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MEAL Manager


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Location: Western Area

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Closing date: 27th March 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 Western Area Manager taking leadership in the development, roll out and implementation of SC’s standard MEAL packages at field level, corresponding tools and reporting requirements and build the culture of maximum utilization in respective field bases.

The MEAL Manager will oversee the implementation of community feedback and response mechanisms for both development and humanitarian programs and lead compliance and assessment of quality benchmark.  S/he will support Awards, Finance, PDQ/TAs, Internal controls, Advocacy and Operations to review and implement a compliance strategy towards donor commitments, especially in project start-ups, implementation, documentation, progress reporting and phase-outs. S/he will assume day to day leadership for the MEAL tasks for quality evidence-based programming.

S/he will provide MEAL supportive supervision in on-going project implementation. The MEAL Manager will be highly involved in project and MEAL planning and reviews, provide oversight on implementation of required MEAL actions, monitoring and evaluation processes ensuring high level of child participation in these processes in operational area.

S/he will guide SC and Partner teams in tracking outcome of projects which includes but not limited to documenting success stories/ case studies in line with project activities and expected outcomes. The MEAL Manager will build capacities of staff and partners in promoting accountability and participation in respective field bases. S/he will provide quality assurance for data and information (including progress reports) generated from their respective field bases.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

  • In order to be successful in this role, you should have strong monitoring and evaluation skills, including planning and participating in evaluations. You should have strong knowledge in Statistics, Economics or equivalent field experience 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.


  • A degree level in Social Science – Statistics, Economics or equivalent field experience

  • Recommended a minimum of eight years management and/or MEAL experience in a both emergency and development contexts, preferably with solid experience in more than two of the Save the Children priority sectors: education, protection, rights governance, HIV/AIDs, health and nutrition, and emergencies



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

  • Proficiency in computer skills, especially ability to work with MS Word, MS Excel, Power Point , data collection and analysis software etc.

  • Ability to think and analyze issues and data critically

  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in

  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner

  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets

  • Experience in writing clear assessments and reports

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • A high level of written and spoken English and Krio.

  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching

  • Proven capacity to train and coach staff.

  • Strong knowledge in Rights based programming.

  • Experience working in a hands on implementation capacity.

  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies

  • Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children.


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

  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures

  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in

  • difficult circumstances.

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.


SCI AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.  PERSON WITH DISABILITIES AND WOMEN ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. Please note that Save the Children do not charge fees for recruitment, kindly call our toll-free fraud/general Feedback Line 922 (same number for Airtel and Africell) for complains


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