Senior MEAL Manager

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable
  • Job type:
    Full-Time
  • Posted:
    6 days ago
  • Category:
    Development
  • Deadline:
    December 8, 2022

JOB DESCRIPTION

Senior MEAL Manager  (220008OV)
 

TITLE: Senior MEAL Manager

TEAM/PROGRAMME: MEAL/Programme Implementation

LOCATION: Yangon

Number of Position: 1

GRADE: NAT-2

CONTRACT LENGTH: Fixed Term

 

CHILD SAFEGUARDING:

 

Level 3:  the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

Ensure that child safeguarding and child protection mainstreaming are integrated into all M&E frameworks through measurable output and outcome indicators; and lead 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.

ROLE PURPOSE: The Senior MEAL Manager is responsible for ensuring Country Office Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) system is functional and integrated into all aspects of Save the Children’s work. S/he will be the custodian of Myanmar Country MEAL Framework and will make sure that it is updated & in compliance with SCI and donor requirements. S/He will provide strategic and technical guidance to address systemic weaknesses in MEAL systems. S/He will conduct humanitarian response synthesis to assess health against the response strategy. For this purpose, S/he will work with thematic leads/specialist to regularly update CO Master logfarme, Humanitarian Reach, Learning framework and ensure indicators are systematically tracked and provide a quality analysis for strategic decision making. S/He will facilitate in developing log-frames/results frameworks/ logic models as part of New Business Development; and ensure that there is consistency at different level of results which lead to CSP goals. S/He will regularly update Emergency Preparedness Plan’s MEAL actions and ensure that MEAL function is adequately capacitated to respond any emergency.  H/She will ensure that there is regional MEAL capacity and resources to implement regional and project level MEAL frameworks. S/he will also be responsible to ensure that infrastructure is meeting the quality standards required to make it safe for children. S/he will guide the Thematic and Area MEAL teams in achieving outcome/impact focused projects and accountability to beneficiaries in line with Save the Children’s and donor’s policies and practices.

SCOPE OF ROLE:

 

Reports to: Head of MEAL 

Direct Reports: MEAL Manager, Accounitbility Coordinator

Technical Reports: Thematic MEAL staff including Child Poverty MEAL Coordinator, Sr. WASH MEAL Officer

Working relationships: Strong working relationships with MEAL, programme implementation and PDQ staff in Area Offices and Yangon, specifically with Technical Lead, Advisors,  Head of Area offices and Head of programmes.

External Representation: TBC

Travel: Frequent travel to field locations

Budget Responsibilities:  No financial approval

Role Dimensions: Regular contact with Program and representation of  SC MMR MEALat the local level or with mid-level counterparts.

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY :

 

Oversee and maintain CO MEAL system in line with SCI guidelines

  • Lead and strengthen MEAL System in line with the updated SCI Quality framework,  Standards and procedures including Learning, Evidence , Accountability and Management.
  • Work closely with Head of MEAL to Review and update the CO MEAL framework and ensure updated MEAL RACI is in place; also provides strategic and technical guidance to address systemic weaknesses in MEAL systems.
  • Facilitate in in updating Master logframe and ensuring a systematic tracking system for Humanitarian indicator is in place and providing information for decision making
  • Ensure that MEAL is effectively integrated into programme design, and contributes to programme objectives by proactively supporting needs assessments, documentation and sharing of lessons learned and situational analysis to the programme design focal points for new programs .
  • Oversee and guide the team (SCI and Partners) in monitoring and document the progress against program/project indicators aligned with SCI global MEAL standards.
  • Provide technical support to partners and program staff to ensure standard MEAL systems are in place engaging children, communities and stakeholder in evaluation, assessment and research.
  • Provide support for compiling and analysis data for SCI global reporting, e.g., Quarterly Progress Reports, Country Annual Reports and Total Reach, CSP milestone reviews, Program KPIs, and Strategic Results tracking.
  • Ensure that the accountability staff adopts maintain and strengthen system of feedback and response from key stakeholders, particularly children, and presents the information to SMT for decision making.
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis to inform course correction of responses. Present and disseminate information to inform senior management decision-making.

 

Regional MEAL Management support

  • Support MEAL manager in the review and implementation of a Country MEAL framework SOPs and tools at the Regional office
  • Support MEAL Manager and Area MEAL Lead in the implementation, strengthening of regional, program level MEAL systems, and processes to ensure achievement and progress towards CO MEAL objectives and outcomes across all Programs.
  • Ensure that child participation and child safeguarding is integrated into design and delivery at the regional level interventions and iworking closely with the respective focal points)

 

Evaluations and learning

  • More on baselines and assessments or 2 points following are enough?
  • Manage workplans and budgets for complex evaluations and research projects.
  • Support dissemination of baselines/assessments/evaluations and effectively track recommendations and lessons learned from monitoring processes including program review meetings, assessments, surveys and evaluations and ensure they are incorporated in project planning and future programming by leading on the dissemination of findings to the project teams in close coordination with all relevant colleagues
  • Lead and facilitate ongoing data collection analysis and disseminates evidence for programme improvement, advocacy and campaign purposes

