Closing Date: Oct 31, 2021
The MEAL coordinator role will provide essential support to Save the Children’s programmes by supporting leadership and management, roll-out of the MEAL system and building capacity at the field level to deliver against SCI’s Minimum Operating Standards in his/her respective Field office. He/She will build systems and staff capacity to ensure that SCI programmes are of high quality to beneficiaries and donors and learning is institutionalized for program improvements. This position will be responsible for a specific geographic location/s under the Field office, as per the CO structure.
KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
Management and Leadership
- Provide overall supervision and leadership on the MEAL functions and strategy delivery at Field office level
- Prove supervision, mentorship and professional development to MEAL staffs in the field office so that staffs have the required capacity and enthusiasm to undertake their responsibilities
- Provide oversight of MEAL budget and ensure effective and timely utilization for the appropriate MEAL activities
- Be the key link among the MEAL team & Field office level operations team.
- Ensure MEAL evidences (IPTT, project performance/action trackers, etc) are used for management decision making and continuous performance improvement and be part of the field office level management team members/
MEAL System Development and Management
- Undertake responsibilities for the roll-out of the MEAL system in specified field office.
- Ensure that MEAL Team, field operations and project staff understand the various steps and tools for the MEAL system and that this is used consistently across projects / areas
- Ensure programmes/projects are using Quality Benchmarks as part of their day to day implementation and quality monitoring practices
- Support on the roll-out of standardised monitoring tools and methodologies as required by the MEAL and field level teams.
- Ensure every project has at least 30% engagement (level of effort- LoE) by respective MEAL personnel.
- Ensure functional accountability mechanisms are in place as the four pillar of accountability (Information sharing, participation, establishing and implementing Compliant and Feedback Mechanisms (CFM), and staff capacity building.
- Ensure that regular monitoring/MEAL reports are received and communicated effectively to Area MEAL coordinator, FOM and other relevant bodies in the national office.
- Ensure periodic report are as per the standard quality, standard template, time frame and communicated accordingly
- Ensure communities and children know their rights and entitlements, have access to project information and participate in decisions that affect them
- Ensure communities and children have access to safe and responsive mechanisms to handle their complaints and feedbacks
Learning and Knowledge Management
- Lead the implementation of LKM framework in the field office and support there is a functional LKM system and capacity in the FO.
- Support programmes in the identification of learning objectives and evidence gaps.
- 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 Field office action tracker and monitor the utilization and application)
Technical Support and Capacity Building
- Undertake continuous staff capacity assessment and develop capacity building plans
- Provide trainings and capacity building for staff as required
- Ensure relevant staffs received proper orientations, inductions, training to help them deliver their MEAL responsibilities
- Sets standard and agreed performance objectives for all direct reports
- Conducts at least 6 One-to-ones on monitoring meeting in a year and have documents as evidence
- Conducts midterm performance review at midyear for direct reports
- Conducts end line performance evaluation for direct reports, documents and submits to HR
Programme design, research, evaluations, assessments and other studies
- Follow up FO/Themes periodically assess and update changes in children needs (especially deprived children)
- Ensure evaluations are undertaken as per the threshold and FO maintain up-to-date evaluation trackers to monitor delivery and action planning
- Lead/participate in project/ programme baseline, evaluations, researches and assessment activities in his/her areas of jurisdiction
SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)
- Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values.
- Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary capacity to improve performance and applying appropriate measures when results are not achieved.
- Sets ambitious and challenging goals for himself/herself (and their team).
- Takes responsibility for his/her own personal actions and encourages others to do the same.
- Widely shares his/her personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
- Future orientated, thinks strategically.
- Builds and maintains effective relationships, his/her team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
- Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength.
- Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
- Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions.
- Willing to take disciplined risks
- Honest, encourages openness and transparency
In order to be successful you will bring/have:
|SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)
- Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
- Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
- Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
- Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
- Future orientated, thinks strategically
- Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
- Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
- Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
- Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
- Willing to take disciplined risks
- Honest, encourages openness and transparency
KEY COMPETENCIES (Save the Children competency framework – to Skilled level)
- Leading and inspiring others
- Delivering Results
- Developing Self and Others
- Problem Solving and decision making
- Innovating and adapting
- Applying Technical & Professional Expertise
- Working effectively with others
- Communicating with Impact
|QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- BSc/BA/ MSc/MA degree in an area of statistics, economics, social science or equivalent. MA/MSc preferred
- 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
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
- Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
- Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets
- Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
- Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies
- Fluency in English, and other national/local languages both verbal and written essential
- Commitment to Save the Children values
Experience in child friendly accountability systems. We offer a competitive package in the context of the role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.
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.
Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at
We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.