MEAL Advisor for Emergencies

Job locationPIN’s offices in the Middle East (Iraq, Syria), home-based in Middle East or Europe (due to proximity to PIN’s country programmes), or HQ (Prague)

Requested presence at HQ: at least four visits per year

Expected field work outside the HQ: minimum 30% (including frequent visits to Iraq and Syria)

Expected direct support to country programmes (in the field and/or remotely): at least 70%

Line managed by: Head of MEAL Unit, part of PIN’s Knowledge and Learning Department

People in Need (PIN) is an international, non-profit organization providing humanitarian and development assistance in over 20 countries worldwide.

The purpose of the position:

  • Support Head of MEAL unit, sectoral advisors and RDD management in enhancing and implementation of MEAL systems, knowledge transfer and learning process in MEAL to increase quality of PIN work;
  • Ensure the use of technically appropriate monitoring and evaluation processes and practices, that are aligned with PIN MEAL standards.

Main responsibilities:

Planning and Development of MEAL processes (10%)

  • Supports formulation of PIN MEAL policies and guidelines for PIN globally.
  • Takes lead on formulation of policies and guidelines applicable specifically to Emergency programmes.
  • Supports HQ RDD and Country Programmes in identification of strategic priorities in MEAL and development of frameworks for procedures, processes and tools institutionalizing support to quality MEAL in Country Programmes, especially for Emergency programmes.
    • Provides technical and advisory support to HQ staff and Country Programmes in application and implementation of MEAL practices: country-level and project-level MEAL planning, setting-up Results-based Monitoring, PDM, support in data collection and data analysis, planning and implementation of internal and external evaluations etc.

Technical assistance (50%)

  • Engages with project / programme teams to support implementation of evaluation findings in projects.
  • Provides technical input on MEAL to project proposals, including preparation of standard texts on PIN MEAL systems and methodologies to be used in project proposals.
  • Provides support to designing and/or revising procedures for ensuring Accountability to Affected Populations (Complaints Response Mechanisms, participatory needs assessments and monitoring etc.).

Technical capacity development (20%)

  • Supports recruitment of key MEAL staff at country level.
  • Builds capacity of programme and MEAL staff and partners at the country level in technical skills and understanding of the value of MEAL.

Knowledge sharing and organisational learning (15%)

  • Contributes regular updates to the internal database of evaluation findings and recommendations;
  • Promotes PIN key crosscutting priorities and use of PIN global indicators in RDD programming;
  • Assists with mapping and collecting relevant MEAL resources, contributes to maintaining MEAL ELO library, Knowledge and Learning Center and E-learning content

Other tasks (5%)

  • Occasionally represents PIN at relevant conferences, working groups etc.
  • Coordinates with Communications and Advocacy Department (CAD) for success story content, communication tools, and with Compliance Department regarding accountability topics.



BA/BS Degree in international development, social sciences or a related field.

Work Experience:

  • At least 7 years of experience within the international development / humanitarian sector;
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience specifically in MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) of multi-sectoral programming in emergency or early recovery settings.
  • Experience designing and implementing MEAL systems for programmes funded by the main humanitarian institutional donors (ECHO, USAID, UNCHR, UNICEF, GIZ, DFID, GAC etc.).
  • Proven experience in designing and delivering capacity-building activities;
  • Proven experience with remote capacity building and follow-up is an advantage.

Technical Skills:

  • Excellent technical understanding of contemporary MEAL methods and practices, with hands-on experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of humanitarian accountability principles and their translation into practice;
  • Strong technical and operational knowledge of humanitarian programming;
  • Familiarity with methodological approaches such as barrier analysis for behaviour change (BA), knowledge, attitude & practices (KAP), coping strategies index (CSI), individual diet diversity score (IDDS), food consumption score (FCS), minimum acceptable diet for children aged 6-23 months (MAD), vulnerability and capacity assessment (VCA) etc. is an advantage


  • Professional fluency in spoken and written English is required.
  • Familiarity with other languages used in PIN’s Emergency Country Programmes (Arabic, Russian, French, etc) is an advantage.

IT skills:

  • Full professional competency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Statistical and data management software (STATA, SPSS etc.).

People in Need offers:

  • A committed, professional and friendly team, in a well-established and growing organization -
  • Salary according to PIN salary scale
  • 25 days of paid leave annually
  • All costs related to visits to country programmes and Prague (in case the advisor is based outside of Prague)
  • Medical and psychological support
  • Travel insurance
  • HEAT Training
  • Opportunities for continuous skills development

How to Apply:

Are you interested in this position? Send us your CV (no longer than 4 pages) and short cover letter via this link. Please note only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

People in Need staff are expected to perform job duties and responsibilities in accordance with People in Need Code of conduct and key policies (available at: