Head of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) – Rwanda

By | January 30, 2018

ave the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We work together, with partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Save the Children works in thirty districts in Rwanda with a current staff complement of approximately 180 staff.
SC Rwanda Country Office seeks to hire qualified, committed and experienced national staffto fill the following position:
Position:                                                         Head of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

Place of Work:  Kigali
Reports to:
Staff directly reporting to thispost:
Time frame:                                                                     
 Director of Programme Development and Quality
Line management of MEAL and Research Specialists

Tentative start date:                                     ASAP

Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people
The Head of MEAL will be responsible for quality and accountability standards and their integration into a robust MEAL system throughout the Save the Children Rwanda Programme, including managing the relationship with Partner Research/Evaluation Institutions. Key areas of accountability: a) the development of effective and efficient Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning systems for programmes/projects (design of MEAL plans/tools etc.); b) the management of MEAL systems; c) the compilation and analysis of program data and learning and subsequent reporting at the country level; d) the provision of technical assistance designing and implementing studies, research, surveys and evaluations. The main purpose of this role is to bring together programme learning, innovations, research-based evidence and information for achieving breakthrough solutions in bringing immediate and lasting changes in the lives of children.
Together with the MEAL Team and in collaboration with Technical Advisors, Programme Managers and partners, the Head of MEAL will have a key role in establishing and promoting programme quality and innovation, which will be achieved through developing and improving monitoring, evaluation, impact evaluation, research, and learning methodologies; capacity building, technical advice and knowledge sharing.
The Head of MEAL will be responsible for establishing and promoting the use of M&E systems to ensure that Save the Children Rwanda’s Country Office:

  • is informed on the extent to which both the emergency response and development interventions are affecting the lives of the targeted populations;
  • has evidence-based knowledge on the positive and negative impact that both the emergency response and development interventions are having over the communities where SCI works; and
  • Receives regular, timely and context-specific, meaningful feedback from our staff, partners, programme participants (who are or are not targeted by our interventions), and that feedback effectively informs and signals areas where strategic attention is required.
    Development, Implementation, and Management of MEAL Systems 
  • Lead the development and implementation of the MEAL strategy and establish an effective and efficient Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability system for the Rwanda Programme (MEAL plans, Project Indicator Performance Tracking Tables, Output Trackers, etc.)
  • Establish, develop and support the implementation of a data management system that informs planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes Ensure MEAL budgeting in all programmes, ensuring the minimum budget is allocated to MEAL activities including accountability to children and communities
  • Contribute to ensuring children’s participation, reporting back to children, and child-led MEAL
  • Ensure accountability systems to share information and gather/respond to feedback from beneficiaries to effectively improve the quality of our programme design and implementation, strengthen the relationship and acceptance by the communities, reduce the risk of inefficiency and reduce the risk of harm to children and other beneficiaries.
    Program Design and Quality Programs
  • Ensure that MEAL resources are included in proposal development and work creatively to secure funding from diverse sources.
  • Lead on MEAL integrated programming, including development of cross-project quality benchmarks, accountability frameworks in all CO and partner projects and engagement with donors’ technical advisers.
     Accountability, Representation, and Programme Reporting
  • Ensure that all staff at all levels, including senior managers and directors, fully understand and promote accountability in general and to children in particular, through training and coaching.
  • Ensure that accountability to beneficiaries becomes a core element and success indicator for all program activities and engage beneficiaries and stakeholders in evaluations and research activities
  • Ensure participation of beneficiaries and children in monitoring and evaluating Save the Children development/emergency projects and programmes. This includes introduction of context specific and functioning accountability systems.
  • Design and implement appropriate feedback mechanisms that are contextual, effective, accessible and safe for beneficiaries, and that ensure that feedback is recorded, reviewed and acted upon.
  • Prepare MEAL portions in programme, donor, CO annual reports, reflecting compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
  • Development and regular sharing of MEAL reports and complaint/feedback databases with all concerned (SMT, PDQ and Ops) staff for action
  • Contribute to representing the principles and evidence-based work of Save the Children International to donors, United Nations, NGOs and INGOs, government, media and other stakeholders when required.
  • Prepare monthly MEAL report on program implementation progress for the Senior Management Team and present the reports into the monthly BVA meetings;
  • Organize quarterly learning sessions across programs and set actions to address potential arising issues.
    Humanitarian Programme and Standards
  • In collaboration with the MEAL Specialists, ensure and support integration and implementation of MEAL systems that are compliant with the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS)
    Knowledge Management and Learning Culture
  • Lead the development of a MEAL-focused knowledge management system
  • Manage and use all SC Rwanda programme and MEAL data to support the storage, retrieval, and analysis for improved programming, participation, and accountability for children and communities
  • Develop frameworks to integrate impact assessment and learning and knowledge management into the programme and project cycle of both development and emergency interventions;
  • Support the PDQ team in the establishment and operation of a system that will enable SCI staff to access centralized data and information and ensure the setting up and maintenance of a resource library
  • Promote learning throughout the organisation, particularly on issues of programme quality, policy analysis and advocacy. Ensure new/secondary data analysis and information is constantly available.
  • Communicate program learning (through document sharing, presentations, etc.) internally to provide guidance and technical input on strategic direction and programme design, and externally with key stakeholders (NGOs, government partners, working groups, etc.).

