Save the Children Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning Jobs in Ethiopia

Save the Children Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning Jobs in Ethiopia

Role Purpose

  • The Director of MEAL is a key position within the Ethiopia Country Office.

  • S/he oversees the design and implementation of a robust, quality, comprehensive, and integrated MEAL System for all programs that meet SCI standards; MEAL staff management, mentorship, and development; strategic and annual planning, internal reporting, as well as programme development and MEAL resources.

  • S/he also oversees the quality and standardization of MEAL tools and works closely with program implementation and program quality staff to ensure appropriate monitoring and evaluation of each project. S/he also coordinates learning and knowledge management systems and works closely with the Regional Office MEAL Staff.

  • S/he directly supervises a Senior Evidence and Learning Advisor, three Hub-based MEAL Advisors, a Humanitarian MEAL Manager, and two Addis Ababa based learning and knowledge management staff. S/he closely works with MEAL Managers/Advisors of National programs. The Hub MEAL Advisors oversee all MEAL staff in the different hubs, including MEAL focal points in each field/project/satellite office. The overall CO MEAL team consists of approximately 40-50 staff, mostly based in field offices.

  • S/he is a member of the Program Development and Quality (PDQ) Senior Leadership Team and the CO National Management Team

    Key Areas of Accountabilities

    Programme Development and MEAL Resources

  • Work closely with the Programme Ops team to ensure MEAL plays an integral role at every stage of the project lifecycle, leading to enhanced quality, accountability, management, and impact.

  • As a contributor to proposal development, review and improve MEAL technical narrative and budgets within proposals, support development of SMART indicators with technical teams, ensure quality mechanisms are in place, and ensure consistency with the CO and SCI MEAL strategies.


  • At least Master’s degree in relevant areas of project management, development management or relevant disciplines

    Experience and Skills


  • Minimum of 10 years of programming experience within the aid sector, working in program management, technical, and/or MEAL roles including in managerial/leadership responsibilities, preferably linked to one of Save the Children’s priority technical sectors (Child Poverty, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, Education, Health & Nutrition, Livelihoods/resilience, and WASH), and with the
    majority of that time focused on overseeing comprehensive MEAL systems that ensure programme effectiveness and quality.

  • Understanding of both emergency/humanitarian and development contexts, with a preference for experience in both contexts.

  • Solid and relevant experience adhering to international quality standards (Sphere, CHS) or equivalent.

  • Experience and knowledge of monitoring systems, including robust and responsible data collection and use.

  • Experience and knowledge of evidence generation and learning on what works (and doesn’t work) for children, including designing/commissioning, implementing and applying: needs assessments, baseline studies, evaluations and research, learning workshops, and learning agendas.

  • Direct experience of working with communities in participatory activities. Experience and knowledge of systems for accountability to children and communities, including information sharing, the participation of adults and children, and feedback and reporting mechanisms. Ability to prepare and facilitate technical MEAL training and workshops across countries in the region (including remotely). Direct experience working with communities in participatory activities.

  • Proven success in building and managing a team and dedication to developing staff capacity through training, supervising, coaching, and mentoring.

  • Experience in participating in/leading organizational improvement processes.

  • Skilled at communicating and influencing across relevant teams and offices. Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets

  • Demonstrable analytical and problem-solving skills and experience in solving complex issues through analysis, defining, and planning a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in.

  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures

  • Proficiency in relevant data collection and analysis software.**

  • Ability to work independently and as part of teams/groups

  • Strong remote-working and management abilities and self-motivated.**

  • Willingness to travel to field sites.**

  • Proficient in speaking and writing English.**

  • Commitment to Save the Children values and Programming principles.


  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant region/context

  • Experience in promoting quality and impact through at least one cross-cutting area: gender equality and inclusion, adaptive and safer programming; child rights; disability; migration, and displacement.

  • Experience and knowledge of Save the Children’s structure, mandate, and child focus.**

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Save the Children Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning Jobs in Ethiopia

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