MEAL Specialist Girls' Education Challenge Project

Save the Children, Kinshasa, Congo

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th June, 2016

Job Description

The role

  • The MEAL Specialist will ensure that Save the Children's DFID funded Girls Education Challenge (GEC) project has a well established, robust MEAL system.
  • His/her leadership will ensure that quality and accountability standards and learning are integrated into programme design.
  • This position will work closely with the GEC lead agency and consortium partners to ensure standardised, consortium wide M&E systems are adopted and well managed.
  • By promoting participation and contextual data analysis, the MEAL Specialist will support the project teams to strategically adapt activities/strategies to ensure efficacy and efficiency of programming, and maximise the positive impact of the GEC Project.
  • Drawing on previous experience, and promoting the capacities of the DRC Education team, the MEAL Specialist will ensure that results based planning is integrated into programming design.
  • S/he will seek opportunities to ensure impact measurement, documentation and dissemination of lessons learnt.

Qualifications and experience

Essential (all mandatory):

  • Significant experience of undertaking a similar MEAL related role for education programming.
  • Education to MSc/MA/MEng level in a relevant subject or equivalent field experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact well with people of all backgrounds, excellent relationship building skills.
  • Demonstrated strong monitoring and evaluation skills, including planning/participating in evaluations.
  • Experience of working in all aspects of planning, monitoring and evaluation, including: system design, programmatic quality audits, systematic tracking and analysis, evaluations, surveys, assessment systems, capacity building and training.
  • Thorough knowledge of results based monitoring frameworks, including previous experience implementing longitudinal studies/cohort monitoring.
  • Experience of integrating quality standards in programmes and of implementing accountability initiatives, such as child participation, information sharing and complaints response mechanisms.
  • Experience of, and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability.
  • A high level of written and spoken English and French.
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff.
  • Ability to work both in an advisory and a hands on implementation capacity.
  • Previous experience working with external consultant(s).
  • Experience of preparing successful funding proposals for donors.
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports.
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy.
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin and support our work.


  • Previous experience working in DRC.
  • Specific experience of designing and implementing projects funded by DFID.
  • Previous experience of working within a Payment by Results framework.
  • Specific experience of working in consortia projects

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