MEAL Coordinator

at Protection International
Published July 10, 2024
Location Brussels, Belgium
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  
Base Salary € 59,432
Salary Units Year


PI aims to cultivate a culture of knowledge and learning within the organisation with the ability to capture our impacts on the ground and assess our progress towards our 5-year Global Strategy Framework and our Theory of Change. Currently, PI has had various ways in informally and formally identifying key performance indicators in order to measure our successes and to hold ourselves accountable with each other, with our HRD partners, and to our supporters and donors. We are now moving towards formalising processes and tools in order to have a more systematic and organised way of programming, capturing impacts, and learning, while at the same time continue to demonstrate accountability.

The MEAL Coordinator is a post with high level expertise and will be responsible for the development and design of two areas (1) PI’s Human Rights Defenders Based Approach (HRDBA) putting together principles and positions from our various position papers including on Collective Protection and on Enabling Environment for the Right to Defend Human Rights; and (2) PI’s HRDBA - Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Framework. Consequently, s/he has the remit to lead, coordinate, develop systems and tools applicable across regions and country offices, and to maintain PI’s HRDBA MEAL Framework globally.

The MEAL Coordinator will provide senior level guidance and expertise and ensures that quality benchmarks are used during programme implementation of activities and puts in place a tailor made documentation strategy for impact stories, reports, and best practices shared between offices, partners and with key stakeholders. S/he will cultivate a culture of knowledge and learning, and will aim to elevate programme quality, performance and accountability, and in measuring our impact.

Duties & Responsibilities

Leads the development of PI’s Human Rights Defenders Based Approach (HRDBA) and PI’s HRDBA MEAL Framework
Lead in the consultation, design, drafting, and finalisation of PI’s HRDBA in collaboration with the Heads of Offices (HoOs), the Heads of Units from Policy Research and Training Unit (PRTU) and the Programme Coordination Unit (PCU), and the Coordinator of A&O (Advocacy and Outreach);
Complementary to the HRDBA, develop PI’s MEAL Framework with agreed principles, proposed test pilot of KPIs and tools (e.g. processes, templates, training tools for LERNI, etc) in collaboration with the HoOs, the Heads of PCU and PRTU, and the LERNI team;
Design a HRDBA MEAL app/online tool that will be the knowledge and learning library where all grant projects and reports are stored in a systematic and organised manner including a section on stories for external use (e.g. for funders, for the website, for social media) with close collaboration with the LERNI team and the IT and Digital Security (IT&DS) team; and
Test pilot, train PI staff, and roll-out HRDBA MEAL Framework globally.
Coordinate and support the ED, management/leadership, and governance bodies on MEAL programme and strategy development and accountability
Support the ED in the development of Board and GA Objectives Setting, and MEAL programming in coordination with the Governance Coordinator, and Objectives Setting for management and leadership;
Under the supervision of the ED, design and coordinate planning sessions, and MEAL programming instructions for each office/unit in collaboration with the GMT and HoOs;
Support management and leadership in the rapid assessments of contexts in-country and globally that will impact our strategy and programmes with prompt analysis and dissemination across PI offices;
Uphold MEAL guidelines and processes, ensuring that best practices and high standards of accountability are upheld throughout the organisation; and
Provide expert advice to management and leadership on MEAL application and alignment of funding applications, services, and plans with PI’s 5-year Global Strategy Framework in order to make informed decisions (with high level and quality of reports, capturing success stories, challenges, lessons learned, data for infographics, and information sharing both for internal and external communications).

Job Requirements
A relevant degree – preferably a Masters’ degree – in Social Sciences (political science, sociology, international relations, anthropology), educational sciences and similar fields. A demonstrable focus on human rights is desirable.
Previous work experience: minimum 8 years of proven and comprehensive experience in participatory assessments, MEAL, and reporting.
Delivered high quality design and guidelines for a MEAL Framework.
Designed and/or implemented a MEAL Framework based on an organisation’s context and needs.
Experience with surveys, mobile data collection, data based design and administration are assets
Written and submitted analysis/reports on knowledge, learning, and impacts appropriate for various audiences (governing bodies, management, partners, funders and donors).
Demonstrated understanding and sensitivity towards (contextual knowledge) HRD’s realities, local issues, community priorities, social and cultural constraints.
Experience in team management and training/capacity-building.
Experience in the implementation of feedback mechanisms and beneficiary complaint.
Worked in high performing and high level of work in a complex and diverse environment with internal and external pressures.
Skills in implementation of quantitative and qualitative surveys including data collection, training, supervision, sampling, analysis and sharing results (visualisation).

Skills & Knowledge

Ability to analyse, report, and summarise complex concepts into clear and concise materials.
Demonstrable capacity to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing in English to a wide range of – expert and non-expert – audiences.
Full competence of tools for collection, data management, statistical analysis, and development of tools (e.g. templates, apps).
Familiarity with gender equality and intersectional issues (gender, age, social class issues) is a strong asset.
Good contextual knowledge of HRDs’ local issues, community priorities, social and cultural constraints and realities.
Able to work in teams as well as to take initiative and work autonomously.
Training and facilitation skills.
Attention to detail, ability to work under pressure and solution oriented.
Able to work in teams as well as to take initiative and work autonomously.

Fluency in English, both written and oral, is essential
Capacity to work and communicate (orally and in written) in other regional languages, as well as Spanish and/or French is an asset.

If you meet the above skills requirements and are interested in applying for this position, please:

Send your CV (without picture) and cover letter, in English mentioning “MEAL Coordinator” in the subject line. We aim to schedule first round of interviews during the 1st week of September.
Include your name in the file name of your application documents, e.g. Mary_ Smith_CV.docx.
Submit names and contact details of two references together with your application. Do not attach any certificates or references at this stage of the recruitment process.


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