MEAL Officer UK NGO Job Opportunities – Save the Children International

Job Title:   MEAL Officer
Organisation: Save
the Children International
Duty Station:  Uganda
Reports to: Regional
MEAL Manager
About US:
Save the Children
International is an international relief organization that was established in
the United Kingdom in 1919 to improve the lives of children through better
education, health care, and economic opportunities, as well as providing
emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts.
Job Summary:  The MEAL Officer is responsible for supporting
the MEAL function in Moyo including, design and implementation of basic MEAL
tools to adequately plan, monitor, and report in an accurate and timely manner
on program performance.  In collaboration
with the Regional MEAL Manager, Head of MEAL, Sub Area Manger and the Programme
team, the job holder ensures that the Programme undertakes routine monitoring &
data quality assessment, information sharing, collecting, tracking and
responding to feedback and complaints from Programme stakeholders. In addition,
the job holder ensures that quality bench marks are used during implementation
of Programme activities and puts in place a tailor-made documentation strategy
for impact stories, reports, and best practices and makes sure that lessons
learnt feed into the Programme planning processes.  The staff is responsible for ensuring that
Programme data on outputs and outcome progress is collected, analysed and
synthesised accurately and in a timely manner; supports training of Programme
team and partners in quality data collection and management including use of
data to inform decisions on the Programme priorities. 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 Duties and Responsibilities:  
Monitoring:
·       
In close
collaboration with the Regional MEAL Manager and Sub Area Manager, put in place
an operational MEAL plan including setting up mechanisms to monitor and
document the progress of implementation of Programme activities, Specifically;
·       
Lead the
design/ review of MEAL pack, to include the Indicator Performance Tracking
Table, Log frame, Activity Tracking Table and MEAL plan. Maintain an updated
Indicator Performance Tracker (IPT) and Output tracker, in additional other
report requirements as may be requested.
·       
Provide
technical guidance and lead capacity building of the Programme staff, partners
and stakeholders on implementation of MEAL within the Programme; to include
capacities for data collection, storage, indicator definition and reporting.
·       
Input to
the development of aligned Quality Benchmarks for Programme activities to guide
monitoring and ensure actions plans agreed on after QB monitoring are
implemented in timely manner.
·       
Review
Programme data collection tools to ensure that tools provide required
information on programme indicators
·       
Enhance
use of digital data management with in the program, this includes use of Kobo
and ODK among other programs.
·       
Conduct
routine data quality assessment and continuous quality improvement of the
program to ensure program implementation and report quality.
·       
Work
closely with Sub Area Managers and Program Manager to ensure that performance
indicators are regularly tracked and that activities implemented are well
aligned with the indicators
·       
Support
implementation of programme MIS and integration of   Geographical Information System (GIS) in
programme   reporting. Support GIS
mapping and dissemination of MIS/GIS reports. Provide MIS content/requirements
and feedback to MEAL team and document progress on indicators/achievement of
targets.
·       
Where
applicable, roll-out mobile data collection and monitoring systems and document
learning and suggestions for improvement.
Evaluation:
·       
With the
Regional MEAL Manager, coordinate the development of Terms of Reference for the
midline / endline programme evaluation.
·       
Participate/coordinate
the design of quantitative and qualitative participatory Programme evaluations
(baseline, annual and final evaluations), assessments, reviews and other
special studies
·       
Coordinate
the logistics of project evaluations as necessary and ensure data collection,
analysis and write-up is in line with SCI and donor standards as well as set
timelines.
·       
Accountability:
·       
Support
in the development of information sharing materials/briefs, posters and
brochures, and dissemination of Programme information materials to relevant
stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries.
·       
Facilitate
programmes to set up relevant contextualized feedback and complaints
infrastructures, mechanisms, and approaches to receive feedback and complaints
from beneficiaries including children
·       
Collect
and manage complaints and feedback in close coordination with Programme team.
Track timeliness of  response  to complaints 
and maintain  an updated  Programme 
complaints  tracker.
Learning:
·       
Foster
and develop a culture of learning within SC.
·       
Establish
information sharing mechanisms for partner staff to document and share examples
of good and bad practice and learning.
·       
Identify
opportunities for research and learning questions in collaboration with the
Programme Managers and Technical Specialists.
·       
Facilitate
documentation of programme results, impact, best practices and significant
changes. Document learnings and best practices; disseminate learnings, reports,
publications and participate in learning sessions, and ensuring that the
lessons learnt are utilized to inform programming and advocacy.
Communication,
Coordination and Networking:
·       
Create
and sustain positive working relationships internally with other technical
staff; externally with the district local government and CSO partners, and
other stakeholders, and also maintain an up to date understanding of key
development trends in the Programme area.
·       
Representing
the programme in various thematic areas at the district as may be requested by
the line manager.
·       
Ensure
coordination with the government activities and structures in the
implementation of activities.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       
The
applicant for the Save the Children MEAL Officer employment vacancy should hold
a Bachelor’s Degree in either Statistics or Development Studies.
·       
Additional
training and experience in biostatistics or monitoring and evaluation and MIS
of an added advantage.
·       
At least
three years’ work experience in monitoring and evaluation working experience
(preferably in education/protection related programmes with an International
NGO).
·       
Knowledge
and use of various survey methods for monitoring of different programs.
·       
Previous
experience working in partnership programmes.
·       
Experience
working on GIS mapping projects.
·       
Prior
experience establishing and running coordination mechanisms.
·       
Prior
experience in training and management of data collectors.
·       
Demonstrable
experience and understanding of the education sector global and national
standards.
·       
Prior
experience working in the refugee response and understanding of coordination
and management mechanisms (e.g. working groups, response plans etc.)
·       
Experience
of working with local partners and District Local Government in Child Rights
Governance, Education and Child Protection is an added advantage.
·       
Strong
analytical skills and strategic planning abilities.
·       
Sound
written and oral presentation skills.
·       
Ability
to establish and maintain conducive collegial relations and perform effectively
as a member of a team.
·       
Computer
literacy and excellent documentation skills are a must. Microsoft office
especially word, spreadsheet (Excel), Access, SPSS and GIS applications).
·       
Availability
and willingness to work extra hours during times of humanitarian responses.
Desirable
·       
Excellent
time management and planning capacity.
·       
Willingness
to travel and work in hard-to-reach areas, occasionally under strenuous
conditions.
·       
Highly
developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing,
negotiation and coaching.
·       
Ability
to intervene with crisis management or troubleshooting as necessary.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified
candidates are encouraged to apply online at the link below.
Deadline:  27th July 2020
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