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Design, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (DMEAL) Officer at Tearfund Nigeria

Tearfund Nigeria – We are a Christian organisation partnering with the local church wherever possible to see change in the lives of those in greatest economic need. We believe poverty is caused by broken relationships with God, others, the environment and ourselves, and working to see those relationships restored is key to how we work. We want to see change that is economic, material, environmental and spiritual.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: Design, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (DMEAL) Officer – JISRA / Peacebuilding – Jos Base

Location: Jos, Plateau
Employment Type: Full-time (40 hours per week.)

Job Description
Main Purpose of the Job:

  • The Peacebuilding DMEAL Officer is responsible for supporting and advising on the design, monitoring and evaluation plans and implementation for the JISRA project in Nigeria.
  • S/he will coordinate the design, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (DMEAL) of all Tearfund Nigeria’s peacebuilding projects as well as the JISRA project in Nigeria in collaboration with the other Nigeria Core Group INGOs (SFCG, & MM); and the implementing Partners (DIWA, DREP, FOMWAN, RURCON & SUWA).
  • The role will assist the consortium programme teams and partners to formulate DMEAL plans in line with the Country Strategies and Peacebuilding programmes.
  • S/he will work closely with the Tearfund Regional DME Advisor at cluster level to roll out the consortium DMEAL requirements.
  • The role is responsible for ensuring that effective DMEAL systems are in place for accountability and learning, to ensure that the Nigeria Core Group INGOs and their partners can be responsive to context and be agile to respond to best practice and lessons learnt within the JISRA project and peacebuilding program at large.
  • In addition, s/he will ensure that the project is meeting organisational Quality Standards and international standards, working closely with all staff to do this.
  • The role will require travel to field sites approximately 50% of the time.

Position in Organisation:

  • Reports to the Project Manager (JISRA-PoV) (Nigeria Consortium Lead).
  • Grade: Croner 5 Level.
  • Closely liaise and coordinates with: The post-holder will also liaise with JISRA Consortium partners in Nigeria (Tearfund, SFCG, & MM).
  • Work with the implementing partners to monitor the quality and status of the implementation of integrated programme wide objectives articulated in the country strategy and support partners in building strong DMEAL systems.
  • Part of Tearfund’s Impact and Evaluation Country Team.
  • Work closely with Tearfund’s DME Advisor in cluster and other internationally relevant departments/units in Tearfund, including the Fragile States (Peacebuilding) Unit.
  • JISRA Consortium Implementing Partners’ (DIWA, DREP, FOMWAN, RURCON & SUWA) staff responsible for project implementation on the ground.
  • Work with Tearfund’s Senior M&E Officer at the country level.
  • Other DMEAL staff in the Tearfund’s WA cluster and technical advisors at HQ level where appropriate.

Tearfund’s Christian Culture:

  • We believe that prayer and discernment is fundamental to Tearfund achieving its mission of restoring relationships, ending extreme poverty and transforming lives. As a Tearfund staff member you are expected to:
  • Engage with Tearfund Prays and the Prayer hub.
  • Lead or participate in spiritual sessions of prayer and biblical reflection within your group.
  • Be committed to Tearfund’s Mission, Values and Beliefs statement and to be actively working and living in accordance with Tearfund’s Christian beliefs and theology of mission.
  • Maintain your own spiritual development, discover your gifts/callings and grow in discipleship

Organisational Requirements

  • The post holder will be expected to live out Tearfund’s values as they represent Tearfund externally.
  • S/he will be expected to fulfil their personal objectives set by their line manager, contribute to their team’s overall objectives, take responsibility for reviewing their ongoing personal development and maintain an awareness of Tearfund’s strategy.
  • S/he will be expected, along with all Tearfund staff, to share responsibility to promote and maintain a strong safeguarding culture, including identifying the key actions they should take given their role and responsibilities.
  • To actively work and live in accordance with Tearfund’s Statement of Faith and Tearfund’s Christian ethos.
  • To pursue and maintain a Christian faith through ongoing personal spiritual development and a relationship with God.
  • To provide support and spiritual encouragement to staff and colleagues, in line with biblical principles.
  • The post-holder will be expected to behave in accordance with Tearfund’s ‘Code of Conduct’ as referred to in the Personal Conduct Policy.
  • The post-holder will be required to actively participate in the spiritual life of Tearfund in the following ways:
  • To model godly leadership in all aspects of character and conduct.
  • To lead or contribute in Christian worship, prayer, teaching and biblical reflections during collective staff prayer times and encourage staff to attend as is appropriate.
  • To be committed to and share in the outworking of Tearfund’s Mission, Purpose, Values and Statement of Faith.

