Senior Regional Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator
The Senior Regional MEAL Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) systems are in place as per the Myanmar Country MEAL Framework and donor requirements. The candidate will ensure that there is regional MEAL capacity and resources to implement regional and project level MEAL frameworks S/he will ensure that effective accountability systems are in place. S/he will also be responsible to ensure that infrastructure is meeting the quality standards required to make it safe for children. S/he will guide the MEAL Officers and teams in achieving outcome/impact focused projects and accountability to beneficiaries in line with Save the Children's and donor's policies and practices and will ensure that sufficient capacities in MEAL for programme staff in the region are built
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Reports to: Senior Programme Manager, Technical line management – Head of MEAL (based in Yangon)
Direct Reports: Infrastructure Specialist, Accountability Coordinator
Technical Reports: None
Financial Approval: No financial approval
External Representation: tbc
Travel: Frequent travel to field locations, occasional travel to Yangon
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY :
- General Regional MEAL Management
- Support and contribute to the development and implementation of a Country MEAL framework SOPs and tools at the Regional office.
- Oversee the implementation and strengthening of regional and program level MEAL systems and processes to ensure achievement and progress towards CO MEAL objectives and outcomes across all Programs.
- Ensure that MEAL is effectively integrated into programme design, and contributes to programme objectives by proactively supporting needs assessments, documentation and sharing of lessons learned and situational analysis to the programme design focal points for new programs within the catchment of the regional office.
- Support program staff and MEAL staff in planning for and executing MEAL, including, data collection methodology and tools and data management, analysis and use for qualitative and quantitative data.
- Ensures that verifiable, quantitative data is routinely collected and analysed across all operational sectors and shared with relevant stakeholders to inform program design and review.
- Ensure that child participation and child safeguarding is integrated into design and delivery at the regional level interventions and infrastructures (working closely with the infrastructure focal point).
- Support the program staff in planning for and executing MEAL, including, data collection methodology, tools and data management, analysis and use.
- In collaboration with infrastructure specialist ensure systems established to ensure quality of infrastructure.
- Baselines/Evaluations, dissemination and learning
- Support internal and external program/project evaluations, baseline and end-line assessments and final evaluations. Support dissemination of baselines/assessments/evaluations and effectively track recommendations and lessons learned from monitoring processes including program review meetings, assessments, surveys and evaluations and ensure they are incorporated in project planning and future programming by leading on the dissemination of findings to the project teams in close coordination with all relevant colleagues.
- Lead and facilitate ongoing data collection analysis that supports decision making, learning, and accountability and capture and disseminate lessons learned.
- Set up a practical learning mechanism for all programs in the Region to ensure and promote the integration and use of learnings from all MEAL processes into project planning and future programming.
- Participate in program design and proposal discussions to ensure lessons learnt from other programs are taken into considerations and indicators are developed in a way, which are adapted and suitable for the context.
- Contribute to Total Reach annual planning and reporting processes, consistent with SCI operational requirement.
- Work closely with the regional programme team and Head of MEAL to develop, finalise and continuously update Programme Quality Benchmarks.
- Use process level quality benchmarks as reference to undertake field monitoring visits, focusing on programme quality aspects, discuss with relevant staff and share reports with relevant colleagues.
- Work with the programme team and MEAL Officers to develop new data collection tools and regularly review existing tools.
- Perform regular field visits to ensure the quality of data collected by programme staff and to verify the accuracy of reported data.
- Support the Infrastructure Specialist in ensuring effective monitoring of all steps of infrastructure construction.
- Accountability systems established and improved to facilitate stakeholder feedback and participation in programmes
- Support the accountability team with support from Yangon MEAL to ensure locally appropriate, financially viable, and effective complaints and feedback mechanisms are established to ensure accountability to affected communities, children, donors and other stakeholders in line with the Myanmar Country Office Accountability strategy.
- Support Accountability team to ensure relevant tools and support are in place to enable collection, documentation and analysis of feedback from stakeholders;
- Liaise with Accountability Coordinator to ensure donor requirements are met at project/programme level and relevant technical trainings are provided.
- Support MEAL Teams, Program Teams and the Infrastructure specialist in promoting and ensuring children’s voices are captured during all MEAL activities.
- Management Information System (MIS)
- Manage the MIS system at the regional office level and ensure quality data is collect and published on time.
- Update and manage MEAL tracking tools (Accountability Tracker; Quality Action Tracker; Indicator Performance Tracking Tool dashboard; Regional Evaluation and Research Tracker, Evaluation and research decomposing tool).
- Support in the compilation and analysis of quantitative and qualitative programme data and contribute into subsequent reporting of Rakhine field office monthly MEAL reports, flagging MEAL status updates, successes and lessons learned from the MEAL tracking tools.
- Strengthened MEAL staff capacity
- In collaboration with and with the strong support of the Head of MEAL, conduct regional MEAL capacity assessment and improvement planning for both SCI and partner staff members in collaboration with relevant line managers and human resource department; this should include clear MEAL training need and capacity building plans.
- Mentor and support MEAL staff and Accountability staff in Regional offices, providing technical support and capacity building opportunities as per the identified capacity improvement needs in close cooperation with Yangon MEAL.
- Systems established to ensure quality of infrastructure
- Mentor and support the Infrastructure Specialist in establishing systems to ensure that the design and implementation of infrastructure is in line with standards and quality benchmarks set by SCI and donors.
- Support the Infrastructure Specialist in ensuring involvement and monitoring during all steps of construction to ensure technical oversight.
- Ensure, together with the Infrastructure Specialist, that program teams are trained in on-site monitoring of construction activities with the support of strong tools.
- Ensure, together with the Infrastructure Specialist, that all Save the Children structures such as TLCs, CFSs and ANS and IYCF centres are assessed on a regular basis to ensure safety of the children using those side
- Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
- Build optimal working relationships with all programme implementation, programme quality and MEAL within the region and in Yangon.
9. Child Safeguarding Responsibilities
- Ensure that child safeguarding and child protection mainstreaming are integrated into all M&E frameworks through measurable output and outcome indicators; and lead the process of piloting and scaling up local level beneficiary complaints’ mechanisms in relation to staff conduct, with an emphasis on the Child Safeguarding Policy and measure to prevent sexual exploitation of women and children.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social / Development Sciences (Preferably Economics, Development Economics, Sociology) Information Technology or other related subjects with both quantitative and qualitative focus.
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
- At least 4 years’ experience in development, humanitarian context working for non-government organizations or UN agencies.
- Experience and knowledge in MEAL concepts; leading/conducting baselines and evaluations; Considerable knowledge of developing/reviewing programme frameworks and log-frames, data collection and storage methodologies, methods of analysis and interpretation.
- Excellent English communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Sound technical skills in statistics, excel, Kobo and/or other relevant data collection and analysis tools.
- Experience in programme implementation and/or one or more of Save the Children programming technical areas (desirable).
- Experience in working with beneficiaries, collecting data and implementing or supporting Accountability.
- Excellent personal organisational skills, including time management, and ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.
- Willingness to travel to field offices and work in difficult environments according to travel requirements.
- Good people management skills/experience and proven ability to create an environment which encourages team-working and motivates a team across various geographical areas.
- Strong team-player with the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across the organisation developing effective working relationships to deliver outstanding results for children.
- Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.
- Willingness and capability to comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to health and safety, security, equal opportunities and other relevant policies, including the Child Safeguarding Policy.