MEAL Specialist at Save the Children, Kigali, Rwanda - CLOSE: 06/07/2018 - Other Jobs in Kigali

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Rwanda Country Programme, Kigali Rwanda


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 thirty districts in Rwanda with a current staff complement of approximately 180 staff.

SC Rwanda Country Office seeks to hire qualified, committed and experienced staff to fill the following position:

Position: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Specialist

Place of work: Kigali with frequent travels to the field

Report to:Head of MEAL

Staff directly interacting with this post: Programme Directors, Programme Managers, Umuhuza MEAL Officer, SCI MEAL in-country, regional and/or global team


Post: 1

Time Frame: Open end

Tentative start date: ASAP

Child Safeguarding:

Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

ROLE PURPOSE: The MEAL Specialistunder the lead of the Head of MEAL, will be responsible for ensuring effective implementation of the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability system and Learning of the Rwanda Country programme in specific projects under Early Childhood Development and Basic Education Program. 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) assisting the Senior Researcher and Evaluation Specialist in designing and conducting studies, research, surveys and evaluations, d)set-up and implement accountability mechanism, monitor programme quality, raise red flags, support programme learning  and perform all required MEAL roles and responsibility under Education,  as specified in the MEAL role and  Responsivity Document.


1. Planning and Reporting

  • To participate in programme development and planning activities

  • Participate in 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

2. 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 and Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist to develop data collection tools

  • Participate in supervision of research and evaluation activities

  • Work with programme team to regularly collect data related to their indicators.

  • Perform regular field visits to ensure the quality of data collected by Program staff and to verify the accuracy of reported data

3. Management Information System

  • Ensure Education Program data up to date and well managed through MIS system

  • Compile and analyse quantitative and qualitative program data and contribute into subsequent reporting at the program level;

4. 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 analyse data on monthly basis and share it with program teams at various levels.

  • Maintain the Complaints and Response Mechanism database

  • Ensure children’s participation reporting back to children, and child-led MEAL.

5. Evaluations and Research

  • In close collaboration with Head of MEAL and Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist, coordinate evaluations and research activities and ensure effective, timely and quality delivery of research and evaluation products.

  • Work closely with Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist in the development of data collection tools proposed for evaluations activities

  • Support the Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist in performing all types of quantitative analyses (descriptive and inferential analyses) using appropriate software (SPSS and/or STATA) as instructed and under the guidance of the Head of MEAL

  • Provide capacity building, orientation, training, and mentoring in evaluation and research methods to relevant programme and MEAL staff at the country office in collaboration with the Head of MEAL

6. 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;

7. Capacity Building

  • Identify capacity gaps and work with the Head of MEAL to build the capacity of the program staff and partners to ensure smooth implementation of quality MEAL systems and effective participatory evaluations;

  • Provide orientation/training to MEAL/program field staff from time to time.

8. 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 the way he/she is carrying out work is not putting children at risk (or further risk) – this means constantly scrutinizing his/her work through a child safeguarding lens and talking to children about possible design/implementation “flaws”

  • 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

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving results together with children 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 in-country to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for self and team, takes responsibility for own personal development and encourages team to do the same

  • Widely shares personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

  • Future oriented, thinks strategically and on a global scale


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with own team, colleagues, members, donors, and partners

  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

  • Willing to take disciplined risks


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency

  • Always acts in the best interests of children


  • University degree (Master’s degree preferred) in statistics;

  • At least 2 years of experience working in planning, monitoring, evaluation, research, and accountability in an NGO or research setting;

  • 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 with young people, children, and the communities

  • Ability to support or lead under guidance and drive the organization towards more action-research focused and child-centred integrated programming by using participation and listening to beneficiaries, including children, as one of the main mechanisms for programme implementation;

  • Strong capacity and creativity in leading and facilitating participatory methodologies to meaningfully engage beneficiaries and receiving their feedback, including children.


Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding – Declaration of Acceptance Form and comply with the SCIs Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.

  • This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for.  SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children International’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send an application letter plus updated Curriculum Vitae in English, including 3 names of professional referees to

The following should be used as email subject: Application- MEAL   Specialist.

The deadline for receiving applications is July 6th, 2018

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