Department: Appraisal Monitoring & Evaluation Unit (AMEU)
Position: Senior Accountability Officer
Direct Hierarchy: Country AME Manager
Contract duration: 6 Months
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Starting Date: Dec 2021
ACTED is a French humanitarian NGO, founded in 1993, which supports vulnerable populations, affected by humanitarian crises worldwide. ACTED provides continued support to vulnerable communities by ensuring the sustainability of post-crisis interventions and engaging long-term challenges facing our target populations, in order to break the poverty cycle, foster development and reduce vulnerability to disasters. Their interventions seek to cover the multiple aspects of humanitarian and development crises through a multidisciplinary approach which is both global and local, and adapted to each context. Their 3,300 staff is committed in to responding to emergencies worldwide, to supporting recovery and rehabilitation, towards sustainable development.
Under the direct supervision of the Country Appraisal Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, he/she is responsible for ensuring ACTED HoA Mission continuously engages in meaningful two-way dialogue with the communities it serves. The Senior Accountability Officer will be responsible for ensuring the implementation and management of a complaints mechanism, pro-active engagement with project beneficiaries and ensuring issues, questions and complaints are followed up in a meaningful and genuine manner. S/he will be responsible for ensuring mechanisms are in place in ACTED’s programmes to fulfil key Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Commitments. This is a very exciting initiative for those interested in and passionate about ensuring communities have direct influence in aid interventions and how they are carried out. This initiative is about giving a voice to communities and ensuring accurate needs and feedback is being listened to and acted upon in ACTED programs.**
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Identification and deployment of a range of available, accessible, relevant and appropriate communication means
a) Under the guidance of the Country AME Unit, and at relevant frequency, assess communities’ preferred means to formulate complaints / feedback with ACTED;
b) Ensure the CRM offers as many communication means as possible, while taking into account the specificities of the local context and culture, as well as the type and resources of the project, beneficiaries’ specificities, vulnerabilities and preferences, etc.;
c) Ensure all communication means guarantee total confidentiality of the information shared, in order to protect the privacy and safety of the complainant, the subject of complaint and other witnesses;
2. Promotion of the CRM
a) Participate in kick-off and close-out meetings to promote the CRM and present the project CRM implementation strategy;
b) Develop project-specific strategies to provide beneficiaries, communities and stakeholders with readily available information on the CRM throughout the project cycle, notably including a clear repartition of tasks between AME and Project implementation teams;
c) Build capacity and understanding among ACTED staff, partners and contractors on beneficiary accountability and more specifically on the objectives and functioning of the CRM, as well as on what to do / not to do when receiving a complaint;
d) Conduct field visits throughout the project cycle (i.e. before, during and after the intervention), and coordinate with the AME and project implementation teams for the same, in order to spread information / awareness about the CRM to beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries, as well as local authorities and stakeholders in ACTED’s areas of implementation;
e) Develop and disseminate clear country-specific CRM information / awareness raising materials in a language and visual format that can be widely understood (including people with low levels of literacy);
f) Regularly assess the effectiveness of all information-sharing efforts (notably via the assessment of communities’ level of awareness on the CRM at relevant frequency and under the guidance of the Country AME Unit), and incorporate findings into revised approaches;
g) At all times ensure (non)-beneficiaries feel safe to express concerns, complaints and feedback to an independent and unbiased staff member.
3. Complaints handling
a) Receive and acknowledge receipt of complaints formulated through the CRM (including those received directly by other ACTED staff, through the hotline (if any), and actively seeking out feedback with the community);
b) Ensure that the content of complaints/feedback is adequately captured, categorized and analyzed in the COMPFU (COMplaints Follow-Up) as per ACTED procedures, paying specific attention to data quality;
c) Maintain a good understanding of ACTED programs, including through frequent meetings with Project implementation teams, to be able to respond directly, whenever possible, to requests for information (i.e. level 1 complaints as per ACTED’s sensitivity grid);
d) Channel complaints to the persons responsible for follow-up, as per ACTED standard beneficiary CRM procedures;
e) Treat urgent and/or sensitive complaints with the immediate attention they require;
f) Follow-up in person into complaints received in accordance with ACTED procedures;
g) Follow up in a constructive and proactive manner on pending complaints with relevant persons responsible for complaint follow-up, and verify that all complaints are adequately and comprehensively addressed;
h) Respond to complaints respectfully, objectively, accurately, and in a timely manner (15 days), as per talking points defined with line manager, as per talking points agreed with relevant persons responsible for complaint follow-up;
i) Close complaints in the COMPFU once adequately addressed and a comprehensive response has been provided to the complainant, duly tracking all complaint resolution steps and efforts in the COMPFU;
j) Under the guidance of the Country AME Unit, and at relevant frequency, assess communities’ feedback and satisfaction on the CRM, and incorporate findings into revised approaches;
4. Reporting and Capitalization
a) Maintain records of CRM information / awareness raising / promotion activities (including approximate numbers of participants) for each project, and share with Project implementation team and line manager as required;
b) Maintain consistent, confidential and detailed records of all complaints in the COMPFU (and other electronic and hard copy filing systems, as appropriate) as well as enquiry reports (as relevant);
c) Ensure the COMPFU is password-protected at all times and all locations, the confidentiality of complaints data is respected, and this information is shared only with authorized persons as per ACTED procedures;
d) Analyze patterns and trends in complaints and regularly share findings with line manager, to identify and discuss lessons land, and help ACTED improve its programming;
e) When relevant, and in collaboration with line manager, organize meetings with relevant colleagues (PMs, Area coordinators, etc.) to present the CRM status / findings and discuss incorporation of lessons learned into revised programming;
f) Produce a monthly analytic CRM report and send to line manager, Country Director and HQ AME Manager, following the standard ACTED template;
g) Provide regular and timely updates on progress and challenges to line manager;
h) Maintain relationships with peers from other agencies to ensure the effective use of referrals both into and out from ACTED;
i) Integrate any accountability-related lessons learned and/or recommendations to the AME-managed country learning database, and contribute to their diffusion with coordination / AME / project staff.
5. Protection mainstreaming
a) Promoting of and adhering to Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse policy and guidelines (for site residents, ACTED staff, partner agencies, casual labours etc).
a) Assist project and AME teams with other activities, as requested by immediate supervisor;
b) Perform any other related activities as assigned by immediate supervisor.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science, Community Development or related field.
- Extensive experience of social research methods to conduct monitoring and evaluation for humanitarian and development initiatives/interventions.
- Demonstrable understanding of conflict/post-conflict development contexts, with experience in remote-management contexts is an added asset. Certification in monitoring and accountability is a very strong asset
- Knowledge and experience in design, set up and manage Complaints Response and Feedback Mechanisms (CRFM) will also be an asset.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; the ability to successfully and effectively liaise with a variety of people in a multicultural set up.
- At least 3 years of work experience in a similar field; previous experience with INGO is an asset.
- Proven commitment to accountable practices.
- Good English communications skills (both oral and written) and report writing skills.
- Strong team player of high integrity, pleasant personality, ability to work under least supervision and meet strict deadlines.
- Strong people management and leadership skills.
- Ability to work independently.