Design, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (DMEAL) Officer at Tearfund Nigeria

Tearfun Nigeria – We are a Christian organisation partnering with the local church wherever possible to see change in the lives of those in greatest economic need. We believe poverty is caused by broken relationships with God, others, the environment and ourselves, and working to see those relationships restored is key to how we work. We want to see change that is economic, material, environmental and spiritual.

Tearfund in Nigeria is looking to recruit qualified and motivated person into the position advertised to implement the DMEAL aspect of its projects on Positive Action, Improving Parent And Child outcome (IMPACT) and other Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) / HIV as stated in the country strategy document.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: DMEAL Officer (Positive Action, Improving Parent and Child outcome (IMPACT) and Sexual & Gender Based Violence-(SGBV) / HIV Projects) – Jos base

Location: Yola Adamawa,

Employment Type: Full-time

Group: International

Team: West Africa

Responsible to: SGBV / HIV Programme Coordinator (with a dotted matrix management relationship to the DME Advisor in the Cluster)

Main Purpose of the Job

  • The Design, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (DMEAL) Officer overall responsibility is to monitor and track the entire progress of Tearfund Nigeria Positive Action, Improving Parent And Child outcome (IMPACT) and other Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)/HIV projects as stated in the country strategy document. The SGBV/HIV projects officer must ensure that Tearfund partners’ data generated in the fields are validated, accurate and reliable for institutional funding bids and decision making.

Position in Organisation

  • Reports directly to the SGBV/HIV Programme Coordinator, Tearfund Nigeria
  • Grade: Croner 5 Level
  • Supports the Programme Coordinator in the monitoring of the projects stated above.
  • Liaises with the Country Director, other staff as well.
  • Liaises with partners, external contacts and internal colleagues as required by the SGBV/HIV Programme Coordinator and Country Director.
  • Part of the Impact and Evaluation Country Team.
  • Part of the cluster DMEAL matrix team and works closely with DME Advisor in cluster and other international relevant departments/units in Tearfund.
  • Work with Tearfund partners to monitor the quality and status of the implementation of integrated programme wide objectives articulated in the country strategy and supports partners in building strong DMEAL systems.

Tearfund’s Christian Culture

We believe that prayer and discernment is fundamental to Tearfund achieving its mission of restoring relationships, ending extreme poverty and transforming lives. As a Tearfund staff member you are expected to:

  • Engage with Tearfund Prays and the Prayer hub
  • Lead or participate in spiritual sessions of prayer and biblical reflection within your group
  • Be committed to Tearfund’s Mission, Values and Beliefs statement and to be actively working and living in accordance with Tearfund’s Christian beliefs and theology of mission.
  • Maintain your own spiritual development, discover your gifts/callings and grow in discipleship

Organisational Requirements

  • The post holder will be expected to live out Tearfund’s values as they represent Tearfund externally
  • S / he will be expected to fulfil their personal objectives set by their line manager, contribute to their team’s overall objectives, take responsibility for reviewing their ongoing personal development and maintain an awareness of Tearfund’s strategy.
  • S / he will be expected, along with all Tearfund staff, to share responsibility to promote and maintain a strong safeguarding culture, including identifying the key actions they should take given their role and responsibilities.
  • The post-holder will be required to actively participate in the spiritual life of Tearfund in the following ways:

    • To model godly leadership in all aspects of character and conduct.
    • To lead or contribute in Christian worship, prayer, teaching and biblical reflections during collective staff prayer times and encourage staff to attend as is appropriate.
    • To be committed to and share in the outworking of Tearfund’s Mission, Purpose, Values and Statement of Faith.
    • To actively work and live in accordance with Tearfund’s Statement of Faith and Tearfund’s Christian ethos.
    • To pursue and maintain a Christian faith through ongoing personal spiritual development and a relationship with God.
    • To provide support and spiritual encouragement to staff and colleagues, in line with biblical principles.

  • The post-holder will be expected to behave in accordance with Tearfund’s ‘Code of Conduct’ as referred to in the Personal Conduct Policy.

