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CESVI – MEAL Specialist – Libia

Cesvi Fondazione Onlus sta selezionando un/a MEAL Specialist da inserire nella sua operatività in Libia. Durata 6 mesi, rinnovabile. Scadenza candidature 15/06/2021


Cesvi is operating in Libya since 2011 as the first Italian NGO to take action, in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, through humanitarian projects in Cyrenaica and Tripolitania. Nowadays Cesvi is one of leading NGOs in Libya, very active in the coordination of various sector working groups – in particular protection ones – with a diverse donors’ portfolio and serving all vulnerable target populations. In detail, Cesvi has been implementing programmes supporting mixed migrants, IDPs and vulnerable host communities through service provision. This include center-based and outreach protection activities (including child protection and GBV), warehouse management, non-food distributions, awareness-raising activities, psychosocial support, referrals to external services, cash assistance and non-formal education.

Current projects:

UNHCR: Protection and lifesaving assistance to refugees and asylum seekers (Tripoli)

UNICEF: Psychosocial support and remedial education for children of IDPs and refugees (Tripoli – Misrata and Zwara)

EU Trust Fund: PEERS: Protection Enabling Environment and Resilience Services (Misrata)

 EU-DG NEAR CSO: Strengthen the capacity of CSOs and informal groups in the South and East of Libya


The collaboration will start in July 2021.

The main duty station will be the Country Office in Tunis, with a minimum of 50% regular stay in Libya (Tripoli, Misrata and other relevant locations), when security conditions allow it.

The current Libya set up implies 4 consecutive weeks in Libya, 4 weeks in Tunisia. (Covid 19 specific: IF 1 week quarantine back in Tunis is required this will counted as week in Tunisia). Set can change depending on mission/logistics and context needs.

The Meal Specialist will work under the technical supervision of the Strategic Development and Quality Coordinator and will directly cooperate with Programme/Project managers and Specialists

This position (MEAL Specialist) supervises: 1 MEAL Team Leader, 2 Meal Officers and 1 Information Management Assistant.

The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Specialist will provide the technical leadership necessary to ensure that the Cesvi Libya response meets its monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning commitments, as set out in Cesvi’s Country Strategy and partnerships with donors. The MEAL Specialist will lead the Cesvi Libya MEAL Unit that contributes to evidence-based programme design and continuous improvements of programme quality based on data and learning. In close collaboration with the Technical Unit she/he ensures that MEAL is integrated in the programmes carried out by Cesvi in both Libya and Tunisia.

S/he also guarantees the quality, accuracy and consistency of any monitoring activities and internal evaluations carried out on the mission, together with any recommendations and analysis provided and implements and reviews the accountability mechanism i.e. Complaint and Feedback Mechanism (CFM).

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

  • Ensure all approved projects have the following by the start of the project: MEAL plan with defined indicators (based on the logframe), M&E plan and Indicator Tracking Table in the Project Monitoring Framework (PMF), field level data collection tools, mobile data collection tools, and databases for collection, consolidation and reporting
  • Ensure project level PMF are updated with accurate data on a monthly basis and key findings are shared with management at the programme review meetings
  • Ensure the usage (on midterm basis) and improvement of the tools that measure country programme-wide performance and achievements
  • Oversee the Post Distribution Monitoring Workplan and the implementation of it.
  • Provide technical assistance and quality assurance to MEAL Unit staff (including but not limited to the design of MEAL plans, data collection tools, Monitoring Workplans, data management and analysis), to ensure programmes are properly supported by the MEAL Unit
  • Lead on, or participate in, needs assessment exercises (including development of eventual tools/questionnaires)
  • Review proposal log-frames to ensure indicators are SMART and appropriate for the Cesvi Libya mission
  • Collaborate with colleagues to ensure learning events are conducted for implemented projects before the closure of the project in order to document learnings and best practice for future programmes. This can be at project-level or programme-level
  • Present programme M&E, research, and learning to external stakeholders and the programme team in a way that influences decision-makers and promotes adaptations from learning
  • Support teams in collecting sex and age disaggregated data and using gender sensitive, socially inclusive, and remote data collection methods to understand and respond to programme results with diverse audiences, decision makers, and stakeholders
  • Provide inputs (i.e. data analysis) to monthly Programme Meetings to ensure projects stay on track with their achievements and can make corrections/improvements based on the evidence being generated


