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Friday, 18 December 2015

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Specialist


Posted By on Friday, December 18, 2015

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We work together, with partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Save the Children works in fourteen districts in Rwanda with a current staff complement of approximately 120 staff. SC is looking forward to implement a USAID-funded school community partnerships education project, which aims to support the Rwandan Education Board to create and roll-out a school-community partnership model to complement improved reading and writing instruction delivered in schools.

SC Rwanda Country Office seeks to hire qualified, committed and experienced nationals to fill the following position of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Specialist



Place of Work:  Kigali,with frequent travels to the field

Reports to:
Staff directly reporting to this post:     Chief of Party  Project MEAL Officer

Tentative start date:                     Immediately

Contract length:                              4 years



PURPOSE OF POSITION:
Save the Children is seeking a MEAL Specialist for a USAID-funded school community partnerships education project, which aims to support the Rwandan Education Board to create and roll-out a school-community partnership model to complement improved reading and writing instruction delivered in schools. The MEAL Specialist will oversee the design, establishment and implementation of the project learning agenda that will include baseline assessment, internal midterm performance evaluation, and coordination with external end line assessment team, and ensuring a culture of adaptive learning across the project. Other key areas include a) Development and implementation of the project Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) systems; b) assisting in the compilation and analysis of program data and learning; c) providing of technical assistance in designing and implementing studies, research, and surveys, d) set-up and implement accountability to beneficiaries mechanisms, monitor programme quality, raise red flags and support programme learning.



KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Planning and Reporting
    Participate in programme development and planning activities, including budget planning with respect to MEAL activities
    Work with USAID’s Agreement Officer Representative to design an M&E plan that works with USAID’s AidTracker Plus
    Lead the MEAL roll out plan within the programme
    Compile and provide required data for reporting to donors and SCI requirements
    Ensure all projects meet SC MEAL essential standards
    With support from other programme staff, identify MEAL activities supply needs and coordinate with the logistics team to ensure materials arrive in good time.

Quality Monitoring
    Work closely with the programme team to develop Programme Quality Benchmarks
    Use process, output and outcome level quality Benchmarks as reference to undertake field monitoring visits, focusing on program quality aspects, discuss with relevant staff and share reports with relevant colleagues
    Work with the programme team to develop data collection tools
    Support and work with programme team to regularly collect data related to their indicators under the technical lead of the Senior MEAL Specialist, including the pilot of SMS data collection through SEOs, and if successful, its national rollout
    Perform regular field visits to ensure the quality of data collected by Program staff and to verify the accuracy of reported data

Management Information System
    Manage the project’s MIS system and ensure quality data is collected
    Compile and analyze quantitative and qualitative program data and lead1 subsequent reporting at the program level;
    Ensure timely uploading of progress information into USAID’s AidTracker Plus system and USAID’s Development Experience Clearinghouse

Accountability
    Support the programme team to set up Complaint and Response Mechanism to respond to complaints/concerns/feedback from beneficiaries,
    Receive accountability data from field, analyse it and share with the Country office. Compile and analyze data on monthly basis and share it with program teams at various levels.
    Ensure children’s participation, reporting back to children, and child-led MEAL.
    Support the programme team to set up Complaint and Feedback Mechanism to respond to complaints/concerns/feedback from beneficiaries and maintain the database of responses.

Evaluations and Research
    In collaboration with the URCE research team, other project members, and consultants, design and coordinate evaluations and research activities and ensure effective and ethical data collection.
    Supervise the development of data collection tools proposed for evaluations activities
    Perform all types of quantitative analyses (descriptive and inferential analyses) using appropriate software (SPSS and/or STATA) as necessary for project research and evaluations

Learning
    Work with programme teams to utilise data from trackers for quality improvement;
    Document good practices, lessons learned and feedback captured from programme participants (adults and children) to influence and guide the design and implementation of our programmes - (action research);
    Organize learning events and workshops for program units to document lessons learnt, good practices and areas of improvement;

Capacity Building
    Identify capacity gaps and work with the Chief of Party to build the capacity of the program staff, especially the MEAL Officer, and partners to ensure smooth implementation of quality MEAL systems, effective participatory evaluations, and for improved partner capacity over time;
    Provide orientation/training to MEAL/program field staff from time to time. Identify learning and training opportunities for MEAL and other staff and work as a mentor and role model for staff.

Child Safeguarding
    Understand the provisions of the Child Safeguarding Policy, Code of Conduct and Local/Country Procedures and conduct oneself in accordance with the rules of the Child Safeguarding Policy, in personal and professional lives – which includes reporting suspicions of child abuse.
    Ensure that all project activities carried out are considered in relation to prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse and handling of serious complaints in line with the child safeguarding policy.
    Promote the message of child safeguarding to colleagues in other organizations and government ministries, children in their own and beneficiary families, and community members in general and be vigilant about observing possible child abuse/harm in their personal and professional lives.
    Support the process of ensuring that child safeguarding and child protection mainstreaming are integrated into all M&E frameworks through measurable output and outcome indicators; and support the process of piloting and scaling up local level beneficiary complaints’ mechanisms in relation to staff conduct, with an emphasis on the Child Safeguarding Policy and measure to prevent sexual exploitation of women and children.

General:
Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures. 
Perform other duties, as assigned by Chief of Party.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)

Accountability:
-          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
-          Creates a managerial environment to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding

Ambition:
-          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 personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
-          Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale

Collaboration:
-          Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
-          Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.

Creativity:
-          Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
-          Cuts away bureaucracy and encourages an entrepreneurial approach

Integrity:
-          Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence
-          Displays consistent excellent judgement
-          Acts in the best interests of children

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Essential
    University degree (Master’s degree preferred) in Statistics, Development Studies or any social sciences discipline oriented to monitoring and evaluation methods;
    3-5 years of experience working in planning, monitoring, evaluation, research, and accountability in an NGO or research setting;
    Demonstrated strong monitoring and evaluation skills, including planning/participating in evaluations;
    Experience in programme data management, use of data management electronic devices such as Tablets or Personal Data Assistants (PDAs) is highly desirable;
    Proven experience in a technical capacity involving conducting evaluations/research or leading evaluation/research teams and drafting technical reports;
    Proven experience with robust quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis;
    Experience conducting interviews and focus group discussions with young people, children, and the communities;
    Strong capacity and creativity in leading and facilitating participatory methodologies to meaningfully engage beneficiaries and receiving their feedback, including children;
    Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff;
    Ability to work both in an advisory and a hands on implementation capacity;
    Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English and Kinyarwanda;
    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 our support.
    Specific experience of designing and managing USAID or other US Government projects is desirable
    Previous experience of managing a team and managing M&E is desirable


How To Apply:

Interested candidates should send an application letter plus an updated Curriculum Vitae in English, including 3 names of professional referees to  HR-Rwanda@savethechildren.org. Specifying the position title heading in the subject line.

The deadline for receiving applications is 3rd January 2015.

 *Note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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