Duties & Key Responsibilities

  • Capacity Building and Accompany partners and programme staff in DMEAL.
  • To accompany partners and programme teams to develop quality DMEAL approaches.
  • To identify the need for and deliver DMEAL training, providing capacity building, advice and support where relevant.
  • To support and advise JISRA Partner Staff in the design of partner projects to ensure good practice DMEAL is incorporated in Nigeria.
  • Identify gaps and weaknesses in existing project DMEAL systems and processes, especially in the area of accountability, data management, and knowledge management and learning processes and work with Local Partners and the Nigeria country office staff to address these.
  • To work with the JISRA Implementing Partners and staff on DMEAL compliance and implementation of institutionally funded programmes/projects.

Plan, Develop and Support Implementation of DMEAL plans:

  • Develop results matrices, targets, indicators and baselines for each JISRA project in Nigeria.
  • To support the development and implementation of DMEAL plans, systems and tools, including data collection and analysis methods that align with the Country Strategies and peacebuilding program, and the corporate DMEAL framework.
  • Monitor the implementation of recommendations and action points arising from JISRA/Peacebuilding Nigeria evaluations and learning reviews.

Undertake and Support Evaluations to capture Learning:

  • To ensure effective baseline, midterm and endline surveys and other assessments in line with the JISRA project design.
  • To provide support and advice for end of project internal learning reviews, project evaluations and country strategy reviews, for the purposes of accountability and learning.
  • To support and advice project staff on new needs assessments, Baseline data, project design (in line with Tearfund Global and Country Objectives), Project monitoring and implementation and evaluation.
  • Support the implementation and embedding of Tearfund DMEAL requirements and standards.
  • To work closely with Tearfund’s cluster and HQ level DMEAL personnel on the development of existing and new Tearfund requirements and standards for DMEAL work, including: contextualisation of tools and approaches; piloting and implementing new approaches; and assist in the roll out of wider organisational initiatives into Nigeria team. This will include working on the scaling up of digital data collection and analysis tools and providing input into the corporate framework for data collection, analysis and reporting.
  • To ensure Tearfund Quality Standards and Core Humanitarian Standards are applied in peacebuilding programmes and projects.
  • Support and advice project staff in developing SMART objectives, and appropriate indicators at project design stage (focus will be to review and comment upon all Tearfund’s new peacebuilding project proposals which are developed, and to ensure that learning from historic and ongoing projects is fed into the planning for new projects).
  • Provide guidance for the annual review of the programme to create a holistic view of Tearfund’s peacebuilding programme in Nigeria to determine whether it is on track with the implementation of its country strategy.

Provide Data Analysis and Reporting Support to the Nigeria Team:

  • To provide analysis and interpretation of data, its presentation and communication for the purposes of Tearfund internal (Quarterly and Annual reporting, and learning purposes) and external purposes – Global and Nigeria JISRA Consortium (donors and supporters facing communications materials and reporting).
  • To provide and identify data and evidence to Tearfund’s WA Cluster DME Advisor for the Annual Impact and Learning report, quarterly reviews, as well as contributing to the development of Tearfund’s evidence base across the relevant competency areas.
  • To support in the pulling together and coordination of internal and external (Tearfund and JISRA) reports on project and programme progress. Ensure that these reports are disseminated to the relevant team members and that they are coherent and in line with expected standards.
  • To support implementation staff in the gathering and writing of case studies and the collection of impact stories and photographs for use with donors and external comms channels.
  • To support the JISRA Nigeria project implementation teams, partner staff and country office staff to develop skills in the use of technology for MEAL (Tearfund Track).
  • Provide advice on the design of, and participate in, project evaluations whenever necessary or as may be required by Global/Nigeria JISRA Consortium and support in analysing and communicating of results.
  • To undertake regular field visits for data validation and to monitor the quality and completeness of data sets; coordinate data collection at project sites to monitor program development and ensure timely compilation and reporting of data; capture and document lessons learned; and champion the scaling up best practices.

