MEAL Assistants x 2 positions Location Diinsoor and Hudur

Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development

Position: Meal Assistants

Department: AME

Location: Hudur and Diinsor

Direct Hierarchy: Meal Officer

Starting date: December 2023

Background on ACTED

Created in 1993, ACTED is an international non-governmental organization pursuing a dual mandate of emergency response and development interventions in 40 of some of the world’s most vulnerable countries affected by conflicts, disasters, or socio-economic hardship. With a team of 7,000 national staff and 400 international staff, ACTED implements 500 projects a year to support more than 20 million beneficiaries, notably in hard-to-reach areas.

ACTED goes to the last mile through programs and approaches that look beyond the immediate emergency towards opportunities for longer term livelihood reconstruction and sustainable development. Guided by the motto “Think Local, Act Global” and its 3Zero –Zero Exclusion, Zero Carbon, and Zero Poverty – strategy, ACTED puts local territories at the centre and provides a tailored support to local needs.

ACTED is looking for professionally confident, self-motivated, experienced, and committed team player to fill the MEAL Assistants position in Hudur and Diinsoor, Somalia.

Position Profile:

The MEAL Assistant will support the Senior MEAL officer in managing day to day MEAL tasks arising in the Field Office and providing technical support to field teams to ensure effective implementation of the project. He/She

should be responsible for promoting the Acted accountability mechanism and sensitize the community.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Strengthen the monitoring, evaluation and learning system of projects:

  • Participate in the facilitation of training of data collectors.
  • Ensure proper community mobilization and sensitization prior to data collection.
  • Conduct field visits to activity areas and provide regular field visit report.
  • Participate and/or lead surveys during onsite field mission including KAP, PDM, and baseline-end line assessments and as directed by Senior MEAL Officer.
  • Conduct daily debriefing with data collectors and ensure that issues and challenges are reported.
  • Liaise with the Senior MEAL Officer to Identify and obtain any support and advice required for the monitoring activities.
  • Helps in the identification of challenges in monitoring, data collection particularly from women beneficiaries.
  • Participate in regular data verification and audit exercises to assess the quality of data reported and address any variances identified.
  • Assist in promoting learning culture throughout sharing and utilization of learning during project.

Support MEAL team in effective implementation of Acted Accountability Mechanism:

  • In collaboration with Senior MEAL Officer and Senior Accountability Officer, ensure that Accountability Mechanism is effectively implemented in the targeted area’s – ensure boxes and other complaint access point at field level are in place (accessible to both women and men) and are maintained.
  • Ensure that any feedback detected is promptly reported to the accountability officer.
  • Organize and document focus group discussions and awareness rising on AFM.
  • Ensure regular informal feedback from beneficiaries and project stakeholders is collected during his/her field visit, analyzed and timely recorded.
  • Any other task assigned by line manager.

Protection Mainstreaming

  • Promoting of and adhering to Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse policy and guidelines (for site residents, ACTED staff, partner agencies, casual labours).

How to apply

Qualifications/Skills Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in statistics, social sciences, or other relevant discipline.
  • Good numerical, report writing and administration skills.
  • Knowledge of local Somali language is a mandatory requirement.
  • Prior demonstrated 2 years’ experience in a similar field; former experience with humanitarian organizations is a very strong asset.
  • Proficient understanding of MEAL, including the ability to work effectively with tight timelines, high quality standards, and demanding, potentially overlapping priorities.
  • Experience of social research methods to conduct monitoring and evaluation for humanitarian and development initiatives/interventions.
  • Excellent analytical skills to interpret qualitative and quantitative data and discern useful recommendations for programme implementation and development.
  • Proficiency in mobile data collection (design, deployment, and monitoring) is highly desired.
  • Basic statistical analysis and IT skills, including use of SPSS/R/Stata and Excel for data analysis.
  • Good English communications skills (both oral and written).
  • Strong team player of high integrity, pleasant personality, ability to work under least supervision and meet strict deadlines.
  • High level of integrity, transparency, and honesty.

Application Procedure:

Qualified national persons with the required skills are invited to submit their applications accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter as a single document i.e. with the cover letter being on the first page and the CV starting on the second page, detailing three work related referees and contacts to [email protected] and received on or before 5.00PM on 5th December, 2023 with the subject line “MEAL Assistant Hudur or MEAL Assistant Diinsoor (depending on your location). Please only apply for one position. Please do not attach any other documents while sending your applications, if required they will be requested at a later stage.

The applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and may close before the deadline.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ACTED will at no stage of recruitment process request candidate to make payments of any kind. Further, ACTED has not retained any agent in connection with recruitments.

ACTED is committed to protecting beneficiaries within our programmes from exploitation and abuse and any kind of misconduct. ACTED has specific policies, including PSEA and Child Protection, which outlines the expected behaviour and the responsibility of all staff, beneficiaries, consultants and other stakeholders and has zero tolerance towards misconducts. Any candidate offered a job with ACTED will be expected to sign ACTED’s organizational Policies and Code of Conduct as an annex to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.

ACTED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Closing date: 5 Dec 2023