Vacancy Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Advisor (full time, 38 hours)

Save the Children Netherlands is looking for an experienced MEAL Advisor.

The organisation
Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential. We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.
Save the Children Netherlands is based in The Hague, and works with around 50 professionals to support our global programmes in various thematic areas such as child protection, child rights governance, health and nutrition and humanitarian response.  
About the position
The MEAL advisor sits in the Technical Advisors unit, currently consisting of three staff. The team provides technical advice to enhance the quality of programme development, ongoing projects and programmes in its portfolio and realises effective cooperation with Save the Children International (SCI) country offices, regional offices, the wider Save the Children family and partner organisations. The Technical Advisors unit is part of the Programme Department within Save the Children Netherlands. The MEAL Advisor reports to the Head of Programme.
Who are we looking for
A highly motivated professional with relevant experience of at least 5 years in the international development sector. You have substantial experience in  monitoring and evaluation, accountability and learning. You want to excel at work and aim to deliver high quality support to colleagues and partners in our office in the Hague, as well as in Save the Children country offices (without direct line management) with the aim of the highest quality of results for children. You are result oriented, perform well under pressure and you are eager to help guide, build, plan, monitor, improve, and document our programmes, projects and work tasks to which you will be assigned.

JOB TITLE:   Advisor - Monitoring, Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

LOCATION:  The Hague

Global Programmes Department


Type of Contract:
One year, with the intention to extend

We need to keep children safe. Therefore our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our child protection standards, including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy
As a key member of the Programme Department, and the Technical Advisory Unit, the MEAL Advisor will take the lead in ensuring the application and implementation of an integrated approach for Monitoring & Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) within programme framework and Save the Children’s Strategy and Theory of Change. This is a global system currently under development about which the advisor is expected to become fully informed and may be requested to contribute towards.
The position will specifically support and enable all departments and teams to develop MEAL for proposed and ongoing programmes, projects, strategies and measure and demonstrate our impact on children, thereby contributing to increasing quality in our programming and help us to be accountable to children and key stakeholders

Reports to: Head of Global Programmes
Staff reporting to this post: None
Budget Responsibilities: None
  1. Knowledge Management, Reporting and Learning (25 %)
  • Manage and oversee our Save the Children evaluation agenda
  • Support Programme teams in the applying and tracking of MEAL related program KPIs and compile management response based on these.
  • Provide support to country offices to conduct research and evaluations, and ensure sound analysis of evaluation findings and feedback of recommendations to improve program quality, and use evidence in program design.
  • From this, document lessons learned and best practices from interventions across the programme portfolio
  • Ensure that evaluation reports are uploaded in the evaluation resource library, with summary fields and quality checklist filled out.
  • Provide assistance on the development of the Annual Report and annexes including Reach, and other Results Framework components.  
  1. Technical support for MEAL policy, standards, procedures and tools. (50%)
  • Contribute to the strengthening of the Save the Children Quality Framework, particularly supporting the continued improvement/design of an organizational MEAL framework with standards, processes, and systems including quality benchmarks compiled from practice, and ensure that these standards are rolled out.
  • Lead or support planning, implementation, and follow-up of evaluations; including real time evaluations, reviews of humanitarian action, and program evaluations at both country and regional level. This includes the formulation of evaluation ToRs, design, policies, methodology, dissemination of findings and lessons learned.
  • Support Programme teams to methodically gather information through the Country Offices and structuring reporting systems to align with 1) Save the Children’s global and regional thematic and cross-thematic steers; 2) our strategy Results Framework; and 3) indicators selected from our global menu and from individual projects and programmes’ MEAL designs.
  • Help identify gaps and weaknesses in the MEAL system(s) and work with relevant (global) teams and other members to propose solutions
  • Review strategic or high value proposals to ensure MEAL related needs are adequately covered
  • Design of MEAL Frameworks for high value proposals.
  • Liaise with the SCI Centre and key partners on PPM/PRIME
  • Support development of induction materials on MEAL  
  1. Representation (25%)
  • Represent Save the Children in key international meetings both internally and externally with the view to bringing learning from these events to further improve regional MEAL systems.
  • Participate in MEAL Humanitarian Technical WG
  • Active participation in the cross-member MEAL working and other groups, ensure that Save the Children is well represented in member discussions and decision making on MEAL, bringing ideas, innovation and experience to these groups.
  • Significant experience of undertaking a MEAL related role in development and humanitarian contexts
  • Knowledge of and experience with a range of MEAL tools and techniques
  • Evidence of analytical ability, for example through experience in program and advocacy research, monitoring and evaluation, reports and publication
  • Strong practical experience in project/program monitoring and evaluation (preferably field-based)
  • Experience in strengthening the demand for data and facilitating the use of information in the decision-making process at different levels
  • Education at Masters level in a relevant subject
  • Representational skills and experience
  • Experience in MEAL design for successful proposals
  • Ability to write clear and high quality assessments and reports in English
  • Flexible working style, Self- motivated and ability to work autonomously
  • Sound judgement and an ability to effectively prioritise multiple tasks
  • Commitment to the mission, vision and values of Save the Children.
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with own team, colleagues, members, donors and partners, and values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
  • Living in or around The Hague, or willing to move to The Hague
  • an additional international language is highly desirable (e.g. French, Arabic, Portuguese)
Depending on experience and qualifications, the monthly gross salary range is max 4049 Euros (BBRA 9 / 10), based on a fulltime (38 hours per week) contract.
Please email your letter of motivation and your cv to: [email protected]  by 20th August 2017
For further information, please contact Jorieke Streef, Head of Programmes or Goossen Hoenders, Deputy Head of Programmes at tel. + 31 (0)70 3384448