Save the Children in Yemen is looking for eligible candidates for the position of
MEAL Manager –
Location: Yemen – Sana’a with frequent travel to the field
The MEAL Manager role is a key position in the three-year Restoring Education and Learning (REAL) World Bank funded project. SCI Yemen will be implementing the REAL project in partnership with WFP and UNICEF. The project’s primary objective is to maintain access to basic education, improve conditions for learning and strengthen education sector capacity in selected districts of several governorates in Yemen targeting over 1’000 schools. The incumbent will oversee the project’s MEAL system. As a member of the project’s management team the MEAL Manager will report directly to the Project Director and will work closely with the Country Office MEAL team. The MEAL Manager will ensure that the project has a clear MEAL strategy in place in line with the SCI and the WB policies and will provide day-to-day guidance and support to field staff on all MEAL deliverables. The role will work in close collaboration with MoE staff at national and governorate levels.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
Monitoring and Evaluation
- Oversee the design and implementation of the project’s MEAL Strategy in coordination with the programme Technical Leads and MEAL Leads from the Country Office (CO) and Save the Children UK (SCUK).
- Design an effective monitoring, tracking &reporting systems, tools and templates and ensure their systematic application to (a) enable and enhance regular monitoring of outputs and programme quality across the project, (b) generate quality evidence at various programme levels.
- In coordination with Technical Leads, manage assessments such as the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) Assessment and Quality Learning Environments Spot-checks.
- Support the implementation of researches and learning activities as stipulated in the Project documents and MEAL plan.
- Support the commissioning and management of internal/ external reviews, evaluations, real-time evaluations and lessons learned exercises through the development of Terms of Reference, building local participatory evaluation capacity, etc.
- Oversee data collection, collation, storage, analysis, and reporting, ensuring that data is of high quality and audit worthy.
- Liaise with MoE staff at national and governorate levels to obtain necessary data for project’s MEAL and reporting needs
- Build capacity of field based MEAL teams on SCI MEAL procedures, standards and results framework.
- Ensure appropriate training to and supportive supervision of staff and project’s partner (MoE) in monitoring and evaluation procedures, data collection tools, and data management practices in alignment with the MEAL best practices
- Strengthen staff and MoE capacity in qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluation techniques through comprehensive staff training, mentoring, and/or coaching.
- Contribute to child-focused programme implementation by promoting child-friendly data collection tools and methods
- Work closely with the Education Technical Team to develop quality monitoring tools and operationalizing the tools
Data Analysis and Quality Assurance
- Conduct and manage routine Data Quality Assessments (DQA), ensuring implementation of corrective actions to improve data quality and accountability of staff and partners
- Develop and maintain a comprehensive Response Database, ensuring accurate and timely storage of electronic files.
- Be responsible for the data analysis, writing, and review of the results and learning sections of project reports in collaboration with program staff, before submission to donor and ensure compliance with internal data quality requirements and timely submissions for reporting.
- Work closely with the Country MEAL team in updating the output tracker, total reach and impact.
Research and Learning
- Lead the program team on routine reviews and interpretation of data for learning and adaptation
- Package and disseminate findings timely and in a meaningful way.
- Develop quarterly learning analysis for further dissemination
- Create a learning and research agenda and implement a system designed to identify lessons learned
- Lead on a quarterly basis learning review sessions for programme staff and partners
Accountability & Participation
- Ensure that staff at all levels, including Senior Managers and Directors, understand and promote accountability to beneficiaries, and to children in particular, through training and coaching.
- Oversee the REAL project accountability system for staff, partners and beneficiaries in line with existing policies and procedures to enhance effective accountability to affected populations.
- Lead the implementation of the Project’s “Stakeholders Engagement Plan” (SEP) ensuring close coordination with implementing agencies and SCI Environmental & Social Safeguarding Manager (ESSM).
- Regularly liaise SCI ESSM to ensure that accountability activities fully integrate the WB Environmental & Social Standards.
- Ensure that all stakeholders participate in the project design, start up, implementation and monitoring.
- Ensure that the project installs and manages feedback channels that are child friendly and appropriate for the served communities.
- Develop and report against accountability, protection and participation related indicators and issues, and periodically report on the accountability and participation work following donors and KPI reporting cycle.
- Ensure that accountability activities are appropriately designed and include systems to effectively manage complaints, and that those are planned and budgeted for in programme design and funding applications.
- In consultation with partners provide technical support on strengthening and establishing beneficiaries and partners accountability systems across all projects areas in line with the SCI Policies and Accountability Procedures.
Strategic planning and Coordination
- Support and facilitate strategic planning processes, including strategy development, annual planning and reporting, and contribute to the response strategy for SCI Yemen.
- Support compilation and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data at hub level in line with strategic priorities.
- Support the development of remote M&E systems (output trackers) and their implementation by all concerned staff.
- Contributes to programme updates for the project management and internal information sharing, including Situation Reports.
- Design and set up IT solutions to data gathering and analysis.
- Comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to Child Safeguarding Policy, Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities and other relevant policies.
- Contribute to ensuring that programme’s delivery happens in strict adherence to security policy and procedures.
- Act as a focal point for coordination with other agencies in all MELA and assessment related matters.
- In collaboration with the Head of MEAL disseminate the results of assessments to the humanitarian community as necessary.
- Recruit, when necessary, train and supervise the assessment teams.
- Ensure compliance with Save the Children policies, especially the Child Safeguarding Policy;
- Support the capacity building of programme teams as needed.
- Ensure a positive working environment.
- Post Graduate degree in Education, Social Sciences, Monitoring and Evaluation or relevant field.
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
- Thorough knowledge of quantitative & qualitative research methods, MEAL frameworks and plans
- A minimum of five years’ experience in leading MEAL teams, research and assessments in Education
- Capacity to combine field and office work
- Very good interpersonal relationship and communication skills
- Excellent English language skills
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Ability to work in a team and contribute to a positive working environment.
- Strong personnel and management skills; solution oriented
- Capacity to work in a fast paced environment and produce results under challenging conditions
- Willingness to work in a challenging security environment
- Adherence to the principle of child safe guarding and protection
- Prior experience with Save the Children
- Experience and expertise in humanitarian assessment is highly desirable
- Previous experience in training for research purposes
- Previous experience managing online and offline data collection methodologies.
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.
We are looking for both men and women from Yemen with enthusiasm and commitment to improve the protection and promotion of the rights of all children and to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Save the Children International seeks to always be a child safe organization through fulfilling its obligations to the community and through programme implementation carried out by the organization for safeguarding children and to improve the living standards of the child.”