Dec 26, 2020

MEAL Coordinator

  • Save The Children -Ethiopia
  • Gambela, Ethiopia
FULL_TIME Healthcare Jobs in Ethiopia NGO Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Description

Key Accountabilities

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/program staffs 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 with close collaboration with budget holders.
  • 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 CO MEAL team, 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 feedbacksLearning 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

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 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 oriented, thinks strategically.


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colloquies, 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


  • BSc/BA/ MSc/MA degree in an area of statistics, economics, social science or equivalent. MA/MSc preferred
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in management and leadership of humanitarian projects in child protection and education sectors. At least 2-3 years of experience in development of M & E systems Direct experience of rolling out and managing MEAL systems in NGO context and of working on all aspects of MEAL
  • Comprehensive understanding of refugee response in Ethiopia; Successful work at various levels refugee programs
  • Experience with projects funded by USAID/BPRM, UNHCR and ECHO
  • 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


  • 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

This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.