Dec 17, 2020

MEAL Officer at Save The Children

  • Save The Children -Ethiopia
  • Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
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Job Description

MEAL Officer - (200007N0)

Title: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer


Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We're changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

Overall Purpose of the Role

The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning officer is responsible to provide essential support to Save the Children program in West Amhara field offices for the program activities. The incumbent will be responsibility of monitoring the DFID addressing unsafe irregular migration project.  She/he will be in charge of the planning, implementing, documenting, analyzing and reporting MEAL activities and events of the project. The MEAL officer will also provide MEAL technical support and capacity building to project staffs. He/she will responsible for the effective rollout of MEAL standards.


Contract Duration: One year with possibility of extension based on performance.

Location: Metema/Gendewuha
Number of positions: 1


MEAL System Management
  • Undertake responsibilities for the roll-out of the MEAL standards of the project
  • Ensure that project staffs understand the various steps and tools for the MEAL system and used consistently in the project
  • Ensure the project is using quality benchmarks as part of their day to day implementation and quality monitoring practices
  • Support the roll-out of standardised monitoring tools and methodologies as required by the project team.
  • Maintain project reporting database that capture program beneficiaries, other relevant data and ensure this is updated regularly 
  • Implement data quality management standard operating procedures and facilitate routine data quality assessments
  • Ensure that project team are regularly and timely collecting performance data against agreed indicators to allow reporting to the donor, stakeholders and for other internal reporting requirements.
  • 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 MEAL reports are received and communicated effectively to project coordinator, manager and other staffs
  • Ensure periodic report are prepared 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  

  • Support internal evaluations, operational researches, studies and, assessments
  • In close collaboration with project team, facilitate the generating, storing and sharing of learning and knowledge evidences.
  • Document lessons learned and inform/share project staffs and stakeholders
  • Ensure utilization of learning and knowledge generated in decision making and programme improvement

Technical Support and Capacity Building

  • Facilitate/Provide capacity building training for project staff as required. As necessary provide capacity building support and training to staffs for collecting and recording monitoring data
  • Follow projects are maintaining to deliver MEAL requirements as per the MEAL trainings or induction
  • Facilitate the implementation of baseline, midterm, end line, researches and other performance review activities of the project
  • Coordinate and participate in supportive supervision, review meetings and joint reviews of the project at field level
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

Experience and Technical Competencies:      

  • BA (MSC) degree in Economics, Demography, Statistics, Rural Development, Sociology, or other related fields. 
  • Above two (2) years of progressively responsible experience with International or local NGOs or similar organisations in developing and managing monitoring and evaluation and managing comprehensive M&E systems and tools.
  • In-depth understanding of Results Based Management, project management cycle (PMC); experience designing and using Results Based Management tools such as Performance Measurement Framework and Logic Model
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Previous experience using a database system to manage and analyse project data.
  • Excellent computer literacy; advanced skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access. Ability to use survey analysis software, including SPSS and Epi Info.
  • Excellent Written and Spoken English
  • Proven initiative and ability to work independently and as a team.
  • Overall knowledge of the region, familiarity with the local culture is advantageous.
Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at  

We need to keep children safe and as such, our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts. All successful applicants will, therefore, be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy


The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures; and SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.


In the selection of its staff, Save the Children is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities.