Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting & Learning (MERL) Associate


Organization Name: GOPA Infra
Location: Gaziantep, Turkey
Apply email: Not Specified
Start Date: 25 Nov 2023, 10:50 am
Closing Date: 13 Dec 2023, 12:00 am

Through a collaboration with GOPA Middle East, the SRTF seeks to hire motivated, self-driven individuals to fulfil leading roles of Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting & Learning (MERL) Associate (m/f/d)


The Syria Recovery Trust Fund (SRTF) was established for the financing of reconstruction activities to rebuild the country and alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people as a result of the on-going conflict. The SRTF was created to provide the international community with a vehicle to offer financial support to the National Coalition for responding to the needs of the Syrian people.

The Management Unit (MU) was established to manage the Fund and its allocations to projects addressing reconstruction, recovery, and stabilization to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people.

Governing bodies of SRTF are:

• The Steering Board (SB), with frequent meetings two times a year.
• The Management Committee (MC), meeting every three months.
• The Director General of SRTF (DG).


Under the guidance and supervision of the Monitoring and Evaluation Section Head (MESH), the Monitoring and Evaluation (MERL) Associate provides the necessary monitoring and reporting on project and services implementation using the SRTF results framework ensuring transparency and accuracy of projects and resources of SRTF programmes.

The MERL Associate is in close collaboration with the Programme Staff of the Management Unit as well as with the Independent Monitoring Agent (IMA) to exchange information and ensure consistent, reliable, and verifiable MERL reporting.

Key Responsibilities

The MERL Associate's responsibility is to coordinate and support the day-to-day implementation of the MERL of all project activities, in accordance with the respective results framework. The key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Maintain the programme-wide, consistent implementation of the SRTF MERL data management systems and procedures
• Apply improvements to the design/review of the SRTF MERL data management system and procedures
• Provide inputs in the collaboration with SRTF Programme staff and Implementing Entities in the drafting of project proposals with a focus on providing the results framework for each proposed project where relevant
• Engage the relevant SRTF Programme staff to design/develop/review all key MERL tools for use by IEs , e.g., data collection, data reporting
• Provide guidance/assistance on all MERL tools to SRTF Programme staff, and any other persons utilizing these tools
• Review and verify all monthly, quarterly, and annual reports - narrative and MS Excel data workbooks - from Implementing Entities and/or SRTF Programme staff to ensure accuracy and consistency across reporting periods of all active projects
• Provide all the required MERL inputs/sections for project final reports, project closure reports, etc. in collaboration with SRTF Programme staff.
• Clean data and capture all MS Excel data workbooks into the MERL database.
• Provide inputs to the design and/or review of survey questionnaires to evaluate project outcomes/effects on SRTF beneficiaries
• Design/develop/review thematic maps required for reporting purposes to the SRTF Management Committee
• Any other duties/tasks, relevant to MERL, that may be assigned by the MU management.


• University degree in applied social science, engineering, economics, or related fields;
• A minimum of three (3) years of experience, with a proven track record, in MERL data management systems, preferably in major, donor-financed emergency aid, or development funds, with local partners in developing countries
• Knowledge of project cycle management and/or results-based management
• Strong skills in the Microsoft Office package especially MS Excel, e.g., data cleaning; advanced formulae; pivot tables
• Literacy in major database software and data management best practices
• Fluency in spoken and written English and Arabic.
• Strong communications skills with a keen sense of ethics and integrity
• Experience working in an international environment, including NGOs, with participation in multi-discipline project teams from different cultural backgrounds
• Strong organizational skills, especially regarding storage and maintenance of digital files
• Comfortable with occasional travel as part of ToR scope of work, when required.
• Turkish Nationality is a Must.

Additional advantages:

• Knowledge in GIS software (preferably qGIS)
• Knowledge of programming skills in one or more of the following: SQL, Python, R, with a specific focus on data analysis and data visualisation software
• Knowledge drafting beneficiary-oriented surveys, plus know-how in analysis
• Experience working in MERL in the Syrian Arab Republic and/or any of the neighbouring countries
• Experience working in MERL in conflict, post-conflict, and/or fragile countries (other than the Syrian Arab Republic)

Personal characteristics:

• Self-motivated, results-oriented, and able to work in a team
• Able to multi-task across projects/tasks
• Meticulous and detail-oriented
• Strong problem-solving skills
• Strong desire to learn
• Professional attitude, and approach, to work


For the everyday tasks, the mid-year review, and the annual performance evaluation, the MERL Associate reports to the Monitoring and Evaluation Section Head (MESH); and in the absence of the MESH, to the Chief Operations Officer (COO).

This is a re-advertisement announcement and intended for individuals holding Turkish nationality.

How to apply

If you are interested in the assigned position, please send your application via email to, the position to be used in the email subject. The application should include the following documents and information:

• Your CV in English language, EU-format preferred;
• A list of reference persons with contact details, if not included in the CV already.

Candidates who are considered for further evaluation and for recommendation to the client will be notified.

Job Email id: admin.middleeast(at)