Health Outcome (Health/Nutrition/WASH) MEAL officer – Zamfara

  • Contract
  • Nigeria
  • Posted 1 month ago

International Rescue Committee (IRC)


Requisition ID: req41438

Job Title: Health Outcome (Health/Nutrition/WASH) MEAL officer – Zamfara

Sector: Monitoring & Evaluation

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Nigeria

Job Description


The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.


The IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state. In February 2014 the IRC moved into Adamawa State in NE Nigeria to provide humanitarian interventions through a multi-sectoral, integrated approach for conflict affected populations. IRC Nigeria now operates a country office in Abuja and field offices in Mubi and Yola of Adamawa State, Maiduguri and Monguno of Borno state and Damaturu of Yobe State. In 2022, the IRC began operations in Northwest Nigeria and intend to open a new office in katsina city, Katsina state to oversee the Northwest program. Currently, IRC Nigeria implements programs primary health care, Health Outcome, environmental health, women’s protection and empowerment, protection, child protection, education, food security & livelihoods.

Project Overview:

The BHA (Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance) project, “Integrated Emergency Response to the Displaced Population in Zamfara, Sokoto, and Katsina States, Northwest Nigeria” depending on fund availability will be carried out by a consortium led by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in collaboration with the Alliance for International Medical Action (Alima), Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI), and Life Helpers Initiative (LHI), aims to leverage each partner’s expertise to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to internally displaced people populations through area-based approach. The Consortium partners will provide an integrated multisectoral intervention in Health, Health Outcome, WASH, Protection, and Multi-purpose Cash Assistance (MPCA) activities in Zamfara, Katsina, and Sokoto states in collaboration with state governments, UN organizations and other key actors in Northwest Nigeria. The project will be implemented by a dedicated support, quality assurance, and coordination team, who will work closely with all partners through a management unit of well-structured consortium governance for the activity.

Job Overview/Summary

The purpose of the Health Outcome MEAL Officer position is to coordinate the collection, compilation, consolidation, and analysis of data using the health data tool, EH-WASH and CMAM online platform to track programs/ projects activities, monitor progress and support impact measurement across Zamfara states.  S/he will also serve as the focal person for all development research, engage in reflective practice, and generate lessons from projects/program and prepare MEAL plans for Health/WASH/Health Outcome sectors.  S/he is responsible for establishing and ensuring better field level data management systems for the core program s/he assigned to and coordinates the proper and timely evaluation of project objectives/impact.  S/he will contribute to the existing client response mechanisms and ensure program staff participation in MEAL activities.  The position holder will closely work with sector manager(s), front line staff, and community/facility volunteers.  S/he also will work closely with the MEAL unit on technical matters and reports to the Consortium Senior MEAL Manager and technically to the Health Outcome, WASH & Health Coordinator.

Major Responsibilities:

A.      Program/project design and learning (20% of time)

  • Participate in program/ project design especially in developing Health, Health Outcome and EH log frames and, also contribute learning from previous projects.
  • Support to develop and make sure all the projects in the Health Outcome sector has tested monitoring tools that capture both program activity and indicators progresses.
  • Take part in diagnostic studies, evaluations, and surveys.
  • Responsible for organizing periodical ongoing Health Outcome level data review, reflective practice, evaluation, and progress monitoring events by involving communities and local partners.
  • Responsible for proactively networking and sharing of lessons from the Health Outcome core program with strategic partners and other stakeholder including government.
  • Responsible for coordinating synergy and cross-learning among different projects.
  • Responsible for cross feeding learning among projects by regularly producing (compiling) summary monitoring reports and sharing with Health Outcome staff and partners.
  • Responsible for the development and continuously update Health outcome project MEAL, and impact measurement tools and systems on timely fashion.
  • Support to develop and make sure all the projects in the health outcome sectors has tested monitoring tools that capture both program activity and indicators progress;
  • Take part in diagnostic studies, evaluations and surveys;
  • Responsible for organizing periodical ongoing data review, reflective practice, evaluation and progress monitoring events;
  • With support from the MEAL Manager, program manager(s) and coordinator, establish and maintain project level information management system;
  • Contribute to designing Environmental health strategy to collect field level information required by IRC, donors and/or stakeholders;
  • Responsible for proactively ensuring networking and sharing of lessons from the core program with strategic partners and other stakeholder including government;
  • Responsible for coordinating synergy and cross-learning among different projects;
  • Responsible for cross fertilizing learning staff and partners.

