Save the Children International is currently recruiting for a MEAL Specialist at our APOLOU project based in our Moroto field Office.

The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Specialist will lead the implementation of Save the Children’s MEAL activities in the field on the Apolou Activity, on which Save the Children is a sub-awardee to Mercy Corps. The MEAL Specialist performs routine data analysis for Apolou Activity to produce reports, statistics, and performance evaluations as well generate and document key learnings. S/he supports data quality assessments including data collection, analysis of results, and dissemination. The position also contributes to building capacity of local staff and partners around data usage, including enhancing their capacity to interpret data and leverage data visualization from digital technologies. The specialist will support operational research and learning activities by staying abreast of new and innovative MEAL technologies and adopting them on programs when useful. The job holder will also be responsible for designing routine monitoring forms, overseeing data collection, compiling and aggregating data, maintaining databases, generating descriptive statistics, and providing support to surveys and evaluation as well as learning and accountability system for Save the Children’s technical interventions and impact on the Apolou Activity. The MEAL Specialist will also provide technical lead on monthly, quarterly and annual reporting for Apolou. In addition, the job holder ensures that quality bench marks are used during implementation of Apolou activities and puts in place a tailor-made documentation strategy for impact stories, reports, and best practices and ensures that lessons learned feed into the Apolou planning processes. He/she is expected to work with Mercy Corps (MC) Apolou MEAL team, as well as maintain and enhance Save the Children and MC’s partnership. The incumbent will also represent the Program to external contacts when requested including beneficiaries, partners, current and potential donors, and development actors.  It is expected that the incumbent will spend 60% of his/her time in the field. The job holder may be called upon as and when necessary to support the emergency teams outside the project location.

To be successful for this role, you will have/bring the following:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics, Public Health, or Sociology with a focus in health system or Development Studies with Post Graduate training in M&E or Project planning and Management.
  • Master’s degree in the relevant fields will be an added advantage
  • Minimum of five years working experience in monitoring and evaluation working experience (preferably in education/protection related program with an International NGO, DFSA projects).
  • Experience in CommCare database
  • Experience collecting data through quantitative household surveys (ideally in Karamoja)
  • Experience interviewing community members and leaders and/or facilitating focus group discussions (especially with youth)
  • Understanding of the basic standards to ensure data quality
  • High level of competence on multiple statistical analysis packages (ideally SPSS, STATA, R, ArcGIS, NVivo, and/or ATLAS.ti)
  • Familiarity with mobile data collection platforms (like Kobo Collect, Epi Info, IForm builder, etc).
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation techniques to assess the quality and effectiveness of program strategies for program learning
  • Previous experience with WASH, adolescent, and/or behavior change programming preferred
  • Excellent communication and report writing skill

The organization:

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and protection.  We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize children’s rights and ensure their voices are heard.  We are working towards 3 breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

Application information

Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document. Please apply online by following this link indicating 3 referees, two of whom should have been your direct supervisors.

Important to note: Testimonials/certificates SHOULD NOT be attached to application that is submitted online. Hand delivered applications will not be accepted and are therefore not considered during the shortlisting process.   Application closes on 19 February 2021 at midnight Uganda time. 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