Save the Children is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning Advisor (MEAL) for an anticipated USAID-Côte d'Ivoire malaria prevention and control activity. This transformational activity focuses primarily on clinical and community-level malaria diagnosis and treatment, and coordination and technical support for the National Malaria Control Program.. Monitoring, evaluation and learning is a critical component of the project and will contribute vital information on development results, strategies and approaches to enhance individual, household, community, and institutional resilience in a dynamic environment. The MEAL Advisor reports directly to the Chief of Party and develops, implements, and continuously improves monitoring and evaluation systems for all activities. This individual will incorporate best practices to ensure information collected is accurate, timely and disseminated appropriately in high quality reports. The MEAL Advisor will use these findings to improve activity objectives and 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)
- Provide leadership, training and mentoring to develop MEAL Plans, MEAL tools, survey design, methodology, and data analysis to assess program impact.
- Develop system for capturing and documenting data and relevant information on project activities, beneficiaries, outputs, outcomes, and impact. The system should use USAID’s Collaboration, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) principles to integrate real time monitoring and learning back into the project strategy and program implementation and ensure knowledge sharing with the broader malaria community.
- Design methodology and coordinate research activities for project operations and assessments.
- Develop a preliminary learning agenda that identifies a limited number of questions related to the activity.
- Effectively rollout MEAL 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 alignment to targets and indicators contained in project proposal, and use the information from the MEAL systems and tools to improve the program effectiveness.
- Support all project reviews and evaluation activities, including coordinating and supporting donor and external reviews.
- Ensure project MEAL Standards and procedures are applied within Country Office (CO) MEAL System including contributing to the CO Program Quality KPIs.
- Provide on-going support to maintain MEAL systems; identify skill gaps and build capacity among project team.
- Prepare high quality, accurate and timely reports for USAID as required.
People Management, Mentoring and Development
Manage staff performance and oversee that all direct staff proactively build and maintain their technical skills and competencies required.
Support the development of an organizational culture that reflects our mandate values, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation, and frees up our people to deliver outstanding results for children and excellent customer service for our members and donors.
- Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Mathematics or related field is required.
- Advanced training in quantitative methodologies, including database management; experience in qualitative research techniques a plus.
- Minimum 10 years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation related to health delivery systems.
- Strong analytical skills and an understanding of monitoring, evaluation and assessment tools to promote evidence-based learning.
- Familiarity with USAID’s Collaboration, Learning & Adapting principles (ADS 220.127.116.11).
- 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 and innovate and to set priorities, manageable work plans and evaluate progress.
- Familiarity with the political, social, and cultural context of Cote d’Ivoire is preferred.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French.
Qualified local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Why you should join the Save the Children Team…
Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.
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About Save the Children
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