MEAL Manager

Save the Children, Erbil, Iraq

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th September, 2017

Job Description

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We're changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

Contract length: 12 months

The role purpose:

The MEAL Manager will be expected to lead on MEAL system design and implementation, evaluations, accountability system strengthening and making sure the learning from the monitoring, evaluation and accountability systems is feeding to programme decision making, MEAL budgeting, recruitment as well as support proposal writing and logframe development at national level. The post holder will be expected to mentor and/or capacity building existing country programme staff.



  • Minimum six years of experience in undertaking MEAL experience both developmental and humanitarian contexts.
  • Previous first phase emergency response experience is essential
  • Education to MSc/MA/MEng/MPH level in a relevant subject or equivalent field experience
  • Experience of, and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
  • Previous experience of managing a team and managing projects
  • Demonstrated strong monitoring and evaluation skills, including planning/participating in evaluations
  • Ability to work both in an advisory and a hands on implementation capacity
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff
  • Experience of representation and ability to represent Save the Children effectively in external forums.
  • Experience of preparing successful funding proposals for donors
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills with experience in advocacy
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children. In particular, a good understanding of the Save the children mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support


  • Language skills in Arabic or Kurdish
  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in Iraq or Middle East.
  • Specific experience of designing and managing OFDA, SDC, GAC, DFID and ECHO projects
  • Specific experience of working in Middle East.
  • Experience of managing MEAL in remote, hard to access settings


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