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New Job At Save The Children Tanzania, August 2020- MEAL Officer| Ajira360tz.com

Save the Children has been operational in Tanzania since 1986 providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered in support of Government of Tanzania priorities and policies both directly and through local partners.  Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, nutrition, HIV/TB and emergency response. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined programmes of SCUK, SCUS, SC Sweden to create a single operation in Tanzania.  

We currently have an operational presence in Dodoma, Singida, Iringa, Rukwa, Morogoro, Shinyanga, Zanzibar, Songwe and Kigoma as well as Dar es Salaam and we work through partners in other parts of the country. We employ nearly 100 staff and have an annual operating budget of approximately $10 million.


1. JOB TITLE: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer


LOCATION:  - Dar es Salaam GRADE:

CONTRACT LENGTH: 1 year, renewable 

DEADLINE : 11:59 P.M 27th August 2020

Reports to: MEAL Specialist


The Save the Children in Tanzania MEAL Officer takes a coordination responsibility of operationalizing the SCI MEAL system and approach for SCI programmes. The post-holder will be expected to coordinate MEAL system implementation including monitoring of program quality; rolling out accountability initiatives, supporting program evaluations and on MEAL budgeting. The MEAL Officer will support project research works for innovative programming to achieve the project-desired change. The post-holder will support MEAL teams based in Mainland and Zanzibar Offices, partner’s staffs in data consolidation and management and quality management of project implementation; The MEAL Officer will be expected to coordinate MEAL capacity building of SCI project staff and partners for successful delivery and attainment of project objectives.

Dimensions: Maintains strong linkages with the Technical Specialists for Education, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance and Proposal Development Officer   


Together with the MEAL team and in collaboration with Program Development and Quality team and partners, the MEAL Officer will be responsible for establishing and promoting the use of MEAL systems to ensure that the SCI team and partners:

▪︎ Receive regular, timely and context specific, meaningful feedback from program beneficiaries, partners and project staff. The feedback should effectively inform and signal areas where SCI strategic attention and improvement is required.

▪︎ Generate evidence-based knowledge on the positive and negative impacts SCI programme interventions are realized over the communities during SCI’s work.

▪︎ Collate information that demonstrates the significant value of innovative programming to achieve the programme intended results and influence policy change.

Program Monitoring, Assessments, Evaluations and Reporting:

▪︎ In collaboration with the PDQ Team under the guidance of MEAL Specialist establish and ensure implementation of a strong MEAL system for the SCI programmes (MEAL plans, Indicators, Terformance Tracking Tables, monitoring tools and Quality Benchmarks)

▪︎ Coordinate programme Baseline studies, Formative/Summative Assessments, Evaluations, final and other research studies as well as learning events as part of annual SCI Tanzania program DIPs.

▪︎ Under the supervision of MEAL Specialist and in Collaboration with program MEAL units, develop process, output and outcome level Quality Benchmarks and regularly review progress on indicators/achievement of targets

▪︎ Review MEAL reports to highlight key project strengths and areas of improvement, and use learning from monitoring reports for project planning and implementation.

▪︎ Review accountability to program beneficiaries’ data and reports and provide technical support to implementation team using key learning from accountability system for program development, planning, improvement and implementation.

▪︎ In collaboration with MEAL Specialist, identify programme staff MEAL capacity needs, inform Program Managers and MEAL unit, and set aside MEAL capacity building plan for programme staff and partners.

▪︎ Provide technical support to the MEAL Teams in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar offices in measuring achievement and progress toward program objectives and results as well as development of MEAL systems for SCI Tanzania programmes

▪︎ Support the development and maintenances of Indicator Performance Tracking Tools for SCI Tanzania programmes that guide preparation of programme progress updates on a monthly basis.

▪︎ Lead roll out programme MEAL systems and processes to measure achievement and progress towards achieving project objectives/outcomes and results/outputs against indicators (indicator performance tracking tables and quality checklists).

▪︎ Lead monitoring of program quality using quality benchmarks and ensure that findings are shared with relevant stakeholders and explicitly fed back into programme decision-making, incorporating accountability and learning. 

▪︎ Contribute to child-focused and child-led programme implementation, by ensuring children’s participation, reporting to children, and child-led M&E for programmes.

▪︎ Lead compilation of data and reporting on SCI program in relation to SCI global indicators and total beneficiaries reach reports.

Partner Management:

▪︎ Contribute to identify the capacity of present and potential partners in quality programming and ensure that MEAL support is provided;

▪︎ Ensure that MEAL aspects of SCI programme implemented by existing partners are enforced by MEAL and Project Officers, as noted in MOUs with implementing partners

▪︎ Ensure partner SCI programme and MEAL staff capacity building plan is implemented.

▪︎ Provide appropriate information of SCI programme to facilitate the effective engagement with donor and Tanzania government officials at all required levels as required to ensure Save the Children is considered a preferred and active partner in Tanzania and in Zanzibar and the Songwe Region specifically.

Accountability and Organisational Learning: 

▪︎ In collaboration with SCI Programme Manager facilitate with learning activities like planning for SCI program review workshops, prepare lessons learnt reports, etc.

▪︎ Ensure participation of beneficiaries and children in monitoring and evaluating Save the Children development programmes.

▪︎ Ensure accountability systems are established engaging beneficiaries and stakeholders in evaluations, impact assessments and research.

Staff Management, Mentorship, and Development:

▪︎ Ensure that SCI programme and partners’ staff understand and are able to perform their role in MEAL.

▪︎ Building capacity and knowledge of SCI programme staff and partners on MEAL systems, strengthening organizational knowledge and understanding of effective programming through networking, experience sharing and searching for innovative ideas

▪︎ Identify training needs of staff in respect to applying monitoring plans/tools; collect, analysis and report on findings periodically and conduct trainings to address the capacity gaps

▪︎ Demonstrate and practice behaviour that develop a sense of an organisational culture that reflects our dual mandate values, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation, and emancipates SCI programme team to deliver outstanding results for children and excellent customer service for our members and donors.


▪︎ A degree in an area of Computer science/ Information Technology, Statistics or equivalent.

▪︎ Master’s degree is an added advantage

▪︎ Possess the ability to understand structured query language (SQL), Knowledge of ‘relational database management systems’ (RDBMS), ‘object-oriented database management systems’ (OODBMS) and XML database management systems

▪︎ Experience with their database software/web applications including having an up-to-date knowledge of technology

▪︎ Minimum 3 years practical experience in M&E systems Development, coordination and implementation in a large international non-governmental organisation or other international development body;

▪︎ Developed research, analytical (qualitative and quantitative), documentation and report-writing and skills, with particular competency in participatory research methods; 

▪︎ Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports.

▪︎ A high level of written and spoken English

▪︎ 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;

▪︎ Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours and work with diverse community beneficiaries

▪︎ Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children International’s aims, values and principles 




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