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Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Manager (Meal), East Southern Africa Region

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Project, program management
  • Manager (team leader)
  • Full Time
  • Temporary
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Job Summary

As a key member of the East Africa regional programme quality support team, you will be responsible for the provision of monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning support to the regional office and country offices across the East Africa region, focusing on Save the Children’s full spectrum mandate of humanitarian and development programming.


  1. Degree in relevant field. A degree in relation to monitoring and evaluation (e.g. in knowledge management, evaluation, etc), international development, or in one or more of Save the Children’s thematic areas (e.g. education, public health, nutrition, child protection, child rights and emergency response) is considered a plus.
  2. Substantial MEAL experience, with experience of working within a complex and matrix organisation structure and in both development and emergency contexts
  3. Substantial MEAL training and capacity building experience preferably in large transition environments and with varied audiences
  4. Successful track record of implementing effective MEAL systems, including experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection and management
  5. Experience in child-focused programming
  6. Experience of supporting and developing programmatic staff with different backgrounds and expertise
  7. Experience of building personal networks at field and senior levels- strong team player
  8. Culturally sensitive, with highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  9. Proven analytical and problem solving skills in order to understand the range and content of humanitarian and development programmes and provide practical solutions to operational challenges
  10. A flexible and initiative-taking, proactive, inspiring attitude with the ability to manage and prioritise and unpredictable workload, including the ability and willingness to change work practices and hours in the event of major emergencies
  11. Willingness to travel within the region and internationally (varying, but could be at least 50% of time)
  12. Fluency in English, with strong written and verbal communication skills


Country Office support to embed MEAL

  1. Work with regional and country office humanitarian teams to ensure effective humanitarian MEAL processes and mechanisms are in place, including supporting set up and ongoing technical support of the Output Tracker for humanitarian responses
  2. Ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.
  3. Work with the regional office and country offices to embed MEAL components of the Programme and Operational Quality elements of the Quality Framework, while also monitoring compliance
  4. Provide technical support on project/programme design, and MEAL, including: situation analyses and child participation; programme frameworks; objectives and indicators; MEAL plans and budgets; data collection and use; baseline; midterm impact considerations; data for decision making and organisational learning; stakeholder participation; and evaluations
  5. Provide MEAL support for country annual planning and reporting processes, including assisting country offices effectively utilise reporting tools to articulate impact
  6. Support the commissioning of internal and external reviews, evaluations, real-time evaluations and lessons learned exercises by supporting the development of Terms of Reference, participating in evaluations, building local participatory evaluation capacity etc
  7. Develop and ensure application of effective monitoring, tracking and reporting systems, tools and templates that (a) enable and enhance regular monitoring of outputs and programme quality across regional and country programmes, (b) generate quality evidence at various programme levels
  8. Provide backstopping support where needed to Country Programmes.
Quality oversight and added value
  1. Promote child-focused programming that enables broad, qualitative M&E and learning, rather than just quantitative numbering of deliveries
  2. Collaborate with global Save the Children networks, SCI Centre MEAL Manager to review and improve SCI MEAL processes and procures, training and capacity building
  3. Develop and implement accountability mechanisms (including the promotion of child-led and participatory MEAL), quality checklists for monitoring the quality of activities, and output trackers where appropriate
  4. Champion knowledge management through the sharing of evaluations and lessons learned from regional and country programmes; develop and implement a regional lessons-learned database, including the facilitation of sharing of recommendations and lessons learned from evaluations and other learning initiatives
  5. Role model and support the development of an organisational culture that recognises the importance of monitoring and evaluation, quality and accountability
Capacity Building:
  1. Work with the regional office and country offices to identify MEAL training and capacity building requirements, and to develop capacity building plans and coordination mechanisms for training delivery
  2. Where agreed, provide training for the regional office and country offices on SCI’s MEAL systems, including essential procedures for design and MEAL, country annual planning and reporting, humanitarian Output Tracker processes, and compliance with the newly developed Dual Mandate Quality Framework
  3. Support regional teams and country office MEAL managers/teams and thematic advisors (from Members and Global Initiatives) in delivering the specific distance or face-to-face trainings
  4. Be the point of contact for country offices for pre-training and post-training support
  5. Lead the continued institutionalization of SCI’s MEAL system and other standards, processes, and systems that are integrated with and support SCI’s planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements
  6. Support country offices in the development of induction materials on MEAL for new staff, as well as high quality, professional publications or communications materials that reflect quality programme outcomes.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Temporary
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Project, program management
Seniority: Manager (team leader)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 3 years
Required skills: Project management; Project monitoring and evaluation (M&E); Quality management; Training program planning; Project implementation
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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Save the Children (Kenya)

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Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya.

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