MEAL Assistant

Fixed-Term Contract

Africa AHEAD (AA) is a national NGO founded in 1995 in order to address the needs of urban and rural communities through the Community Health Club (CHC) methodology. The objective of AA is to relieve sickness and poverty and promote good health by empowering communities in Zimbabwe. The organization pioneered the Community Health Club approach and implements rural, urban, developmental, and emergency programs directly in-country, as well as providing a learning base for other countries wishing to start the Community Health Club Program in the country and region.
AA’s vision is to empower women in particular so that, as leaders in a fully functional Community, they are able to effectively control all preventable diseases and substantially alleviate poverty in their areas raising living standards for their families.

Project background
In response to immediate humanitarian needs as well as contribute to the long-term, national strategy of empowering communities and strengthening their resilience to hazards in the future, AA will partner with Action Against Hunger (AAH) in implementing an integrated WASH and Food Security Project in Mashonaland West (Kariba) and Midlands Province (Gokwe North)
AA therefore seeks the services of a Project Manager (PM), District WASH Supervisor (DWS), WASH Officers (WO), and MEAL Assistant. The incumbents will be based in either Gokwe North or Kariba Districts working closely with relevant ministries.

MEAL Assistant x 1
Reporting to: MEAL Manager

Objectives of the position:
Reporting to the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Manager, the MEAL Assistant is responsible for supporting evidence-based programming and strategy by developing and implementing quantitative and qualitative research activities within Africa AHEAD’s programs. Build the M&E capacity of Africa AHEAD project staff and support the implementation of an M&E framework.

Duties and Responsibilities

Main responsibilities:
Responsibility 1- Main Duties:
• Support MEAL Manager in the development, implementation, and administration of program MEAL systems at the district level.
• Capacity building of program staff and volunteers on Monitoring and Evaluation
• Support MEAL Manager in aggregation and dissemination of monitoring and evaluation data and reports internally and externally
Responsibility 2- Specific Responsibilities:
• Manage data collation of accurate and timely data of program activities and consolidate against donor and internal indicators, as per the program MEAL plan, from program-supported activities and sites.
• Ensure weekly and monthly reporting of data in order to follow up the standard project and strategic indicators (Number of beneficiaries, number and type of activities completed)
• Conduct physical verification on the reported status of assets rehabilitated/established in communities.
• Produce weekly, monthly, and quarterly M&E/data reports based on agreed indicators that will guide decision-making and program implementation at the district level
• Contribute to the identification of good practices and lessons learned
• Monitoring the efficient distribution of materials and ensuring that there is proper distribution and requisite documentation.
• Carry out beneficiary satisfaction and feedback assessment and Post post-distribution monitoring where applicable.
• Support development and implementation of the M&E framework and plan\
• Carry out site data validation, data verification, data entry, data analysis, and interpretation.
• Train, guide, and monitor enumerators on how to administer questionnaires and interviews during the survey including testing trail of the questionnaire a few before the real survey commences
• Mainstream cross-cutting issues of gender, safeguarding, child protection, and environment in monitoring and evaluation.
• Establish appropriate community-based monitoring and evaluation systems including complaints/feedback handling mechanisms.
• Compile monthly and quarterly Complaint Response Mechanism (CRM) Reports
• Carry out any other duties as assigned by the line manager.

Qualifications and Experience

• A Minimum of a Degree in Development Studies, Social Sciences, Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation, or any other relevant discipline; A postgraduate qualification is added advantage.
• Post-graduate qualification in Monitoring and Evaluation of cash voucher/transfer interventions a distinct advantage.
• At least 3 years’ experience in rural development programs working for an NGO; Strong appreciation of the importance of rural livelihood components, monitoring and evaluation techniques, and community participation in project activities.
• At least 3+ years of implementing surveys and other research activities within an NGO environment.
• Demonstrated experience in applying quantitative and qualitative /participatory research methods.
• Outgoing personality with excellent communication skills.
• Ability and willingness to travel to rural locations and live in sometimes basic conditions.
• Understanding of mainstreaming principles i.e., Gender, Child Protection, and experience of working on mainstreaming activities.
• Confident presentation and facilitation skills, proven record in provision and facilitation of trainings.
• Knowledge of SPHERE and commitment to humanitarian principles

How to Apply

If you believe you are the right candidate for any of the above positions, please send your detailed curriculum vitae (CV), Applications should be submitted electronically indicating the position you are applying for in the subject line and sent to the address given. All applications should be submitted not later than 22nd September 2023.
E-mail: Applications including at least three traceable referees should be sent electronically to: [email protected]

Africa AHEAD is an equal opportunity employer promoting gender, equity, and diversity. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Africa AHEAD has zero tolerance for any form of harassment and staff are expected to uphold the organizational values and core competencies especially diversity and inclusion, integrity, commitment, and respect for others as our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children and safeguarding employees and communities from Sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse