The MEAL Associate/Program Officer supports developing and managing the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) system of the Save the Children International in Lao country office.
S/he supports the development data collection tools, data collection to ensure timely quality data collection, data entry into database, data analysis and sharing of data with relevant stakeholders for program quality improvement and decision making.
S/he also support MEAL capacity building activities for designated staff and project teams, and Government partners.
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 AREA OF ACCOUNTABILITY/ Main Responsibilities
Ensure they fully understand the provisions of the Child Safeguarding Policy, the Code of Conduct and Local/Country Procedures.
Conduct themselves in accordance with the rules of the Child Safeguarding Policy, in their personal and professional lives – which includes reporting suspicions of child abuse.
- Support the design and planning of country office and project MEAL systems, tools, and processes.
- Support data collection across programmes, sectors, and units of the country office and consolidate information for our Key Performance Indicators and Total Reach reporting as well as other SCI required MEAL reports.
- Monitor and follow up with project MEAL staff, government staffs, community facilitators and project officers to ensure timely quality data collection and reporting and documentation of lessons learnt.
- Support Data Quality Assurance activities.
- Support data analysis and data sharing to inform project design, planning, implementation, and advocacy.
- Facilitate technical capacity building of designated staff and project teams and Government partners on MEAL.
- Provide support to external consultants and to SCI member MEAL, who have assignments in the SCI country office projects.
- Participate in meetings and provide updates on MEAL.
- Ensure that data analysis is regularly shared with stakeholders for decisions.
- Ensures the appropriate application of child rights programming principles into the implementation of activities.
- Establish and maintain excellent working relationships and coordination with the various thematic teams and units of SCI Laos country office.
- A Bachelor (Master preferred) Degree in computer science, public health, education, economics or a related field.
Experience and Skills
- Excellent computer skills, including data collection such as Kobo and statistical software STATA/SPSS/EPI, Excel.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- English language skills, to include reading, writing and speaking as well as strong presentation skills.
- Knowledge on quantitative research methods, sampling techniques, data analysis and interpretation, and applied knowledge of qualitative research methodologies.
- Experience in research, monitoring and evaluating or development projects in Laos preferred.
- Experience in developing study design and methodology including sampling procedures, assisting with implementation, analysis and write-up to inform policy is preferred.
- Experience with GIS mapping and infographics and other data visualization software such as Tableau and Power BI preferred.