COLOMBIA – MEAL MANAGER – BUCARAMANGA

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Desired start date: April 2020**
Duration of the mission:** 5 months
Location: Bucaramanga, Colombia

ABOUT THE MISSION

In Venezuela, people are faced with hyperinflation, struggle to find necessities, lack of medicines and access to medical services in addition to a rise in crime rates. Many Colombians, formerly settled in Venezuela have decided to go back home while many Venezuelans chose to migrate to major cities in Colombia or to transit through them during their journey to other countries in the region. They walk along the roads, often with no means or possessions. One of the main routes for those travelling to Bogotá or Medellín goes through Bucaramanga. Walkers called the Caminantes use this road every day.

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is at the moment running or providing support to four shelters located at strategic points on the migration route in Santander and North Santander. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL, in consortium with PREMIÈRE URGENCE INTERNATIONALE, is ensuring access to basic services for persons on the move using these shelters, with a particular focus on access to water, sanitation and hygiene (rehabilitations/construction for water supply, sanitation facilities, provision of hygiene items, etc.). We are also improving shelter infrastructure and delivering food assistance as well as healthcare and psychological support services through PREMIÈRE URGENCE INTERNATIONALE.

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is seeking to further develop this response in the coming months, through various proposals, and support new shelters, providing additional services, and proposing a daily transportation and shelter services for the most vulnerable and PWSN (People with Specific Needs) Caminantes.

ABOUT THE JOB

General objective:

The MEAL manager is in charge of implementing and achieving the objectives defined in the proposals. He/she is in charge of supervising the operational teams allocated to his/her program. He/she guarantees the proper execution and the quality of the implemented program and, if applicable, suggests adjustments or developments to ensure its relevance.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  1. Project relevance, quality and design
  2. Implementation and operational monitoring
  3. Capitalization
  4. Personnel management
  5. Reporting / communication / representation

The main challenges:

  1. Need for the creation of a MEAL department and MEAL framework for Colombia’s SI mission
  2. Process/methodology/tools to be designed for Data management and Protection of Data
  3. Creation of the MEAL position as well as its line manager position, the deputy Filed Coordinator who will require support in the definition of a MEAL strategy
  4. Challenging context: while beneficiaries are in-transit, they show a variety of needs that must be tracked and referrals to relevant institutions are to be identified.

Priorities for the 2/3 first months:

  • Recruitment of the base MEAL team
  • Definition of the monitoring framework of the current and future programming through the review and improvements of the current data collection system taking into account the moving dynamic of the targeted beneficiary (tracking system to be set up and strong focus on Information management is expected)
  • Review of the Monitoring tools, M&E Plan and archiving procedures (for all sectors)
  • Design and deployment of a beneficiary data protection policy for Colombia
  • Definition and set-up of an accountability mechanism for both beneficiaries and local partners/other NGOs working on SI sites
  • External coordination on data collection in each shelter where SI works to ensure harmonization of approaches and support local working groups.

Management

  • An Information Management staff (to be recruited);
  • Two accountability officers (to be recruited).

YOUR PROFILE

Education: Master degree in statistics, quality control or humanitarian project management or equivalent. An education background in one of the following sector is an asset: data management and analysis.

Experience:

  • At least one year of experience as MEAL manager in a humanitarian context minimum
  • Proven experience in setting up MEAL departments in different contexts
  • Proven capacity to set up a MEAL department for multi-sectoral program (WASH, shelter and Food security) is an added value
  • Experience in capacity building
  • Experience in communication with communities and accountability mechanisms
  • Experience in working with programs targeting people in-transit and setting MEAL systems accordingly is highly valued
  • Experience in Colombia and/or other countries of Latin America is valued.

Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Knowledge on project management and Project Cycle Management
  • Technical experience in Information Management (database creation and management, Access, etc.)
  • Knowledge on data collect, sampling, mobile data collection (Kobo, XLS form) and data analysis;
  • Knowledge on mapping software (QGIS)
  • Accountability mechanisms and communication with community’s principles
  • Training and capacity building skills
  • MS office.

Languages: Spanish and English are mandatory.

Other desirable qualities: leadership and management / coordination with partners / planning and prioritization / flexibility / capacity to work under stress / solution making oriented / Team player

SI WILL OFFER YOU

A salaried post: According to experience, starting from 1 800 euros gross per month (+ 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL also covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate’s country of origin and the place of assignment.

Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of 7 working days every three months (with 850 USD allocated by SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL). To these break periods, it is necessary to add the granting of one additional rest day per month worked.

Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.

LIVING CONDITIONS:

Expats are housed in a hotel house which offers very good housing conditions (each bedroom with a bathroom), outside living area, etc. Almost everything can be found in Colombia. The position will require regular travelling to Pamplona (4 to 6 hours by car).

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