MEAL Officer at Save the Children, Kigali - CLOSE: 06/07/2018 - Science & Education 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) Officer

Report to:MEAL Specialist (Education)Place of work: Kigali, Rwanda

Staff directly interacting with this post: All programme staff, MEAL staff, partner MEAL staff



Time Frame: Open end

Tentative start date:ASAP


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.


In close collaboration with MEAL Specialists, the MEAL Officer will be responsible for the front-line overall support to Country Office while ensuring effective implementation of the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning system of Save the Children Rwanda Country programme.

Key areas include (a) support the project staff in the development and implementation of Save the Children’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) systems; (b) assisting in the collection, entry and compilation and analysis of program data and learning findings; (c) supporting programme staff by providing technical assistance during the design and implementation of programme components; (d) supporting in the setting up and implementation of accountability to beneficiaries mechanisms, monitor programme quality, raise red flags and support programme learning while contributing to transparent and robust reporting.


1. Planning and Reporting

  • Support and participate in programme planning activities and review meetings

  • Compile and provide required data for reporting to donors and SCI requirements

  • Ensure MEAL aspects in the Detailed Implementation Plans (DIPs) are implemented and monitored

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 to develop data collection tools

  • 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

  • Manage the database/MIS system and ensure quality data is collected

  • Support in the compilation and analysis of quantitative and qualitative program data and contribute into subsequent reporting;

4. Accountability

  • Support the field office 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 analyze data on monthly basis and share it with program teams at various levels.

  • Maintain the Complaints and Response Mechanism database

  • In collaboration with MEAL Specialists, support programme staff in ensuring children’s participation, reporting back to children, and child-led MEAL.

5. Evaluations and Research

  • In collaboration with MEAL Specialists, support in the coordination of research field activities and ensure effective child-focused research

  • Ensure the logistics for evaluation and research data collection tools is in place

6. Learning

  • Work with programme teams to utilise data from action 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 MEAL team to build the capacity of the program staff and partners to ensure smooth implementation of quality MEAL systems;

  • 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 first degree in statistics, education or relevant social sciences, with M&E skills,

  • At least three years M&E experience working in planning, monitoring, evaluation and Accountability in an NGO setting

  • Proven experience with quantitative and qualitative data collection

  • Ability to lead and drive the organization towards more action-research focused and child-centered 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   Officer

The deadline for receiving applications is July 6th, 2018.

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