MEAL Team Leader

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Job Overview

In 2003, , DRC became one of the first organisations to provide humanitarian assistance in the country. Today, DRC continues to provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable displacement-affected families, including IDPs, returnees, and host communities in Basra, Baqubah, Jalawla, Gatoon, Baghdad, Muqdadiya, Balad, Aziz Balad, Samarra, Mosul, Duhok, Tel Afar, Baa’j, Sinjar, and Erbil.

Find more about DRC operations in Iraq here: Iraq | DRC Danish Refugee Council

Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified [catcher/appetizer: use active ‘we/you’ language to reduce the distance between us as an organisation and the candidate]

About the job

Overall purpose of the role:

As the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Team Leader, your primary objective is to provide comprehensive support to DRC area field offices in the collection, analysis, and utilization of monitoring and evaluation data to enhance program effectiveness, foster learning, and showcase impact. You will lead the execution of standardized monitoring and evaluation activities across field offices, in accordance with the established MEAL system and plan for area projects. Additionally, you will oversee all aspects of team and staff management to ensure efficient and effective operation, including supervision of MEAL officers/assistants.

About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to be responsible for the following responsibilities:-

Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Develop and implement MEAL plans aligned with project goals and DRC strategies.
  • Coordinate data collection activities, ensuring methodologies are appropriate and standardized across the team.
  • Ensure the timely and accurate collection, analysis, and reporting of data for all projects and programs.
  • Oversee data quality control processes to ensure the accuracy and reliability of collected data.
  • Ensure proper documentation of all MEAL processes, findings, and lessons learned.
  • Develop weekly and monthly monitoring work plan for the MEAL team
  • Manage project indicator trackers, ensuring monthly updates.
  • Facilitate collection, analysis, and reporting of qualitative data through Focus Group Discussions and case studies.
  • Engage and provide inputs to donor reporting and other MEAL products as relevant.
  • Ensure availability and adequacy of data collection tools for all program activities.
  • Lead the area level studies and evaluation work, including baseline and endline survey exercises.


  • Oversee the implementation of accountability systems to ensure beneficiaries’ feedback is collected, analyzed, and acted upon.
  • Ensure adequate awareness raising sessions and activities are conducted on DRC Community Feedback Mechanism accessibility among the staff and communities.
  • Contribute to the design and management of Community Feedback mechanisms, ensuring they are accessible and effective.


  • Promote a culture of learning within the team by facilitating learning events and discussions.
  • Ensure that lessons learned are documented and integrated into future project planning and implementation.
  • Share MEAL findings and reports widely with management and relevant project review meetings.

Team Management:

  • Supervise and support MEAL officers and the accountability assistant, ensuring they understand their roles and responsibilities.
  • Facilitate regular team meetings to discuss progress, challenges, and upcoming tasks.
  • Identify training needs within the team and organize relevant capacity-building activities.
  • Set performance objectives and conduct regular performance reviews for MEAL officers and the accountability assistant.
  • Attend regular area level meetings including Grand Review Meetings (GRMs)
  • Communicate findings and insights to inform decision-making and strategic planning.
  • Act as the Focal Point for DRC local partners MEAL capacity building activities

SurveyCTO Focal Point:

  • Manage DRC’s SurveyCTO system for the field office, collaborating with the IM team to upload relevant tools.
  • Support teams in correct and consistent use of SurveyCTO for data collection, analysis, and reporting.
  • Regularly analyze and report data from SurveyCTO to inform programs.


  • Ensure that all MEAL activities and practices are aligned with DRC MEAL Model guidance and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Conduct duties in accordance with DRC Iraq Project Cycle Management and Code of Conduct.
  • Ensure compliance with DRC AGD policy and programmatic minimum standards, including zero-tolerance for Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.


Experience and technical competencies

a) Essential

  • Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience
  • Proven experience in developing and implementing M&E systems and data collection tool designing
  • Experience with research methodologies, qualitative and quantitative research methods, data analysis and sampling techniques.
  • Advanced experience in data management and analysis practices
  • Advanced reporting and communication skills.
  • Excellent skill in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Advanced English proficiency
  • Fluency in local languages
  • All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:
  • Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.
  • Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
  • Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

b) Desired

  • Proven experience in facilitating training and capacity-building sessions
  • Understanding of gender, protection, and human rights.


University degree in relevant field (development or social research preferably with a focus on monitoring and evaluation as well as compliance issues) or equivalent professional qualification


  • English (fluent)
  • Arabic (fluent)
  • Kurdish or Turkmen is a plus

Key stakeholders:

  • Area management
  • Area project teams
  • Country office MEAL team
  • Area support teams
  • MEAL peers from other NGOs and partners

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:

Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.

Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.

Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.

Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.

Demonstrating integrity: You uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to our values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.


  • Contract Length: 31-12-2024
  • Salary Band: MG.1
  • Start Date: 1st of July 2024
  • Comprehensive health insurance for staff, spouse, and up to two children under 18.
  • Personal Accident insurance coverage in the event of work-related accidents during working hours.
  • Psychosocial support for staff and family members.
  • Learning & Development opportunities for professional growth.

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for National Staff. Please refer to drc.ngo under Vacancies. For questions regarding the vacancy please contact [email protected]

Diversity & Inclusion:  DRC Iraq is committed to promoting an inclusive work environment according to our Age, Gender, and Diversity approach (AGD). We aim to have a more diversified leadership structure creating opportunities for qualified women to take on managerial roles. We also continuously work to make our workplace more accessible for persons with specific needs. We offer benefits related to psychosocial support, health insurance, maternity and paternity leave, child sick leave, and lactation breaks. As part of our commitment to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion, we strongly encourage applications from female candidates, persons living with disabilities, as well as representatives of minorities.

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website drc.ngo.

DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/about-us/job-and-career/support-for-job-seekers.

Danish Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer and we consider all applicants regardless of race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or marital status. We have a strong ambition to further enhance the diversity of our workforce and our goal is to achieve 50% gender balance and at least 50% representation of national staff in management roles. We acknowledge the importance of fostering a diverse and inclusive team to successfully achieve our organizational goals and positively impact the communities we serve.

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