Project Officer – MEAL At Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services 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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Project Officer – MEAL (Nigerian Nationals Only)

Ref: 220000IV1
Location: Abuja (FCT)
Supervisory Responsibilities: none

About Project

  • The CORE Group Partnership Project (CGPP) is a multi-country, multi-partner initiative providing financial support, on-the-ground technical guidance and support to strengthen host country efforts to eradicate polio. The premise of this project is to work through existing networks of international and local NGOs with established child survival activities in high-risk areas of priority countries. A country-level Secretariat coordinates the work of CORE group members in a manner that complements the work of other implementing partners. The work of all CORE members is in support of the national action plan for polio eradication, 5-year health plans and consistent with national MDG goals.

Job Summary

  • Under the guidance of the MEAL Manager, the MEAL Officer will be responsible for all MEAL related activities including, but not limited to monitoring progress on project indicators, M&E tools reviews, tracking and monitoring of state M&E activities, ensuring project target objectives are met, conducting data quality assessments and audits, database management, as well as the compilation of weekly, monthly, and quarterly MEAL related reports.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

  • Under the guidance of the MEAL Manager, contribute to regular analysis of field data from focal states and provide feedback as necessary.
  • Conduct regular monitoring to focal states for data verification to ensure data integrity, precision, reliability, timeliness, and validity.
  • Working closely with the MEAL Manager to track and monitor the implementation of detailed implementation plans (DIPs) developed from the states.
  • Provide support to the state MEAL officers to maintain the functionality of the project’s devices for data reporting.
  • Develop and revise (periodically) the SOP for the project’s device management.
  • With guidance from the MEAL Manager and working with the State MEAL officers, lead the pilot and field test of data tools.
  • Assist in compiling and harmonization annual training plans from states.
  • Prepare Issues Log and keep a record of the Issues addressed, including updating of Change Management Procedure (CMP) tool.
  • Work closely with the MEAL Manager to maintain the project’s database.
  • Ensure the archiving of state reports, DIPs, supervisory visits reports, and filing of blank data tools at the Secretariat.
  • Work closely with the Secretariat Project leads to plan Technical Working Group meetings.
  • Prepare weekly M&E activities status report from states and share them with the management team.
  • Provide inputs to research activities and writing of articles for publications as required.
  • As guided by the management team and working closely with the MEAL Manager, support the planning and implementation of KAP surveys, annual DQA exercise, After Action Reviews and Intervention assessments and evaluations.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None

Key Working Relationships:

  • Secretariat Director, Deputy Secretariat Director, MEAL Manager, RI-PIO, GHSA -PM, MEAL Officers, State Team Leads, Senior MEAL Officer.



Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation, Information Management, Social sciences, or related fields.
  • At least 3-5 years of experience in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning, preferably in humanitarian or development context.
  • Proficient in Excel and experience with Word and PowerPoint.

Required Languages:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required, ability to speak Hausa will be an Advantage.


  • Must be willing and able to travel up to 75% and stay in difficult environments.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English.
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Excellent analytical skills with the ability to detect and report inconsistencies
  • Excellent organizational skills with great attention to detail
  • Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics
  • Proactive, resourceful, solution-oriented and results-oriented
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Ability to multitask and deliver work to tight deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with relevant donors’ regulations is a plus.
  • Proven track record and experience in supporting the development of M&E plan, systems and database using MS office applications (Excel or Access) and software applications.
  • Strong knowledge and proven experience on developing and analyzing logical and conceptual framework.
  • Ability to train Partners and staff on developing and maintaining the M&E system.
  • Demonstrate good knowledge and understanding of the Polio Eradication program.
  • Demonstrable understanding of and commitment to promoting gender equity and the interests of vulnerable people.

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.

  • Integrity.
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation.
  • Builds Relationships.
  • Develops Talent.
  • Strategic Mindset.
  • Accountability & Stewardship.

Application Closing Date
3rd August, 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.
  • CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people – especially children and vulnerable adults – to live free from abuse and harm.
  • CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer
  • Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
  • Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

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