Jobs at Save the Children Tanzania, MEAL Officer

MEAL Officer

Child Safeguarding:
Level 3: the role 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 in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process of staff.

The Emergency MEAL Officer takes the overall responsibility of operationalizing the MEAL system and SCI MEAL approach in emergency programmes. The post-holder will be expected to lead on MEAL in implementation including monitoring of program quality, rolling out accountability initiatives, supporting program evaluations and leading on area MEAL budgeting. S/he will be expected to lead MEAL capacity building of emergency programme staff and partners.

Reports to: MEAL Coordinator
Dimensions: Due to political unrest in Burundi high numbers of refugees escaping into neighbouring countries of DRC, Uganda, Rwanda & Tanzania. The current Burundian refugee population in Tanzania is over 175,000 of which over 50% are children. SCI is implementing a child protection, education and youth empowerment/ livelihoods programme in refugee camps and wishes to scale up the response.
Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Together with the MEAL Team and in collaboration with the Programme Managers and partners, the MEAL Officer will be responsible for establishing and promoting the use of MEAL systems to ensure that the Emergency team and Regional Office:

  • Is informed on the extent to which both the emergency response and development interventions are affecting the lives of the targeted populations.
  • Receives regular, timely and context-specific, meaningful feedback from our community members (who are or are not targeted by our interventions) partners, staff and that feedback effectively informs and signals areas where strategic attention is required.
  • There is evidence-based knowledge on the positive and negative impact that both the emergency response and development interventions are having over the communities where SCI works

Program Monitoring, Assessments, Evaluations and Reporting

  • Lead the MEAL team in supporting the emergency programmes, regional office in measuring achievement and progress toward program goals and results as well as development of MEAL systems for all projects;
  • Develop and maintain the Indicator Performance Tracking Tool and Output tracker per award and the entire project providing updates on a monthly basis
  • Lead roll out of a robust accountability strategy, and MEAL systems and processes to measure achievement and progress towards achieving project objectives/outcomes and results/outputs against indicators (indicator performance tracker tables, quality checklists, etc.).
  • Lead monitoring of program quality using quality bench marks and ensure that findings are shared with relevant stakeholders and explicitly fed back into programme decision making, incorporating accountability and learning.
  • Ensure implementation and integration of regular monitoring systems in the area programme and at various levels of programme implementation (monitoring of inputs, outputs, outcomes, etc.);
  • Contribute to child-focused and child-led programme implementation, by ensuring children’s participation, reporting back to children, and child-led M&E in the area;
  • Maintain a tracker of all program improvement actions bringing to the attention of the area SMT key program improvement issues that need action and appropriately sharing them with the MEAL Manager in the region Office.
  • Support internal and external program/project evaluations as necessary and ensure establishment of project baseline data for all projects;
  • Lead the management of information systems and roll out of mobile data collection;
  • Lead compilation of data and reporting on, SCI global indicators and total reach reports


  • A degree in an area of social development or equivalent.
  • Minimum three years practical experience in M&E system coordination/implementation in a large international non-governmental organisation or other international relief/development body;
  • Demonstrable track-record in data tracking and evaluation, with the ability to support staff and partners on M&E methodology and analyse and disseminate complex information to a range of stakeholder audiences;
  • Well-developed research, analytical (qualitative and quantitative), documentation and report-writing and skills, with particular competency in participatory research methods;
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports. A high level of written and spoken English
  • Computer literacy, particularly in Word, Excel, Statistical Packages and PowerPoint;
  • Excellent planning, coordination, and reporting skills, with the ability to organise a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills in English, with experience working in multicultural, multi location, values driven teams;
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children International’s aims, values and principles
  • Information Communication Technology literate


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