Senior MEAL Specialist at Save The Children

  • Company: Save The Children
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • State: Addis Ababa Jobs
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: Administrative/Secretarial Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Description

Senior MEAL Specialist (Position 1)



Save the Children is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation, Adaptation and Learning (MEAL) Senior Specialist for a five-year USAID-funded program providing youth with training, coaching and social capacity building for empowerment to increase their income and self-reliance in Ethiopia. The anticipated program will build the capacity of national and local institutions to deliver demand-driven soft and hard skills training. Several key objectives will include: allowing youth to increase their incomes and quality of employment including family livelihoods as well as authorize local institutions to prepare youth for work by increasing their ability to coordinate among service providers, to improve the quality of services tied to market demands, and to target and meet the needs of under-served youth, including young women.  In addition to working on the demand-driven skills development, the program will focus on inclusive economic growth activities and scaling through government and private sector systems.

The MEAL Advisor is responsible for leading the establishment and implementation of the MEAL system of the project, including obtaining, analyzing, organizing, and interpreting project data and ensuring MEAL requirements of the donor and that of Save the Children are adequately met. S/he will work closely with the Country Office (CO) MEAL unit and Field Office MEAL staffs, to build evidence base, track project progress, facilitate learning and adaptive management, ensure a strong accountability mechanism, manage internal evaluations/ studies and facilitate external evaluations. This is a leadership role and will serve as a key member of the project team in Ethiopia.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.


Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party

Dimensions: Save the Children works in — regions in Ethiopia with a current staff complement of approximately 1,740 staff and current expenditure of approximately $90+ million each year.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Management and Leadership

  • Serve as part of the project’s leadership team, contributing to the development and implementation of annual program work plans, performance milestones, and project monitoring.

·         Provide overall leadership and supervision on the MEAL function, supporting successful delivery of the project.

  • Ensure that the required budget allocates appropriately for the implementation of MEAL activities and provide oversight of the MEAL budget, ensuring its effective and timely utilization.
  • Manage MEAL staff, including handling ongoing coaching, supervision and performance management and annual evaluation; develop the capacity of the team and facilitate their professional growth.
  • Encourage a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.


MEAL System Development and Implementation

·         Lead the development of the MEAL plan, including the identification of key performance indicators, MEAL standard operating procedures and MEAL tool of the project.

·         Lead the roll-out and implementation of the project’s MEAL system, strategies, requirements and country-level activities; roll-out orientation/training sessions to MEAL and relevant program staff of Save the Children and its implementing partners.

·         Maintain MEAL systems and tools used to track project implementation progress and analyze information on inputs, outputs, outcomes, and impact of the project.

·         Ensure data quality through the implementation of effective data verification mechanism and undertaking routine data quality assessments at all levels.

·         Lead and coordinate the development of required program reports, in accordance with Save the Children and donor requirements and standards.

·         Undertake/coordinate periodic joint field supportive supervision to project implementation and implementing partners’ sites.

·         Ensure a strong beneficiary accountability mechanism is implemented.

  • Identify MEAL capacity gaps and facilitate training opportunities for project staff.


Learning and Knowledge Management

•       Build a database system for managing project-related data and evidence.

•        Lead the implementation of Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) mechanism to ensure intentional learning, collaboration, and adaptive management.

•       Ensure that relevant project documentation is well organized and best practices, lessons, success stories, case studies, etc. are well captured, synthesized, packaged, produced and shared to relevant stakeholders using different technologies and methods.

•       Ensure MEAL evidence is available to management for decision making and continuous performance improvement.

•       Plan and manage any research-focused deliverables or other evaluations throughout the life of the program, and oversee any MEAL-related consultancies.

•       Organize/facilitate regular project implementation and performance review sessions and learning events.

•       Define MEAL-related inputs required from partners and oversee the quality of deliverables.


Representation, Advocacy & Coordination:

•       Represent the project and participate in different MEAL related forums bringing together like governmental and non-governmental organizations working on the same or related themes.

•       In collaboration with the CO MEAL team, organize Community of Practices and/or other learning platforms to enhance cross-project and organizational experience sharing and learning.

•       Collaborate with the CO MEAL to implement organizational MEAL policies and requirements including the implementation of quality benchmarks.

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

Job Requirements

In order to be successful you will bring/have:


·         Bachelor’s degree in statistics, demographics, public policy, international development, economics, or related field.

·         Minimum of ten (10) years’ experience and demonstrated practical skills in monitoring and evaluation of multi-sectoral international development programs

·         Excellent knowledge of monitoring and evaluation principles and practices

·         Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, database management, and developing monitoring and evaluation and/or performance monitoring plans

·         Knowledge of the major evaluation methodologies (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method, and impact) and data collection and analysis methodologies

·         Experience in planning and managing surveys

·         Experience developing and refining data collection tools

·         Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing monitoring systems and conducting evaluations

·         Ability to analyze complex data and summarize it for a range of audiences;

·         Sound strategic thinking and planning skills, including ability to think creatively and innovate and to set priorities, manageable work plans and evaluate progress;

·         Demonstrated ability and skills in analysis and report writing

·         Able to work within a tight timeframe, manage M&E team members and meet deadlines and deliverables to partners and donors

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

Preferred Qualifications

•                      Master’s degree plus an advanced certificate in M&E, statistics, Management, economics or related social science fields

•                      Previous experience on implementation of USAID programs

•                      Demonstrated experience in youth and livelihoods and/or education programming

•                      Knowledge of local language

•                      Proven MEAL skills using data analysis software

•                      Familiarity with the political, social, and cultural context of Ethiopia, including relevant policies and strategies.

What’s In It for You

  • Meaningful work, with a knowledge that you are changing the lives of children all around the world
  • A family-friendly work environment
  • Highly collaborative and innovative teams
  • Generous paid vacation days, holidays, family leave days, and sick time
  • Healthcare plans including medical, dental, and life insurance
  • Retirement savings account with matching company contributions
  • Structured and formalized management development and coaching programs for mid and senior level managers
  • Extensive e-learning opportunities on a variety of topics offered through our affiliation with several prestigious universities and with the American Management Association, as well as language learning opportunities
  • Qualified local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.
  • Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue.
  • We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.


We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector.


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


The Organisation

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.

How to Apply

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  and to apply.

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.

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