Project Officer- Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) at Catholic Relief Services – CRS

Job Description

About CRS: “Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partner’s people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.”


In Ethiopia, CRS has a long and rich history of providing emergency relief and development assistance to the people of Ethiopia since 1958. At present, CRS/Ethiopia implements multiple projects through different partner organizations. CRS/Ethiopia has a highly diverse portfolio currently focusing on community-based food and livelihood security through activities in agriculture, health, peacebuilding, WASH, emergency relief, and savings and lending. CRS is active in nearly all regions of Ethiopia: Tigray, Amhara, Oromia, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR), Somali, Benishangul Gumuz, Afar, and Dire Dawa Regions.


CRS strictly adheres to its Policy on Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults among its staff, consultants, volunteers, and affiliates. CRS is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer: women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


As part of the CRS family, you will join the more than 5000 strong and vibrant individuals working globally to accomplish the mission of CRS. CRS/Ethiopia invites you, the qualified candidate, to apply for the following position;

Announcement: Internal/External
Position Title : Project Officer- Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL)
Job Grade: VII
Duty Station: Adama (1) & Shashemene (1)
Required Number: 2
Employment term: Indefinite period contingent up on funding of the LRO program
Reports to: Program Manager I-MEAL
Application Deadline January 26, 2020

Job Summary

As a member of the MEAL LRO project team, you will monitor and report on all project activities in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable. Your thorough and service-oriented approach will ensure that the project consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve.

Job Responsibilities:

  •  Support the coordination and implementation of MEAL activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS MEAL standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Assist partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences and
  • Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and assisting partners in their efforts to collect and analyze project data per specified mechanisms and tools. Collaborate with local partner(s) to prepare reports per established reporting schedule and quality standards.
  • Collect information on staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of partner organizations. Monitor capacity building and technical support activities to ensure effective impact.
  • Complete project documentation for assigned activities. Identify information for case studies and reports on promising practices.
  • Assist staff and partners in proper utilization of MEAL tools for their project activities
  • Coordinate the implementation of program evaluations/assessments such as baseline and annual surveys, mid-term and final evaluations/reviews, and special studies and operations research

Job Requirements

Education and Experience

  • MA/MSC or BA/BSC Degree in a related field of study
  • 2 years of relevant experience for MA or 4 years relevant experience for BA degree
  • Experience in the field of MEAL and for an NGO would be a plus.
  • Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement
  • Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).


Personal Skills

  • Observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment
  • Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners and community members
  • Attention to details, accuracy, and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities
  • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented


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.

  • Trusting Relationships
  • Professional Growth
  • Partnership
  • Accountability

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