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Transform is a four-year programme (With a 1-year inception phase) which will be coordinated by three Norwegian organizations namely the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), the Development Fund of Norway (DF), and Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). The overall objective is to strengthen local food systems in selected areas in five of Malawi’s rural districts and to demonstrate a sustainable improvement of food and nutrition security, resilience to climate change and income among agriculture-dependent rural households. By increasing resilience to climate change, diversifying agriculture production, developing new value chains and closing the gender gap in agriculture, the program will contribute to the transformation of the agricultural sector in Malawi. NCA is seeking to recruit the following on an initial 1-year contract

Position: MEAL Officer


Reporting to Program Coordinator – Economic Empowerment and MEAL Coordinator, the MEAL officer is responsible for management and delivery of all project M&E deliverables within NCA, including all elements of survey design, analysis and report writing. These products will include qualitative and quantitative survey tools, sample frameworks and reports for baselines and annual measurement surveys as well as routine indicator tracking outputs. The MEAL will also be responsible for developing, implementing and strengthening of MEAL systems for the NCA Transform program. He /She is responsible for: developing the implementation of annual Transform MEAL plans; developing and disseminating MEAL tools; training partners in key MEAL concepts and skills that are relevant to their needs; and documenting and disseminating key !earnings from MEAL and research results in support of the strategic objectives of the programme. S/he is responsible for guiding NCA partners in the programme in achieving program outcomes/impact and ensuring that the program is timely accountable to beneficiaries and other stakeholders in line with NCA’s and donors’ policies and practices. He /She maintains vibrant coordination and effective relationships with his/her team, colleagues, external partners, supporters, relevant Government departments and other NG0s.

The MEAL officer undertakes the following key areas:

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Develop quarterly and annual Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Plans for the Transform programme.
  • Develop and review MEAL frameworks, plans and tools for the Transform programme.
  • Support implementing partners to design effective Monitoring and Evaluation Plans and tools
  • Provide Monitoring Evaluation, Accountability and Learning related support to partners working with NCA in the Transform programme. This includes coordinating routine monitoring, supervision, mentorship and training of relevant partners in MEAL methodologies and tools
  • Provide leadership in the initiation and conducting of the studies and evaluations for each the program.
  • Produce high quality analysis reports to illustrate the programs’ progress, and impact.
  • Conduct data quality assurance exercises in a program under supervision of MEAL Coordinator.


  • Develop and manage relevant Management Information System and tools for all programs with support from the MEAL Coordinator
  • Document and share project performance and learning (through monthly, quarterly and annual reports, etc) to inform on-going implementation and future programming.
  • Make recommendations on changes in program design or general management based on findings from MEAL and analysis of trends
  • Participate in the Monitoring Evaluation and Research technical Working Group as delegated by NCA Malawi.


  • Ensure that all staff in the program fully understand and promote accountability to the general beneficiary (smallholder households) in particular, through training and coaching.
  • Contribute to the establishment of feedback mechanisms to mainstream accountability across the program interventions with support from MEAL coordinator
  • Ensure establishment of appropriate feedback mechanisms that are contextual, effective, accessible and safe to beneficiaries.
  • Ensure that feedback and complaints from beneficiaries are properly recorded and acted upon (submitted to management for review and actioned to improve programming and enhance accountability).

Minimum qualifications

  • Candidates must have at least 5 years of relevant experience, demonstrating extensive knowledge of Monitoring and Evaluation and project management.
  • A demonstrated track record in managing time, deadlines, and budgets is essential.
  • Degree in Social Sciences, Economics, Agricultural Economics and Project Management
  • Expertise in one or more disciplines relevant to Monitoring and Evaluation and statistics will be an added advantage
  • Ability to synthesize ideas and communicate effectively with diverse audiences, including partners, colleagues, policymakers, and other donors (government and private).
  • Capacity to communicate orally and in writing, in a range of settings.

How to apply

NCA is an equal opportunity employer; men, women and those with disability are encouraged to apply. Applications including CV, a statement of why you are suitable for the job and should include names and contact details of two traceable references should be sent to:

The Country Director

Norwegian Church Aid

P.O. Box 30793

Lilongwe 3



Applications should be submitted by Close of Business on Monday 29th June 2020.

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