Program monitoring evaluator (More than Brides Alliance)

The More than Brides Alliance and Save the Children Netherlands are looking for a Program monitoring evaluator (38 hours per week – fulltime).

The organisation:
Save the Children believes that every child deserves a fair chance. Throughout the world, we give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protect them from injustice and danger. We do everything necessary to improve the lives of children - and with that the future of our society.

Save the Children is where children need us: at the heart of society in 124 countries with over 27,000 local employees. Save the Children is based in The Netherlands in The Hague. The organization consists of the International Program Department, Domestic Program, Lobby and Advocacy, Communication, Fundraising, Finance and Control and Staff Department (Internal Service) and had a total of 62 employees at the end of 2017 (54.4 FTEs).

Place in the organisation: 
The More than Brides Alliance is composed of Save the Children Netherlands (lead), Simavi, Oxfam-Novib, and Population Council. The MTBA Programme Management Unit (PMU) supports the alliance. You will be working 50% in the More than Brides Alliance Programme Management Unit (PMU) an ambitious team of four people that is led by the More than Brides Alliance Coordinator. The other 50% of your time, you will be a member of the Save the Children MTBA team supporting Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) for the four countries where Save the Children implements MTBA. The MTBA Team is part of the Save the Children International Programmes Department which consists of 16 dedicated colleagues under the dual mandate of development and humanitarian programmes. The department is responsible for the acquisition, quality management and evaluation of both development and humanitarian programmes. Other teams in the department are the Humanitarian Team, the Technical Advisors (TAs), the EU Team, and the Award Management Team.  

The Save the Children office is based in The Hague. 

The function
You are a versatile and personable professional with proven experience in monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning as well as strong facilitation and interpersonal skills and an ability to lead through influence. You are details-oriented and at the same time demonstrate an ability to think strategically about how data can be used for decision-making to improve programme implementation. You have a sound understanding of quantitative research methods and experience in designing and implementing MEAL systems that draw on varied sources of information to answer key questions that are important to learn about the changes the programme is creating to enable programmes staff to adjust in order to create more impact. You are skilled in designing and overseeing a consortium-level monitoring system throughout the project cycle, including methodologies, data collection (including with mobile technology), data cleaning, analysis, and simple data visualizations. You are comfortable explaining the technical points of research methods and MEAL to programmes colleagues who have varying levels of familiarity with these concepts. You may be called upon to provide technical support on M&E for proposals linked to the More than Brides Alliance. 

In this role, you will spend 50% of your time supporting Alliance-level MEAL and 50% of your time supporting Save the Children project MEAL.

Responsibilities and tasks:
Program monitoring evaluator for More than Brides Alliance (0,5 fte):

  • Spearhead (with the MTBA MEAL Working Group) the project monitoring system, including its design and implementation, and analysis of monitoring data as well as supporting programmes staff in interpreting data in support of decision-making. 
  • Coordinate the MEAL Working Group, which is composed of MEAL colleagues from Simavi and Oxfam-Novib and research colleagues from Population Council. Lead the development of a joint MEAL work plan based on agreed-upon alliance MEAL and research priorities, including the deployment of a mobile data collection tool and MEAL capacity-building.
  • Communicate with programme managers in the Netherlands and in countries about MEAL priorities; lead through influence with support from the Alliance Coordinator and alliance member programme managers and MEAL staff.
  • Familiarize with the evidence base on child marriage for the five countries based on desk reviews conducted by research colleagues; be conversant with the research methods, processes, and findings of Population Council and Oxfam-Novib. Work together with programme managers to facilitate reflection and learning to inform programming.
  • Engage with country teams and with Population Council and facilitate strong two-way communication about research priorities, processes and timelines as well as programmatic approaches, and the implications of programme decisions for research and vice versa. Ensure that all stakeholders are continuously informed of the status of research and all views are heard and considered. 
  • Actively contribute to the priorities of the Alliance Programme Management Unit (PMU), including contributing to reflection on the project Theory of Change, timely provision of M&E data, integration of MEAL and research findings in Annual Reports and IATI reporting.
  • Create linkages between research conducted by Population Council (Mali, Niger, Malawi, and India) and by Oxfam-Novib (Pakistan). 
  • Contribute to the knowledge base on child marriage in the sector in the Netherlands through collaboration with MEAL and research counterparts in other child marriage alliances.
Program monitoring evaluator for Save the Children MTBA Team (0,5 fte):
  • Provide MEAL technical and methodological assistance to country-based MEAL and programmes colleagues in Mali, Niger, Malawi, and India, including mobile data collection.
  • Support the Save the Children Netherlands MTBA Team and country teams to apply and track key programme indicators, to use monitoring data in developing country narrative reports, and to compile an appropriate management response based on these.
  • Serve as the focal point for quarterly IATI indicator reporting for Save the Children MTBA.
  • Participate in monthly Save the Children MTBA Team Meetings together with the Programme Manager and Technical Advisors.
  • Liaise with Save the Children MEAL Advisor to align with Save the Children Netherlands’ MEAL system and to ensure that learning from MTBA informs other Save the Children Netherlands projects and vice versa.
  • Through the Save the Children MEAL Advisor, keep informed about MEAL systems, developments and practices within the wider Save the Children movement. 
  • You have a minimum of 4 years post-qualification professional experience in MEAL.
  • You have a masters degree in a relevant field of study (e.g. Sociology, Development Studies, Economics, etc.). 
  • You have either formal training or hands-on experience with quantitative research methods.
  • You have a basic familiarity with Theory of Change; experience with MEAL systems for Theory of Change would be an advantage.
  • You have experience with mobile data collection, are able to undertake quantitative data analysis and basic data visualization and presentation; advanced skills would be an advantage.
  • Experience with or knowledge of qualitative methods, formative research methods and/or social norms would be an advantage.
  • You are flexible and self-motivated, able to prioritize tasks and work effectively in a team. 
  • You have excellent intercultural communication skills and communicate effectively with different audiences.
  • You are willing to travel for work when needed.
  • You understand and are committed to a child rights approach. 
  • You have a high level of written and spoken English and are proficient in French. 
  • You live preferably in or around the Hague and have permission to work in the Netherlands. 
Save the Children has an active child safeguarding policy. We ask candidates to comply with our code of conduct and to cooperate in requesting a Declaration on the Behaviour.

We are offering:
The opportunity to contribute to the lives of millions of children worldwide! You are part of an international network and you enter in a period where growth and innovation come first. Together with a large group of enthusiastic colleagues you get the chance to achieve great results and at the same time develop yourself further.

The function is for 38 hours per week, for a period of a year with prospects of extension based on proven suitability. We offer a salary that fits within the charity sector, classified according to the salary scales of the national government (BBRA), based on a 38-hour working week.

Information and applying: 
For questions about the content of this function, you can contact Sarah Harris, MTBA Alliance Coordinator. Telephone: 070 338 4448, email: [email protected] 

For questions about the application procedure, please contact Sayonara Kartawirja, HR Officer. Telephone 070 338 4448, [email protected].

You can express your interest in this function by 14 November 2018 by sending an email with motivation letter and curriculum vitae to [email protected], stating "Job title". The first round of discussions is scheduled for 19 November 2018.

Requesting references can be part of the application procedure.
Save the Children Netherlands guarantees that we handle your personal data with due care. We only use your personal data for the processing of this application. After termination of the application procedure, all data will be destroyed within 4 weeks unless you give us permission to keep them for a longer period.

Acquisition as a result of this vacancy is not appreciated.