Key Responsibilities & Duties


Key Responsibilities:

  • The Design, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (DMEAL) Officer will Support the SGBV/HIV Programme Coordinator with technical oversight and direction on all monitoring and evaluation needs across areas of intervention.
  • Conduct regular field visits to meet beneficiaries, coordinate with project officers and M&E officers from partner organisations, to capture data correctly and efficiently to ensure regular and accurate information.
  • Develop and submit quarterly capacity enhancement and assessment plan for project beneficiaries in the target communities. Ensure its implementation following approval. Document the process and submit evidence based monthly and annual progress reports on the activity level indicators of the programme.
  • Support the SGBV/HIV Programme Coordinator in organising and conducting capacity building sessions for programme partners.
  • Work with Tearfund Partners and target communities to develop community based monitoring plans and data capturing tools. Update and review every month over the project period.
  • Maintain relevant program correspondence files related with Design, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (DMEAL).
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback through regular performance review.
  • Track and report lessons learned, prepare transformational stories for the programme and share with SGBV/HIV Programme Coordinator for inputs and circulation.
  • Provide input on the design and implementation of baseline studies, mid-term evaluations and final evaluations of the SGBV/HIV projects.
  • Work with Project Officers in partner organisations to prepare pre and post monitoring, needs assessments, surveys, focus groups and evaluation or analysis as well as other formative studies at both projects and programme levels.
  • Adherence to all Tearfund policies and procedures in the staff handbook.
  • To show problem solving skills in monitoring as well as data management.

Capacity Building and Accompany partners and programme staff in DMEAL:

  • To accompany partners and programme teams to develop quality DMEAL approaches
  • To identify the need for and deliver DMEAL training, providing capacity building, advice and support where relevant.
  • To work with the SBGV/HIV Implementing Partners and staff on DMEAL compliance and implementation of institutionally funded programmes/projects.
  • To support and advise SBGV/HIV Partner Staff in the design of partner projects to ensure good practice DMEAL is incorporated in Nigeria.
  • Identify gaps and weaknesses in existing project DMEAL systems and processes, especially in the area of accountability, data management, and knowledge management and learning processes and work with Local Partners and the Nigeria country office staff to address these.

Plan, develop and support implementation of DMEAL plans:

  • Develop results matrices, targets, indicators and baselines for each SBGV / HIV project in Nigeria.
  • To support the development and implementation of DMEAL plans, systems and tools, including data collection and analysis methods that align with the Country Strategy and SBGV / HIV program, and the corporate DMEAL framework.
  • Monitor the implementation of recommendations and actions points arising from SBGV/HIV Nigeria evaluations and learning reviews.

Undertake and support evaluations to capture learning:

  • To ensure effective baseline, midterm and endline surveys and other assessments in line with the SBGV/HIV project design.
  • To provide support and advice for end of project internal learning reviews, project evaluations and country strategy reviews, for the purposes of accountability and learning.
  • To support and advise project staff on new needs assessments, Baseline data, project design (in line with Tearfund Global and Country Objectives), Project monitoring and implementation and evaluation.
  • Support and advice project staff in developing SMART objectives, and appropriate indicators at project design stage (focus will be to review and comment upon all new peacebuilding project proposals which are developed, and to ensure that learning from historic and ongoing projects is fed into the planning for new projects).
  • Provide guidance for the annual review of the programme to create a holistic view of Tearfund’s SBGV/HIV programme in Nigeria to determine whether it is on track with the implementation of its country strategy. Support the implementation and embedding of Tearfund DMEAL requirements and standards
  • To work closely with the cluster and HQ level DMEAL personnel on the development of existing and new Tearfund requirements and standards for DMEAL work, including: contextualisation of tools and approaches; piloting and implementing new approaches; and assist in the roll out of wider organisational initiatives into Nigeria team. This will include working on the scaling up of digital data collection and analysis tools and providing input into the corporate framework for data collection, analysis and reporting.
  • To ensure Tearfund Quality Standards and Core Humanitarian Standards are applied in SBGV/HIV programmes and projects.

Provide data analysis and reporting support to the Nigeria team:

  • To provide analysis and interpretation of data, its presentation and communication for the purposes of Tearfund internal (Quarterly and Annual reporting, and learning purposes) and external purposes – donors and supporters facing communications materials and reporting.
  • To provide and identify data and evidence to the WA Cluster DME Advisor for the Annual Impact and Learning report, quarterly reviews, as well as contributing to the development of Tearfund’s evidence base across the relevant competency areas.
  • Provide advice on the design of, and participate in, project evaluations whenever necessary or as may be required by the SBGV/HIV programme and support in analysing and communicating of results
  • To undertake regular field visits for data validation and to monitor the quality and completeness of data sets; coordinate data collection at project sites to monitor program development and ensure timely compilation and reporting of data; capture and document lessons learned; and champion the scaling up best practices
  • To support in the pulling together and coordination of internal and external (Tearfund and donor) reports on project and programme progress. Ensure that these reports are disseminated to the relevant team members and that they are coherent and in line with expected standards.
  • To support implementation staff in the gathering and writing of case studies and the collection of impact stories and photographs for use with donors and external comms channels.
  • To support the SBGV/HIV programme implementation teams, partner staff and country office staff to develop skills in the use of technology for MEAL (Tearfund Track)

