MEAL Specialist (Re-advertised) At Danish Refugee Council

Danish Refugee Council is one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, working in more than 40 countries to provide adequate assistance with a rights-based approach to refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, returnees and migrants. DRC is currently looking for a highly qualified Spanish and English-speaking Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Specialist for its country office in Venezuela. This is an opportunity for an experienced professional to support DRC’s emergency response in Venezuela.

DRC established operational presence in Venezuela in 2019 to meet the urgent needs of internally displaced people and vulnerable host communities. DRC is currently scaling up its response in Venezuela through an integrated programming. Primarily based on protection activities (protection monitoring, individual protection assistance, community-based protection, prevention and response to Gender Based Violence (GBV), legal assistance and case management), the response also includes growing components of Economic Recovery, with current food security (including support to small scale agriculture) and livelihoods activities (employability, T-VET). DRC is currently active in Apure, Zulia and Sucre, both through direct and indirect implementation, with a strong capacitybuilding component.

Overall purpose of the role:

  • Lead and coordinate the development of the team’s strategy and work plan, as well as coordinate and mentor the technical professional needs of other team members.
  • Play the lead role in developing and implementing the organisation’s research and evaluation agenda and leading the commissioning and management of strategic global evaluations.
  • Act as the organisation’s lead authority on matters relating to MEAL across the organization, supporting colleagues at headquarter and field levels as appropriate.

Main responsibilities

Quality Management:

  • Responsible for the development of log frames, MEAL plans in pursuit of high impact and cost-effective program strategies and activities.
  • Participate in project Kick-off meetings, review meetings and close-out meetings to highlight cross-project components aimed at replicating good practices and strengthening synergies between projects or programs.
  • Develop and maintain global log frame for all programmes.
  • Manage joint cross-sectoral assessments, evaluations, baseline, and end line studies etc.

Programme Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning:

  • Develop and continuously update accountability strategy and lead on implementation of programme wide feedback and complaint mechanisms.
  • Ensure that DRC’s team members are supporting all efforts towards accountability, specifically to beneficiaries and in line with international standards, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of DRC projects.
  • Ensure the development of appropriate monitoring, tracking and reporting systems, tools and templates that enhance monitoring of program outputs and quality, generate quality evidence on program outcome and promote and ensure use of data for decision-making processes.
  • Develop and improve systems that strengthen DRC’ ability to analyze, improve, and represent impact internally and externally and most of all to communities themselves.
  • Design and manage evaluations in compliance with DRC evaluation policy, from development of ToRs, to advising management on approval of final report, to dissemination of evaluation.
  • Regularly present key findings to the Senior Management Team for further development.

Capacity building:

  • Provide timely and high-quality advice to programme managers and staff as required;
  • Capacity build, train and support sectors and field staff to improve the field monitoring or any other MEAL needs.
  • Give technical supervision to the MEAL team.
  • Proactively support and advice on recruitment and induction of MEAL and relevant programme and project staff.

Consortium Coordination

  • Act as focal point for all DRC MEAL related issues in consortia.
  • Ensure coordination of data collection and compiling.
  • Act as DRC focal point for baseline study, midterm and final evaluation for consortia.

As Specialist the post-holder is responsible for the following:

  • Responsible for providing specialized knowledge and operational know-how within a specific discipline
  • May also have technical line responsibilities, but generally on technical or operational matters

Reports to: Head of programme

No direct reports. Technical line supervision: Regional MEAL.

Required experience and competencies.

  • At least 3 years’ experience in relevant field.
  • Master’s degree in relevant field.
  • Proven experience in effectively working with a variety of donors’ requirements including ECHO, EU, BHA and UN agencies.
  • Proven ability to create and utilize qualitative and quantitative M&E methods and analyses in organizational planning.
  • Familiarity with humanitarian principles and practices
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Stable, moral, and robust character and a good team player
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Proven commitment to accountability practices
  • High personal and professional integrity


  • Full professional proficiency in English.
  • Full professional proficiency in Spanish.

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:
• Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.
• Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
• Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
• Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.
• Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

We offer:
• Designation of Duty Station: Caracas
• Nonfamily duty station and non-accompanied
• Accommodation: Shared guest house paid by DRC in the duty station.
• Start date: October/November 2023
• Contract Length: 12 months renewable depending on funding and performance.
• Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment: Level G – Non manager.

Application process: Applications must be submitted through this page by clicking Apply button. All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than two 2 pages) in English. No application sent by email will be accepted. For information about the position, please contact DRC Country Director [email protected] – or DRC HR Team Leader [email protected].

Closing date for applications: October 15th, 2023. Please note that the applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


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