Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator - Mekong Water Governance Program



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Position: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator

Reporting to: Mekong Inclusion Project 2 Manager

Location: Based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia or in an agreed Mekong country

Contract Type: 1 year, with possible extension

Category: C2 National in line with National Staff Term and Condition

Start Date: As soon as possible


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The Mekong Regional Water Governance Program

Oxfam has been implementing the Mekong Regional Water Governance Program in the Mekong region over the last decades. The governance of water resources is of critical importance to the future of the Greater Mekong region, which covers Cambodia, Thailand, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Myanmar and China (Yunnan Province). Decisions over how the water resoruces are developed, managed and shared will influence whether growth will be inclusive and equitable, or will further marginalise millions of people.

Oxfam’s Asia Water Governance Program has multiple projects that contribute  to sustainable development of water resources in key river basins, in South Asia, Mekong and the Salween basins. The Mekong Water Governance Program aims to have more inclusive, equitable water governance that reduces the impact of climate change and increases social accountability to citizens in the Greater Mekong Basin. The program envisions that communities living along the Mekong and Salween River basins are able to realise their rights to sustainable livelihoods.

The Mekong Inclusion Project (IP-1), which was funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) implemented between 2014-2020 with over AUD 9 million investment. The project has been implemented across five countries in the Lower Mekong and Salween River basins. Building on the achievements gained through the IP-1 project, the Mekong Water Governance Program is well-positioned to deliver the second phase of the Inclusion Project (2020-2024) to bring more sustainable livelihoods to riparian communities through access to river resourcs and the enviromental  services they provide. The Inclusion Project 2, with a total DFAT investment of AUD $5.4 million, is jointly delivered by Oxfam and International Rivers. The project has three key domains of change:

  1. Social inclusion, Gender equality and women’s leadership
  2. Civil society engagement and networking
  3. Government and the Private Sector

The program aims for regional impact at country, regional and institutional levels.  It is managed by the Mekong Project Management Unit (PMU). This work seeks to influence changes at the community and civil society level, as well as changes in policies and practices at the national and trans-boundary level regarding water resource governance and sustainable energy.

Job Purpose

The position is responsible for coordinating and leading on Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) function for the Mekong Regional Water Governance Program and the Inclusion Project 2 in particular. The post holder will ensure MEAL is compliant with the Oxfam’s Common Approach to MEL and Social Accountability (CAMSA) and back donor (DFAT) performance standards. S/he will work closely with the regional program MEAL/Knowledge Management postholders to strengthen regional programs are delivered with high quality, identify synergies and maximise efficiencies.

The MEAL Coordinator will be part of the Mekong Project Management Unit (PMU) and a core team member of the IP2 consortia project team comprised Oxfam and IR. S/he will work closely with members of the  regional PMU, IR and national coordinators to establish and advise on processes to collect and analyse project and program data; to monitor and record activities and evidence of outcomes in the three domain of change of the Inclusion Project phase 2 (including outcomes in Inclusion, gender equality and women’s leadership; civil society capacity and networking; the practices and policy of targeted actors in government and the private sector).  Based on this monitoring, the MEAL coordinator will propose, coordinate, and write relevant case studies and analyse reports to document project outcomes.

The position will work closely with the Communications team and other project staff to ensure that clear messaging and evidence of project results are demonstrated in a range of communication outputs consistent with the Communications Strategy and MEAL framework for the IP2 project. S/he will work closely with the Inclusion Project Manager and the Regional Manager to ensure quality reporting.

Core Responsibilities

Technical leadership

  • Provide leadership within the Mekong Regional Water Governance Program to ensure program quality, monitoring and evaluation, accountability and learning in the program implementation.
  • Ensure the IP2 Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (M&E) framework build upon the MEAL framework and key learning from IP1 and adhere to Oxfam’s CAMSA
  • Lead on the operationalization and implementation of MEAL framework; conduct periodic revision of the M&E framework and ensure the framework is effective and relevant to context at each level (national and regional) and compliant with DFAT and  Oxfam standards and guidelines.
  • Undertake and provide MEAL capacity building, technical support and training to the program team at regional and country level, as program partners.
  • Coordinate between regional and country level M&E frameworks to ensure coherence.
  • Provide leadership in managing all aspects of the project information management for accurate and accessible filing and record-keeping of all data collected in the projects
  • Work collaboratively with and support the technical consultants on the Inclusion Project MEAL framework update and project baseline.

Please refer to the attached document for more infromation regarding the position.



For those who are interested in this post, please submit your applications to Oxfam recruitment website at:  by March 16, 2021 at 23:59 ICT. 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted