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MEAL COORDINATOR

  • CDD / Part Time
  • Beirut

Solidarités International

esired start date: ASAP
Duration of the mission:  3 month (potential extension to be discussed upon funding/ needs/ mission strategy)
Location: Beirut

Solidarités International’s mission is organized with three operational bases (Tripoli, halba and Zahle) and a coordination office in Beirut. The expatriate team consists of 20 staff members, whilst the national team represents circa 240 staff members.

With an overall budget of 17 MUSD in 2017; Tripoli base counts for 46%, Halba base for 32% and Zahle base for 22%.

 

Key areas of intervention for the mission are the following:

– Emergency WASH service provision in IS (UNICEF funding – approx. 10m USD)
– Outreach and shelter and WASH rehabilitation in SSB (ECHO funding – approx. 4m USD)
– Multi-scale urban approach (OCHA HPF – 1mUSD)
– Mapping of IS (MEDAIR / UNHCR)

ABOUT THE JOB

The MEAL coordinator, under the management of the Head of mission, is in charge of designing/deploying the MEAL strategy for the mission, promoting  a culture and initiatives of transparency and accountability at all level of the mission, and ensuring the monitoring and evaluation of all SI programs.

Line management of the MEAL coordinator will be with the head of mission. The MEAL coordinator will have to closely coordinate with other technical coordinators (outreach/protection, Watsan, Community and Hygiene Promotion, Shelter, and Information Management). Coordination with the Information Management coordinator is of particular importance in order to identify potential collaboration and merging of department.

The main challenges of the position are:

The MEAL coordinator position is currently of utmost importance as DFID has launched a call for proposal for Third Party Monitoring of the cash distribution to vulnerable Syrian refugees. SI is in the process of applying with NRC and Oxfam. The MEAL Coordinator will play a key role in designing the proposed approach and potentially supporting the project implementation.

Responsibilities

– Designing/deploying the MEAL strategy for the mission, including relevant tools and approaches and relevant HR set up
– Coordinate with the IM coordinator to define complementary and potential set up for integration
– Contributing to the design, deployment and implementation of a Third Party monitoring project for cash distribution in Lebanon (pending funding)
– Ensuring management, capacity building and methodological guidance and support for the MEAL team
– Ensuring the Monitoring and Evaluations of SI programs
– Promote a culture of accountability and transparency among program teams (training, dissemination tools) and ensure a complaint response mechanism is in place and working.
– Leading the learning strategy and supporting institutional knowledge building efforts in documenting lessons learnt.
– Maintain regular contacts with beneficiaries, community leaders, municipality representatives and other stakeholders.

YOUR PROFILE

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in humanitarian and/or development studies, social sciences, political sciences or similar field is desirable; it can be balanced by experience.

Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience with INGO specialized in humanitarian assistance; with at least 1 year in a similar position as M&E/MEAL coordinator;
  • Demonstrated experience in setting up monitoring and evaluation plans/systems within an international organization;
  • Experience in managing teams and building staff capacity;
  • Experience working with SI (or a similar organization) and familiar with its procedures would be a strong asset;
  • A keen understanding and experience in the Middle East would be a strong asset;

 

Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Capacity to provide leadership and be a unifying force;
  • Good team spirit and team work capacities;
  • Diplomacy;
  • Ability to delegate;
  • Knowledge of Solidarités’ rules, tools and procedures is a plus;
  • Strong management and training/capacity-building skills;
  • Display initiative with solid organisational and communication skills;
  • Very comfortable with standard MS Office software; AutoCad a plus.

 

Soft skills and spirit:

  • Respect of security rules;
  • Flexibility;
  • Stress management skills: ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines, with peaks of heavy workloads;
  • Team player, capacity to give a positive dynamic to a young team whilst being fully part of the base’s management team.

 

Languages:

  • Fully fluent English: speaking, reading and writing skills;
  • Arabic an asset; French a plus.

 

Others:

  • Commitment to the fundamental principles of SI’s charter and ethos

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

SI WILL OFFER YOU

Solidarités International will offer you:

  • A salaried post: according to experience from 2200 euros gross per month, (2000 base salary + plus 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly° and 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.

Living conditions :

In Beirut, the guesthouses and the office are located in the same block, in new buildings in Sodeco neighbourhood, close by the French Embassy. The guesthouses total 9 bedrooms used by the coordination team based in Beirut and visitors from bases. A hotel is located nearby as well if needed. The buildings have a generator and Wi-Fi is available at SI premises.

Beirut is a very modern city, where you can find all kind of restaurants, shops, international libraries, bars, night clubs, cinemas, etc…

The political and security situation in Lebanon is complex and volatile. The Presidency of Lebanon has been filled a few months ago (Michel Aoun), after more than 2 years of vacancy. Parliamentary elections are due this year, with an adopted reform on the change of the electoral law. Domestic tensions are high. An open armed conflict is on-going (August 2017) in Arsal area (North Beqaa). Bombings have targeted both Sunni and Shi’a individuals and communities. Reflective of divisions within Lebanese society, the situation of Syrian refugees is becoming increasingly precarious.

There is currently no curfew in place on the Lebanon mission and international staff can move around without too many restrictions even though Akkar and Beqaa valley are areas with restriction of movements. The security measures in place could be upgraded depending on the context evolution.

 

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