MEAL Officer

at United Purpose
Published June 5, 2022
Location Abuja, Nigeria
Category General  
Job Type Full Time  


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


Location: Based in Abuja, FCT, Nigeria. Regular travel to Ogun, Bauchi and Jigawa States is necessary. Travel to other parts of Nigeria and internationally may be required.


Reporting to: Project Manager


Responsible for: Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting.




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. In Nigeria, UP has been working for almost two decades with local partners and rural communities to implement projects funded by international donors. Addressing areas of gender inequalities and rights abuses, improving sanitation and access to water, fostering accountability, preserving vital ecosystems, and developing sustainable development livelihoods.


In Nigeria, we partner with Federal, State and Local Governments, other civil society organisations, and communities to implement development interventions reaching thousands of rural people each year. Several funding partners currently fund the Nigeria Country Programme, including the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund (SHF – former WSSCC), the Unicef, the Welsh Government, etc.


United Purpose has been nominated SHF Primary Recipient in Nigeria for a three-year programme focused on the sanitation market in 3 states: Ogun, Bauchi and Jigawa. United Purpose is the consortium's lead, which regroups three other organisations.


The programme's primary participatory approach is Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and the Market-Based Approach. The M&E of the Programme is a regular assessment process and support function for all programme and partner staff. The emphasis is on an M&E participatory approach with communities and partners. The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Officer will support monitoring and evaluating ongoing Programme activities, outputs and outcomes in sanitation, hygiene, MHH and the market-based approach. They will lead the analysis and interpretation based on verified data to demonstrate the programme's performance. They will take the lead on all contract technical reporting. Moreover, the incumbent is expected to promote critical learning in the programme and broader sharing and learning in UP and SHF.


Job Purpose


The project will take a market-based approach to increase access to improved sanitation, hygiene and MHH services, developing product solutions and strategies that are evidence-based and effective, to be demonstrated for scaling. It will work in ODF, and OD Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Bauchi, Jigawa and Ogun states, developing and demonstrating context-specific approaches. It will incorporate global expertise on MBS and build the capacity of local NGOs. The program will define how MBS can effectively be combined with CLTS to move households directly from OD to durable, at least basic levels of service and test how OD communities can be raised on the sanitation ladder by MBS, reducing common risks of ODF slippage.


More information about the background, aims and objectives of the SHF are found here:


The Role


United Purpose (UP) is seeking a full-time, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Officer who will contribute to implementing activities for the project. This position will support the implementation of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) projects and is aimed at (WASH) professionals with good knowledge of WASH development issues. The initial focus of the post-holder will be to set up a database to monitor the areas of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning.


Duties and Responsibilities


The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Officer will have the responsibility to monitor the areas of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning for the development of a sanitation market in the selected LGAs to increase access to improved sanitation, hygiene and MHH services


They will have the following duties and responsibilities:


Technical M&E lead and advice:


Develop and adopt M&E tools for measuring and reporting indicators performance; develop indicator guidance reference sheet for activity output and outcome indicators

Provide technical support in developing baseline surveys, assessments and studies.

Contribute to updating the log frame and results against programme indicators with more detailed input for preparing annual reports.

Develop questionnaires and conduct field interviews of the various stakeholders involved in the project

Visit project sites for monitoring and quality assurance of water point construction and repairs.

Monitoring and data checks on rural water supply activities to ensure reporting compliance.

Work collaboratively with other programmes to strengthen integration and cross-learning in the country programme and with Donors.

Training and supporting partners:


Capacity building of partners and local government authorities.

To supervise regular data collection through implementing partners and ensure the quality of the data by verifications and validations.

Provide feedback to partners and 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 weekly and monthly updates reports as per the approved format, 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 while ensuring adequate technical capacity to enhance the system's performance to achieve optimal program reporting.

Targeted analysis and information gathering on the WASH sector.

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.

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.


Person Specification


Preferably a Master's degree in Monitoring and Impact Evaluation and statistical analysis using programs coupled with at least 3-6 years of experience in Monitoring and Evaluation in WASH programs, preferably with partners or sub-recipients and multi-donor setup.

Knowledge and understanding of project monitoring and evaluation

Knowledge of the current M&E trends and especially M&E systems in development organisations and Practical experience in rural water-point maintenance and monitoring

Experience in WASH Programming in Nigeria and familiarity with the WASH sector and key stakeholders

Good abilities for training, mentoring, and coaching skills (supervising enumerators and field staff)

Good technical writing skills, presentation, facilitation, abilities for synthesisProactive, resourceful and results-oriented

Must be a good team player, honest, dependable and willing to be flexible with work hours

Fluent in written and spoken English, with the ability to speak local languages



Gender, intercultural and interfaith sensitivity.

Willing to work additional hours at crucial times.

Positive outlook and stand-alone disposition.

Adaptable and responsive disposition relative to the demands and development of the programme.

What we offer


This position offers the opportunity to gain experience with an international NGO whilst receiving mentoring and learning on best practice global WASH approaches and issues. We provide a competitive salary and benefits package and, above all, a respectful and empowering working place.



Fluent in written and spoken English.

Another language is a plus.

Terms and Conditions


Salary and Benefits: An attractive package dependent on the successful candidate's experience and qualifications.


Duration of contract: One year with a yearly renewal of contract subject to performance and continued availability of funds.

How to apply


Send a CV and a cover letter to the following e-mail address


E-mail title must be the Name of the role you are applying for and location (when applicable).


In the cover letter, please ensure to explain the following:


Why you are applying for the position

How do your skills and experience meet the person's specification

When you would be able to take up the position if it were offered to you

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