Desired start date:ASAP
Duration of the mission:6 months
ABOUT THE MISSION IN LEBANON
Lebanon hosts about 1.5 million Syrian refugee, mainly in its northern governorate (Akkar and Tripoli) and in the Bekaa Valley. SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL (SI) has launched its operations in Lebanon in March 2013 in order to address the immediate needs of both Syrian refugee and Lebanese host families also affected by the crisis.
Solidarités International’s mission in Lebanon has two operational bases (Tripoli and Zahle) and a coordination office in Beirut.
The expatriate team consists of 10 staff members, while the national team represents about 140 staff members.
The mission’s overall budget reached 8 MUSD in 2016. Tripoli base counted for 70% of this amount and Zahle base for 30%.
Key areas of intervention for the mission are the following:
- Emergency WASH service provision in informal settlements (UNICEF funding)
- Outreach and shelter and WASH rehabilitation in SSB (ECHO funding)
- WASH infrastructure development (EuropeAid)
- Multi-scale urban approach (OCHA, UN-HABITAT)
- Mapping of informal settlements (MEDAIR / UNHCR)
ABOUT THE JOB…
Within the Lebanon mission, the MEAL Manager supports the e Deputy Country Director in charge of Operations to ensure that the MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning) strategy of the mission is implemented. He/she:
- Supervises the department’s team
- Implements and pursues the objectives of the department
- Contributes to the centralization and harmonization of MEAL tools and processes on the mission
- Provides a methodological support to all program teams on technical questions linked to MEAL and cross-cutting issues (e.g. measure of indicators)
- Leads on evaluation, accountability and learning activities
- In collaboration with the DCD Operations and program teams, looks over the quality and relevance of internal monitoring and evaluation activities, recommendations and analysis produced
- Provides support training of program teams within his/her fields of expertise
- Contributes to institutional knowledge building and improvement of MEAL methods and techniques
THE MAIN CHALLENGES OF THE POSITION ARE:
- The MEAL Team being small (4 people, Manager included), the Manager will have to be very flexible and often do the task him/herself (e.g. recruitment and management of enumerators, writing of report etc.) when it is not possible to delegate
- The SI Lebanon mission does not have a Technical Advisor in country; technical support will be provided by the HQ MEAL Advisor (remotely) based on requests.
- Overall, the MEAL Manager needs thus to be independent.
- Participate in developing a sector-based strategy (M&E, accountability, gender, do no harm) in accordance with SI’s policies and priorities for the intervention country
- Participate in programming work.
Monitoring and Evaluation of SI programs
- Lead on the elaboration and review of the MEAL Plan as well as harmonization of M&E tools
- Lead all evaluation activities in the mission (methodological approach, data collection, analysis and report writing)
- Check relevance of reports, analysis, maps and recommendations produced
- Propose adjustments, new activities to improve the quality of the operations or approaches, in consultation with PMs and program / technical coordinators
- Upon ad hoc request from the program / technical coordinator, perform advanced analysis
- Contribute to terms of references for external evaluations and studies.
Training and technical support
- Work in close collaboration with the Information Management (IM) to offer a coherent and comprehensive technical support to SI Program teams
- Develop program teams’ capacities in the department’s field of expertise: data analysis, measurement of indicators, complaint response mechanism, do no harm analysis etc. Develop training modules along with HoP and IM Department
- Provide program teams with a technical and methodological support for Monitoring activities (questionnaire design, sampling, extraction of useful data and interpretation) and integration of cross-cutting issues
- Make sure that new staffs are briefed on MEAL’s roles and responsibilities.
- Lead the design, roll out and improvement initiatives of complaints response mechanisms
- Check that the key principles of the mechanism are respected
- Produce regular analysis of the complaints and feedbacks received
- Monitor the effectiveness of referrals within SI and externally
- Propose solution to improve complaints and referrals systems
Institutional Knowledge Building (IKB)
- Build on institutional knowledge on M&E activities and missions’ results (lessons learnt and recommendations) and make sure these are known by PMs
- Support recommendation tracking process and work on action plans
- Use SI’s IKB tools to document MEAL tools and methodologies/approaches
- Produce a detailed handover report in the approved SI format at the end of the employment
- Recruit & Manage the MEAL Team
- Participate in the evaluation and in the assessment of the performance of collaborators under his/her supervision
- Identify training needs.
Reporting / communication / representation
- Participate in writing project proposals and reports’ paragraphs on crosscutting issues and MEAL.
- Make sure the right formats and delays are respected
- Represent SI when asked and/or delegated to do so
- Upon request, develop articles, case studies and success stories
- Share with the appropriate authority any information on the security context and any event which may have consequences on SI activities and team safety.
- Advance university degree (BA) in research/statistics, development & humanitarian studies, social sciences or equivalent
- Minimum 2 years with INGO specialized in Humanitarian assistance
- Minimum 2 years’ experience in MEAL
- Previous experience as a Manager
- Previous experience with WaSH & Shelter programs an asset
- Previous experience in the Middle East and/or Lebanon an asset
Technical skills and knowledge:
- Experience with both qualitative and quantitative methods
- Strong analytical skills
- Strong writing skills (English)
Soft skills and spirit:
- Problem solving skills
- Autonomy and capacity of initiative
- Diplomacy and coordination skills
- Ability to work under pressure, with peaks of heavy workloads;
- Fully fluent English: excellent speaking, reading and writing skills
- French and Arabic an asset
- Commitment to the fundamental principles of SI’s charter and ethos.
In Beirut, the guesthouses and the office are located in close by buildings. The guesthouses are 3 bedroom apartments, fully furnished and comfortable.
Vehicles are available if you have a valid driving licence, for evening and week-end. Lebanon is a safe country you can discover by yourself.
Beirut is a very modern city, where you can find all kind of restaurants, shops, international libraries, bars, cinemas, etc… All common goods and amenities are available on all bases.
We have guesthouses available in 2 other Lebanese cities, Zahle and Tripoli, available on weekends.
SI WILL OFFER YOU
A salaried post: according to experience from 2200 euros gross per month (2000 euros base salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly)
+100€/year of humanitarian experience at the same position
+50€/year of experience at a humanitarian position which has helped to reach the current level
and a monthly per diem of 750 USD.
Vacation: during the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 750 USD allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités will cover travel costs).
Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.
For further information about Solidarités International, please consult our website:http://www.solidarites.org/en/
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