 

Proposal Design

  • Lead in Conducting Needs Assessment to inform CO program and NBD, as and when required by SC and Donors
  • Support in developing Logical Framework/ Result framework/ logic model/ ToCs for new proposals across different thematic areas including Health & Nutrition, Education, Child Poverty, Education and Child Rights Governance; Ensure indicators are aligned with CSP milestones and Global Result framework
  • Ensure that New Proposal allocate sufficient budget for MEAL to fund current structures at Central and Area level.
  • Lead in developing MEAL Plan, ITT etc in the design stage as required by different donors
  • Participate in program design and proposal discussions to ensure lessons learnt from other programs are taken into considerations and indicators are developed in a way, which are adapted and suitable for the context. 

 

Accountability

  • Feedback amd reporting systems improved to facilitate informed decision making, stakeholder feedback and participation in programmes
  • Champions the use of accountability data and community participation analysis to influence strategic decision-making and advocacy.
  • Strengthen the existing complaints and feedback mechanisms to ensure accountability to affected communities, children, donors and other stakeholders in line with the Myanmar Country Office Accountability strategy.
  • Support Accountability coordinator and  team to ensure relevant tools and support are in place to enable collection, documentation and analysis of feedback from stakeholders; and learnings are available for decision making.
  • Liaise with Accountability Coordinator to ensure donor requirements are met at project/programme level and relevant technical trainings are provided.
  • Support MEAL Teams, Program Teams in promoting and ensuring children’s voices are captured during all MEAL activities.

 

Strengthened MEAL staff capacity

  • In collaboration with the Head of MEAL, conduct regional MEAL capacity assessments and improvement planning for both SCI and partner staff members in collaboration with relevant line managers and human resource department; this should include clear MEAL training need and capacity building plans
  • Mentor and support MEAL staff  in Regional offices, providing technical support and capacity building opportunities as per the identified capacity improvement needs.
  • Conduct training and awareness raising activities for operations and programme technical staff at field and country-office level regarding MEAL priorities, quality standards and MEAL related tools and guidelines.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)

Accountability:

  • Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving 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.

Ambition:

  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.

Collaboration:

  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.

Creativity:

  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks.

Integrity:

  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity
  • Always acts in the best interests of children

QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social / Development Sciences (Preferably Economics, Development Economics, Sociology, Political Science, or Anthropology) Information Technology or other related subjects with both quantitative and qualitative focus
  • At least 6 years’ experience in MEAL for development, humanitarian context ; working for non-government organizations or UN agencies
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Sound technical skills in statistics, excel, online data collection tools, and/or other relevant data collection and analysis tools  
  • Experience in programme implementation and/or one or more of Save the Children programming technical areas (desirable)
  • Experience in working with beneficiaries, collecting data and implementing or supporting Accountability 
  • Excellent personal organisational skills, including time management, and ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Willingness to travel to field offices and work in difficult environments according to travel requirements
  • Good people management skills/experience and proven ability to create an environment which encourages team-working and motivates a team across various geographical areas
  • Strong team-player with the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across the organisation developing effective working relationships to deliver outstanding results for children
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.
  • Willingness and capability to comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to health and safety, security, equal opportunities and other relevant policies, including the Child Safeguarding Policy

 

Skills and Experience:

  • At least 6 years experience in MEAL (manager level)

Education:

  • Bachelor Degree (3 years + education post secondary school). May be undertaking a professional qualification  or Masters program
  • Post Graduate Degree in a relevant field (Social science, MBA, MD, MPH)

 

Communication and Technical Skills

  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent personal organisational skills, including time management, and ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Willingness to travel to field offices and work in difficult environment according to travel requirements

 

Management:

  • Excellent Significant people management skills/experience and proven ability to create an environment which encourages team-working and motivates a team across various geographical areas.

 

General:

  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across the organisation developing effective working relationships to deliver outstanding results for children
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.
  • Willingness and capability to comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to health and safety, security, equal opportunities and other relevant policies, including the Child Safeguarding Policy

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All staff has an obligation and a responsibility to:

  • 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.
  • Ensure the way they are carrying out their work is not putting children at risk (or further risk) – this means constantly scrutinizing their 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.
  • Be vigilant about observing possible child abuse/harm in their personal and professional lives.

All managers have the above responsibilities as well as ensuring

  • Their staff are doing the above.
  • That child safeguarding is integrated and given a “voice” in all management processes including recruitment, induction, performance management, team meetings, annual planning processes, field level monitoring, etc.

 

Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

 

 

Employee Status

: Fixed Term

Closing Date

: Dec 8, 2022