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Thu, 24/01/2019 - 17:00

MEAL Officer


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Location: Freetown

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Closing date: 24th January 2019.


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 realize 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.


We are seeking competent, reliable and self-motivated individuals to contribute to our Global Priorities by joining us in our Sierra Leone Country Office to ensure the delivery of high quality project activities in the target communities with a focus on building the capacity of Save the Children staff and key institutions with which SC collaborates, including both government and non-government agencies and organizations to ensure project quality and sustainability.


In this role, you will work closely with the MEAL Manager leading on the implementation of the MEAL plan, systems and processes for each project, including accountability and feedback mechanisms, and all learning, review and evaluation activities. The MEAL Officer will work under line management of the MEAL Manager.  He/she is expected to work closely with the project teams and partners in both projects, and with all other departments as relevant. S/he will share 50% of his time on Genda Bizness and 50% to DANIDA-funded project and ensure equitable support to both projects.


  • In order to be successful in this role, you should have relevant MEAL/M&E experience, preferably in an INGO setting, and demonstrating a diverse range of skills beyond data entry and analysis and strong knowledge in accounting, economics, mathematic/statistics, development studies or business admin and ability to engage effectively with people at all levels from different cultures.  


Child Protection level - 3 the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.




  • Minimum of three years proven and demonstrable experience with an undergraduate degree in one of the areas in accounting, economics, mathematic/statistics, development studies or business admin. Substantive and proven experience in related field with Higher National Diploma may be considered.   


  • Other essential requirement: Willingness to ride motor bike is essential. SCI provides motor bike riding training


  • At least three years of relevant MEAL/M&E experience, preferably in an INGO setting, and demonstrating a diverse range of skills beyond data entry and analysis.

  • Experience facilitating or assisting with project reviews, baselines, and/or evaluations.  Experience with research is an added advantage.

  • Experience developing M&E tools using both quantitative and qualitative approaches, and in training

  • others how to use these tools.

  • Thorough understanding of logical frameworks and/ results frameworks, and experience in developing monitoring systems to assess progress against these.

  • Familiarity and experience with a range of data collection & analysis systems and software is a plus.

  • Experience working in projects that address complex social issues, attitude and behaviour change.

  • Experience working directly with children and/or adolescents.

  • Experience in developing and/or using data collection and monitoring tools in communities (where documentation is generally non-existent) as well as with formal service providers.

  • Experience with project/beneficiary accountability and feedback mechanisms.

  • Fluency in written and spoken English; excellent documentation and report-writing skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, as well as training/facilitation skills.

  • Experience in working with local/national civil society partners, using capacity building approaches.

  • Proficiency in computer e.g. MS Word, MS Power Point and Excel.  

  • Commitment to gender equality, diversity and inclusion.

  • Ability to be self-sufficient and resourceful, proactive in identifying and addressing challenges, yet consulting and asking for assistance as needed/relevant.

  • Ability and willingness to travel to project communities and stay in basic conditions.

  • Willing to commit to Save the Children’s aims, values and principles


Contract length: 12 months  

Application Information:

  • SCI Safeguarding Policy Statement; we need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children.

  • Candidates should possess Social Security Numbers (NASSIT)

  • SCI maintains zero tolerance to dual employment.

  • Reference and Security clearance checks will be conducted.

  • Candidates must possess a valid driving license for positions related to field activities.

  • Please apply in English using your CV and covering letter as a single document including your current remuneration and salary expectations for this role.

  • Applicants should address their applications to the Senior HR/Admin Coordinator, Save the Children, 55 Sir Samuel Lewis Road, Aberdeen, Freetown or 117 Mano Sewalu Road, Masanta Section, Kailahun Town and send a copy of their application addressed to the NGO Desk Officer, Ministry of Labour & Social Security, New England, Freetown.

  • Please indicate on the envelop position applied for and job location as stated on the advert.

  • Applications can be hand-delivered to the addresses above or send by email to:

  • Applicants should attach a copy of a valid Labour Card to their applications

  • Applicants should collect a copy of our Child Safeguarding & Code of Conduct policies from the nearest Save the Children office from Monday to Thursday between 0900hrs and 1700hrs and from 0900hrs – 1400hrs on Friday

  • All applications should be submitted not later than 1700hrs GMT on the closing date.


Please read the job profile, ensure you meet the Essential Criteria before applying.  Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted and questions about the post will be answered during the interviews.


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