- Salary Offer As Per Organization Salary scale
- Experience At least 3 years of working experience on a MEAL
- Number of Vacancies 1
- Contract Type Not specified
- Required Languages Pashto, Dari, English
- Reference 2100054W
- Gender Male/Female
- Nationality Afghan
- Extension Possibility Yes
- Probation Period 3 Months
- Close Date July 31, 2021
- Education Bachelor Degree in Relevant field
About Save the Children:
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 workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
SCI – Afghanistan
Save the Children has been working in Afghanistan since 1976. Our way of working close to people and on their own terms has enabled us to deliver lasting change to tens of thousands of children in the country. The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child is the basis of our work.
We are helping children get a better education, we make it possible for more boys and girls to attend school, we help children protect themselves and influence their own conditions. We work with families, communities and health workers in homes, clinics and hospitals to promote basic health in order to save lives of children and mothers
The primary objective of the post holder is to provide overall leadership for the effective implementation and management of the Monitoring, Evaluation, Assessment and Learning of the STAGES/LNGB project. The MEAL Coordinator with the support of the STAGES MEAL Manager and the project team will provide high quality technical support for project monitoring, M&E planning and capacity building of MEAL project staff.
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
Objective-1: To support and ensure STAGES Project Team, “targeted to the vulnerable children, developed their project milestone, Quarterly and Annual Implementation Plan and systematic follow-up mechanism and tools for measuring their progress”. Including, but not limited to;
- Ensuring to create and update the beneficiaries profile i.e. girls and boys students, teachers, and other
- Facilitating to revise/develop and updating STAGES Project’s provincial milestone focusing project activities and outputs by quarterly and annual basis.
- Supporting to Provincial team to develop and revise quarterly and annual project implementation plan and documented appropriately
- Harmonizing and ensuring availability of standard and approved all monitoring checklists, questionnaires and formats that are using and collecting real time data by the provincial staff
Objective-2: To ensure that STAGES Project at Provincial level “implements standard process, output and outcome monitoring checklists, questionnaires and formats, and ensure valid and quality data assurance during data collection from the sources and recording in databases and writing quality narrative reports with submission of error free databases”. Including, but not limited to;
- Developing Provincial level and MEAL team’s monthly and quarterly MEAL work plan and share with STAGES MEAL Manager
- Rolling out and manage an effective and MEAL mechanism at provincial level as per SC guidelines, under the STAGES MEAL Manager coordination and in collaboration with the Provincial Project team.
- Supporting the field staff and MEAL Assistant for collecting error free quality data, analysing and managing data, using standards monitoring tools, so that able to do quality analytical reports and submit to STAGES MEAL Manager.
- Carrying out regular field visit at least 40-50% time for monitoring the project activities, output and outcomes and produce quality accurate monitoring reports on the given format; conduct debrief sessions with relevant program staff; and develop an agreed action plan;
- Capturing progress or indication of progress of immediate and intermediary outcomes indicators due to project intervention through application of qualitative tools and agreed tools during field visit
- Carrying out follow-up monitoring visits to materialize actions agreed in action plan, keeping the ‘Monitoring-Action Plan Tracker’ updated.
- Providing relevant MEAL feedback to community & support education staff in improving quality of services
- Assuring that data collection, provincial databases and monitoring tools are accurate, up to date and functional at all times.
- Assuring the monthly update and management of the Milestone Monthly follow up tool and other relevant monitoring tools.
- Assuring the monthly verification and filing of relevant documents, including means of verification, following the existing procedures and standards, and to share any requested information with Project Management timely.
- To write quarterly and annual reports, in an accurate way and within the deadlines
Objective-3: To ensure that all provincial staff of STAGES project are “well trained and confident to use M&E methods and approved tools”. Including, but not limited to;
- Developing plans for capacity building of MEAL Assistant/Data Entry Operator and project staff for quality data collection and error free database management.
