

Classification: National Officers Category, Grade NO-B

Type of Appointment: Special Short Term (SST), 9 Months with Possibility of Extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 16 August, 2023

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Internal candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.


Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCoM) and direct supervision of the MEAL Coordinator in Somalia and in coordination with the relevant country office, Headquarters, and the Regional Office (RO) for East and Horn of Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, the MEAL officer will be responsible for supporting all aspects of projects/programmes/strategy Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), the development and implementation of the M&E system to strengthen monitoring and evaluation activities, data collection and analysis, reporting, to facilitate learning and recommend continuous improvements, where necessary.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Maintain and adjust the overall project/programme/strategy Monitoring and Evaluation framework in close coordination with Programme Managers.
  2. Prepare monthly, quarterly, or annual project/programme/strategy reviews, participatory impact assessments, process and operations monitoring, real-time, midterm and final evaluations, and lessons learned workshops while monitoring compliance of M&E arrangements with donor/UN/HQ requirements.
  3. Supervise Monitoring and Evaluation support activities assigned to other staff to facilitate comprehensive and detailed coverage of project/programme/strategy M&E activities through all stages of implementation.
  4. Ensure that risks are assessed, and new ones identified during the regular monitoring of project activities, and where appropriate, ensure that associated Project Risk Register Matrix, and Risk Treatment plans are monitored and regularly reviewed.
  5. Collaborate with IOM units, Implementing Partners and UNCT on both quantitative and qualitative monitoring aspects to provide relevant information for performance management, donor reporting, and evaluations of project/programme/strategy activities, as well as for complying with IOM’s institutional monitoring and reporting requirements, including IOM’s Strategic Results Framework (SRF), PRIMA and the Institutional Questionnaire (IQ).
  6. Draft regular monitoring reports to be shared with relevant stakeholders such as donors/UN agencies and coordinate with the CO’s Public Information Officer with regards to utilisation of M&E findings in Public Information materials. Ensure that monitoring data and reports are uploaded to relevant systems, including PRIMA, and that evaluation reports are made public and available to the main stakeholders and donors as per IOM Evaluation Policy.
  7. Contribute to and facilitate the regular sharing of M&E findings with relevant stakeholders and other IOM offices and departments, and that M&E data/reports are discussed in the appropriate forum in a timely manner, including clarifying discrepancies and clear gaps.
  8. Coordinate the process for identifying the key performance questions, indicators and parameters for monitoring and evaluating performance and achievements, including alignment to and use of the SRF results and indicators.
  9. Participate in selecting and monitoring Implementing Partners’ work that are sub-contracted to conduct surveys and studies required for monitoring and evaluating projects/programme/strategy, in line with procedural M&E and reporting guidance to be included in service providers’ contracts.
  10. Review the availability and quality of existing social and economic data related to the project/programme/strategy area, the methods for collecting them and the degree to which they can provide baseline statistics and reference for project/programme/strategy monitoring and evaluation.
  11. Participate in activities with external partners, UN and donors to facilitate access to M&E data to stakeholders. Undertake regular travel to the field in coordination with relevant IOM staff and/or partners to support implementation of M&E and to discuss corrective measures when needed.
  12. Participate in the development of projects/programmes in the framework of IOM global strategies, the SRF, CO’s Strategy, Consolidated Appeal and other strategic plans, in coordination with the programme, operational and resource management staff. Verify that budgets include necessary resources for M&E activities, including for conducting evaluations.
  13. Keep abreast of developments in IOM’s Evaluation and Monitoring and Results-Based Management (RBM) functions to ensure compliance with IOM strategies and institutional monitoring and reporting requirements, including for the SRF, the IQ, PRIMA, and other regional M&E planning tools.
  14. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Master’s Degree in Project Management, Business Administration, International Relations, Political Science, Security Management, Development Studies, Education, Information Technology (ICT), Law or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University Degree in the above field with four years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience in designing, delivering, or advising on Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) for development programmes in fragile and conflict-affected environments is required.
  • Experience with adaptive monitoring and evaluation approaches and tools to support evidence-based adaptation is required;
  • Experience in development monitoring and evaluation tools and systems to measure transformative change in social norms and/or gender and social inclusion is an asset.
  • Experience in leading the development, testing and refining of programme theories of change for complex programmes involving multiple partners is a significant advantage.
  • Experience in capacity-building activities, including design and delivery of trainings.
  • Familiarity with financial and business administration.
  • Experience in organizing consultations, workshops and seminars with high level stakeholders.
  • In-depth knowledge of the broad range of migration-related subject areas dealt with by the Organization.
  • Experience working for/with international development agencies overseas, engaging and managing multiple stakeholders is a significant advantage; and
  • Experience working with programmes engaged with security and justice reform, including both state and non-state/customary systems is a significant advantage.


  • Technical expertise in the areas of security and justice reform; gender and social inclusion; gender-based violence; and/or women, peace and security is a significant advantage.
  • Developing and/or delivering mixed-method research methodologies in complex environments is a significant asset.
  • Knowledge of Somalia, including socioeconomic and political context, an advantage.
  • Strong writing and research skills.
  • Negotiation and diplomatic skills.
  • Knowledge of IOM resource management rules and procedures; and knowledge of IOM procurement and logistics management and procedures and asset.
  • High degree of judgment and initiative, ability to work with a high degree of independence within assigned areas.
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills; and,
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of diverse cultural and national backgrounds.


  • For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written).
  • Working knowledge of Somali is an advantage.

Required Competencies


  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintain high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – Behavioural indicators – Level 2

  • Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the Organization’s vision. Assists others to realize and develop their leadership and professional potential.
  • Empowering others: Creates an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Building Trust: Promotes shared values and creates an atmosphere of trust and honesty.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: Works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
  • Humility: Leads with humility and shows openness to acknowledging own shortcomings.

Note: Position based in Nairobi, Kenya, with frequent travel to Somalia.


Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this special vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.

Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighbouring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighbouring country located within commuting distance, and work permit, as applicable.

How to apply

If you are interested, please submit your CV and Cover Letter via email with the subject of position title and SVN number to recruitmentsomalia@iom.int before the closing date.

No Fees: IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training, or other fee).

Posting period:

From 03.08.2023 to 16.08.2023

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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