Action Against Hunger | ACF International is an international humanitarian organisation committed to ending child hunger. Recognised as a leader in the fight against malnutrition, ACF works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with sustainable access to safe water and long-term solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster and chronic food insecurity, ACF runs life-saving programmes in over 47 countries helping some 13.6 million people each year.
We believe that all people deserve to have their needs met and dignity protected when disasters strike. We also believe that the humanitarian sector suffers from some chronic issues that affect our ability to learn, adapt, iterate and change efficiently and effectively. Better quality and more accountable humanitarian preparedness and response requires better, easy-to-use evidence that is accessible to all key stakeholders to inform their decision-making. At Action Against Hunger UK, we have designed monitoring, evaluation and knowledge and information management (KIM) systems to maximise uptake and impact of evidence to enable learning to happen. Ultimately, we will know we have succeeded if these systems contribute to better outcomes for affected people, if evidence moves to action. That’s what makes us tick.
We provide Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning services with a strong Knowledge and Information Management focus to efficiently capture and share learning from humanitarian and nutrition programmes by providing clear definitions of processes, supporting these with the appropriate technology and ensuring that all persons are actively involved. Currently, we provide these services to the Start Network, a ground-breaking consortium of 39 humanitarian agencies, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and the Action Against Hunger Network, among others.
About the role
Head of Global MEL for the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) is a new, exciting and challenging role within the Operations Department at Action Against Hunger UK. The post-holder will lead the team responsible for delivering on the DFID-funded Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Project, an ambitious £3 million, 3 year project focusing on building the evidence base for what works in building humanitarian capacity at scale. The DEPP works to develop effective disaster and emergency response where it is needed most, and aims at improving the way countries support populations caught up in a disaster or conflict. This ground-breaking programme, one of the largest investments of its kind, is funded by UK Aid and managed collaboratively by the START and CDAC Networks. Between them they leverage the expertise of more than 50 member organisations on delivering multi-disciplinary preparedness projects in 10 countries.
The MEL team works closely with the other 13 DEPP projects to identify, share and disseminate learning in new and creative ways. The team consists of i) Regional Learning Advisors, embedded in the DEPP focal countries, who work closely with projects in those regions to maximise capturing of knowledge, analysis and learning at the national and regional levels and ii) a central UK team, consisting of the Head of Global MEL, a MEL team Manager, MEL Systems Manager, MEL Officer, MEL Communications Officer (part-time) and Evaluation Advisor, provide support at the global level and ensure interconnection between the regions.
This person will take on the strategic leadership of the DEPP MEL project, including liaison with key DEPP programme partners and the wider humanitarian community. IT will require global leadership of the DEPP MEL team, including oversight of the delivery of monitoring, evaluation and learning objectives as well as driving the MEL agenda to respond to emerging needs from within the Programme to challenge and strengthen the programme. Working within a small, diverse and internationally-located team, the post holder needs to balance strategic vision with teamwork and problem-solving skills. They will apply keen and creative analytical skills, bring fresh perspectives and new ideas, enjoy a flexible and adaptive working environment and come with a positive, ‘can do’ attitude. This person will be comfortable working collaboratively in complex multi-stakeholder initiatives, as well as leading strategic developments and championing radical and ambitious approaches to learning. The Head of Global MEL is the central focal point for ensuring robust monitoring, evaluation and learning processes to evidence what does and does not work in capacity development through the DEPP project portfolio.
We are always looking to recruit passionate and dedicated individuals who are keen to join our team and contribute to the fight against child hunger. For more detailed information on the role, please download the attached PDF Job description. The post will be based in Action Against Hunger-UK’s London office, only candidates with the right to work in the UK may apply.
Closing date for applications: 5pm on 10th October 2016. Interviews scheduled to begin on 17th October 2016
Apply online by clicking the Apply Now button below, do not forget to attach your CV and 1 paged cover letter explaining your suitability to this role.
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