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Health/RH MEAL Officer at International Rescue Committee (IRC)

International Rescue Committee (IRC)Borno, Nigeria Networking and Tech Support
Full Time
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global humanitarian aid, relief and development nongovernmental organization. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees and those displaced by war, persecution or natural disaster. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities where it resettles refugees and helps them become self-sufficient. Composed of first responders, humanitarian relief workers, international development experts, health care providers, and educators, the IRC has assisted millions of people around the world since its founding in 1933.

Job Overview/Summary

The purpose of the Health/RH MEAL Officer position is to coordinate the collection, compilation, consolidation, and analysis of data to track programs/ projects activities, monitor progress and support impact measurement.  S/he will also conduct development research, engage in reflective practice, and generate lessons from projects/program and prepare MEAL plans for the Health sector.  S/he is responsible for establishing and ensuring better field level data management systems for the core program s/he assigned to and coordinates the proper and timely evaluation of project objectives/impact.  S/he will contribute to the existing client response mechanisms and ensure program staff participation in MEAL activities.  The position holder will closely work with Health sector manager(s), front line staff, and community/facility volunteers.  S/he will also work closely with the MEAL unit on technical matters and reports to the Health and Nutrition MEAL Manager.

Major Responsibilities

Program/project design and learning (20% of time)

  • Participate in program/ project design especially in developing Health log frames and also contribute learning from previous projects.
  • Responsible for the development and continuously update Health project MEAL, and impact measurement tools and systems on timely fashion.
  • Support to develop and make sure all the projects in the Health sector has tested monitoring tools that capture both program activity and indicators progress;
  • Take part in diagnostic studies, evaluations, and surveys.
  • Responsible for organizing periodical ongoing Health level data review, reflective practice, evaluation, and progress monitoring events.
  • With support from the Health and Nutrition MEAL Manager, Health manager(s) and coordinator, establish and maintain project level information management system.
  • Contribute to designing Health strategy to collect field level information required by IRC, donors and/or stakeholders.
  • Responsible for proactively ensuring networking and sharing of lessons from the Health program with strategic partners and other stakeholders including government.

Monitoring and evaluation (50% of time)

  • Responsible for tracking Health progress against monitoring work plans.
  • Responsible for ensuring the on-time execution of Health projects major monitoring and evaluation events including but not limited to baseline survey, mid-term evaluation, final evaluation, data quality audit and field supervision.
  • Responsible for providing technical support to Health staff and partner organization on information management system, proper data collection and record keeping.
  • Responsible for updating Health/RH MEAL plan timely and provide feedback to program staff on status and quality of implementation.
  • Responsible for Health monthly and/or quarterly performance indicator analysis, including generation of reports as well as presentations for staff related to on-going performance.
  • Responsible for conducting Health regular data verification exercises to ensure reporting and collection of quality data.
  • Responsible for verifying Health entered data for completeness, correctness, and consistency and follow up on any data quality issues.
  • Responsible for documenting findings from Health data quality audits and store in project files to ensure collective and sustainable access.
  • Actively participate in and contribute to MEAL team activities, system assessments, development, and implementation of new systems and/or tools aimed at strengthening overall MEAL practices at IRC Nigeria.
  • Accountable for the recruitment of enumerators and support in other surveys including engagement of consultants.
  • Contribute to providing MEAL inputs for Health report writing during project implementation.

Information management and reporting (10% of time)

  • Support in establishing and maintaining Health project information management system.
  • Responsible for submitting Health dataset to update country office wide program database on monthly basis.
  • Support to ensuring all projects have downward/ forward client responsiveness mechanisms and works with project Health staff to make sure its implementation.
  • Responsible for compiling monthly, quarterly, biannual, and annual tabular, and narrative Health reports (as required by project stakeholders) on projects’ accomplishments and alert the management for special deviations from the plan:

Capacity building and supervision (10% of time)

  • Responsible for providing assistance to Health local partners in designing monitoring and reporting tools and establishing database management systems.
  • Responsible for the orientation of Health front line staff, partners’ staff and volunteers on the monitoring tools and train them how to use data for decision making.
  • Accountable for coaching, mentoring, and supervising Health Facilities MEAL focal persons/Recorders.
  • Responsible for her/his subordinate/s in completing performance management activities including performance planning, monitoring, and annual performance appraisals.

Perform other duties assigned by the supervisor (10% of time)

  • Perform other task related assignment proposed by his/her supervisor/s

Key Internal Contacts:

  • Country Program: Borno state MEAL Manager, Adamawa State MEAL Manager, Sector MEAL Officers, Senior MEAL Manager, MEAL Coordinator, Health Coordinator, SAM/FC, CRA Manager, Grants Officers/Managers
  • Region/Global: Health Technical Advisor

Key External Contacts: 

  • Donors, NE Health sector, Government stakeholders



  • Degree in statistics, computer science/information management or any Health and Nutrition related field

Work Experience:

  • At least 2 years’ experience working in monitoring and evaluation preferred.
  • Health background and working with highly vulnerable and displaced people would be added advantage.

Demonstrated Technical Skills:

  • Strong data collection, analysis, and report writing skills required.
  • Ability to work independently, think analytically and take initiative in solving problems.
  • Ability to communicate technical issues effectively.
  • Familiarity with log frame analysis and MEAL plan.
  • A strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with groups of diverse backgrounds.
  • A strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with groups of diverse backgrounds.
  • Most importantly, commitment to IRC values and principles.

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