Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Advisor

Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Advisor

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DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance


DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance is dedicated to improving the security of states and their people within a framework of democratic governance, the rule of law, respect for human rights, and gender equality. Since its founding in 2000, DCAF has contributed to making peace and development more sustainable by assisting partner states, and international actors supporting these states, to improve the governance of their security sectors through inclusive and participatory reforms. It creates innovative knowledge products, promotes norms and good practices, provides legal and policy advice, and supports capacity‐building of both state and non‐state security sector stakeholders.

DCAF’s governing Foundation Council members represent about 50 countries and the Canton of Geneva. Active in countries all over the world, DCAF is internationally recognized as one of the world's leading centres of excellence for security sector governance (SSG) and security sector reform (SSR). DCAF is guided by the principles of neutrality, impartiality, local ownership, inclusive participation, and gender equality. For more information, visit and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and X (formerly Twitter) @DCAF_Geneva.

For our Directorate Office, we are looking for an experienced and dynamic individual to be our next: Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Advisor (80-100 %)

  • Location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Starting date: May 2024 or as soon as possible
  • Duration: Permanent


As a pivotal member of our team, the Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Advisor is tasked with steering DCAF towards strengthening an effective MEAL model, embracing the challenges and opportunities of transitioning towards a networked 'Hub' approach.

This role combines strategic leadership with technical MEAL expertise, aiming to foster a results-oriented culture and enhance our capacity for continuous learning and improvement.

Working closely with the Director, Senior Management Team (SMT) and various DCAF entities, the advisor will work on the improvement, operationalization and harmonization of results-based planning, monitoring, evaluation, performance reporting and learning.


MEAL reflections and strategic steering:

  • Support the Director and Strategy Development Working Group (SDWG) in developing and operationalizing the new 5-year strategy within its budget framework, fostering an environment conducive to effective monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
  • Support the seamless integration of Results-Based Management (RBM) with DCAF’s information management system, providing support to Senior Management Team (SMT) reflections and strategic decision-making.
  • Spearhead the development of a robust MEAL framework in alignment with DCAF’s upcoming strategy, contributing to a cohesive approach to achieving strategic objectives.

RBM Institutionalization and MEAL Practice Enhancement

  • Drive the conceptual development of DCAF’s RBM framework, promoting a culture of results and systematic lesson learning across the organization.
  • Provide MEAL-related guidance to DCAF entities and project teams, participating in project proposal review panels to ensure MEAL considerations are integrated from the outset.
  • Support all DCAF entities in achieving compliance with the OECD-DAC Gender Marker and other commitments, ensuring accountability through RBM reporting.

Capacity Building and MEAL Network Strengthening

  • Strengthen the network and enhance capabilities of DCAF’s MEAL focal points, enabling them to better support project teams with RBM approaches, project/programme monitoring, and reflective learning practices.
  • Lead the development and delivery of MEAL induction programs for new staff and ongoing capacity development initiatives for existing staff, focusing on mentoring and dedicated training for DCAF’s RBM focal points and managers.

MEAL Reporting and Quality Assurance

  • Oversee the production of DCAF’s corporate performance report, emphasizing results-focused project/programme reporting and timely submission through MEAL network focal points.
  • Conduct quality assurance for periodic performance reports and assist in the development of divisional, regional, or country reports.
  • Support the Communications & Donor Relations Unit to identify outcomes and the impact of DCAF's work; coordinate the identification and drafting of case studies and stories of change.
  • Streamline the management and utilization of the DCAF Database/Dashboard to support decision-making and reporting processes.


  • Advanced university degree, or equivalent professional experience, in international affairs and development, governance, economics, statistics, evaluation research security studies, human rights or related disciplines.
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in MEAL and RBM in international development or related fields.
  • Demonstrated leadership and advisory capabilities, with a knack for influencing strategy and operations.
  • Proficient in capacity building, mentoring, and training, with a commitment to fostering a learning culture.
  • Familiarity with OECD-DAC Gender Marker or equivalent frameworks, showcasing a commitment to gender-sensitive programming.
  • Strong analytical, reporting, and coordination skills, capable of managing complex MEAL frameworks and initiatives.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment, adhering to and promoting the values of the organisation
  • Flexibility, responsiveness, adaptability and pragmatism
  • Excellent English and French (both written and spoken)


  • a rewarding, dynamic and challenging work experience
  • the chance to be part of a multicultural team of supportive, hardworking and values-driven people
  • the chance to contribute to improving security of states and their people within a framework of democratic governance, the rule of law, and respect for human rights

If you are passionate about leveraging MEAL practices to drive strategic change and improve organizational effectiveness, we’d love to hear from you. Please apply online by 12th April 2024, enclosing:

  • a one-page motivational statement in English describing your relevant experience and what you can bring to DCAF
  • a concise CV (maximum two pages)
  • a copy of your diplomas and work certificates (in one pdf document)

DCAF is committed to equality of opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, religion, or ethnicity.

DCAF is bound by the legal requirements and regulations regarding the issuance of work permits of the jurisdictions in which we operate.

Individuals who seek to serve with DCAF in any individual capacity will be required, if short-listed, to complete a self-attestation stating that they have not committed or been convicted of any criminal offence and have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.