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MEAL (Monitoring,Evaluation,Accountability,Learning) Specialist

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MEAL (Monitoring,Evaluation,Accountability,Learning) Specialist

Location : Kinshasa

Closing date: 04 June 2014



      I.        Context

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.6 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with c14, 000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We’re changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people an d relevant for the 21st century.

Contract length: Fixed term contract until March 2016.

    II.        The role

The MEAL Specialist will ensure that Save the Children’s DFID funded Girls Education Challenge (GEC) project has a well established, robust MEAL system. His/her leadership will ensure that quality and accountability standards and learning are integrated into programme design. This position will work closely with the GEC lead agency and consortium partners to ensure standardised, consortium wide M&E systems are adopted and well managed.

By promoting participation and contextual data analysis, the MEAL Specialist will support the project teams to strategically adapt activities/strategies to ensure efficacy and efficiency of programming, and maximise the positive impact of the GEC Project.

Drawing on previous experience, and promoting the capacities of the DRC Education team, the MEAL Speci alist will ensure that results based planning is integrated into programming design. S/he will seek opportunities to ensure impact measurement, documentation and dissemination of lessons learnt.

   III.        Qualifications and experience


1.    Essential

-        Significant experience of undertaking a similar MEAL related role for education programming ;

-        Education to MSc/MA/MEng level in a relevant subject or equivalent field experience ;

-        Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact well with people of all backgrounds, excellent relationship building skills ;

-        Demonstrated strong monitoring and evaluation skills, including planning/participating in evaluations ;

-        Experience of working in all aspects of planning, monitoring and evaluation, including: system design, programmatic quality audits, systematic tracking and analysis, evaluations, surveys, assessment systems, capacity building and train ing ;

-        Thorough knowledge of results based monitoring frameworks, including previous experience implementing longitudinal studies/cohort monitoring ;

-        Experience of integrating quality standards in programmes and of implementing accountability initiatives, such as child participation, information sharing and complaints response mechanisms ;

-        Experience of, and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability ;

-        A high level of written and spoken English and French ;

-        Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff ;

-        Ability to work both in an advisory and a hands on implementation capacity ;

-        Previous experience working with external consultant(s) ;

-        Experience of preparing successful funding proposals for donors ;

-        Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports ;

-        Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy ;

-        The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances ;

-        Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin and support our work.


2.    Desirable

-        Previous experience working in DRC  ;

-        Specific experience of designing and implementing projects funded by DFID ;

-        Previous experience of working within a Payment by Results framework ;

-        Specific experience of working in consortia projects.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

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Please apply in English using your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expec tations for this role.

How to apply:

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