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[Job Vacancy] Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator at United Purpose (UP)

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United Purpose (UP) is an international development organisation that works to sustainably reduce poverty and improve the lives of some of the world’s poorest communities. Established in 1976, the organisation has nine country programmes in Africa, Asia & South America.In Nigeria, UP has been working for almost two decades with local partners and rural communities in the country’s South East. We implement projects funded by major international donors that aim to address gender inequalities and rights abuses, improve sanitation and access to water, foster accountability, preserve vital ecosystems and develop sustainable livelihoods.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator

Location: Makurdi, Benue

Job Description

We are looking for a dynamic, proactive and results-oriented Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator to lead the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) for the Scaling Rural Women Entrepreneurs for Community-Led Digital Adaptation & Resilience in Africa (RWE) Project in Benue and Cross River States in Nigeria.
RWE Project, which will be implemented in Nigeria, Kenya, and Malawi, combines the lessons learned in Bangladesh from the women-led social enterprise model and the collaborative development practices honed through the GIZ-funded Mobilizing Rural Women Entrepreneurs for COVID-19 Response and Recovery in Rural Bangladesh project.
Via the digilab Scaling Lab sprint process, United Purpose-Self Help Africa (UP-SHA) has been working with the digilab and GIZ staff in various departments and across Africa over the last nine months to explore and codevelop the foundation for scaling the RWE approach in Africa.
The 12-month pilot will take an adaptive approach to implement the model, evolving at each stage to respond to the unique contexts and demands of the three proposed pilot countries.
Women’s Business Centres (WBCs) have been a growing platform for digital service delivery in remote regions that respond directly to chronic disconnection of the most under-resourced members of rural communities.
As women-led organisations, WBCs offer access to skill development opportunities and aggregation services in a friendly, safe, and trusted environment which fosters community and well-being.
As the network of entrepreneurs has grown, they have also created new access to digital resources and, more recently, have begun offering fee-for-service training and services to their communities by facilitating access to the growing number of mobile applications developed by both the public and private sectors.
While the introduction of digital service delivery and eLearning is not new in many rural contexts, what is unique is the skilled facilitatory capacity of the WBC entrepreneurs as community leaders and the robust business models which support and sustain new and innovative business ideas. In order to scale this model, the pilot will seek to engage with and strengthen existing community structures, identifying key women entrepreneurs who can lead cooperative social enterprise centres in the WBC model.
The MEAL Coordinator will contribute to the implementation of activities for the Scaling Rural Women Entrepreneurs for Community-Led Digital Adaptation & Resilience in Africa project.
This innovative pilot is testing the relevance and efficacy of a women-led social enterprise model for digital health service delivery in Nigeria.
Using a range of participatory mixed methods, the project will map existing market systems in Benue and Cross River states, evaluate care seeker needs, and build marketing strategies from consumer needs, best practices, and contextual perspectives.
The pilot will work collaboratively with these entrepreneurs to create market-based strategies and approaches to identify and respond to contextual opportunities in food security, nutrition, WASH, family planning and beyond, integrating their existing business activities in such a way that they are able to build lasting connections and incentives as well as adaptive local structures that are increasingly resilient to disruptions in global supply chains created by the interlinked food and climate crises.
The MEAL Coordinator will be responsible for the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation strategies, frameworks, and tools that will ensure accurate and timely information and feedback to stakeholders, and for planning and conducting data quality assurance and monitoring activities.
This position will be based in Benue with frequent travels to Cross River State and other locations within the country.

Technical M&E lead and advice:

Develop and adopt M&E tools for measuring and reporting against progress and impact indicators.
Identify community-derived impact indicators using participatory methods.
Provide technical support in developing/refining participatory assessment tools.
Visit project sites for monitoring and quality assurance of water point construction and repairs.
Monitoring and data checks on digital health service delivery via Primary Healthcare Clinics to ensure reporting compliance.
Work collaboratively with other programmes to strengthen integration and cross-learning in the country programme and with Donors.
Contribute to updating the log frame and results against programme indicators with more detailed input provided towards preparing annual reports.
Conduct participatory data gathering and analysis focus groups with various stakeholders involved in the project.
Jointly define market assessment strategies with community partners and other project staff.
Represent the project to community partners and stakeholders.

Training and supporting partners:

Capacity building of partners and local government authorities.
To supervise regular data collection and ensure the quality of the data through verifications and validations.
Provide feedback to staff on project performance based on data collected and findings, and lead partner staff in reviewing project plans as part of the learning and sharing process.


Provide regular updates reports as per the guidance of the Project Manager, summarising the progress made in project implementation, lessons learned, recommendations for improvement, and case studies.

Documentation and learning:

Set up and manage the Program Monitoring & Evaluation and learning system for UP-SHA while ensuring adequate technical capacity to enhance the system’s performance to achieve optimal project reporting.
Participate in regular meetings with key stakeholders at the community/civil society/Local Government level, ensuring a common understanding of the project’s objectives and outcomes.

Team management:

Supervise and provide guidance to the Project team (M & E Officers & Field Facilitators), implement performance planning and tracking for team members.
Maintain periodic/schedule coordination and project progress review meeting with the team members.
Ensure Safeguarding at all levels of project implementation.
Ensure coordination and teamwork and cohesive team spirit amongst the team’s members.
Other reasonable duties may be assigned to you that are consistent with the job and its level of responsibility. These will require pre-approval by your line manager.

Education and other Qualifications

Master’s Degree in a relevant subject, or demonstrable work experience in Monitoring and Impact Evaluation, Qualitative and Quantitative research methods, or Marketing Analytics.
Respect for cultural diversity and gender sensitivity.
Ability to work under pressure.
Knowledge of the current M&E trends and especially M&E systems in development organisations.
Effective communication, problem-solving and decision-making skills.


At least 5 years of experience in Monitoring and Evaluation in the development sector
Experience in participatory learning and analysis methods
Knowledge and understanding of project monitoring and evaluation, including data management tools
Must be a good team player, honest, dependable and willing to be flexible with work hours
Experience in working with culturally diverse teams.


Project management and implementation
Monitoring and evaluation
Good technical writing skills, presentation, facilitation, abilities for synthesis
Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented
Reporting and documentation.
Skills in ICT operation, and proficiency in using MS Office
Good training, mentoring, and coaching skills (supervising enumerators and field staff)

Language Requirements:

Written and oral proficiency in English and the relevant local language (Tiv, pidgin English) is required.


How to ApplyInterested and qualified candidates should send their CV and Cover Letter to: [email protected] using the Job Title and Location as the subject of the mail.

Application Deadline  12th January, 2023.


In the cover letter (not more than 2 pages), please ensure to explain the following:

Why you are applying for the position
How do your skills and experiences meet the job’s specification
When will you be able to take up the position if successful?

You are advised to apply early, as applications will be treated on a rolling basis.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Any candidate offered a job with the SHA or UP will be expected to sign SHA or UP’s Safeguarding Policies and Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.