Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor

at Save The Children
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted December 2, 2019
Category Economics
Social Sciences
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Role Summary: Save the Children is seeking a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Advisor for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Ethiopia. The program will seek to sustainably improve food and nutrition security and resilience among poor and chronically vulnerable households and communities in the selected regions. The program will coordinate closely with, and represent a contribution to, the Government of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Nets Programme (PSNP). Hiring is contingent upon successful award of the project and USAID approval of the candidate.


Reports to: – Chief of Party

Staff reporting to this post:  


Indirect :

Budget Responsibilities: 



The proposed program will be an integrated, multi-sectoral food and nutrition security intervention. The M&E Advisor will provide technical expertise and leadership to generate and analyze quality evidence and data through monitoring, assessments and evaluations. The M&E Advisor will supervise the program’s monitoring and evaluation team, and will coordinate with program learning and management processes to ensure effective feedback loops that contribute to the achievement of desired outcomes. The M&E Advisor will ensure that integration of PSNP metrics within the program’s overall M&E strategy. S/he will work closely with Save the Children’s Country Office (CO) MEAL unit and Field Office MEAL staff to build evidence base, track project progress, facilitate learning and adaptive management, and ensure a strong accountability mechanism.

Key Functions:

  • Develop and manage the implementation of a sound program M&E Plan.
  • Build, manage, and continuously strengthen the program’s M&E system, ensuring that this system is developed in a consultative fashion and provides timely and accurate data regarding the program’s progress towards food and nutrition security and resilience outcomes.
  • Supervise the development of a program M&E Information System (MIS), with an emphasis on cutting-edge digital M&E platforms.
  • Lead the program’s qualitative and quantitative analysis, survey and sample design.
  • Coordinate routine monitoring and annual monitoring survey processes, leading the contracting of external support (consultants, firms) as needed. Coordinate with donor processes for program baseline and final evaluations, routine monitoring, and for ad hoc assessments or evaluations as needed.
  • Lead, or contribute to, data quality assurance mechanisms throughout the life of the award.
  • Contribute to the adjustment and management of the program’s Theory of Change (ToC), ensuring coherence between the ToC and M&E systems.
  • Promote evidence-based decision making among the program’s senior management team, ensuring that evidence from the program’s M&E system is used in collaborating, learning and adapting processes.
  • Supervise the program’s M&E team, providing training, mentoring and coaching to team members as required while ensuring high performance.
  • Contribute to the program’s Refine period (Year 1) studies, as well as the program’s overall targeting strategies and community consultation approaches.
  • Play an important role in annual results reporting, while leading or contributing to M&E components of routine and ad hoc program reports.

·       Represent the project and participate in different MEAL related forums bringing together like governmental and non-governmental organization working on the same or related themes.

  • In collaboration with the CO MEAL, organize Community of Practices and/or other learning platforms to enhance cross-project and organizational experience sharing and learning.


BEHAVIOURS (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

In order to be successful you will bring/have:


  • First degree in a relevant field (economics, statistics, public health, applied sociology) with a significant training in quantitative methods


  • 10 years of relevant progressive experience
  • Specific technical expertise in monitoring, evaluation, and learning as it pertains to food and nutrition security and resilience programming. Knowledge of USAID/FFP M&E requirements is an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading M&E for a large award, including developing and managing the M&E plan and strategy for such an award.
  • Demonstrated experience with food and nutrition security indicators.
  • Excellent written communication and presentation skills in English.
  • Strong training and coaching skills

 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.

 Health and Safety

  • The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector.  This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.


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 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.

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.

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector.  The employment of the selected candidate is contingent upon award of the project by USAID.

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