Institutional Learning:

  • To institutionalise and participate in regular programme reviews and planning systems.
  • To promote cross learning between project teams in the different area offices and with implementing partners as well.
  • In collaboration with the SBGV/HIV Programme Coordinator, Communicate widely within Tearfund and externally the learning generated by the DME processes used in the Nigeria program.

Corporate Policies & Procedures:

  • Promote and adhere to Tearfund’s Vision, Purpose, Basis of Faith, Core Values and Operating Principles.
  • Promote Compliance culture and practices in Nigeria among staff and partners (supports designing/updating of policies, raising awareness, training staff and partners, reporting, etc.)
  • Works within Tearfund’s DME requirements and policy.
  • Contribute towards the induction of project staff, ensuring their familiarity with Tearfund’s mandate, values, Quality Standards, policies, programme objectives, and their individual responsibilities in upholding these standards and policies.

External Representation:

  • Attend relevant inter-agency coordination and donor meetings as may be delegated by the Country Director or SBGV/HIV Programme Coordinator.
  • Represent Tearfund in external DMEAL related forums where relevant.

Person Specification



  • BSc / BA or equivalent qualification in Gender, Development, Sociology, or other relevant courses. A masters degree in the related field will be an advantage.


  • A masters degree in the related field will be an advantage.



  • At least 3 years of experience in development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation or other learning efforts is required.
  • International NGO field experience in a similar position: programme support, development, fundraising or M&E.
  • Proven experience in designing, implementing, and operating M&E systems within the Project Cycle Management (including logframe development and theories of change).
  • Proven experience in Knowledge Management and Institutional Learning initiatives.
  • Experience in Project Cycle Management (including logframe development and M&E).
  • Experience in capacity building/ training.
  • Experience in conveying stories and case studies to external audiences in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Experience gathering visual material for communications
  • Experience in strategic planning.
  • Experience in the use of an M&E database software will be essential
  • Experience of networking
  • Experience with institutional funders
  • Experience using electronic data gathering tools (Kobo, Nvivo, Atlas, etc.)


  • Proven experience in Monitoring and Evaluation of peacebuilding projects
  • Experience in project implementation.
  • Working with SPHERE Standards and CHS.
  • Working under pressure and remote environment
  • Experience in the use of GIS for M&E
  • Experience in remote M&E
  • Experience in Outcome Harvesting

Skills / Abilities


  • Excellent English language, written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organisational and administrative capacity
  • Intermediate Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook skills
  • Proven ability to be flexible in demanding situations.
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Negotiation and representation skills
  • Strong interpersonal and team skills


  • Photography and Videography skills
  • Knowledge of digital data gathering and analysis experience and skill (with a tool such as Kobo)
  • Knowledge of Geographical Information System (GIS) tools and approaches
  • Knowledge and application of data analysis tools (e.g. SPSS, statistics packages)
  • Working knowledge of local languages (Hausa)

Personal Qualities:

  • Committed Christian
  • Emotionally and spiritually mature.
  • Team player – practical, desire to support the field teams.
  • Understanding and sensitivity to cross-cultural issues.
  • Flexible and adaptable to ever-changing environments.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Diplomatic and determined.
  • Willingness to travel and live in basic conditions.
  • An understanding of and a commitment to Tearfund’s Vision, Mission, Values and Beliefs Statement.

Other Comments:

  • This role requires a DBS / Police check
  • Tearfund is a member of the SCHR Misconduct Disclosure Scheme
  • Personal identification information will be submitted against a Watchlist database to check against criminal convictions as a counter-terror measure


N7,530,984 – N8,843,052 Gross annually.

Application Closing Date

31st January, 2021.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should address and email their Applications and 2-page Summary CV to the “Human Resources” via: [email protected] using the “Job title” as the subject of the email.