Save the Children is seeking a MEAL lead for an anticipated four-year USAID-funded Support for Accelerated Basic Education (SABE) Activity in South Sudan. This $10 million – $25 million activity will expand access to learning opportunities for out-of-school children. This activity will target the 8–15-year-old learners to provide over-age out-of-school children and youth a chance to access an accelerated primary school program that would increase their chance of completing the primary school cycle. The Activity will apply two curricula whose effectiveness has been tested in South Sudan; the Community Girls’ School (CGS) curriculum has been effective in transitioning over-age girls and boys to upper primary classes at primary 5, while the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) enables over-age boys and girls to complete their primary education in four years instead of eight years.
The MEAL Lead develops, implements, and continuously improves monitoring, evaluation and learning systems for all project activities, while making sure that the project has a child-friendly and accessible Accountability to Children and Communities (ACC) system. They will be responsible for ensuring development and operationalization of high-quality MEAL systems and reporting on a large-scale USAID education project. They will incorporate best practices to ensure information collected is accurate, timely and disseminated appropriately in high-quality reports. The MEAL Lead will use these findings to improve the program and achieve the objectives. They will also be actively involved in promoting learning through documentation of lessons learned and developing approaches for community analysis and using data for decision making.
This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
- Develop, revise and implement the M&E Plan on an annual basis.
- Provide leadership, training and mentoring to develop M&E Plans, M&E tools, survey design, methodology, and data analysis to assess program impact.
- Develop systems for capturing and documenting data and relevant information on project activities, beneficiaries, outputs, outcomes, and impact.
- Design methodology and coordinate research activities for project operations and assessments.
- Effectively roll out M&E collection and reporting systems to all staff and partners through training, site visits, manuals, and other technical support as needed.
- Capture appropriate cost and financial information to track money indicators, including benchmarking information to analyze program effectiveness and cost-effective inputs.
- Ensure programming is aligned to targets and indicators contained in the project proposal and use the information from the M&E systems and tools to improve program effectiveness and assure the program is conflict-sensitive and gender-responsive.
- Manage and support rigorous evaluations of project performance, impact, and cost effectiveness, including coordinating mid-term and final evaluations and supporting donor and external reviews.
- Design and implement a child-friendly and accessible ACC system. The MEAL lead will need to ensure that information about the project, SCI and its policies, among other things, is shared in a timely and accessible manner to children and communities. They will also need to ensure that the project has multiple feedback and reporting channels so children and communities can share feedback or concerns. Finally, they will also need to ensure that children’s voices are consistently heard throughout the project.
- With support of other senior staff, provide oversight of MEAL budget and ensure effective and timely use of appropriate MEAL activities. Provide on-going support to maintain MEAL systems, identify skill gaps and build capacity among project team members.
- The MEAL lead will ensure that data coming through data collection, learning activities, the feedback and reporting channels as well as other MEAL activities are timely shared with key project management staff to promote evidence-based adaptive management.
- Prepare high-quality, accurate and timely reports for Save the Children, project partners and USAID as required.
- Bachelor’s degree in statistics, mathematics or related field is required.
- Advanced training in quantitative methodologies, including database management.
- Minimum of five years of experience in monitoring and evaluation related to education, literacy or other related fields.
- Experience with qualitative research approaches and methodologies.
- Knowledge of gender equity and transformative concepts.
- Prior experience overseeing and ensuring the success of M&E systems in USAID education projects including ensuring approval of the M&E plan, reporting on approved education projects, and successfully completing annual data quality assessments.
- Strong analytical skills and an understanding of monitoring, evaluation and assessment tools to promote evidence-based learning.
- Ability to analyze complex data and summarize it for a range of audiences.
- Ability to gain support from staff across teams and to build the capacity of others.
- Sound strategic thinking and planning skills, including ability to think creatively, innovate, set manageable priorities and work plans, and evaluate progress.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required.
- Familiarity with the political, social, and cultural context of South Sudan.
- Personal commitment to gender equality, child rights and soclal inclusion.
- Prior work experience in the monitoring and evaluation of non-formal education programs and assessing student learning outcomes.
- Experience in systems thinking and application of complex adaptive systems methodologies would be advantageous.
- Strong experience working within a complex national program in the context of an emergency intervention or in conflict/fragile state contexts.
- Research experience with communities and youth.
- Ability and willingness to be very flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes dangerous working circumstances.
About Save the Children
No matter your role when you join Save the Children, each and every day you will challenge yourself to devote your skills, talent and expertise to changing the world for kids. It’s an ambitious goal, and a meaningful one no matter how you see yourself professionally: an accountant, a writer, a data analyst, a teacher, a driver, a designer, or any one of the hundreds of dozens of roles we’re looking to fill every day.
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