Deadline: 11 January, 2021

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Save the Children is seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL).

The organisation works to ensure children around the world get health care, food and shelter as well as learning and child protection services.


  • Lead and oversee the development and the continuous implementation of a country-office-wide MEAL System for humanitarian and/or development programmes
  • For each programme, ensure accountability mechanisms, indicator tracking mechanisms, quality assurance mechanisms, appropriate evaluation, and means to capture and share institutional learning are in place
  • Lead the use of monitoring frameworks, tools, and processes to measure performance and quality
  • Lead routine collection, analysis, and use of evidence, including disaggregation for gender, disability, and the most marginalised and deprived, to document impact, innovate and learn what works for children, and inform management, policy, and programme solutions
  • Lead the use of systems that safely and appropriately ensure accountability to children and communities by building trusting and collaborative relationships through information sharing and two-way communication, participation, and feedback and reporting mechanisms
  • With thematic directors, systematically identify, document, share, and use learning from Save the Children and the work of others in order to continuously adapt and improve programming
  • Lead MEAL emergency preparedness and response within existing country MEAL frameworks, systems, tools, and processes, adhering to the core humanitarian standards, sphere charter, and Red Cross code of conduct
  • Champion knowledge management through the development and use of platforms that store and display evidence and learning
  • Work with the programme development unit, the programme operations department, and PDQ thematic sector teams to ensure all projects have quality assurance mechanisms integrated into their design and implementation
  • Explore innovative opportunities to pilot approaches that are new or could expand to further areas of programming
  • Ensure KPIs related to MEAL activities are regularly met through the institutionalisation of robust systems for tracking, reporting, and following up improvement actions
  • Clearly set and implement standards for ethical, adaptive, and appropriate MEAL systems and provide strategic and technical guidance to address systemic weaknesses in the MEAL system
  • Foster innovation by identifying opportunities to pilot new approaches and upgrade tools, systems, and processes based on advances in the aid sector
  • Promote all aspects of MEAL through training and capacity building for multiple stakeholders, including MEAL staff and PDQ leadership, to support the creation of an organisational culture that prioritises MEAL leading to quality programming
  • Champion standards and principles to reduce the risk of bias and the principles of human and child rights, ethics, and gender equality in research, monitoring, and evaluation
  • Champion the use of accountability data and community participation analysis to influence strategic decision making and advocacy


  • 12 years, minimum, of programming experience within the aid sector, working in programme management, technical, and/or MEAL roles including managerial/leadership responsibilities, preferably linked to one of Save the Children’s priority technical sectors
  • Understanding of both emergency/humanitarian and development contexts
  • Solid and relevant experience adhering to international quality standards
  • Experience and knowledge of monitoring systems, including robust and responsible data collection and use
  • Experience and knowledge of evidence generation and learning on what works (and does not work) for children
  • Direct experience of working with communities in participatory activities
  • Experience and knowledge of systems for accountability to children and communities, including information sharing, the participation of adults and children, and feedback and reporting mechanisms
  • Ability to prepare and facilitate technical MEAL training and workshops across countries in the region (including remotely)
  • Direct experience working with communities in participatory activities
  • Proven success in building and managing a team and dedication to developing staff capacity through training, supervising, coaching, and mentoring
  • Experience in participating in/leading organisational improvement processes
  • Skilled at communicating and influencing across relevant teams and offices
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets
  • Demonstrable analytical and problem-solving skills and experience in solving complex issues through analysis, defining, and planning a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Proficiency in relevant data collection and analysis software
  • Ability to work independently and as part of teams/groups
  • Strong remote-working and management abilities
  • Willingness to travel to field sites
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Commitment to Save the Children values and programming principles

To apply and for more information, click here.

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