MEAL Manager

Save the Children, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th November, 2020

Job Description


The role is to lead Save the Children Sierra Leone’s MEAL processes/procedures at coordination office and support field offices where necessary.  This will feed into the overall Country Office, SCI Regional and Global MEAL framework in line with the country strategic plan and global ambition.  This role holder is required to take leadership in finalizing and implementation of SC’s standard MEAL packages, corresponding tools and reporting requirements and build the culture of maximum utilization in country office.

The MEAL Manager will oversee the implementation of community feedback and response mechanisms for both development and humanitarian programs and lead compliance and assessment of quality benchmark.  S/he will support Awards, Finance, PDQ/TAs, Internal controls, Advocacy and Operations to review and implement a compliance strategy towards donor commitments, especially in project start-ups, implementation, documentation, progress reporting and phase-outs. S/he will assume day to day leadership for the MEAL tasks for quality evidence-based programming.

S/he will provide MEAL supportive supervision in on-going project implementation. The MEAL Manager will be highly involved in project and MEAL planning and reviews, provide oversight on implementation of required MEAL actions, monitoring and evaluation processes ensuring high level of child participation in these processes in operational area.

S/he will guide SC and Partner teams in tracking outcome of projects which includes but not limited to documenting success stories/ case studies in line with project activities and expected outcomes. The MEAL Manager will build capacities of staff and partners in promoting overall MEAL culture including program quality standards, provide quality assurance for data and information (including progress reports) generated from their respective field bases.

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.


  • A degree level in Social Science – Statistics, Economics or equivalent field experience.
  • Recommended a minimum of six years’ management and/or MEAL experience in both emergency and development contexts, preferably with solid experience in more than two of the Save the Children priority sectors: education, protection, rights governance, HIV/AIDs, health and nutrition, and emergencies.



  • Demonstrated strong monitoring and evaluation skills, including planning and participating in evaluations.
  • Proficiency in computer skills, especially ability to work with MS Word, MS Excel, Power Point , data collection and analysis software etc.
  • Ability to think and analyze issues and data critically
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets
  • Experience in writing clear assessments and reports
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • A high level of written and spoken English.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Proven capacity to train and coach staff.
  • Strong knowledge in Rights based programming.
  • Experience working in a hands on implementation capacity.
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children.


  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy.
  • High cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in


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