Position Title: MEAL Coordinator
Activation Date: 14 October, 2021 Announced Date: 14 October, 2021 Expire Date: 23 October, 2021
About Save the Children:
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 realize 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 workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
SCI - Afghanistan
Save the Children has been working in Afghanistan since 1976. Our way of working close to people and on their own terms has enabled us to deliver lasting change to tens of thousands of children in the country. The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child is the basis of our work.
We are helping children get a better education, we make it possible for more boys and girls to attend school, we help children protect themselves and influence their own conditions. We work with families, communities and health workers in homes, clinics and hospitals to promote basic health in order to save lives of children and mothers
Save the Children is looking for a creative individual for our programmes who has the experience and competencies to work as Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Coordinator. The main purpose of this role is to lead on enhancing the quality and accountability of our work, bringing immediate and long lasting changes in the lives of children within the Targeted areas.
The MEAL Coordinator will bring significant experience and fresh ideas to strengthen the project (OFDA, SIDA-CP, AQL, EIE and CRG) MEAL system, ensuring it is institutionalized, and that staff have the capacity required to implement it. S/he will ensure that all projects continually monitored for their effectiveness and appropriateness and that lessons learned are documented and communicated to inform on-going implementation and future programming. S/he will guide teams in achieving outcome/impact focused projects and accountability to beneficiaries in line with Save the Children’s and donors’ policies and practices.
The MEAL Coordinator will lead on building capacities of staff and partners for accountability and participation, with a specific focus on children. In summary, the MEAL Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring the Country Office:
- Is informed on the extent to which our interventions are affecting the lives of the targeted populations;
- Have evidence-based knowledge on the positive and negative impact that our interventions are having over the communities where SCI and its partners works;
- Receives regular, timely and context-specific, MEAL mindful feedback from our staff, partners, programme participants and that feedback effectively informs and signals areas where strategic attention is required.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY :
Monitoring and Evaluation
- Ensure that the organisation delivers on all internal and external MEAL requirements in a timely manner and with high quality information.
- Strengthen the MEAL systems and processes to assure achievement and progress towards project objectives and outcomes.
- Ensure that all projects activities are designed and implemented in accordance with SCI MEAL standards and help the Country Office MEAL team and OFDA, SIDA-CP, AQL, EIE and CRG Unit to develop projects monitoring tools and approaches.
- Ensure that data collection methodologies used at field level are standardised, enabling the specific vulnerabilities of different target groups to be captured and analysed.
- Ensure that verifiable, quantitative data is routine collected and analysed for OFDA, SIDA-CP, AQL, EIE and CRG projects in targeted or operational areas.
- Ensure that monthly quantitative data analysis is shared with relevant stakeholders to inform programme design and review.
- Support project teams with assessment/evaluation planning, ensuring that SCI minimum standards for quality evaluations are integrated into design and implementation.
- Ensure that all assessment/evaluation reports meet the SCI quality criteria, and promote the integration of recommendations and lessons learned in project planning and future programming.
- Ensure that all OFDA, SIDA-CP, AQL, EIE and CRG project staffs, including senior provincial manager and other stakeholders are fully understand and promote accountability in general and to children in particular, through training and coaching with close consultation of MEAL unit.
- Contribute to improvements in existing SCI (MEAL) policies and procedures to enhance effective accountability mechanisms.
- Ensure that accountability activities are well documented and learning is shared with MEAL unit and SCI members.
- By facilitating information sharing with key stakeholders, including beneficiaries within the community and make sure that SCI promotes transparency throughout all stages of implementation.
- Ensure that project activities are designed to promote feedback and response mechanisms and include systems to effectively manage complaints and provide feedback to beneficiaries with close consultation of MEAL unit.
- Ensure that activities are carried out to raise awareness of prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse and handling of serious complaints in line with child safeguarding policy.
- Support the project staffs team to communicate program learning (through document sharing, presentations, etc).
- Participate in designing and implementation of studies, assessments and learning in coordination and cooperation with sectors’ technical OFDA, SIDA-CP, AQL, EIE and CRG managers, coordinators, senior officers, officers and social workers.
- Seek opportunities for information sharing and learning exchanges with local actors/INGOs to promote coordination at local and national level.
Technical supervision, performance management and capacity building of staff
- Provide technical supervision of the field-based staff through regular contact, field monitoring visits and meetings from the targeted area.
- Identify training needs of staff and conduct trainings to address the capacity gaps, in collaboration with Country office MEAL unit (the field manager of their duty station) and the human resources department.
BEHAVIOURS (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 their team to do the same
- widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
- future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
- 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; demonstrates highest levels of integrity
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:
- Postgraduate qualifications in Social Sciences or related field
- Strong administration and coordination skills
- Excellent computer skills, including the ability to design and manage databases
- High level research and skills
- Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to work collaboratively and to develop monitoring and evaluation capacity in groups and individuals
- At least 3 years experience in monitoring and evaluation a range of programs/ projects in a developing country context
- Sound project management experience, preferably in the area of OFDA, SIDA-CP, AQL, EIE and CRG
Additional job responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities set out above are not exhaustive and the post holder may be required to carry out additional duties from time to time which are reasonable in relation to their level of skills and experience.
In the event of a significant humanitarian emergency, the post-holder will be expected to work outside their normal job description; vary their working hours; and occasionally work from a different location should the need arise.
The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
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.
Health and Safety
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.
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