CRS announces vacancy for MEAL Manager. Interested candidates can apply for the job. Read the full article below for the job details.
Roles and Key Responsibilities
- Provide management, guidance, technical oversight and hands-on support when required for MEAL in all new and existing projects within the CP program areas throughout the project cycle to ensure project design, start-up, implementation, and close-out are in line with CRS quality principles and standards; MEAL policies, procedures, and practices; donor MEAL guidelines, and industry best practices. Ensure MEAL technical leadership extends to Country Program strategic priorities, including measuring the impact of influence, localization and capacity-strengthening of partners.
- Effectively manage talent for MEAL and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff wellbeing. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance management for direct reports.
- Champion the development of program learning, identify opportunities for learning, research and publications in Nepal CP program areas and implementation of MEAL policy. Facilitate the dissemination of promising practices and lessons learned to contribute to the agency knowledge management agenda.
- Promote the application of learning to improve program quality and to strengthen agency influence among external stakeholders. Ensure integration of MEAL-related innovations and best practices.
- Contribute to the proactive pursuit of opportunities for new funding to ensure growth of the CP program areas portfolio in line with agency, regional, and CP strategic priorities. Serve as the MEAL technical lead and technical writer to ensure quality proposals per agency and donor standards. Provide guidance and technical oversight for the design of project and sectoral theories of change, results frameworks, and Proframes. Contribute to MEAL budgeting and staffing plans and activities for proposals.
- Provide management, guidance, technical oversight and hands-on support when required for the development and implementation of high-quality MEAL systems and processes, including ICT4MEAL and the application of responsible data principles as per agency and donor requirements in the CP program areas. Promoting MEAL policies and industry good practices, champion the analysis and use of project performance data to inform decision-making and identify lessons learned. Facilitate connections between colleagues and peers to generate and share evidence-based learning and documentation.
- Provide management, guidance, technical oversight and hands-on support when required for project or program evaluation events and research, including the development of terms of reference or study protocols that include evaluation/learning questions, a balance of qualitative and quantitative methods, appropriate consideration of ethical and data protection standards, and the necessary technical rigor. Oversee the quality of evaluation data through good data management. Support the identification, recruitment and management of external evaluators or research partners to ensure high-quality evaluation, research and learning.
- Ensure improvement of the agency’s accountability to all programs and diversified range of stakeholders through increased participation that protects constituent privacy and rights; responsive feedback, complaints and response mechanisms; and adherence to internal and external quality standards and requirements.
- Oversee MEAL-related technical assistance and capacity strengthening activities for CRS Nepal staff and partner organizations to enhance program quality and impact.
- Oversee the identification, assessment and strengthening of partnerships relevant to MEAL in the CP and the appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches.
- Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to project MEAL needs. Through planning and oversight, ensure efficient use of project resources for MEAL.
- Master’s Degree in International Development, International Relations, Economics, Statistics is required.
- Minimum of 5 years’ of work experience in project management as the senior MEAL focal point isrequired and minimum of two years’ experience in a Managerial role in the field of MEAL is required.
- Experience contributing to the development of technical proposals is required.
- Demonstrated experience strengthening capacity of partner staff and partner organizational systems in MEAL.
- Demonstrated experience with Information Communication Technology (ICT) for MEAL is required.
- Demonstrated experience in developing project-level theories of change, evidence-based learning to inform scaling strategies and measuring the impact of partner capacity strengthening is required.
- Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment is required.
- Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems is required.
Required Languages: Excellent written and spoken English and Nepali
Travel: Must be willing and able to travel up to 40% to CRS project locations.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with ability to make sound judgment and decisions and offer innovative solutions
- Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
- Good presentation and facilitation skills
- Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented
- Good experience in project grants management, including project design, preferably for grants from multiple public donors, including USAID.
- Demonstrated ability to write high quality technical proposals.
- Candidates with GESI diversity is a plus, including gender (female, other); marginalized groups; persons with disability; and, origin from geographically marginalized location.
- Local expertise w/ permanent address in project district and local language competency is a plus.
- MEAL experience in international NGO or government organization is preferred.
- MEAL experience measuring the impact of influence and localization is preferred.
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
- Continuous Improvement & Innovation
- Builds Relationships
- Develops Talent
- Strategic Mindset
- Accountability & Stewardship
Supervisory Responsibilities: Kathmandu-based MEAL staff and technical supervision to Project-based MEAL staff
Key Working Relationships
Internal: Country Representative, Deputy Head of Programming, F2F MEAL Coordinator, DRR and Emergency Response Advisor, Livelihoods Technical Advisor, Project Managers/Directors, Project/Technical Coordinators, Project Officers, MEAL Officers, RTA-MEAL and the broader CRS MEAL community, Sr. MEAL Officer-HRRP, Communication Coordinator.
External: Local partner staff, community members, government, NGO and donor representatives, consultants
MEAL Competencies (for CRS MEAL Program Staff)
Each staff member in this position is expected to have advanced knowledge and ability and can apply the following competencies in new or complex situations. Guides other professionals:
- MEAL in Design
- Analysis and Critical Thinking
- Management in MEAL
Each staff member in this position is expected to have solid knowledge and ability and can apply the following competencies with minimal or no guidance, in the full range of typical situations, while requiring guidance to handle novel or more complex situations
CRS is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.
CRS Nepal started its operational presence in Nepal in response to the 2015 earthquake with emergency support to over 19,000 households in collaboration with local partners. CRS later transitioned to recovery and resilience programming in Gorkha and Okhaldhunga districts, supporting over 23,000 HHs through shelter, livelihoods, and community infrastructure ensuring accountability to beneficiaries through a robust feedback mechanism. In 2020, CRS expanded its recovery and resilience program to Kavrepalanchok and provided emergency response for COVID-19 in Palpa, Gorkha and Kavrepalanchok with activities on WASH, Food, Socio-Economic assistance, and support to the migrant workers in quarantine centers. In 2021, CRS expanded its earthquake recovery and resilience programming to other earthquake-affected districts to support the most vulnerable households through the Resilient Communities through the Vulnerable Earthquake Recovery (ReCoVER) Program and Lamjung Recovery Project. CRS Nepal has been providing Reconstruction and shelter coordination support to the government of Nepal through the leadership of the National/Nepal Housing and Settlements Resiliency Platform (NHSRP), previously known as Housing Recovery and Reconstruction Platform (HRRP) since March 2017. CRS is also implementing the USAID Farmer to Farmer program which provides technical assistance from US agriculture experts to organizations in Nepal to improve productivity, improve access to markets, and build local capacities. This aligns with CRS Nepal’s continuing shift to resilience and development programming, with pilot programs in value chains and support for local agriculture systems. Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) and Safeguarding have been focus areas of all CRS programming in Nepal with advances made in HR systems, community participation, and organizational dynamics.
Application Deadline: 25th July,2022