Research, Evaluation, and Innovations

  • Lead on and ensure all research and evaluation are conducted after securing approvals from relevant bodies such as Rwanda National Ethics Committee (RNEC), National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR), Directorate of Science, Technology and Research (DSTR) at the Ministry of Education, as appropriate

Capacity building and staff management:

  • Ensure appropriate staffing within the MEAL Team and all staff understand and are able to perform their MEAL roles in both humanitarian and development contexts
  • Working closely with the development and emergency programme teams, lead on identifying technical staffing needs for integrated programming and MEAL-focused recruitment, induction and training.
  • Oversee that all technical MEAL staff proactively build and maintain technical skills and competencies required for leading and/or advising programs – both development and humanitarian programs
    External Relationships and Partnerships Management
  • Represent Save the Children in selected international and national initiatives regarding monitoring and evaluation, research, accountability, and learning
  • Lead and manage the relationship with Research Institutions and consultants hired to conduct external evaluations, representing the organization in technical MEAL and research for a as delegated
  • Take the initiative in documenting lessons learnt, best practice and case studies to shape in-country MEAL strategies and evidence-based programme approaches, and contribute to broader MEAL-focused learning.
  • Pro-actively identify MEAL opportunities, case studies and research opportunities which link with wider organisational and programmatic strategic objectives, and turn these into action.
  • 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 programmes implemented by existing partners are enforced.


  •  At least a Master’s degree in statistics, economics, research, education or relevant social sciences
  • Recommended minimum of six years of experience working in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Accountability and Learning including a senior management position in an NGO setting, preferably with solid experience in more than one of the Save the Children priority sectors: education, protection, rights governance, HIV/AIDs, health and nutrition, and emergencies
  • Significant senior M&E experience with a minimum of 4-years post-Master’s graduation working in planning, monitoring, research, and evaluation in an NGO setting or other think-tank institutions
  • Proven experience of undertaking evaluations/research or leading evaluation/research teams, with outstanding skills in qualitative and quantitative research and data analysis using relevant software such as STATA or SPSS and ATLAS.ti (to be assessed)
  • Proven experience with quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis and ability to review technical reports using relevant software such as STATA or SPSS (to be assessed)
  • Technical expertise in various data analysis software and proven experience using mobile technology for data collection with experience of electronic data collection using Tablets or other devices (to be assessed)
  • Fluency in English and Kinyarwanda, for effective oral and written communication (to be assessed)
  • Knowledge and/or experience of working on accountability initiatives, such as child participation, information sharing and complaints response mechanisms (to be assessed)
    Ability to lead and drive the organization towards more action-research focused and child-centred integrated programming by using participation and listening to beneficiaries, including children, as one of the main mechanisms for programme implementation.

Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding – Declaration of Acceptance Form] and comply with the SCIs Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.

  • This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for.  SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children International’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.
    Interested candidates should send an application letter plus updated Curriculum Vitae in English, including 3 names of professional referees to HR-Rwanda@savethechildren.org. The deadline for receiving applications is February 1st, 2018.
    Please mention Head of MEAL as subject of your mail.

                                  *Note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.                                                                            

Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Contract – Full-Time
Closing date: Thursday 1 February 2018

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