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We are Young African Refugees for Integral Development (YARID). For the last 15 years, our work remains centered on community-driven solutions to build up our fellow refugees on a resilient path.

Senior MEL Lead (Meal) job at Young African (YARID) | Apply Now

Kampala, Uganda



February 14, 2024 at 2:00:00 PM

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About the Organisation

How it started.
Sedrick Murhula and Kefa Mayange lived as refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo in the urban neighborhood of Nsambya in Kampala, Uganda. After living the everyday struggle and observing the same of their peers, they decided to rise up and make a change in their community.

In 2007, YARID was founded with the hope that young refugees living in Kampala can make a great impact in their communities and live successful lives despite the challenges of being refugees. With only one soccer ball and a passion to “be the change,” Sedrick and Kefa hosted their first event uniting refugees from Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi on the soccer field in Nsambya. This is where they started discussing issues related to their lives, offering motivational speeches, and communicating hope to improve the lives of refugees in Kampala.

The soccer program grew quickly, and many refugees expressed their challenges with communicating in English. Next, Sedrick and Kefa opened free English classes in a space offered by the J.O.S Church, where hundreds of young men and women joined. YARID programs grew rapidly as community needs arose.

In 2008, Robert Hakiza, also a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, joined Sedrick and Kefa’s efforts and helped bring the vision of YARID to life. Kefa and Sedrick invited Robert to join them as a co-founder and together they built one of the first refugee-led organizations in Uganda. The team grew with committed volunteers, including local Ugandans and other refugees, who joined YARID to contribute to the mission to serve refugees.

At the end of 2009, Kefa moved to join international humanitarian responses in the DRC, Sierra Leone, and Niger to develop his expertise in the context of conflicts, natural disasters, and epidemics with a focus on protection and humanitarian response management.

In 2012, Sedrick was granted refugee resettlement and moved to the United States where he continued his career in refugee advocacy and social innovation. Sedrick remained involved with YARID overseas organizing fundraisers, sharing the story of YARID, and supporting staff and programs from afar.

Since 2012, Robert has faithfully served as the Executive Director for YARID Uganda growing the organization and expanding partnerships through research and public speaking engagements.

Today, 15 years later, YARID is one of the best-known refugee-run organizations in Uganda with 130 employees (60% Refugees and 40% Nationals and 50% men & 50% women on staff). In 2022, we directly served over 8,000 refugees across three field offices in Kampala, Kyaka II, and Palabek refugee settlements addressing access to education, sustainable livelihoods, refugee protection, and continually advocating for the rights and opportunities for refugees.

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Job Title

Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Lead (Meal) job at Young African Refugees For Integral Development (YARID)

Job Description

As the Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Lead, you will be responsible for the development and implementation of innovative Monitoring Evaluation and Learning initiatives for evidence-based reporting of all YARID activities measurements. The role provides overall leadership, management, and strategic direction to the MEAL function within YARID, and the job holder will be a thought leader in program design, management to collaboratively enhance project delivery and attainment of the intended results.

The MEAL Lead will supervise and mentor both the MEL team and YARID staff on activity delivery of effective M&E systems. He/she will work closely with the M&E officers to ensure that the program's outcomes and impact are accurately captured and reported.

Duties and Responsibilities

MEAL System Development

  • Design and implement a comprehensive MEL framework, including indicators that are SMART, data collection tools, and reporting mechanisms, aligned with YARID interventions and outcomes.

  • Develop clear guidelines and protocols for data collection, management, and analysis.

  • Lead the collection of high-quality data across program components, ensuring accuracy, consistency, completeness and timeliness of project delivery.

  • Conduct data analysis to track program progress, identify trends, Present the data finding in a clear and understandable format, develop success stories, case studies, impact of the project that is directly attributed to the Project implementation and generate actionable insights.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

  • Lead the implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities, including baseline and end line surveys, Pre and post test results, mid-term reviews, and impact assessments.

  • Collaborate with MEL officers in field officers (Kampala, Nakivale, Palabeck and Kyaka 2 Refugee camp) evaluators, Field officers, Programs team, and stakeholders to ensure rigorouss evaluations.

  • Accountability and Feedback Mechanisms

  • Support the establishment and management of the feedback and complaint mechanisms for program participants and stakeholders.

  • Support the leadership team to ensure that feedback is captured, analysed, and addressed in a timely and effective manner.

Learning and Knowledge Management

  • Facilitate regular learning and reflection sessions with YARID MEL team to capture lessons learned, best practices, and challenges that will guide the Programs team in Decision Making.

  • Promote a culture of continuous learning and adaptation within the Organization, Reporting and Communication within the organization Departments.

  • Orientation of implementing team and managers on reporting requirements/tools, including review of program, reports for quality assurance before submission into the on-line platform.

  • Prepare regular progress reports and contribute to donor reporting requirements, highlighting key achievements, challenges, and lessons learned.

  • Communicate MEAL findings internally and externally through various channels

  • Build the staff capacity in all M&E systems to ensure a systematic data capruting and docuamnetation.

  • Provide training and capacity-building support to staff on MEAL methodologies, data collection techniques, and reporting standards.

Key Competencies

  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills and decisive decision maker with ability to prioritize and communicate to staff key objectives and tactics necessary to achieve goals.

  • Excellent teamwork with demonstrated abilities to coordinate well with diverse individuals and teams and engages effectively with colleagues and stakeholders to achieve results and meet Donor Requirements.

  • Able to develop and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders with passion for lesson learning and adaptation within and without.

  • Dynamic and mature personality, able to oversee multiple tasks, prioritizing and delegating as required.

  • Strong passion for youth voice elevation, gender and inclusion responsiveness, and transformative change at individual, household and communities with humility, integrity, and creativity.

Qualifications and Competencies

  • Hold a Master's degree in Monitoring and Evaluation, Development Economics, Social

  • Sciences, Project management,Information Systems, Statistics, Economics, International Development or related fields.

  • Must hold a post graduate diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation, or Development Evaluation.

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience at the same level or higher, leading MEL functions at a national level and NGO setting designing and implementing MEL systems for development projects in refugee and host community settings, preferably in the education, youth empowerment, or livelihoods sector.

  • Great knowledge and skills on the use of Microsoft Office package, SPSS, STATA, EXCEL, Epi-info, Power BI.

  • Extensive Knowledge and experience in qualitative data analysis and quantitative data management techniques.

  • Strong proficiency in quantitative and qualitative data collection methods, analysis, and reporting.

  • Familiarity with designing and conducting surveys, evaluations, and assessments.

  • Strong analytical skills and ability to generate insights from data.

  • Strong leadership and management skills, gained in a complex environment, with Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Familiarity with participatory approaches to MEAL and beneficiary feedback mechanisms. • Experience working in a consortium or multi-stakeholder environment is advantageous.

  • Proficiency in English, both written and spoken.

  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse teams and partners.

  • Knowledge of languages spoken by refugees such as French, Swahili, etc. will be considered an added advantage.

  • Excellent digital literacy competencies conversant with the ecommerce platforms.

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to convey information effectively both in verbal and written formats

  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills

  • Knowledge of urban/community development

  • Service oriented with good interpersonal and facilitation skills.

  • Experience in skilling sectors and with refugees is considered an added advantage.

  • Candidates with displacement experience are encouraged to apply.

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How to Apply

If you meet the above qualifications and are interested in this opportunity, please submit your application before the 14th of February 2024. Please note that there will be a rolling review of applications, so we encourage early application. Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

Send your CV, application letter, LC1 letter, ID, and academic documents to with “Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning Lead” in the email subject line.

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