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Iraq - MEAL Manager - Erbil

Organisation: Solidarites International

Posted on: 14 April 2017
Application deadline: 31 May 2017

Posted on: 14/04/2017
Desired start date: June 2017
Duration of the mission: 6 months (extension possible)
Location: Position based in Erbil / KRI (with travels to the field)

Humanitarian context / SI intervention

To date, 11 million people are in need of assistance in Iraq, with 3.3 million people internally displaced (HRP 2017), and massive waves of displacement expected in the coming months with the operations to retake ISIL-held areas ongoing.

It is estimated that 400,000 people remain in Western neighborhoods of Mosul with very limited access to humanitarian assistance. In addition, more than 235,700 people have fled from west Mosul and are currently displaced in camps and emergency sites, with the majority being located in the southern corridor of Mosul.

Adequate provision of water and sanitation services is particularly challenging. The quantities currently available do not reach minimum humanitarian standards (15L/day/person) due to the limited capacity of the WaSH sector and the scarcity of safe water sources. To date partners are providing a minimum of 5 L/day/person of safe water to cover basic needs (drinking, cooking, basic hygiene) and provide water of lower quality for the remaining needs. Humanitarian actors are gradually scaling up with installation of emergency surface water treatment units and rehabilitation of existing water treatment plants.
In addition, 400,000 civilians are estimated to remain in western neighborhoods of Mosul to date, with highly limited or nonexistent access to humanitarian assistance. Population vulnerability is heightened and their coping capacity limited due to several years under ISIL occupation that have seriously eroded livelihoods and basic service provision. Access to basic items (in particular food and fuel) is reported to be dangerously low.
Water provision in West Mosul is a major challenge as some of the main water treatment plants are still under IS control. In addition, part of the distribution network is damaged and provision of fuel to run the accessible water treatment plant is lacking. The population relies mainly on bottled water and on the numerous existing shallow boreholes providing water of poor quality. Humanitarian actors are working on the rehabilitation of the accessible water supply infrastructures; nevertheless a large part of the city will be in need of emergency assistance for the next few months. Medical actors’ reports important numbers of diarrheal cases and skin diseases, which is worrying with the spectrum of Cholera season approaching.
Therefore, there is a strong need to maintain and further increase the capacity to provide both residents in West Mosul and IDPs (in and out of camp) with basic services assistance, with water provision being a key priority.

Thus, Solidarites International opened a mission in January 2017 to contribute to address the needs of the Mosul-crisis affected populations, and since then SI is conducting an emergency programme in Iraq to respond to those unmet needs related the Mosul crisis with a 2 pillar strategy:

Life-saving Response: Provision of emergency WASH assistance to vulnerable populations affected by the Mosul conflict
Sustainable support: Support rehabilitation of water infrastructures damaged/destroyed to ensure a more sustainable access to safe and sufficient water.
To that end, SI is responding from Hamam Al Alil, 30KM South of Mosul city, with a WaSH response aiming at running an emergency surface water treatment station (SWAT) , distribution of drinking water via water trucking, distribution of hygiene kits, hygiene promotion and provision of emergency sanitation. SI is in the process of launching interventions to respond to needs in West Mosul.
To be noted that SI is also establishing a partnership with a Health actor (INGO) to ensure an integrated WASH & HEALTH response including WASH/rehabilitation support to health facilities.

Further assistance in livelihoods is also being considered.

Organization of the mission

The country coordination is based in Erbil, while the operational bases are located in Hamam Al Halil with expectations that a second base could be opened in Mosul when access becomes possible.

The team is composed of 5 expatriates and 10 national employees so far.

Erbil yet is a relatively stable area within the Iraqi Kurdistan. There is currently no curfew in place on the mission and international staff can move around in Erbil with some limited security rules. No expat is currently spending the night outside of the KRI. Should the security situation evolve and allow for so, then the security protocol will be adapted accordingly

About the position

The main responsibilities and priorities for the MEAL Manager position are to:

Propose and develop a sector-based strategy (M&E, accountability) for the mission
In collaboration with the technical coordinators, produce an overall analysis of SI’s programs’ effects/outcomes through internal and external M&E as well as orientations, lessons learnt and recommendations
Make sure collected data are used to take appropriated operational decisions and to address contractual engagements with donors
Develop program teams’ capacities in his/her field of expertise: data collection, management and analysis (method, format, software etc.), measure of indicators, complaint response mechanism etc. Develop training modules along with DTQP.
Provide program teams with a technical and methodological support for M&E activities, data management (questionnaire design, sampling, data entry, extraction of useful data and interpretation) and integration of cross-cutting issues.
Validate relevance of reports, analysis, maps and recommendations produced by the MEAL department or PM before their dissemination.
Propose adjustments, new activities to improve the quality of the operations or approaches.

Ensure that a complaint response mechanism is established, accessible to all stakeholders, allows the registration and login of complaints in a formal database, and the addressing of complaints and response to complainants

Your profile

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree or higher in social sciences, project management or international development. Significant work experience in the M&E field within international organizations may substitute for formal education.
At least 2 years of NGO experience with minimum 1 year in a similar position
Demonstrated experience in setting up monitoring and evaluation plans/systems within an international organization.
Experience in managing teams and building staff capacity
Experience in supporting emergency response;
Technical skill and competence:

Capacity to assess the needs and define the set up required in terms of M&E systems in a short time
Leadership in the design and implementation of M&E strategies, systems and work plans
Strong training/capacity-building skills, with the ability to delegate
Experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection including survey design, sampling methodologies, implementation and analysis
Ability to write clear and well-argued reports and to train staff on quality reporting
Problem solving and analytical skills with the ability to assess challenges and recommend solutions
Very comfortable with standard office software, ODK and Sphynx and very good command of database systems.
Ability to take the initiative with solid organizational and communication skills;
Stress management skills: Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines, with peaks of heavy workloads;
Adaptability to changing work environment and possible volatile security situation

Fluency in written and spoken English;
Working knowledge of French and/or Arabic is an asset.

Commitment to the fundamental principles of SI’s charter and ethos.
We offer

A salaried post: According to your experience and starting from 1.750 euros gross per month plus a monthly Per Diem of 750 USD.

Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.

Break: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 500 euros allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités will cover travel costs).

For further information about SI, please consult our website:

Contact: Corinne LORIN, Recruitment & Follow-up Officer

Contact details

Application process

Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English. CV only applications will not be considered.

NB : The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension

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