B.      Monitoring and evaluation (50% of time)

  • Responsible for tracking Health outcome progress against monitoring work plans.
  • Coordinate the Health Outcome field level community participatory monitoring and evaluation, reflective practice and impact measurement.
  • Responsible for ensuring the on-time execution of Health outcome projects major monitoring and evaluation events including but not limited to baseline survey, mid-term evaluation, final evaluation, data quality audit and field supervision.
  • Responsible for providing technical support to Health outcome staff and partner organization on information management system, proper data collection and record keeping.
  • Responsible for updating Health outcome MEAL plan timely and provide feedback to program staff on status and quality of implementation.
  • Responsible for conducting Health outcome regular data verification exercises to ensure reporting and collection of quality data across the Katsina, and Zamfara states.
  • Responsible for documenting findings from Health outcome data quality audits and store in project files to ensure collective and sustainable access.
  • Actively participate in and contribute to MEAL team activities, system assessments, development, and implementation of new systems and/or tools aimed at strengthening overall MEAL practices at IRC Nigeria.
  • Accountable for the recruitment of enumerators and support in other survey including engagement of consultants.
  • Contribute to providing MEAL inputs for Health outcome report written during project implementation, quarterly donor report and end of grant reporting.
  • Responsible for periodically conducting Health Outcome reflective practice forums at field office/ project level and compile lessons from project implementation processes.
  • Adapt and maintain a high-quality database for the project in line with the country MEAL standards
  • Responsible for planning and implementing MEAL activities on all Health Outcome grants under the guidance of the MEAL Manager

C.      Information management and reporting (10% of time)

  • Support in reviewing and maintaining centralize project information management system.
  • Responsible for submitting Health outcome data set to update country office wide program database on monthly basis.
  • Responsible for compiling and reporting monthly sector working group report such as 5W.
  • Responsible for compiling Health outcome regular project monitoring report, including lessons learned, prepared by different projects and application of evaluation recommendations.
  • Support to ensuring all projects have downward/ forward client responsiveness mechanisms and works with project Health outcome staff to make sure its implementation.
  • Ensure high quality data are available on a regular and timely basis for reporting and programmatic decision making.

D.      Capacity building and supervision (10% of time)

  • Responsible for supporting Health outcome local partners in designing monitoring and reporting tools and establishing database management systems.
  • Responsible for the orientation of Health Outcome front line staff, partners’ staff and volunteers on the monitoring tools and train them how to use data for decision making.
  • Orient program staff on the basic principles and practices of client responsiveness in accordance with the IRC

E.       Perform other duties assigned by the supervisor (10% of time)

  • Perform other task related assignment proposed by his/her supervisor/s

Key Working Relationships:

  • Position Reports to: Senior MEAL manager Consortium and Coordinators
  • Position directly supervised by: Health Outcome MEAL manager and Coordinators.
  • Indirect Reporting: MEAL coordinator, Health Outcome managers, & Snr managers





  • Degree in statistics, computer science/information management/or any other related field.
  • Excellent computer skills are required (particularly Advanced Microsoft Excel, power point and Word);
  • At least 3 years’ experience working in monitoring and evaluation preferred.
  • Strong data collection, analysis, and report writing skills required.
  • Ability to work independently, think analytically and take initiative in solving problems.
  • Ability to communicate technical issues effectively.
  • Familiarity with log frame analysis and MEAL plan.
  • Experience in conducting assessment using Kobo, Commcare, etc.
  • Background in Health Outcome and Working with highly vulnerable and displaced people would be added advantage.
  • Good verbal communication skills in local languages and working knowledge of English.
  • Most importantly, commitment to IRC values and principles.
  • A strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with groups of diverse backgrounds.
  • Good knowledge of CMAM online
  • Position holder must be willing to travel to other locations to conduct activities

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Language Skills:  English, working knowledge of Hausa and Fulani preferred.

Certificates or Licenses:    Must be registered with Nursing and Midwifery council of Nigeria and allowed to practice in Nigeria.

Standards of Professional Conduct the IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Gender EqualityIRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

Working Environment

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.         

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