Save the Children Vacancy in Ethiopia 2021
MEAL Coordinator - (210008GT)
Save the Children
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator
Total Vacant Post
Minimum Five years
3rd Dec 2021
External Job Advert
Internal / External Vacancy of South Area Office MEAL Coordinator
Duty Station: Hawassa
The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator at Save the Children is responsible to assist Area Manager and Area Office MEAL Advisor in designing and implementing of a robust, quality, comprehensive, and integrated MEAL System for all programs that meet SCI standards; strategic and annual planning, internal reporting, as well as program development and MEAL resources. S/he also oversees the quality standardization of MEAL tools and use and works closely with program implementation and program quality staff to ensure appropriate monitoring and evaluation of each project.
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 area 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 South Area Offices, as per the CO structure.
JOB SPECIFIC ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Management and Leadership
- Provide overall supervision and leadership on the MEAL functions and strategy delivery at South Area office level
- Provide supervision, mentorship and professional development to MEAL staff in South Area Office so that staff 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, South Area Office operations team and PDQ team at Addis
- Ensure MEAL evidences (IPTT, project performance/action trackers, etc) are used for management decision making and continuous performance improvement and be part of the area office level management team members/
MEAL System Development and Management
- Provides strategic and technical guidance to address systemic weaknesses in MEAL systems in the area office
- Undertake responsibilities for the roll-out of the MEAL system in specified area offices/geographic locations
- Ensure that MEAL Team, area 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 design and roll-out of standardised monitoring tools and methodologies as required by the 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 Manager, MEAL Advisor, FoMs and other relevant bodies in the Area Office
- Ensure periodic reports are as per the standard quality, standard template, timeframe 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
- Champions the use of accountability data and community participation analysis to influence strategic decision-making and advocacy
Learning and Knowledge Management
- Lead the implementation of Evidence and Learning Management framework in the area office and support there is a functional ELM system and capacity in the Area Offices
- 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 Area Office action tracker and monitor the utilization and application)
- Champions the sharing and use of evidence and learning internally and externally
- Leads on behaviour change and innovative approaches to improve the utilization of evidence and learning for decision making
Technical Support and Capacity Building
- Undertake continuous staff capacity assessment and develop capacity building plans
- Provide trainings and capacity building for field-level staff as required
- Ensure relevant staff received proper orientation, induction, training to help them deliver their MEAL responsibilities
- Sets standard and agreed performance objectives for all direct reports
- Conducts at least regular monitoring meeting in a quarter and have documents as evidence
- Contribute to the performance evaluation of MEAL team at Area office as relevant
Programme design, research, evaluations, assessments and other studies
- Ensure projects/programmes have SMART objectives & indicators, MEAL plan and are in consistency to each other
- Ensure evaluations are undertaken as per the threshold and area offices 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
- Synthesises data and disseminates evidence for programme improvement, advocacy and campaign purposes
Innovates with technology to find different methods for presenting data to non-experts
MINIMUM QUALFICATION AND EXPEREINCE
- Minimum BA/BSc.; preferably a Master’s degree in relevant areas of social development or equivalent.
- Minimum of 6 years for BA/BSc holders or 4 years for MA holders of programming experience within the aid sector, working in MEAL roles including in coordination responsibilities, preferably linked to one of Save the Children’s priority technical sectors (Child Poverty, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, Education, Health & Nutrition, Livelihoods/resilience, and WASH), and with the majority of that time focused on overseeing comprehensive MEAL systems that ensure programme effectiveness and quality.
- Understanding of both emergency/humanitarian and development contexts, with a preference for experience in both contexts.
- Demonstrated commitment to creating a learning culture
- Solid and relevant experience adhering to international quality standards (Red Cross Code of Conduct, Sphere, CHS) or equivalent.
- Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies or proposal development
- Experience and knowledge of evidence generation and learning on what works (and doesn’t work) for children, including designing/commissioning, implementing and applying: needs assessments, baseline studies, evaluations and research, learning workshops, and learning agendas.
- Direct experience of working with communities in participatory activities. Experience and knowledge of systems for accountability to children and communities, including information sharing, the participation of adults and children, and feedback and reporting mechanisms.
- Ability to prepare and facilitate technical MEAL training and workshops .
- Direct experience working with communities in participatory activities.
- Proven success in building and managing a team and dedication to developing staff capacity through training, supervising, coaching, and mentoring.
- Experience in participating in/leading organizational improvement processes.
- Skilled at communicating and influencing across relevant teams and offices.
- Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets
- Demonstrable analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Experience in solving complex issues through analysis, defining, and planning a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in.
- Ability to present complex information clearly and concisely.
- Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
- Ability and willingness to be flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure contexts, including flexibility to work with incoming emergency response teams.
- Proficiency in relevant data collection and analysis software; including both qualitative and quantitative data analysis software.
- Ability to work independently and as part of teams/groups
- Strong remote-working abilities and self-motivated.
- Willingness to travel to field sites.
- Fluency in a national language required
- Proficient in speaking and writing English.
- Commitment to Save the Children values
- Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant region/context
- Experience in promoting quality and impact through at least one cross-cutting area: gender equality and inclusion, adaptive and safer programming; child rights; disability; migration, and displacement.
- Experience and knowledge of Save the Children’s structure, mandate, and child focus
- Ensures linkages across portfolio ensuring quality and coherence of MEAL systems and evidence gathering
- Manages resources and capacities to develop and maintain quality MEAL systems
- Child Rights: Promotes an enabling environment for participation, and accountability to children
- Be the Innovator: Promotes innovation to find new and better approaches to driving progress for children
Deliver Results at Scale: Promotes a clear focus on impact in a project and programme design, management, and oversightTo 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
Commitment to the aims and principles of SC including willingness to abide and enforce the Child Safeguarding Policy. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support
We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector.
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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 www.savethechildren.net/careers
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.
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Closing Date: Dec 3, 2021