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Tue, 31/03/2020 - 17:00

CARE Sierra Leone is looking for a suitable, qualified and interested member of staff and the public to fill the under mentioned vacant position.


POSITION        :      MEAL Manager (1 PERSON) (Monitoring, Evaluation Accountability and Learning)

PROJECT        :      SGBV Project

SALARY RANGE :    Attractive

LOCATION       :      Freetown,

Closing Date    :     Tuesday, 31st March, 2020


CARE is committed to fighting poverty and injustice in the world’s most vulnerable places and to saving lives in disasters and conflicts. In this we stand with women, girls and their communities to achieve lasting change for a better future.


CARE Sierra Leone is seeking experienced consultants for a MEAL Manager position to lead on a girls empowerment programme which aims to reduce Sexual and Gender Based Violence.


Scope of the Programme

CARE has been delivering GBV programming in Sierra Leone since 2008. This role is contingent on award of a contract as part of a programme which seeks to reduce the prevalence of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Sierra Leone and enhance the evidence base of what works to reduce prevalence of SGBV and Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C).


Scope of the MEAL Manager’s role


Overview: This role will be responsible for the design and delivery of a MEAL strategy which supports real-time monitoring and evaluation to guide adaptations to project activities. The MEAL Manager’s primary responsibilities will be leading data collection and analysis to support tracking against the results framework and value for money indicators. The role will work closely with CSO partners to ensure robust project monitoring and learning and will support capacity building of CSO grantees on MEL.


Job Responsibility # 1 – MEAL systems

  • Work closely with Team Leader to make sure management decisions are data driven and are informed based on beneficiary feedback.
  • Remain fully engaged with the Team Leader when coordinating all programme evaluations
  • Develop the overall framework for project MEAL systems, in collaboration with senior project staff, including the requirements for reporting, baseline, and evaluation surveys and learning reviews.
  • Monitor project’s data to systematically document project performance to Team Leader.
  • Ensure the alignment of research outputs and MEAL activities with programme outcomes and contribute to the development of annual work plans to identify project targets and ensure the inclusion of MEAL activities.
  • Monitor project activities and their tracking against the results framework, beneficiary feedback, learning and value for money indicators.
  • Ensure that MEAL system includes robust beneficiary feedback mechanisms and complaint processes to support the programme’s safeguarding and Do No Harm approaches.
  • Review the programme theory of change on a quarterly/bi-annual basis based on outcome monitoring evidence.
  • Conduct field visits for data validation, to monitor the quality and completeness of data sets and the performance of monitoring teams deployed across all intervention sites.
  • Coordinate data collection at project sites to monitor program development and ensure timely compilation and reporting of data. Capture and document lessons learned to frame how to champion and scale-up best practices.
  • Ensure timely and accurate submission of project activities to donor, including progress against targets set in the award agreement (or their reviews if necessary) and annual work plan, quarterly, and annual reports.
  • Provide technical leadership and support to project and partner staff in planning and implementing digital MEAL systems, MEAL core operational standards, adequate outcome-related MEAL methodologies and data-driven decision-making.
  • Supervise, mentor, and build capacity of project MEAL staff - particularly across monitoring teams of different implementing partners/supported CSOs. Ensure data collection happens in a context and gender-sensitive way.
  • Develop and implement effective monitoring tools to generate data that can link costs to long-term changes of project interventions.
  • Ensure that the programme will contribute to demonstrate impact against the CARE 2020 strategy. Ensure that the programme collects relevant data against  the global indicators and the gender, governance and resilience markers.


Job Responsibility #2 - Enhance knowledge management and evidence-based learning

  • Guide the regular sharing of the outputs and the M&E findings with projects staff and implementing partners
  • Regularly present key M&E findings to the Senior Management Team for further development.
  • Provide data to support developing knowledge products like the annual report, project summaries, sector reports, etc.
  • Support CARE’s aim for further strengthened integrated programming and actively propose ways of achieving this using M&E finding.
  • Support CARE’s Partnership and Capacity Building team in strengthening partner organizations work and quality of their programming
  • Raise any issues of non-compliance and assure compliance with CARE standards and procedures
  • Coordinate with Comms/Advocacy team (Sierra Leone and global) for success story content, communication tools, etc.
  • Provide regular updates to SPO and SMT


Skills and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field (development studies, public health, demography, statistics, etc.)
  • Minimum of seven years’ experience and demonstrated practical skills in MEAL of donor-funded development programs. Previous experience in gender programmes or programming to reduce violence against women would be an advantage.
  • Strong knowledge of MEAL methodologies (qualitative analysis approaches and tools, outcome mapping, outcome harvesting, most significant change, process tracing, realist evaluation, contribution tracing), data analytics, synthesis design, performance evaluation, and report writing.
  • Demonstrated capacity to use project MEAL to advance strategic goals, spur adaptive management of activities and provide data towards learning objectives.
  • Demonstrated capacity developing and implementing beneficiary feedback and complaint systems.
  • Knowledge of statistical software (such as SPSS, STATA, and SAS) and qualitative softwares (NVIVO, Deduce).  Advanced skills with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access (or similar tools) is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of USAID/DFID data collection and reporting requirements.
  • Excellent representational and communication skills, written and oral fluency in English.
  • Ability to travel throughout project areas, as needed

Location: The role is expected to be based in Freetown, with travel to field offices located throughout Sierra Leone.


Remuneration will be based on skills, experience and previous remuneration packages for similar assignments.


Please note this role is contingent on award decision from the donor.


 Safeguarding and Gender Equity and Diversity:


CARE International has a zero-tolerance approach to any harm to, or exploitation of, a vulnerable adult or a child, by any of our staff, representatives or partners. Recruitment to all jobs in CARE International includes, in particular, criminal record checks and the collection of relevant references. Safeguarding our beneficiaries is our top priority in everything we do.

CARE are committed to Equality and value Diversity. We are a Disability Confident Employer and particularly welcome applications from disabled people. We guarantee interviews to disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job (see person specification).  If you require the candidate brief or need to submit your application in an alternative format, because of a disability, please do get in touch by sending an email to


Please note this role is contingent on award decision from the donor.


Applications with most recent curriculum vitae and names and email addresses of three (3) referees, one of which should be applicant’s previous supervisor and should reach the following people not later than 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday 31st  March 2020.


v  The People and Culture Manager, CARE Office, 13 Bath Street, Brookfields, Freetown,

v  Or send by email to:

v  Hand delivery copies are strongly encouraged.  You can deliver your application at the CARE 13 Bath Street office, Brookfields, Freetown.


Please include contact telephone number(s). Please note that it is a requirement for all interested candidates to apply by using the employment registration card issued by the Ministry of Employment, Social Security and Industrial Relation (commonly known as Ministry of Labour).  Kindly deliver a separate a copy of your applications and curriculum vitas with the Ministry.

CARE International in Sierra Leone provides equal employment opportunities and does not discriminate in employment regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, tribe, gender or age.




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