Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning Manager

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Salary: TBA
  • December 2, 2020

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Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children. Our Vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. In Zambia, Save the Children works in the following Thematic areas: Education, Health& Nutrition, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance and Child Poverty; including Humanitarian response. Save the Children wishes to invite qualified individuals to apply for the following position:

Position: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning Manager (1 Position)

Duty Station: Lusaka Country Office

Role Purpose:

The Manager-Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) will be responsible for providing leadership to strengthen organizational capacity to design and implement effective monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning systems. Manager-MEAL will have an integral leadership role within the PDQ department; thus will work closely with thematic advisors and programme managers and other departments; actively seeking to incorporate innovation, best practices, and lessons learned for improvement of programme quality.

The incumbent will be reporting to PDQ Director.

Strategic Leadership

  • Provide strategic leadership to the MEAL activities, scanning the local and global environments for trends and new directions and then contribute in developing the Monitoring and Evaluation component of the CO strategic and annual plans and reports.
    Programme Development
  • Take a lead role in ‘growing’ the MEAL initiatives in the Zambia country programme in terms of new and innovative ideas. With support from senior technical colleagues, support fundraising, including contributing to proposal writing and review to ensure Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) activities and costs are adequately covered. Develop standard guidance for incorporation of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) costs into proposals in specific responses.

Program Design

  • Work closely with Programme staff to prepare specific logical models, performance measurement frameworks, including defining objectives, collection of baseline data and establishment of targets and ensure that monitoring and evaluation components are well integrated in the implementation plans of new projects

Monitoring and evaluation

  • Strengthen and support both internal and external evaluation processes through:
  • Development of appropriate terms of reference
  • Selection of suitable consultants
  • Development of relevant data collection tools
  • Oversee data collection, collation, storage, analysis and reporting
  • Liaise with other staff (as relevant) to ensure that lessons learned and recommendations from M&E are fed back into programming.

Technical Assistance

  • Support country office and partner staff to increase their technical capacity in the area of MEAL and operational research in general and, in particular, data analysis, use of evaluation tools and processes, and use of data for decision-making and program design. Where such support is not available in-house, advise and assist with identification on external support, including coordinating and cooperating with technical advisors


  • Support CO advocacy efforts by providing evidence based data in line with identified priority advocacy objectives and assist to identify key opportunities for Save the Children Zambia to position itself as the leading organisation for championing children’s rights in Zambia.

Documentation and reporting

  • Collaborate with programme advisors and programme managers to prepare regular programme reports for submission to stakeholders and participate in documentation of lessons learned and best practices from programming, including dissemination and use for programme improvement.
  • Interpret research findings into written reports, bulletins and presentations maintaining an effective communications strategy to disseminate the results of the monitoring evaluations.

Knowledge Management

  • Tap into internal and external best practice in the MEAL sector and help to introduce this for the benefit of the country programme. Also make learning from Zambia available for other programs.
  • Strengthen the professional quality of the country programme through, among other means, participation in virtual working groups with Monitoring and Evaluation specialists to ensure results are shared and disseminated, and that experience from such networks is applied in the country office activities. Such engagements may also include partners in Zambia, relevant Government Ministries, other SC members, donors, SCI in the region and centrally, UN and other global partners in child rights work.

Resource Mobilisation

  • Assist in exploring additional funding sources to pilot and scale up proven interventions in close consultation with other staff and actively promote and seek funding opportunities, including writing of funding and grant proposals

Representational role

  • Represent SC in the donor community as requested and /or assigned by the Director of Programme Development and Quality and ensure maintenance of good flow of information and knowledge on MEAL among relevant stakeholders. This could include, but not limited to, monitoring and evaluation, programme reporting, advocacy issues, contextual information from Zambia.

Qualification and Experience

  • A minimum of a first degree in a relevant field. A postgraduate qualification is a necessity.
  • Knowledge of and experience in project design, implementation and evaluation.
  • 5 years’ experience of monitoring and evaluation work.
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation methodologies, including indicators.
  • Willing to work in isolated rural areas with basic living conditions, in politically sensitive and occasionally volatile environments.
  • Good numeric skills and strong analytical skills.
  • Should be computer literate.
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills

Child Safeguarding:
Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people.

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The closing date for receipt of applications is 2nd December 2020 Only short listed candidates will be notified.

Save the Children reserves the right to re advertise if suitable applicants are not found.

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