  • Ensure continued functioning of, use of and improvements to, the beneficiary feedback and response mechanism, and adherence to regional standards and expectations
  • Ensure integration of CFM into M&E plan
  • Actively promote the assessment of Cesvi Libya practices against the CHS and needed improvements
  • Contribute to staff understanding and capacity building of accountability principles

Information management and use

  • Provides guidance, recommendations, and leadership to ensure that the MEAL systems meet the data, evidence, and learning needs of the programme, including the sharing of information internally and externally, and help address shortfalls in MEAL and data management that affect programme implementation
  • Act as the Cesvi Libya country programme focal point for organization-wide or cross-sectoral MEAL-related data management, consolidation/aggregation or reporting requirements
  • Ensure that the information reflected on Power Bi dashboards and Infographics/Snapshots, reflect the needs of Cesvi Libya mission and HQ. Make recommendations for further improving the information products according to data needs and requirements
  • Leverage Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for geographic data management
  • Support the MEAL Unit to work with programme teams to develop strong data generation, management and utilization systems
  • Support MEAL and programme teams in effectively sharing MEAL resources for learning, knowledge management and communication, across programmes and locations

Capacity Building and Mentoring

The MEAL Specialist will, in coordination with relevant colleagues, be responsible for developing and implementing an internal capacity-building strategy including training and mentoring MEAL staff and promoting a culture of peer-learning



Bachelor’s Degree in humanitarian assistance, social sciences, human rights, international law, social studies or another appropriate field


  • More than 5 years of experience in the areas of programme development and monitoring and evaluation methodologies, including relevant experience building and managing M&E systems and teams, relevant experience supervising data collection and analysis
  • Experienced in training and capacity building (in-person and remotely) and fostering a collaborative relationship with field practitioners and management
  • Experience with remote Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Experience in facilitating lessons learning exercises, quality assurance and knowledge management
  • Experience with roll out of organizational accountability (i.e. Complaints and Feedback Mechanisms for project beneficiaries)
  • Experience in providing relevant technical and programmatic contributions to project design


  • Knowledge of project cycle management and how M&E fits into this cycle
  • Demonstrated understanding of data protection and confidentiality as part of data collection and management practices
  • Demonstrable technical expertise in designing and leading needs assessments, particularly in protection sector
  • Ability to produce high quality narrative reports and provide timely contributions to project proposals
  • Familiar with the Core Humanitarian Standard on quality and Accountability
  • High familiarity with quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis and presentation using Excel, Access, ODK collect/Kobo and advanced data analysis and visualization packages (Power bi)
  • Knowledge of databases / mobile technology / statistical software (i.e. SPSS, STATA, QGIS)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, Access, PowerPoint) and PowerBI


  • Able to apply participatory approaches to engaging with communities.
  • Experience in remote management and training, including providing remote support and coaching to staff in the MEAL team;
  • Strong communication skills, able to work in person and remotely with geographically dispersed and culturally distinct teams;
  • Ability and willingness to work in remote and isolated locations with ever-changing security scenarios.
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Self-motivated, able to take initiative, resilient and able to work independently;
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work cooperatively
  • Adapts and copes with pressure
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, facilitates a collaborative environment among colleagues and stakeholders to promote effective coordination
  •  Fluency in English (written and spoken)


  • Postgraduate degree and education / training in data management and/or data analysis
  • Prior experience in Libya and/or other security-sensitive environments;
  • Experience in education in emergency programmes with refugees, migrants and IDPs
  • Experience in remote monitoring systems relevant to cash-based interventions and/or GBV-CP responses
  • Previous experience with GIS systems
  • Knowledge of Arabic and / or French


Cesvi has a zero-tolerance approach to any harm to, or exploitation of, a child or a vulnerable adult by any of our staff, related persons or partners.
Cesvi commitment to being a safe organization begins with the staff recruitment process which includes meticulous checks, such as criminal records checks or check disclosure of previous convictions, to ensure children and vulnerable people are safeguarded and abuse is prevented. Safeguarding checks are part of the selection process performance.

Please note: due to the high number of applications we receive we are unable to provide feedback if unsuccessful at applicant stage. Only short-listed candidates will be updated on the status of their application.


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