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MEAL Assistant (Food Security & Emergency Livelihoods) Wednesday 19 December 2018

Dorcas is a Christian Non-Governmental Organisation that desires justice for people and their communities so that they will flourish. Dorcas strives for lasting change for those who live in poverty, are excluded, or are caught in a crisis. Dorcas operates from the Netherlands through different field offices within the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa.


For the Food Security and Emergency Livelihood project Dorcas invites qualified candidates to apply for the following position based in Dohuk with frequent travel to Sinjar:


MEAL Assistant (Food Security & Emergency Livelihoods)



Job title                                            Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Assistant (MEAL Assistant)

Organization                     Dorcas

Location:                             Dohuk with monthly travel and stay-over in Sinjar (Sinuni)

Sector:                                 Food Security and Emergency Livelihoods (agriculture)

Main Activities:                        The MEAL assistant works under the direct supervision of the
MEAL Officer (MO) and supports the implementation and monitoring of

project activities conducted by Dorcas Aid International and partners.

Start Date:                          January 20th, 2019

Contract period:                              11 Months

Position:                                          National

*Position will become available only upon final funding approval



Dorcas is looking for a “MEAL Assistant”. The MEAL Assistant is accountable to the MEAL Officer and works directly together with the Project Manager and other project staff.

The position is based in Dohuk with frequent travel to Sinjar. Project activities will be carried out in Sinjar District and Wana Sub-District.


Range of activities under the current project:

  • Food Voucher Distributions;
  • Distribution of in-kind assistance (poultry, greenhouses, vaccines & fodder for livestock);
  • Training of beneficiaries on agricultural topics;

Main responsibilities:

  • (Co)Development of household assessments tools measuring Food Insecurity;
  • (Co)Development of households’ assessment tools for assessing eligibility to receive Poultry, Greenhouses, Livestock support;
  • (Co)Development of Post Implementation Monitoring (PDM) tools for above activities;
  • (Co)Developing evaluation tools to assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the project.
  • Training of project staff and daily workers on how to use the developed tools;
  • Plan and oversee data-collection carried out by project staff and daily workers through Kobo, Focus Group Discussions, Surveys and other means;
  • Summarizing collected data for further analysis by the MEAL Officer;
  • Write basic M&E reports;
  • Fill Indicator Tracking Tables and monitor the project’s progress.

Organizational representation

  • Develop and maintain contacts with all relevant stakeholders including government, security forces, partner organizations;
  • Cooperate with government institutions, non-government organizations, and the local community;
  • Regularly attend cluster coordination and other relevant meetings;
  • Represent the project/program in front of relevant stakeholders;
  • Act as liaison to and cooperate with other DORCAS AID INTERNATIONAL projects/programs in the region;
  • Regularly share information on lessons learnt in the field.


•   Minimum one (1) years of experience in a relevant MEAL position within an (I)NGO;

•   Strong working knowledge (spoken, written and reading) of English, Arabic and Kurdish;

  • Working knowledge of data-collection tools (i.e. KOBO)
  • Computer literacy (Word, Excel, Internet, Email);
  • Basic knowledge about humanitarian principles;

Personal attributes
•    Ability to work independently with a team player attitude and reporting skills
•    Leadership and training skills
•    Diplomacy, good communication and interpersonal skills
•    Rigorous, organized, ethical mindset;

  • Flexible

Accommodation and travel

  • The position is based in Dohuk;
  • Project activities will be implemented in Sinjar District and Wana Sub-District;
  • As such, frequent travel to Sinjar will be required (minimum once a month). Transportation costs will be arranged by Dorcas Aid International. Accommodation will be in the team house in Sinuni;
  • Limited travel to Mosul/Erbil might be necessary for training purposes.

Dorcas Offers

  • A suitable salary and good secondary employment conditions;
  • Becoming part of an international and dynamic team;
  • An extensive network of relationships;


Information and Application

To apply for this position please send a CV and a Cover Letter detailing your relevant experience to meet the criteria of this position to  using the subject heading: ‘MEAL Assistant FSL 2019, Dorcas’.


The deadline for applications for this position is January 4th, 2019. However, we will review applications as we receive them and reserve the right to close the position before this deadline.


Equal opportunities

Dorcas is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to religion, national origin, disability or age.