Senior Consortium MEAL and Protection Manager for CCD project

at Save The Children
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted January 30, 2020
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB



The job Holder will have the overall managerial role of both the protection and MEAL role for SCI including budget holder role and has a consortium MEAL leading role of the CCD project. As senior consortium MEAL lead a post holder will develop MEAL Standard Operation procedure/SOP/, lead designing of the MEAL system of the Collaborative Cash Delivery/CCD/ project including data management system, setting clear data management flow mapping, MEAL process mapping, designing data collection tools and establishing MEAL technical working group whose members will be from consortium member (Save the Children International, World Vision, NRC, Action for Hunger) and such MEAL focal persons, ensure required MEAL deliverable are timely delivered.  In close collaboration with program staffs and CO SCI MEAL and consortium members MEAL focal persons, the Senior Consortium MEAL & protection manager will play leading role for the functionality/effectiveness of the MEAL system. Ensure the project has clear learning agenda and work for the application of such agenda for project and organizational learning and scaling up purpose. She/he is responsible to ensure that the delivery and quality of the programs is in line Humanitarian Standard Operation procedure/SOP/, Donor requirement, MEAL Framework. Ensure value for money by properly managing allocated budget for MEAL and protection in line with donor compliance. Ensure protection is properly mainstreamed.

Senior Child Protection and MEAL manager will oversight and coordinate the implementation of Child Protection component of the project with technical support of Child Protection in Emergency Specialist at hub level. Senior Protection and MEAL Manager will closely support and work with Child Protection Coordinators to properly deliver child protection and MEAL activities at field level and also ensure integration and harmonization among consortium members at grassroots level.

Senior Child Protection and MEAL manager will lead the facilitation of gender and child protection assessment, child protection service mapping and organizing workshops and review meetings with close technical support from Child Protection in Emergency Specialist and Child Protection PDQ team. The jobholder will also engage Child Safeguarding team at country office to deliver the training for consortium and other mandated government partners at field level and also document & consolidate learning and  training, workshop and review meeting proceedings.



Reports to: Senior Consortium MEAL & protection manager will report to SCI Head of MEAL (in line management) and to child protection and migration thematic director and South West Hub POD (in dotted line management)


Staff directly reporting to this post:  TBD


Management and Leadership

  • Provide overall supervision and leadership on the MEAL and protection functions delivery of the project.
  • Prove supervision and mentorship to project staffs in so that staffs have the required understanding on the project MEAL system and enthusiasm to undertake their responsibilities.
  • Managing MEAL and protection budget and ensure effective, efficient and timely utilization for the appropriate in line with donor compliance.
  • Be the key link among the project and consortium focal persons’ team, both Addis Ababa and field level for MEAL and protection functions.
  • Ensure MEAL evidences (IPTT, project performance/action trackers, accountability data base etc.) are used for management decision making and continuous performance improvement and be part of the project and consortium level management team members/

MEAL System Development and Management

  • Designing the MEAL system of the CCD project including data management system, setting clear data management flow mapping, MEAL process mapping, designing data collection tools and establishing MEAL technical working group.
  • Undertake responsibilities for the rollout of the consortium MEAL system of the project.
  • Work to develop customized quality benchmark for the project ensure project activities are implemented as per the required Quality.
  • Ensure functional accountability mechanisms are in place as the four pillar of accountability (Information sharing, participation, establishing and implementing Compliant and Feedback Mechanisms (CFM), and staff capacity building.
  • Ensure that regular monitoring/MEAL reports are received and communicated effectively to MEAL Head and other relevant bodies in the national office
  • Ensure periodic report like output tracker/OT/, accountability report, KPI report, progress report etc 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
  • Ensure child-safeguarding issues are considered in all MEAL functions.

Learning and Knowledge Management

  • Lead the implementation of LKM framework in the Hub and support there is a functional LKM system and capacity in the Hubs, Area Offices and FOs
  • Work to ensure the project is identified the learning objectives and evidence gaps.
  • In close collaboration with project and consortium team, facilitate in generating, storing and sharing knowledge (most significant change story, meta-analysis, research/evaluation summary reports, etc.).
  • Ensure utilization of learning and knowledge generated in decision-making and program improvement.

Capacity Building:


  • Identify learning and training opportunities regarding MEAL priorities and quality standards for project staff and consortium representatives and organize trainings.

Representation, Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • Ensure that Save the children project’s work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and government, and support Interagency Coordination forums, advocating for the specific needs of children. This may involve supporting coordination working group through delivering evidences.  Participate in Interagency coordinated joint MEAL activities.
  • Lead on accountability activities, including the development and use of information sharing materials and the establishment of context based complaints and feedback response mechanism.
  • Promote learning throughout the project, particularly on issues of programme quality. Regularly produce and report on best practices and case studies.


  • Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.

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

Job Requirements


  • BSc/BA degree in an area of statistics, economics, social science or equivalent. MA/MSc preferred
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in management and leadership of humanitarian projects MEAL  and protection system in child protection sectors. At least 3 years of experience in development of MEAL systems and direct experience of rolling out and managing MEAL and protection systems in NGO and humanitarian context.
  • Previous MEAL in emergency and protection response implementation in consortium context experience is an asset.
  • Have budget holder experience
  • Experience or knowledge of working in emergency response program countries or conflict areas.
  • Demonstrable statistical data analysis experience using MS Excel, SPSS or STATA
  • Extensive experience using electronic data collection such as Tangerine, ODK or KoBo platforms
  • Experience working through systems of community participation and accountability
  • Demonstrated monitoring and evaluation skills, including planning/participating in evaluations
  • Knowledge and/or experience of working on accountability initiatives, such as child participation, information sharing and complaints response mechanisms.
  • MS Office applications, Word, Excel, Power Point, Spread sheets and other Statistical software
  • Ability and willingness to travel to field sites and work in remote locations, often for prolonged periods of time
  • Experience in and proven ability to support, train and mentor staff and partners in monitoring and evaluation methodology
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Fluency in English (both verbal and written
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children strategy, vision, mission, values and principles, good understanding and commitment to principles of child rights and child protection.



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:

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