- Organizing MEAL training; MEAL conceptual issues, depth understanding of MEAL methodologies and tools agreed for STAGES project to the staff to enhance their capacity in MEAL through a participatory process and also providing regular post training follow up, coaching and mentoring support
- Providing support to the project staff to ensure that they are regularly reporting the process, output, outcomes, lessons learned and Case Studies through agreed Project’s MEAL process
Objective-4: To ensure that ‘Accountability’, ‘Lessons Learned’ and ‘Case Studies’ are well captured from the field of STAGES project, and that are appropriately documented and submitted to MEAL and Reporting Manager for finalization and dissemination. Including, but not limited to:
- Maintaining well collaboration, coordination with STAGES’s Accountability and Learning Officer to ensure accountability and learning process and guidelines, supporting her/him to achieve the accountability and learning objectives
- Ensuring that all the beneficiaries and community people are aware the Complaint Response Mechanism including channels, process, confidentiality and progress feedback to the complainer,
- Providing effective guideline for implementation, management and supervision of the Complaint Response Mechanism and the Accountability mechanisms at provincial level maintaining strong coordination with ‘Accountability’ focal person of STAGES project
- Providing annual progress of commitment; output and outcomes to the beneficiaries and communities developing a easily understandable means in local language
- Collecting and writing valid and quality lessons learned at each quarter to MEAL manager
- Facilitating annual learning and accountability/Child Social Audit and Social Audit workshop/meeting with the representatives stakeholders including beneficiaries at provincial level and writing the accountability and learning reflection report to the MEAL Manager
- Collecting and writing valid and quality case studies at each quarter and submit to MEAL Manager
Objective-5: As a member of SATGES Project MEAL team, “to work collaboratively with colleagues to ensure excellence within SCI’s work is captured, promoted and disseminated”. Including, but not limited to:
- Building strong professional relationship and supporting to the STAGES project team members at province and country office (CO) timely achieving the planned activities and producing desire project’s outcomes
- Regularly updating provincial MEAL team’s progress, challenges and lessons to MEAL and Reporting Manager
- Supporting to MEAL and Reporting Manager in compiling quarterly narrative report, annual report, study reports and other (if there is any) for submitting to SCI Country Award team, SCUK and PMU in time
- Regularly and timely attending in quarterly MEAL meeting, monthly/weekly skype call to share the work plan, progress of last work plan, and if there is any issues needs to be address to improve the programme quality
- Sharing learning on MEAL activities with other provincial MEAL team members
- Involving SCI Country’s Central MEAL activities if there is needed upon approval of MEAL Manager
- Involving in other activity if there is assigned by Program Senior Management
Skills and Behaviours: SCI Values in Practice
• Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
• Holds the colleagues accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit.
• Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and her team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
• Motivates others to achieve the set targets.
• Builds and maintains effective relationships with their team, colleagues, members and community.
• Believe in team work
• Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions of day to day issue.
• Willing to take calculated risks
• Honest, encourages openness and transparency
• Commitment to Save the Children Values
- Relevant university background, preferable in social sciences
- At least 3 years of working experience on a MEAL (monitoring evaluation, accountability and learning) position, preferably with INGOs.
- Proved expertise managing databases and experience in data entry.
- Strong competency in MS office package, particularly Microsoft Excel
- Strong analytical skills
- Conscientious and detailed-oriented.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Excellent writing skills. Ability to write quality reports
- Team player
- Ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities
- Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure in a stressful environment
- Excellent command of Dari and Pashto
- Good command of English
- Problem solving skills
- Previous experience managing and building capacity of teams will be appreciated
Additional job responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities set out above are not exhaustive and the post holder may be required to carry out additional duties from time to time which are reasonable in relation to their level of skills and experience.
In the event of a significant humanitarian emergency, the post-holder will be expected to work outside their normal job description; vary their working hours; and occasionally work from a different location should the need arise.
The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
Health &Safety and Security
The post holder is required to carry out their duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures and our Global Security policy and procedures.
Compliance policies: Child Safeguarding and Code of Conduct; Anti-Bribery and Fraud
The post holder is required to comply with these key policies, and other organisational policies and procedures, at all times.
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