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4 Mar 2017

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer – Burao

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Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer
TEAM/PROGRAMME: Programme Development and Quality LOCATION: Burao
GRADE: 5 (Competitive Package) POST TYPE: National
Child Safeguarding:

CHILD SAFEGUARDING: Level 3: the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; ore because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

To support the delivery of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) strategy, policy and practice by helping design programme monitoring systems, build the capacity of staff in their analysis and dissemination of data, and coordinate information management and reporting systems. You will also support the MEAL Manager in implementing the country MEAL framework ensuring achievement of SCI MEAL standards and program quality

Your support in the delivery of an effective Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning function will play a key role in the expansion and improvement of the quality of Save the Children programmes in Somaliland to increase impact and enable positive change for children

Reports to: MEAL Manager

Save the Children works in 4 regions in Somalia/Somaliland with a current staff complement of approximately 350 staff and current expenditure of approximately GBP 30 million each year

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Support the delivery of effective Programmes, in both development and humanitarian contexts, by:

· Supporting SC staff and partners to develop and implement the Monitoring and Evaluation plans, accountability improvement plans and child participation initiatives based on Save the Children International best practice

· Supporting and build capacity SC staff and partners and in MEAL issues including rolling out required data collection tools/formats.

Undertake routine data quality verification and quality program monitoring using program quality checklists, compiling findings and sharing them with respective program teams
Participating in the development of tools and guidelines for data collection, collation and reporting; managing a project level data compilation for donor and country office reporting specifically indicator performance tracking for individual projects; systemically checking this data for quality, accuracy, and consistency, and providing feedback as necessary;
Coordinate the sharing of learning related to M&E practices encouraging consideration of results both between and within sectoral teams,

· Designing situation analysis, needs and baseline/end line assessments, and providing support when internal/external reviews, evaluations, and lessons learned exercises have to be conducted.

Maintaining a tracking spreadsheet for M&E activities and events – baselines, assessments, reviews, evaluations – tracking trends and recommendations, progressing their implementation where appropriate;

· Complying with and promoting all Save the Children Global policies such as Child Safeguarding, Whistle blowing, Fraud, and Health and Safety.

Applying Technical and Professional Expertise

Makes decisions based on professional expertise and experience without deferring unnecessarily to others
Shares knowledge and best practice on technical solutions so that others can make best use of that expertise
Actively seeks new ways to develop the application of technical and professional standards within the team

Delivering Results (Skilled)

Delivers timely and appropriate results using available resources
Takes responsibility for their work and its impact on others
Plans, prioritises and performs tasks well without needing direct supervision
Understands the link between their work and the organisation’s objectives

Innovating and Adapting (Skilled)

Suggests creative improvements and better ways of working
Seeks out and applies successful ideas from others to overcome challenges
Shifts tasks, roles and priorities to perform effectively under changing or unclear conditions
Applies lessons learned to enhance future ways of working

Working Effectively With Others (Skilled)

Actively listens to new and different perspectives and experiences of those they work with
Proactively supports team members and trusts their capabilities
Demonstrates understanding of their skills and how they complement those of others within diverse teams and groups

· Clarifies their role and responsibilities within the team to maximise impact


Degree in project management, statics, social work, social administration, development studies or other relevant academic discipline;

· Recommended a minimum of three (3) years of experience in implementing effective M&E systems and/or accountability mechanisms both emergency and development contexts,

Experience of working on all elements of MEAL including designing, rolling out and managing systems

· Demonstrable track-record in data tracking and evaluation, with the ability to support staff and partners on M&E methodology and analyze and disseminate information to a range of stakeholder audiences;

· Computer literacy, particularly in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;

· Excellent planning, coordination, and reporting skills, with the ability to organise a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities;

· Strong communication and interpersonal skills in English, with experience working in multicultural, multi location, values driven teams;

· Willingness to work and travel in often difficult and insecure environments;

· Commitment to Save the Children values


Background of implementing effective M&E systems

Equal Opportunities

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
Additional job responsibilities

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

How to Apply

Application procedures: Interested candidates are required to submit electronic CV and mandatory cover letter quoting “MEAL Officer” on the subject line. The file name of the CV and attachments must be the applicants name and sent to Applications will close on 7th Mar, 2017 @ 12:00AM.

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