Syria Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Adviser


Location: Amman, Jordan

Contract - Full-Time

Closing date: Tuesday 5 June 2018

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

The role:

The main purpose of this role is to provide strong management of the SCIs Syria Response MEAL system in collaboration with MEAL staff across the different access points. The aim is to enhance the quality and accountability of our work and the work of our Partners, bringing immediate and lasting changes in the lives of children.

The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Adviser will bring significant operational and managerial experience to strengthen and improve the response's Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning system. This will focus on achieving the planned objectives under the current Syria response strategy and contributing to future strategy processes, the running and improvement of the MEAL system in Syria (including working to build synergies and align MEAL activities and processes across all Area Offices), technical MEAL advice to programme teams, and management of MEAL staff and their development.

S/he will work to continuously improve the existing MEAL system in general with specific focus on the following areas: qualitative data collection, assessment and evaluations scheduling and coordination, data analysis and use including through roll out of the sub-regional information management system for programmes inside Syria, and quality monitoring, further strengthening of accountability systems and learning. S/he ensure that all Save the Children International and Partner projects are continually monitored for their effectiveness and appropriateness and that lessons are documented and communicated to inform on-going implementation and future programming. S/he will guide and support Save the Children International and Partner teams in achieving outcome/impact focused projects and accountability to beneficiaries in line with Save the Children's and donors' policies and practices and Save the Children' Syria Strategy

The MEAL Adviser will be responsible for ensuring the Syria Response:

·Has sufficient good quality data available to be informed of our effect on the targeted populations;

·Builds an evidence base from reports, assessments and analysis to inform management decision making;

·Receives regular, timely and context-specific, meaningful feedback from our staff, partners, programme participants and that feedback effectively informs and signals areas where strategic attention is required.

Qualifications and experience:


·Significant experience in emergency response and fragile state contexts.

·Significant team management experience with an NGO or private company.

·Significant experience of undertaking a MEAL related role in a remote management humanitarian context.

·Education to University degree level (Masters preferred) in a relevant subject or equivalent field experience.

·Experience in child friendly data collection.

·Experience in conducting and coordinating assessments

·Experience in conducting or managing evaluations.

·Experience of, and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability.

·Previous experience of managing a team and managing projects.

·Demonstrated strong monitoring and evaluation skills, including planning/participating in evaluations.

·Ability to work both in an advisory and a hands on implementation capacity.

·Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff.

·Ability to facilitate/conduct large technical trainings for staff.

·Experience in strategic planning and coordination of strategy development

·Experience of representation and ability to represent Save the Children effectively in external forums.

·Experience of contributing to successful funding proposals for donors.

·Ability to write clear and effective assessment and project reports.

·Very good knowledge and experience in development, set up and use of data and information management systems and tools

·Excellent communication and influencing skills with experience in advocacy.

·Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy.

·A high level of written and spoken English.

·The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.

·Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children. In particular, a good understanding of the Save the Children mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support.


·Language skills in Arabic.

·Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts.

·Specific experience of designing and managing MEAL aspects of major institutional donors

Contract length: One Year

The Organization:

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

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.


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