MEAL Coordinator

Location: Sekota

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Closing Date: Jul 18, 2022

Job Description

External Vacancy Advertisement

Position: MEAL Coordinator (1)


Under the general supervision of the Field Office Operations Manager of Sekota, the MEAL Coordinator will coordinate MEAL & MEAL related activities of all programs/projects being implemented under Save the Children Sekota Field Office. He/she is responsible to ensure that the delivery of the programs is in line with SC approach, Donor requirement, SC MEAL framework and specific programmatic approaches. He/she will ensure & strengthen that strong MEAL system is in place so that the implementation of the programs is of high quality to be accountable to beneficiaries, partners and donors.


MEAL System Development

  • Design system and contextually appropriate MEAL implementation strategies to make the SCI MEAL system functional and contribute for program quality.
  • Leading and/managing research aspects including taking an active role in framing research questions and development, adaptation and testing of monitoring & evaluation and TORs
  • Undertake responsibility of the rolling-out of SCI MEAL system for Sekota field office.
  • Ensure programmes/projects are using Quality Benchmarks as part of their day to day implementation and quality monitoring practices
  • Make sure that MEAL evidences are used for management decision making.
  • Participate on the design and roll-out of standardised monitoring tools and methodologies.
  • Coordinate on time implementation of Project/ Programme baseline and Evaluation findings
  • Ensure that area operation and project staffs understand SCI MEAL system and its application in all projects with uniform fashion.
  • Lead and support the field level MEAL technical working group to ensure quality programming against quality bench marks through participatory methodologies (including child-friendly methodologies).
  • Provide technical support and participate as required in all other aspects of MEAL at field offices level (Sekota) for example surveys, assessments, baselines surveys, evaluations, joint projects reviews / lessons learning workshops/events.
  • Ensure periodic reports are as per the standard quality, standard template, and time frame and communicated accordingly.
  • Be the key link between area operation office level MEAL teams and Addis-based MEAL team, ensuring that data and reports are of a high quality and submitted on time
  • Work to ensure that all projects have context based “Complaint Response Mechanism (CRM) for the functionality of SC accountability.
  • Ensure all projects incorporate child safeguarding issue in their monitoring checklist to regularly monitor its implementation status.

Technical MEAL Support and Capacity Building

  • Provide technical support to MEAL staffs under sekota field office to ensure that the MEAL system is operational in all departments.
  • Undertake data analysis and provides descriptive statistical information to appropriate data user
  • Provide technical support for MEAL staffs that helps to ensure program data are well secured through electronic backup system and hard copy filing.
  • Assist and give a technical support to all projects to develop and how to implement MEAL plans.
  • Provide guidance for projects to collect quality monitoring data in a timely manner and collate / organize data for reporting to the country office.
  • Manage to create organisational culture that promotes MEAL and understands its link to quality and accountable programming
  • Plan and implement capacity building tasks to create knowledgeable MEAL team through providing trainings, mentoring and other technical supports.
  • Put systems that leanings from projects are properly tracked and shared and properly documented and used for new program/project designing.
  • Provide inductions to new staff on MEAL and work with all staffs in the organisation to increase capacity in Accountability through training and direct support.
  • Closely work with partner organizations (Government and local NGO) to support that the MEAL system is operational and make use of MEAL tools and methodologies.
  • Manage to maintain regular communication and interaction with partners to facilitate and promote learning and information sharing between SC and the partner organizations.

Documentation, learning and Advocacy

  • Ensures proper documentation of experiences and lessons across all projects /programs at field level
  • Work to create mini data base that helps to document basic information that helps for program designing, project proposal writing etc.

Database Development and Management

  • Lead the development of new database to respond to program data and reporting needs;
  • Develop automation of data reporting and visualization (including data dashboards) serving the country as well as field MEAL team.

Learning and Knowledge Management

  • In close collaboration with program team facilitate in generating, storing and sharing knowledge (most significant change story, meta-analysis, research/evaluation summary reports, etc).
  • Ensure utilization of learning and knowledge generated in decision making and programme improvement (maintain up to date project action tracker and monitor the utilization and application)
  • Support programmes in the identification of learning objectives and evidence gaps.
  • Be part of the national MEAL Community of Practices and provide project learning and best practices to the Community of practice.
  • Prepare data visualizations (charts, graphs, maps) and data stories for SCI knowledge sharing and communication purposes.

Collaboration and Networking

Promote collaboration and joint actions with different organizations and partners



  • Minimum of five years, and three years NGO management experience in a MEAL role in both emergency and development contexts, preferably with solid experience in more than one of the following priority sectors: education, protection, rights governance, HIV/AIDs, health and nutrition, and emergencies
  • Direct experience of rolling out and managing MEAL systems and of working on all aspects of MEAL
  • Demonstrated commitment to building staff capacity, skills in training and capacity building
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in
  • Computer skills like Microsoft office, SPSS etc


  • Problem solving and decision making,
  • Applying technical and professional expertise,
  • Working effectively with others,
  • Communicating with impact,
  • To work in team and work under pressure
  • To protect children in connection
  • To be non-discriminatory and gender sensitive
  • NGOs Experience working in a complex multi-culture working contexts in any one of the Support Services Areas

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

      Additional Note

Hardship allowance will be paid 50% of the basic salary for Female staff and 40% of basic salary for Male staff


  • SC Values are: Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity, and Integrity. To meet the value system, the post holder is expected to demonstrate the following competencies on an ongoing basis.
  • Leading Delivering result: Takes personal responsibility and holds others to account to deliver our ambitious goals for children, continually improving own performance or that of the team/organisation.
  • Thinking Applying technical and professional expertise: Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards; promotes and shares best practices within and outside the organisation.
  • Engaging
  • Working effectively with others: Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives; knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross-boundary working.
  • Communicating with Impact: Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage and influence; promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate messages, building confidence and trust with others      

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. The duty station of the position holder will be in Sekota for One Year. This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.