Regional Program Specialist, M.E.A.L.
Habitat for Humanity
Manila, Philippines
6d ago

Reporting to the Senior Manager for Strategy and Monitoring and Evaluation, Accountability and Learning, the Regional Program Specialist will have a key role in setting up and / or mainstreaming Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) systems and mechanisms for the national programs in the region according to the MEAL Guidance and Policies provided by Habitat for Humanity International as well as existing good / best practices in the countries and in the industry.

This position will support and strengthen National Organizations and Asia-Pacific office staff in the use and management of MEAL systems and products that are supportive of the strategic plans of 17+ countries in the Asia Pacific Region.

This will also include special attention to strengthening MEAL work in disaster contexts.Essential Duties and Responsibilities : Briefly state the duties of the role in 5-8 broad statements in order of importance.

If possible provide approximate % of time commitment required for each.

DUTIES / AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITYVision and Planning :

  • Actively promote, enhance, and maintain Habitat for Humanity’s mission focus.
  • Serve as an advocate of Habitat’s ministry, encouraging participation in the movement to eliminate poverty housing.Capacity Building
  • Facilitate MEAL Capacity assessments and action planning
  • Train National offices (NO) focal persons and regional office users in the use of MEAL approaches and tools that promote Habitat’s operational excellence and impact
  • Coordinate work with other regional subject-matter experts, participate in regional and global initiatives, and share knowledge and innovation with national organizations and colleagues.Program and Project design
  • Provide support to area office and national organizations to ensure results-based program / project design and incorporation of proper MEAL.
  • Provide support in strengthening pre-award processes to ensure project designs are meeting HFHI, donor and stakeholder requirements.
  • Lead or participate in researches / studies that supports program / project design / improvement. This includes but not limited to development of TORs, methods, tools, and recruitment of consultants when needed.

    Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning in Disaster Contexts

  • In coordination with the AP HHS DR3 Team, create minimum documentation requirements for project MEAL, and track reporting for assigned portfolio of projects.
  • Provide MEAL technical support to NOs to facilitate proper documentation and timely submission of quality reports to appropriate parties.
  • Provide support and / or undertake field visits to monitor the implementation of activities if deemed necessary. Support includes review project data collection and reporting for data quality and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Support focus countries in setting up mechanisms that strengthen accountability to beneficiaries.
  • Lead or support evaluations, after-action reviews, etc for program improvement and learningSystems Management
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of tools and systems that support MEAL and ensure that all users have operational access to MEAL-related systems and products.
  • Collect, and address system-related issues and communicate proposed solutions to higher level management (program leads, subject matter experts, headquarters)
  • Promote use of organizational systems (e.g. GMT, SOE, Playbook, Sharepoint) and its products (e.g. Analysis Reports, compilations) in relevant areas such as strategic planning, program development and management, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Generate reports with national and regional data and coordinate with relevant program department in the Asia Pacific Office and Headquarters.Networking
  • Actively participate in HFH AP in regional and global networks as assigned.
  • Represent Habitat for Humanity on taskforces and at conferences / seminars, as required.
  • Forge and nurture relationships with other organizations and institutions that result in an expanded and enhanced program and increased resources (economic, strategic alliances, etc).
  • Remain up-to-date on shelter shelter MEAL global discourses including MEAL products / events from major shelter DR3 MEAL partners and ensure HFH is engaged and following emerging trends / standards.Other :
  • Provide written reports as required
  • Other related duties as assigned by supervisor.Minimum Required : Education :
  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Social work, International Development or studies related to monitoring and evaluation and research
  • Post-graduate degree in related field preferred.Years of Related Experience :
  • 5 years of experience in the area of technical expertise with proven record of success.Active support of HFHI Values : Humility, Courage, AccountabilityHFHI requires that all employees take seriously their ethical responsibilities to safeguarding our intended beneficiaries, their communities, and all those with whom we work.
  • Managers at all levels have particular responsibilities to support and develop systems that create and maintain an environment that prevents harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse, safeguards the rights of beneficiaries and community members (especially children), and promotes the implementation of Habitat for Humanity’s code of conduct.

    Skills, Competencies and Experience :

  • Willingness to affirm the principles of HFHI.
  • Demonstrated field experience in any of the following : project management, monitoring & evaluation or research
  • Demonstrated field experience in MEAL work in disaster context
  • Demonstrated experience in working with web-based applications, data analysis and database management
  • Understanding of logical framework and theory of change approach
  • Skills in adult training and facilitation
  • Written and oral fluency in English required

  • Ability and willingness to work in multi-cultural, multi-faith context
  • Strong networking and interpersonal skills
  • Organization and planning skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently, and on a team, on multiple tasks
  • Ability to provide training and support to users
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Strong comment to accountability to beneficiariesPreferred :
  • International experience with an NGO or INGO
  • Experience implementing foreign funded government projects or private CSR.
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