MEAL Specialist

at Save The Children
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted August 30, 2020
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Social Sciences
Job Type Contract
Currency ETB



The MEAL specialist is backstop for providing technical support for the MEAL advisor to help him closely work with project staff and partners in the area of project data/information management. He/ She Coordinate and interacts with all project staff to assure quality and timeliness of activities at all levels. He/ She is responsible to oversee Growth through Nutrition MEAL activities such as data collection, database management, supportive supervision, and coordination of review meetings and periodic reporting in all targets.  He/ she is responsible to keep a reliable and quality database at all levels and write quality monthly, quarterly/ biannual and annual project reports.


Reports to: Sr. MEAL Advisor

Key working relationships:

Staff directly reporting to this post:  No



  • Closely work with country office project and regional  project staff and government counterparts to facilitate recording, reporting and data utilization as appropriate
  • In collaboration MEAL team, support and take initiatives in supporting regional MEAL team and gov counter parts in use of data for decision making, simple analysis techniques using project established soft wares / others soft wares
  • Monitor and facilitate regular update of DHIS2 database for regular reporting and data utilization
  • Facilitate timely and regular program monitoring in collaboration with project MEAL team
  • Coordinate/support documentations of training, review meetings, preparation of case studies, and make sure that these Growth through Nutrition activities are well documented and trackable
  • Coordinate, prepare, and consolidate  all reporting (monthly, biannual and annual) activities of the project in collaboration with MEAL team, advisors and others as needed,

Project Planning:

  • Support and ensure   project staff prepare annual Growth through Nutrition work plan and timely submit for approval;
  • Support regional project staff to ensure that Growth through Nutrition work plan is harmonized with  annual regional / Woreda  health sector plan

Project Implementation:  

  • Monitor  timely implementation overall Growth through Nutrition work plans and budget utilization
  • Ensure  timely implementation and effectiveness of Growth through Nutrition related review meetings at different levels
  • Ensure that the quality of Growth through Nutrition supported MEAL training, review meetings and supportive supervisions  are maintained;
  • Provide monitoring and evaluation training to relevant project staff and government staff engaged in data management and utilization.
  • Provides technical support to regional team in project activity monitoring, data  organization and utilization and report writing

Monitoring and Supervision: 

  • Timely review project reports and provide constructive feedback
  • Identify and inform  new developments in Growth through Nutrition monitoring and evaluation to project staff
  • Undertake regular visits to the field and health facilities to support monitoring processes, spot check data collection, data quality, analysis, reporting on program progress
  • Closely follow functionality of model Woredas for project implementation and accountability mechanism at all levels
  • Actively participate in project review meetings to assess progress;
  • Keep on track the performance of the region’s activities according to the regional plan and inform the regional coordinator if there are deviations from the plan
  • Support and ensure that  project data are timely collected, entered   to database and used for Semi-annual and annual reporting

 Documentation and reporting:

  • Submit timely monitoring reports, and review meeting proceedings to MEL advisor for documentation;
  • Participate in monthly / biweekly CO MEAL meeting and prepares meeting minutes with action points for the follow up and documentation
  • Performs other related tasks as required

BEHAVIORS (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 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;


  • 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; demonstrates highest levels of integrity;

Job Requirements


    Minimum of Bachelor Degree in Static/Social science and health related areas.


  • Minimum of 8 years progressively responsible experience with NGOs or other organizations, including significant experience developing and managing monitoring and Evaluation system.
  • Proficient in Computer, training in program design, monitoring and evaluation
  • Demonstrated skills in program planning, implementation and monitoring.
  • Proficient and skilled in report writing
  • Able to program manage database
  • Strong computer and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Knowledge on DHIS2 is a plus.

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.

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.


Applying Instructions

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 realize 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.

Application Information:

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


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 employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

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