Meal Officer Job – Finn Church Aid (FCA)

Job Title: Meal Officer

Organisation: Finn Church Aid (FCA)

Duty Station: Yumbe Field Office, Uganda

Reports To: Senior Meal Officer


About US:

Finn Church Aid (FCA) is the largest international aid organization in Finland. We operate in 13 countries where the needs are most dire. We work with the poorest people, regardless of their religious beliefs, ethnic background, or political convictions. FCA work is based on promotion of human dignity and fundamental human rights and freedom, and FCA’s operations are guided by equality, non-discrimination, and responsibility. With funding from the LEGO Foundation, FCA Uganda is now looking for a competent person to fill the position below:


Job Summary: The MEAL Officer will provide support in developing, implementing, and maintaining effective and appropriate planning, monitoring, and evaluation systems for “Play to Learn, Rethinking Learning in Crisis Settings” Project, implemented under the Yumbe Field Office. The post will involve close coordination with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) as the project research partner, participation in both bilateral meetings with IPA and in Community of Practice meetings. The post requires strong background and skills in iteration processes, prototyping, piloting, reflection and development of learning and research related plans and tools. The MEAL Officer will work closely with the project implementation team, supporting the design and coordination of the learning components of the project in line with the project requirements, IPA guidance, and with FCA guidelines, policies, and best practices.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Data analysis and reporting

  • Coordinate planning and execution of all data collection, cleaning, and management; and related activities of the project.
  • Conduct data analysis and use quantitative and qualitative analysis to support writing of project implementation and learning reports.
  • Cleaning, sorting, categorising all forms of data under the project
  • Preparing internal learning and monitoring reports, review of data for program staff and other stakeholders in the project where necessary.
  • Ensure an effective rollout of MEAL and reporting systems to all project staff through training, sharing, site visits and other forms of technical support as needed.
  • Carry out quality assurance to all data and report under the project.
  • Ensure that information obtained through monitoring is also shared with the donor in bi-weekly update calls, with research partner IPA and with other partners (Community of Practice), communities, teachers, parents, and other relevant stakeholders through regular feedback mechanisms to ensure continuous performance improvement.
  • Respond to all data requests from the country office or donors and donor representatives, such as IPA in the area.
  • Support financial accountability and audits whenever necessary through verification of delivered interventions and physical items or any other assigned related tasks.
  • Support program accountability through sharing client feedback (such as complaints from beneficiaries) and contributing to provision of the organisation’s feedback alongside program teams.


  • Review and contribute to monitoring and evaluation plans for the project, in close partnership with IPA and the Community of Practice.
  • Support in iteration processes; prototyping, piloting, review meetings and revision of plans based on evidence collected
  • Ensure that the project comply to FCA’s MEAL requirements especially reporting on all required indicators and targets
  • Spearhead evaluation and other learning studies under the project, in close cooperation with IPA, observing high quality standards and guidance from the Country Office and or the Service and Accountability Centre.

Knowledge management and learning

  • Work in close cooperation with IPA and the Community of Practice in ensuring data collected is used for learning, and that the piloting of project components is regularly reviewed.
  • Work with the senior MEAL officer, area manager, project manager and other field staff to ensure that project MEAL systems are well linked and or integrated with overall MEAL priorities and systems for the FCA Uganda country program.
  • Ensure that regular review and learning meetings are organised within the project team, after piloting of project components, and that IPA as the research partner is kept informed.
  • Ensuring that information collected from communities, teachers, parents and other relevant stakeholders generate learnings for the project and the country program to execute necessary improvements in the projects and methods of work, in close cooperation with IPA.
  • Keeping record of information obtained during research (data bases, hard files etc) at project level.
  • Ensuring routine data collection, analysis, reporting and learning in the project in a way that feeds into the area and the country program.

Contribution to the country program development outside the Yumbe area program.

  • Support wherever called upon towards development of other projects in the area office with data quality control, sharing best practices and capacity building efforts for new and existing staff.
  • Support other FCA projects whenever there is need in terms of extra workload, human resource gaps or new project interventions being undertaken as may be necessary.
  • Undertake other duties as may be assigned by the main supervisor (Senior MEAL Officer), the Area Manager, MEAL Manager or other members of the Uganda country program senior management team.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Postgraduate study in Monitoring and Evaluation or any other advanced training in MEAL, quantitative analysis, or data base management.
  • Bachelor’s degree in statistics, social sciences, social work, development studies or a related degree from a recognized university.
  • A Masters’ degree is of serious added advantage
  • Minimum 3 years work experience in MEAL and or research and data analysis in any related field of education, community development, or related fields.
  • Computer literacy and ability to use data analysis tools
  • Sound strategic thinking and planning skills, including ability to think creatively, innovate, set priorities, manage work plans, and evaluate progress.
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal), with ability to analyze complex data and summarize it for a range of audiences.
  • Experience of working within budget constraints
  • Knowledge of SPSS or other data analysis packages
  • Experience in at least one of education (ECD, primary, secondary and TVET), Protection, livelihoods, and peace building interventions.
  • Experience with projects funded by UNHCR, UNICEF, PRM, ECHO, USAID, LEGO Foundation is an added advantage.


How to Apply:

Interested applications should send a cover letter and a CV (not more than 4 pages) with at least three referees and a daytime telephone contact, addressed to: The Human Resource and Administration Manager, Finn Church AID, Uganda Country Office. P.O. Box 21826 Kampala, Roche Close – Off Tank Hill Rd, Plot 1495 Muyenga, Uganda. Email applications should be in one file attachment (Ms Word or PDF) mentioning the position title in the subject to


Please do not attach academic documents when you apply online


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

“Finn Church Aid is committed to keeping children safe at all levels of its program operations, so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from all forms of abuses. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards, adherence to Child Safeguarding Policy including background checks”


Note: FCA does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents.


Deadline: 12th July 2022

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