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Terms of Reference for MEAL Specialist
Reports to: Programme Quality Director – China
Location of work – China
Duration of Work - October to December 2019
Save the Children China Country Office has established a MEAL Unit within its PDQA department earlier this year. The MEAL unit comprises of four MEAL senior officers who are stationed in area office. The country office MEAL unit is led by MEAL specialist (based in Beijing). Currently, the MEAL specialist position is vacant and the recruitment process is underway.
The purpose of this role is to provide backstopping support to CO MEAL functions. The broad role is to oversee the implementation of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning functions in the Country Office. In order to achieve this, the role will lead the MEAL team, providing support to the project portfolio as well as taking forward the rolling out of the MEAL framework.
SCOPE OF WORK
1. Overseeing the CO MEAL functions
· Lead on finalisation and operationalisation of the Country MEAL Framework (already developed) including the development of M&E plans for new awards, and setting up accountability/quality monitoring processes.
· Provide high-quality MEAL technical support to implementation teams to develop and implement project based-M&E plans, including assessment and baseline tools, project-specific monitoring tools, approaches, staff and team responsibilities and frequency of monitoring and evaluation activities.
· Provide support to the Program team and implementing partners on ways to improve M&E related components and activities.
· Take lead on planning, management, and oversight of thematic projects evaluations, and other types of evaluations conducted in the Country Office.
· Provide support the MEAL team in rolling out its Accountability Mechanism, including implementations of tools for collecting feedback and complaints, maintaining database/records of feedback/complaints and actions take on these.
· Communicate top-level learning/analysis reports and monitoring data to ensure that management is able to make informed decisions on a timely basis.
2. Project design
· Provides MEAL technical support for the development of new project proposals in close collaboration with the PDQA team technical advisors.
· Ensuring that MEAL components are adequately taken care of in new awards (e.g. Accountability, Evaluations and MEAL budget)
3. External Reporting and Representation
· Provides support to ensure external accountability to donors through the implementation of timely and quality MEAL activities leading to timely and accurate reporting.
· Take lead to ensure that high-quality analysis reports to illustrate SC’s impact and assessment findings are produced; including evidence of good practice and replicable programs, and that, they are communicated at appropriate events.
· Other responsibilities & duties as required by the line Manager
SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)
· Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modeling Save the Children values
· Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves ,takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
· Future-oriented, thinks strategically and on a global scale
· Role model for MEAL capacity in Country Offices
· Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
· Building and maintains effective relationships with peers and external partners
· Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally
· Honest, encourages, openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence
· Displays consistent excellent judgment
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
· A minimum of five years of MEAL experience in INGOs preferably at least two years of work experience with Save the Children.
· Demonstrated experience with designing logical frameworks, designing MEAL systems, outcome measurement using qualitative and quantitative approaches;
· Proven experience and skills in quantitative and qualitative/participatory research methods and analysis;
· Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
· Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
· Previous experience in the China or similar contexts.
· Remote management/contingency planning
· Knowledge of Chinese language.
Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people