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Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, & Learning (MEAL) Lead

Title:  Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, & Learning (MEAL) Lead 

Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. In Feb 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own. Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir and we work through partners in many other parts of the country


Save the Children is seeking a MEAL Lead for for the 5 year $27 million LEGO Foundation and Grundfos Foundation funded project Inclusive Teacher Professional Development System Support in Kenya focusing on grant 2 High Quality Inclusive Teacher Professional Development in Kenya. S/he will take overall responsibility of the overall consortium’s MEAL deliverables in the project.  The position holder will provide overall MEAL leadership direction for the project, enhancing quality, accountability and learning and ensuring smooth coordination and MEAL coherence across the programme. The project aims to improve children’s holistic learning and wellbeing through strengthening of the quality and equity of the teacher professional development system in refugee hosting counties in Kenya, while also being responsive to learning environments, especially catering to teachers’ and children’s needs as shocks and stressors arise.

Contract Duration: 5years

Location: Nairobi

Reports to: Head of MEAL


Technical assistance and leadership

  • Provide overall monitoring, evaluation, accountability, & learning leadership of the programme, bringing coherence to all MEAL activities and setting priorities in designing and overseeing the implementation of the project’s MEAL activities in collaboration with the other technical advisors and the implementation team.
  • Working with the technical and MEAL advisors across the partners, ensuring shared, harmonised, and integrated MEAL approaches across the partners.
  • Provides capacity building and leadership of MEAL staff to ensure innovative, adaptive, and iterative learning approaches across the consortium. 
  • Ensure the use of digital technology for information data collection, sharing, evidence generation, learning and technical approach adaptation


  • Ensure that the programme has a solid MEAL plan, Indicator Performance Tracking Tables (IPTT) and log frames, that directly correlate to the programme theory of change
  • Support the Program and MEAL teams in updating the indicator tracking tables and provide necessary MEAL guidance regarding project performance.
  • Lead in the development of harmonized tools and guidelines for data collection, collation and reporting across the consortium.
  • Maintain a program database and ensure that the databases are updated regularly.
  • Capacity building of program staff , sub-grantees and local partnerson project related M&E templates/forms for data collection; like Indicator Performance Tracking Table (IPTT) etc.
  • Organize field visits to monitor program activities / interventions against Quality Benchmarks/Quality Checklists and produce & share reports with program team as well as management team based on quality and accountability findings.
  • Leads in the quality of program design – reviewing log-frames, results frameworks, project plan, strategic plans, MEAL Plan etc.
  • Lead in conducting data quality assessment to ensure that data reported is validated, is accurate and consistent while providing feedback as necessary to program teams;
  • Analysis against the performance indicators and targets on periodic basis
  • To carry out follow-up monitoring visits to materialize actions agreed and update these in the online “Monitoring-Action Plan Tracker'.
  • Support program teams in developing quality program reports.

Research and evaluation:

  • Work with the technical teams to develop and implement an innovative plan for generating and sharing evidence to identify key issues for adaptive management and sharing feedback to consortium members and wider stakeholders on findings.
  • Provides leadership, strategic direction, and oversight of the consortium’s learning approach.
  • Working in close coordination with the technical teams to provide problem driven, politically smart, and adaptive research and evaluation approaches, using the results of the analysis to adapt programme activities based on learnings from data, feedback from beneficiaries, emerging risks and nascent opportunities. 
  • Maintain an online research, assessments and evaluation tracker and ensure that this is visible and used by program staff.
  • Managing large independent evaluations, including evaluation design and methodologies
  • With support from communications, MEAL and programs teams develop quality case studies.


  • Work with the technical teams to develop and implement a strong accountability plan, adopting the use of digital innovation to better leverage beneficiary feedback, information sharing, and promote transparency, dialogue and trust around devolution processes.
  • Actively engaging project beneficiaries in the design and implementation of MEAL systems
  • Ensure the Complaint Feedback Mechanism (CFM) are functional accessible to all beneficiaries.
  • Ensure that the agreed action plans are followed in timely manner by program team and that the feedback loop is closed.
  • Maintain a consortium complaints and feedback database while performing regular analysis of the feedback data


  • Work with the technical teams to develop an innovative learning approach for the program including an articulate agenda and implementation plan while providing leadership and oversight of the consortium’s learning approach.
  • Adopt the use of digital technology to facilitate innovative strategies for shared learnings across all stakeholders and ensure the key learning's are incorporated in upcoming plans and interventions.
  • Work with SC and partner teams to stay up to date with learnings from complementary programs and adopt best practices as necessary

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.



  • Bachelor's Degree in social sciences, public health, education, development, or information technology Training in data management is an added advantage.
  • Recommend a minimum of 5 years practical experience in M&E system development coordination/implementation in a large international non-governmental organisation or other international relief/development body for large and complex grants, consortium leadership experience is an added advantage
  • Recommend a minimum of 3 years of relevant technical experience in MEAL for education in Kenya or similar context
  • Experience managing large external evaluations and a clear, deep understanding of different evaluation methodologies appropriate for teacher professional development programmes and refugee settings
  • Excellent knowledge of digital data collection and accountability systems and use of CommCare and Kobo
  • Excellent advanced quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills using SPSS and/or Stata as welel as Nvivo/Atlas.ti software
  • Ability to use geographical information systems to collect geospatial data
  • Demonstrable track-record in data management, with the ability to manage large databases
  • Ability to analyse and disseminate complex information to a range of stakeholder audiences;
  • Computer literacy, particularly in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Strong familiarity with project frameworks [design/implementation/M&E] cycle
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, adapting and innovating where necessary, and defining a clear way forward and ensuring buy in
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Good management skills with ability to manage a team
  • Highly developed cultural and political awareness and ability to work well in an international and matrix management environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Excellent planning, coordination, and reporting skills, with the ability to organise a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills in English, with experience working in multicultural, multi -location, values driven teams;
  • Understanding of Save the Children’s vision and mission and a commitment to its objectives and values


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.

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best-qualified talent.

Female Candidates are encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer: Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  



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7 Feb 2023

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