MONITORING, EVALUATION, ACCOUNTABILITY AND LEARNING (MEAL) ADVISER, LAC REGION

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The Opportunity

 

As a key member of the LAC Regional Programme Development and Quality team, you will be responsible for the provision of monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning support to the regional office and country offices across the LAC region, focusing on Save the Children’s mandate ofhumanitarian and development programming.  You will specifically provide support through:

  • Coordinating and/or supporting the development of SC monitoring and evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) system and mechanisms for the regional office and for country programming across the region.
  • Ensuring the elements of quality programmes, as defined by the Quality Framework (evidence based, learning agenda, thematic excellence, M&E, accountability), are integrated into the overall monitoring, evaluation and management of regional and country programmes
  • Assisting regional and country offices to monitor and evaluate operational quality, using the Quality Framework essential standards, procedures, guidelines and tools
  • Building capacity in M&E, accountability and learning within the region, and to ensure the quality and sustainability of the systems put in place
  • Adapting MEAL support programmes to address the needs of a wide range of staff, including regional office programme and humanitarian staff, country office MEAL staff, country office programme and humanitarian managers, country office senior management, Save the Children members and thematic experts.

 

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Country Office support to embed MEAL

  • Work with regional and country office humanitarian teams to ensure effective humanitarian MEAL processes and mechanisms are in place, including supporting set up and ongoing technical support of the Output Tracker for humanitarian responses.
  • Ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.
  • Work with regional office and country office teams to ensure that MEAL is embedded in the development of new project proposals and response strategies.
  • Work with the regional office and country offices to embed MEAL components of the Programme and Operational Quality elements of the Quality Framework.
  • Provide MEAL technical support for project/programme design, humanitarian response planning, and development of results frameworks.
  • Provide MEAL support for planning and reporting processes, including assisting country offices to effectively utilise reporting tools to articulate impact.
  • Support the commissioning of internal and external reviews, evaluations, real-time evaluations and lessons learned exercises by supporting the development of Terms of Reference, participating in evaluations, building local participatory evaluation capacity etc.
  • Ensure application of effective monitoring, tracking and reporting systems, tools and templates that (a) enable and enhance regular monitoring of outputs and programme quality across regional and country programmes, (b) generate quality evidence at various programme levels.
  • Provide backstopping support where needed to Country Programme and Humanitarian teams.

 

Quality oversight and added value

  • Collaborate with global Save the Children networks and SCI’s Programme Learning team to review and improve SCI MEAL processes and procedures, training and capacity building.
  • Develop and implement accountability mechanisms (including the promotion of child-led and participatory MEAL), quality checklists for monitoring the quality of activities, and output trackers where appropriate.
  • Ensure regional data consolidation, analysis and reporting.   
  • Role model and support the development of an organisational culture that recognises the importance of monitoring and evaluation, quality and accountability.

 

Capacity Building:

  • Work with the regional office and country offices to identify MEAL training and capacity building priorities.
  • Provide training and capacity building on MEAL systems, including essential procedures for design and MEAL, country annual planning and reporting, humanitarian Output Tracker processes, and compliance with the Quality Framework.
  • Support regional teams and country office MEAL managers/teams and thematic experts in delivering distance or face-to-face trainings.
  • Be the point of contact for country offices for pre-training and post-training support
  • Provide induction for new CO/RO MEAL staff and exit interviews with outgoing MEAL staff 

Innovation, Evidence Generation and Learning

  • Identify innovation and programmatic successes worth sharing and ensure that these are evaluated, documented and disseminated widely
  • Champion knowledge management through the sharing of evaluations and lessons learned from regional and country programmes, including the sharing of recommendations and lessons learned from evaluations and other learning initiatives
  • Contribute to ensuring that reports, publications and communication materials that showcase programme outcomes are of a high professional standard 

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  • Actively engage with MEAL technical working groups, HPO processes, global MEAL Community of Practice, and promote participation and/or effectively cascade these with country offices

 

In order to be successful you will bring/have:

 

  • Master’s Degree
  • Fluency in English and Spanish, with strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong team player, proactive and flexible. 
  • Culturally sensitive, with effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proven analytical and problem solving skills in order to understand the range and content of humanitarian and development programmes and provide practical solutions to operational challenges.
  • Ability to manage and prioritise unpredictable workload, including the ability and willingness to change work practices and hours in the event of major emergencies.
  • Willingness to travel within the region and internationally (varying, but could be up to 30% of the time).
  • Substantial MEAL experience, preferably with experience in both development and emergency contexts.
  • MEAL training, coaching and capacity building experience.
  • Experience in implementing MEAL systems, including in quantitative and qualitative data collection and management.
  • Experience of supporting and developing programmatic staff with different backgrounds and expertise.
  • Experience in child-focused programming
  • Experience of working within a complex and matrix organisation structure
  • French language skills is an asset

 

 

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. 

 

The Organisation

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 realise 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.

Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at www.savethechildren.net/careers

 

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.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

 

 

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