MEAL Manager ( Nationla Only), Jijiga, Ethiopia

at Save the Children
Location Jijiga, Ethiopia
Date Posted June 24, 2020
Category Management
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Ethiopia's Multi-Year Resilience Programme (MYRP 2020-2023) aims to improve learning through equitable access, crisis-sensitive and quality relevant education for 745,997 emergency-affected children (380,418 boys, 365,579 girls (including children living with disabilities) in 44 prioritised woredas in Ethiopia. The MYRP is an ambitious plan created by the Ministry of Education together with Education sector stakeholders.

The proposed MYRP includes immediate actions to address critical educational needs of IDP, returnee, and relocated children and medium to long-term interventions to build resilience of the education system to support the (re)integration of returnee and relocated children and their host communities.

In line with identified priorities in the education section of the HRP 2019 and ECW strategic priorities, initial MYRP interventions will utilise ECW seed funding in prioritised woredas and focus on getting out of school internally displaced and returnee/relocated children back into education with a special focus on girls and children with disabilities. Education Cannot Wait (ECW) has so far committed $27m in seed funding to the overall MYRP. This seed funding will be managed by UNICEF and SC as Grantees, and implemented by a range of organisations. It will target 60,487 (30,717 boys, 29,770 girls, including 6,049 CWDs) from 17 woredas. Somali region Eight woredas and 32,000 children will be targeted. Interventions will be scaled up to target all emergency-affected children and regions in 44-prioritised emergency-affected woredas with a system strengthening approach as more additional resources are mobilized and anchor the MYRP into national programmes such as GEQIP-E. The provision of seed funding within a broader investment framework that encourages resource mobilisation is another aspect of the MYRP that adds distinct value to the sector, the work of the Cluster, and the overall education in emergency response in Ethiopia.


The MEAL Manager will be responsible for the planning and roll-out of the MEAL system as per the ECW Seed Funding programme performance monitoring plan. He/She will build systems and staff capacity to ensure that the programme's performance is of high quality to beneficiaries and learning is institutionalized for programme improvements. The ECW MEAL manager will work with a number of partners mainly the Somali Regional Education Bureau, targeted woreda education offices and schools as well as implementing partners (local and international NGOs).


MEAL System Development and Management

  • Undertake responsibilities for the roll-out of the programme's MEAL system in the target schools and woredas as per the programme's performance monitoring plan.
  • Ensure that the implementing partners' staff, relevant woreda and regional offices and schools understand the various steps and tools for the programme's MEAL system and that it is implemented as planned.
  • Ensure programmes/projects are using Quality Benchmarks and standards as part of their day to day implementation and quality monitoring practices.
  • Ensure that regular monitoring/MEAL reports are received and communicated effectively to both relevant staff at the field office and head office responsible for the management of the program.
  • Ensure periodic report are as per the standard quality, standard template, time frame and communicated accordingly.
  • Ensure communities and children know their rights and entitlements, have access to project information and participate in decisions that affect them.
  • Ensure communities and children have access to safe and responsive mechanisms to handle their complaints and feedbacks

Learning and Knowledge Management

  • Lead the planning and implementation of LKM framework for the program at the field office.
  • Support the identification of learning objectives and evidence gaps.
  • In close collaboration with programme team facilitate the generation, storage and sharing of knowledge and lessons learnt at all levels.
  • Ensure utilization of learning and knowledge generated in decision making and programme improvement (maintain up to date Hub action tracker and monitor the utilization and application).

Technical Support and Capacity Building

  • Build the capacity and awareness of the staff of the implementing partners and relevant offices and schools on the programme's performance monitoring plan and their responsibilities.
  • Develop tools for collecting performance monitoring data and set-up processes, time lines and accountability matrix and work plans from target schools to the field office and SC head quarter.
  • Ensure that performance monitoring reports are produced as per the format and time line and are communicated to all relevant bodies, including the target schools.
  • Based on the reports, conduct midterm quarterly, mid-year and annual performance reviews in target schools, woreda education offices and at regional level.
  • Conducts end line performance evaluation.

Programme design, research, evaluations, assessments and other studies

  • Participate in annual programme designing process and ensure MEAL components (monitoring, evaluation, assessment/baseline, accountability and learning) are appropriately planned for and adequately budgeted in the programme design.
  • Ensure projects/programmes have SMART objectives & indicators, MEAL plan and are in consistency to each other
  • Ensure evaluations are undertaken as per the programme's plan and maintain up-to-date evaluation trackers to monitor delivery and action planning.

In order to be successful you will bring/have: SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


  • 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.


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


  • 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


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


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency

KEY COMPETENCIES (Save the Children competency framework - to Skilled level)

  • Leading and inspiring others
  • Delivering Results
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Problem Solving and decision making
  • Innovating and adapting
  • Applying Technical & Professional Expertise
  • Working effectively with others
  • Communicating with Impact
  • Networking


  • A minimum of BSc/BA/ degree in an area of education, statistics or social development or equivalent.
  • 6 years of relevant progressive experience, out of which 2 years in managerial positions
  • NGO management experience in a M&E role in both emergency and development contexts.
  • Direct experience of rolling out and managing M&E systems and of working on all aspects of MEAL.
  • Demonstrated commitment to building staff capacity, skills in training and capacity building.
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in


  • Ability and willingness to travel to field sites and work in remote locations, often for prolonged periods of time
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Fluency in English, and other national/local languages both verbal and written essential
  • Knowledge of the target area.
  • Women are encouraged.

Commitment to Save the Children values

The Organisation

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 child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three 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

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.


Applying Instructions

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

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Location: Jijiga

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Closing Date: Jun 26, 2020

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