Job: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer, EFECT Program at Street Child

Location: Abuja or Maiduguri – Borno, with frequent travel through
Sierra Leone and Liberia
Duration of contract: Two years Fixed-term contract
Type of contract: Full time (37.5 hours per week)
Reports to: Program Manager, EFECT Program

Objective of the role

  • We are seeking an exceptional MEAL Manager for an exciting new $12.8 million program to be implemented across Sierra Leone, Liberia and North East Nigeria.
  • The Education For Every Child Today (EFECT) program will provide 96,000 children with access to education over the next 4 years.
  • The MEAL Manager will lead the development and implementation of effective MEAL processes in all 3 contexts, working closely with the management and MEAL teams of Street Child’s excellent national partners. This role reports to the EFECT Program Manager, with expert support from the Global Advisory Team.
  • The main objective of this role is to lead the development and implementation of robust monitoring, evaluation and learning processes across the EFECT programme.
  • The role will work closely with country/partner MEAL teams to adopt, adapt and contextualise tools, and coordinate cross-national collection, cleaning and analysis. The successful candidate will work to build the MEAL capacity of our in-country partners and coordinate across country teams to ensure data flows in program adaptation and donor reporting effectiveness.

Main responsibilities
MEAL management:

  • Lead MEAL through the EFECT program, liaise with Street Child and partner MEAL staff and global advisory teams
  • Develop, implement and adapt the MEAL framework of the EFECT program, including the design and deployment of tools
  • Lead the design and implementation of baseline, mid-point and final evaluations and annual reviews
  • Provide strong support to EFECT program staff and partners for cross-national data collection, cleaning and analysis
  • Generate regular and consistent evidence, ensuring it is disseminated and integrated into program adaptation
  • Work with country teams and partners to create a strong learning culture and support a joint approach to data management and sharing
  • Work closely with the EFECT Program Manager to meet internal and external reporting requirements
  • Perform comprehensive site assessments to ensure program data integrity and quality.

Capacity building MEAL:

  • Lead coaching and mentoring of country and partner MEAL teams and provide training, advice and guidance to Street Child and partner program staff to ensure effective use of tools
  • Work closely with country leadership teams to identify MEAL capacity gaps within local partners
  • Directly support local partner program managers to improve their MEAL skills and capacities.

Support for the management of the Nigerian program:

  • Oversaw the establishment of EFECT and program review in Nigeria
  • Support EFECT narrative and financial reporting for Nigeria
  • Support the development of proposals for EFECT Matching Funding for Nigeria
  • Management of Nigeria EFECT Program Manager (TBC).

Others:

  • A strong commitment to the vision, mission and values ​​of Street Child
  • Adhere to all Street Child policies and procedures
  • Represent Street Child appropriately internally and externally
  • Execute all reasonable requests that fall within the general scope of the role

Person specification
Education:

  • Diploma or higher degree in international development or related field; or participation in relevant specific training courses in MEAL.

Essential experience and knowledge:

  • Relevant field experience of development programming, with a commitment and respect for local partnership.
  • Demonstrable experience in developing/implementing MEAL approaches, including logframes and ToC
  • Experience designing, delivering and training MEAL tools.
  • Experience in data collection, cleaning and analysis.
  • Demonstrable experience in grant management.
  • Relevant work experience in support of local partners
  • Demonstrable experience of capacity building with national staff
  • Demonstrable experience reporting to donors.

Desirable:

  • Strong working knowledge of education, child protection and livelihoods approaches
  • Strong working knowledge of the Sierra Leone, Liberia or North East Nigeria context.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent understanding of current MEAL approaches and ability to develop MEAL systems
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate data to produce learnings
  • Ability to skillfully balance freelance work with wider teamwork with UK and international teams
  • Proven coaching/capacity building skills

Others:

  • Excellent written and oral communications in English (additional languages ​​welcome)
  • A dynamic and agile attitude, a passion for problem solving and adaptive thinking.


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