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MEAL Officer

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COOPI is looking for a MEAL Officer in Iraq

COOPI is active in Iraq since end of 2016, it is officially registered in Kurdish Region of Iraq since March 2017 and in Federal Iraq since September 2018. Since then, COOPI has implemented a series projects in the sector of Education in Emergency in Al Qayyarah (Mosul district) with funding from AICS (Italian Government) and private donors. In 2019, COOPI started intervening with WASH programming and emergency cash interventions in Salah ad Dihn governorate, one of the most affected by the crisis. In 2021 COOPI is bringing education, child protection and livelihoods programming in the area, to provide a holistic response to the needs of the most vulnerable returnees and IDPs, especially those living in informal settlements.

Role description

The MEAL Officer:

  • plays a pivotal role in ensuring quality design and implementation of COOPI programs in Iraq, as well as high standards of accountability to donors and affected populations;
  • works in close collaboration with the program managers to monitor and continuously improve the performance of our programs;
  • contributes to the growth of COOPI’s portfolio in Iraq through the identification of needs and intervention opportunities.

To be successful in this role, the candidate will have to demonstrate superior planning, analysis and performance management skills and a high degree of flexibility and problem solving skills to cope with a rapidly evolving context. As the role entails close collaboration with a number of stakeholders the candidate is required to exert diplomacy, influencing and capacity.



The specific tasks of the MEAL Officer are as follows:

Monitoring, evaluation and learning

  • Support and contribute to the development and implementation of M&E systems, including M&E SOPs, guidance and tools, in compliance with COOPI global policies;
  • Support the field staff in planning and executing M&E, including, data collection methodology and tools and data management, analysis and use;
  • Support the monthly project reviews with by presenting M&E data and findings with a view to continuously improve program performance;
  • Contribute to organisational learning through supporting specific analysis, lessons learned and reports;
  • Provide technical support for quantitative and qualitative analysis for donor reports;
  • Supervise and mentor field M&E staff;
  • Conduct field support and monitoring missions to consortium targeted locations.

Accountability to affected populations

  • Review and update COOPI’s AAP framework in Iraq;
  • Support the integration of AAP mechanisms across all COOPI Iraq programs;
  • Support program managers with the analysis of and response to feedback and escalate to senior management as appropriate.

Strategy and business development

  • Proactively contribute to the identification of needs and funding opportunities
  • Lead initial assessments for upcoming opportunities;
  • Participate in programme design and proposal discussions, including theory of change development, log frame design and budgeting for M&E;
  • Review project proposals to ensure adherence to COOPI quality standards and participate in drafting log-frames, MEAL, and AAP sections of the proposal;
  • Contribute to the design of M&E staffing structure and resourcing, including collaboration  with programme staff to identify and plan for M&E needs;
  • Contirbutes to the implementation and review of relevant aspects of COOPI Iraq’s country strategy.



  • Degree in economics, political science, international development, social sciences, statistics or related field is required Advanced degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering or related field are preferred or equivalent work experience;

Experience/Hard skills

  • At least 3 years’ experience in an international NGO preferably in an emergency or post-conflict setting;
  • Experience managing M&E activities including collecting and reporting on gender-specific metrics;
  • Experience designing and carrying out M&E studies, reviews and/or evaluations, qualitative and quantitative data collection tools;
  • Experience using data collection and analysis tools (Kobo, SPSS, STATA, etc.);
  • Experience in working with different international donors (ECHO, UN agencies etc.);
  • Experience delivering M&E training and mentoring and developing staff required;
  • English language proficiency (speaking, reading, writing);
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office package and advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel;
  • Strong analytical report writing skills and excellent communications skills;
  • Knowledge of humanitarian principles and sphere standards;
  • Understanding of data and information needs for program management and decision making.

Soft Skills

  • Target oriented and problem-solving aptitude, superior organization and planning skills, diplomacy and soft influencing capacity.
  • Demonstrated teamwork skills and ability to work effectively with partners and stakeholders

We reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the application closing date, once a sufficient number of applications have been received.
Please note that only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on rolling basis and the vacancy will be closed when filled, thanks for understanding.


COOPI Cooperazione Internazionale is a humanitarian, non-confessional and independent organization founded in 1965 in Milan, Italy. For more than 50 years we have been dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and to supporting populations affected by wars, socio-economic crises or natural disasters in their path to recovery and sustainable development, by making use of the professionalism of local and international operators, and through our partnerships with public and private bodies and civil society organizations.