 Institutional Learning

  • To institutionalise and participate in regular programme reviews and planning systems.
  • To promote cross learning between project teams in the different area offices and with JISRA Nigeria local implementing partners as well.
  • In collaboration with the Project Manager (Consortium Lead), communicate widely within Tearfund and externally (JISRA Global) the learning generated by the DME processes used in the Nigeria program.

Corporate Polices & Procedures:

  • Promote and adhere to Tearfund’s Vision, Purpose, Basis of Faith, Core Values and Operating Principles.
  • Promote Compliance culture and practices in Nigeria among staff and partners (supports designing/updating of policies, raising awareness, training staff and partners, reporting, etc.)Works within Tearfund’s DME requirements and policy.
  • Contribute towards the induction of project staff, ensuring their familiarity with Tearfund’s mandate, values, Quality Standards, policies, programme objectives, and their individual responsibilities in upholding these standards and policies.

External Representation

  • Attend relevant inter-agency coordination and donor meetings as may be delegated by the Country Director or Project Manager (Nigeria Consortium Lead).
  • Represent the consortium in JISRA Nigeria external DMEAL related forums where relevant.

Person Specification


  • B.Sc / BA or equivalent qualification in Peacebuilding, Development, International Relations, Sociology, or other relevant courses.
  • A masters degree in the related field will be an advantage.


  • A masters degree in the related field will be an advantage.


  • At least 3 years of experience in development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation or other learning efforts is required.
  • International NGO field experience in a similar position: programme support, development, fundraising or M&E.
  • Experience gathering visual material for communications.
  • Experience in strategic planning.
  • Experience in the use of an M&E database software will be essential.
  • Experience of networking.
  • Experience with institutional funders.
  • Experience using electronic data gathering tools (Kobo, Nvivo, Atlas, etc.).
  • Proven experience in designing, implementing, and operating M&E systems within the Project Cycle Management (including logframe development and theories of change).
  • Proven experience in Knowledge Management and Institutional Learning initiatives.
  • Experience in Project Cycle Management (including logframe development and M&E).
  • Experience in capacity building/ training.
  • Experience in conveying stories and case studies to external audiences in an appropriate and timely manner.


  • Proven experience in Monitoring and Evaluation of peacebuilding projects.
  • Experience in project implementation in a consortium.
  • Experience in the use of GIS for M&E.
  • Experience in remote M&E.
  • Experience in Outcome Harvesting.
  • Working with SPHERE Standards and CHS.
  • Working under pressure and remote environment.

Skills /Abilities

  • Excellent English language, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational and administrative capacity.
  • Ability to learn quickly.
  • Negotiation and representation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and team skills.
  • Intermediate Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook skills.
  • Proven ability to be flexible in demanding situations.
  • Problem solving skills.


  • Photography and Videography skills.
  • Knowledge of digital data gathering and analysis experience and skill (with a tool such as Kobo).
  • Knowledge of Geographical Information System (GIS) tools and approaches.
  • Knowledge and application of data analysis tools (e.g. SPSS, statistics packages).
  • Working knowledge of local languages (Hausa).

Personal Qualities:

  • Committed Christian.
  • Emotionally and spiritually mature.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Diplomatic and determined.
  • Willingness to travel and live in basic conditions.
  • An understanding of and a commitment to Tearfund’s Vision, Mission, Values and Beliefs Statement.
  • Team player – practical, desire to support the field teams.
  • Understanding and sensitivity to cross cultural issues.
  • Flexible and adaptable to ever changing environments.

Other Comments:

  • Regular travel across cluster countries could be a requirement.
  • All roles require a DBS/Police check.
  • Tearfund is a member of the SCHR Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.
  • Personal identification information will be submitted against a Watchlist database to check against criminal convictions as a counter-terror measure.

Salary is attractive.




How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should attach and send via email a written Application (addressed to the Human Resource, Tearfund Nigeria) and a summarized 2 to 3 pages CV (all in one MS Word Document) to: [email protected] using the Job Title as the subject of the email.


  • Only shortlisted applicants will be invited for examination / interview.
  • All applicants must be committed to Tearfund’s Christian beliefs.
  • The recruitment process will include specific checks related to safeguarding issues.
  • In addition, personal identification information will be submitted against a Watchlist database to check against criminal convictions as a counter-terror measure


Application Deadline  31st May, 2021.

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