JOB DESCRIPTION – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEAL Officer)
Position: MEAL Officer – Reducing Child Early & Forced Marriage Project
Report to: Project Manager
Location: Waterloo and Kailahun
Contract Length: 12 Months with possibility of extension
Number of Positions: 2
Street Child and MoRRD of Sierra Leone are local Non-Governmental Organization promoting right to education and child protection for children in the most remote communities in Sierra Leone.
We believe that every child deserves the right to live in safety and security, and also have the chance to receive a quality education. As an organization, our key focus is helping children into schools-and ensuring that they stay there. For those that have no access to education, we work towards creating access in some of the most remote parts of the country, ensuring that no child is left behind.
Street Child and MoRRD of Sierra Leone are partnering with Save the Children to implement a three-year project which seeks to ensure that Very Young Adolescent (VYA) and Older Adolescent (OA) girls are able to decide their own future and fulfil their equal human rights, including decisions on marriage, in Sierra Leone. The project is implemented in Western Area Rural where there will be a Project Manager and four (4) community mobilization officers.
The MEAL Officer will lead on the implementation of the MEAL plan, systems and processes for this project within SCoSL, including accountability and feedback mechanisms, and all learning, review and evaluation activities. The MEAL Officer will work under line management of the Project Manager, and with SCI’s MEAL Officer and Department.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE Community Mobilization Officer
Under the direct supervision of the SCoSL’s Project Manager for this Project, the MEAL Officer performs the following tasks:
- With support from the Project Manager and SCI’s MEAL Office, project team members understand the approved MEAL package (data collection, analysis and reporting tools, systems, and procedures).
- Ensure that all project staff and partners are trained on all MEAL tools, systems and processes; and provide ongoing technical support, mentoring, and coaching.
- Ensure that all MEAL data collection and analysis systems are properly utilized, and that accurate, reliable, valid, relevant and timely data is produced and shared on monthly or quarterly basis.
- Help facilitate regular reviews and roundtable meetings using project data to discuss outcomes and results that are anticipated and un-anticipated.
- Support project teams to adapt project accordingly, in line with guidance from the MEAL and technical advisors.
- Implement accountability mechanisms at field level, e.g. complaints and feedback response mechanisms; and ensure that feedback is collected, collated, analyzed and responded to in a timely manner. Help ensure that sensitive issues (such as fraud, child safeguarding, etc.) are reported & referred immediately.
- Support the project teams and partner staff to ensure that projects are carried out with participation from all communities (including children), that information, project results, and feedback is regularly shared with beneficiary communities, including children, on a regular basis
- Prepare and submit regular weekly/monthly plans and reports of activities.
- Ensure all project activities are implemented in line with safe programming procedures/protocols.
Note: The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
Qualifications & Experience
- Undergraduate degree in social sciences or related field, with a minimum of 3 years’ experience 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.
- 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/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, and training/facilitation skills.
- Proficiency in computer e.g. MS Word, MS Power Point and Excel.
- 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.
SCoSL & MoRRD has Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies in Place, and is committed to the protection of vulnerable children and adults
Women, and Persons living with disabilities are encouraged to apply
To apply for this position please send up-to-date CV and a supporting letter, copies of relevant certificates to:
For Waterloo firstname.lastname@example.org and for Kailahun email@example.com Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Closing date for the receipt of application packages is 22nd October, 2020.
Occupational fields: NGO
Employment type: Contractual Full time one year, subject to renewal
Required general skills: Excellent interpersonal and communication skills Good team spirit
Organization: Street Child of Sierra Leone
Start date on: 15th October, 2020
End date: 22nd October, 2020
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