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  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Social Accountability (MELSA) Officer at Oxfam

  • Posted on: 14 November, 2018 Deadline: 23 November, 2018
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  • Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations (affiliates) committed to creating a just world without poverty. In Nigeria Oxfam works in the areas of Economic Justice/Sustainable Livelihoods, Humanitarian Programming to save lives, Advancing Gender Justice and Good Governance, adopting a right based approach.

    Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Social Accountability (MELSA) Officer


    Job Family: Program
    Contract Type: One (1) Year Fixed Term
    Reporting Lines: Post holder reports to: State Coordinator
    Oxfam Purpose: To work with others to find lasting solutions to poverty and suffering.
    Budget Responsibility: None although this might change

    Team Purpose

    • To deliver Oxiam’s strategic and operational emergency/resilient food security and livelihood priorities in Nigeria and ensure innovative and quality programme which is shared within Nigeria, the West Africa Region and beyond.

    Job Purpose

    • To assume a technical role in implementing, and maintaining effective and appropriate Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning systems for all project activities in Taraba State.
    • The post will involve coordination with CSO partners and state teams, and in line with Eli reporting requirements, and with Oxfam Common Approach to Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Social Accountability (CAMSA) guidelines and best practices.

    Key Responsibilities

    • The state Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Social Accountability Officer will perform the following specific duties:
    • Based on the project proposal, implementation plan, and donor reporting requirements, implement the system for capturing and documenting data and relevant information on project activities, beneficiaries, outputs, outcomes, and impacts, which is feasible, practical, and “user friendly”, and will obtain valid and reliable information.
    • Ensure an effective MEAL data collection and reporting system with all partners through mentorship, on the job training, site visits and other technical support as needed. Ensure systems are well understood and properly implemented by all partners.
    • Work with partners and state teams to maintain reporting processes to ensure that all information and data is collected, documented, and collated in an accurate and timely manner.
    • Support the conduct of periodic supportive supervision and Data Quality Assessment visits to state teams, partners, and communities
    • Facilitate the sharing of information obtained with communities, and other stakeholders through a regular feedback mechanism.
    • Ensure project implementation is aligned to targets and indicators contained in project proposal
    • Constantly update project CSO partners and State teams on activities progress
    • Support the CSO Project Coordinator to implement, monitor expenditure and budget appropriately, ensuring timely disbursement, activities, reporting, and documentation, monitoring variances and troubleshooting as needed
    • Provide on-going support to partners, and communities to maintain MEAL systems; identify skill gaps that can be addressed in subsequent trainings.
    • Analyse information about the project and make recommendations for improvement.
    • Prepare and submit monthly reports in ensuring utmost quality
    • Update project database routinely as at when required
    • Support monthly data review meetings in States
    • Work closely with the Abuja based MELSA Officer to ensure that all project reporting and MEAL framework and systems are effectively implemented and that required information and reports are submitted accurately and on time
    • Supports state teams in establishing knowledge creation and sharing and learning loops, through for instance production of case studies, presentation of key results for monitoring and evaluation activities, and facilitation of learning reviews
    • Any other duties as may be assigned by the State Project Manager and/or The Abuja based MELSA Officer

    Skills And Competence
    Essential Criteria:

    • Level of Education - Bachelor’s Degree
    • Substantial training and experience in designing MEAL systems, in particular:
      • For grassroots community programs that support women small scale farmers and families through local groups and structures.
      • For programs that address issues affecting small scale farmers and families affected by food and nutrition insecurity.
      • That capture accurate and relevant information, but which are user-friendly and can be managed by non-IT experts
      • That captures both qualitative and quantitative information.
      • That will be used and coordinated by multiple levels of staff, partners, and community groups, across multiple geographical areas of operation.
      • That complies with all EU and Oxfam reporting requirements.
    • Involvement in agriculture projects, and/or those involving families and women.
    • Involvement in projects utilizing grass-roots approaches and addressing issues of power, diversity, exclusion, participation, and gender.
    • Proven ability to prepare timely and accurate reports and well-written documents.
    • Strong training and facilitation skills for various groups at multiple skill levels.
    • Excellent analytical, conceptual and strategic planning skills
    • Proven ability to multi-task, engages in long- term planning, meet deadlines, and handle last-minute demands.
    • Language Requirements: Excellent in both oral and written English language
    • Level of IT Expertise: Excellent (SPSS, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

    Desirable Criteria:

    • Degree
    • Experience developing or using M&E systems in projects with agriculture components and/or interventions:
    • Knowledge of Hausa (spoken) is a plus.
    • At least 4 years experience on a similar role

    Based on the National Salary Scale of Nigeria Country Office Level: D2.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should please send an Application Letter and Curriculum Vitae as one attachment to: with the position title as the subject of the email.


    • Applications not sent in the required format will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for assessment and interview.
    • Interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately as due to the urgency of this position applications will be reviewed as received, as such suitable candidates may be shortlisted and interviewed prior to closing date.

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