Rwanda Country Programme, Kigali Rwanda
Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We work together, with partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Save the Children works in thirteen districts in Rwanda with a current staff complement of approximately 134 staff.
SC Rwanda Country Office seeks to hire qualified, committed and experienced national to fill the following position:
Position: MEAL Officer
Place of Work:
Staff directly reporting to this post:
Tentative start date: 19th August 2016
Level 3: the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
Save the Children is seeking a MEAL Officer for a USAID-funded school community partnerships education project, which aims to support the Rwandan Education Board to create and roll-out a school-community partnership model to complement improved reading and writing instruction delivered in schools. In close collaboration with MEAL Specialist, the MEAL Officer will be responsible for the front-line overall support to SCOPE MEAL activities by ensuring effective implementation of the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning system of Save the Children Rwanda Country office. Other key areas include (a) supporting the project staff in the development and implementation of Save the Children’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) systems; (b) assisting in the collection, entry and compilation of program data and learning findings; (c) supporting SCOPE programme team and partners by providing project-level technical assistance during the design and implementation of studies and evaluations; (d) supporting in the setting up and implementation of accountability to beneficiaries mechanisms, monitor programme quality, raise red flags and support programme learning while contributing to transparent and robust reporting.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
Planning and Reporting
- Support and participate in Field Office planning activities and review meetings
- Support the MEAL roll out plan within SCOPE
- Compile and provide required data for reporting to donors and SCI requirements
- Ensure Project DIPs include MEAL activities.
- Work closely with the programme team to develop Programme Quality Benchmarks
- Use process, output and outcome level quality Benchmarks as reference to undertake field monitoring visits, focusing on program quality aspects, discuss with relevant staff and share reports with relevant colleagues
- Work with the programme and partners team to develop data collection tools
- Work with programme team to regularly collect data related to their indicators.
- Perform regular field visits to ensure the quality of data collected by SCOPE program staff and to verify the accuracy of reported data.
Management Information System
- Support in the compilation and analysis of quantitative and qualitative program data and contribute into subsequent reporting;
- Support in creating programme databases at SCOPE Office and partner offices.
- Support the field office to set up Complaint and Feedback Mechanism to respond to complaints/concerns/feedback from beneficiaries and stakeholders
- Receive accountability data from field, analyse it and share with the Country office. Compile and analyze data on monthly basis and share it with program teams
- Maintain the Complaints and Response Mechanism database
- In collaboration with MEAL Specialist, support SCOPE and partner offices in ensuring children’s participation, reporting back to children, and child-led MEAL.
Evaluations and Research
- In collaboration with MEAL Specialist, support in the coordination of research field activities and ensure effective child-focused research and evaluations
- Coordinate data collection for evaluation activities in SCOPE.
- Work with programme and partner teams to utilise data from trackers for quality improvement
- Ensure SCOPE training/monitoring records are entered for programme data analysis and sharing results with SCOPE team on a regular basis
- Document good practices, lessons learned and feedback captured from programme participants (adults and children)
- With support from and in collaboration with SCOPE Meal Specialist, organize learning events and workshops for program units at field level to document lessons learnt, good practices and areas of improvement.
- Identify capacity gaps and work with the MEAL Specialist to build the capacity of both the program staff and partners to ensure smooth implementation of quality MEAL systems
- Provide orientation/training to MEAL/program field staff from time to time.
- Understand the provisions of the Child Safeguarding Policy, Code of Conduct and Local/Country Procedures and conduct oneself in accordance with the rules of the Child Safeguarding Policy, in personal and professional lives – which includes reporting suspicions of child abuse
- ensure the way he/she is carrying out work is not putting children at risk (or further risk) – this means constantly scrutinizing his/her work through a child safeguarding lens and talking to children about possible design/implementation “flaws”
- promote the message of child safeguarding to colleagues in other organizations and government ministries, children in their own and beneficiary families, and community members in general and be vigilant about observing possible child abuse/harm in their personal and professional lives
- Support the process of ensuring that child safeguarding and child protection mainstreaming are integrated into all M&E frameworks through measurable output and outcome indicators; and support 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.
SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)
- Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
- Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
- Creates a managerial environment to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding.
- Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
- Widely shares personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
- Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
- Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
- Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.
- Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
- Cuts away bureaucracy and encourages an entrepreneurial approach.
- Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence
- Displays consistent excellent judgement
- Acts in the best interests of children.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
· University degree in Statistics or in Education or in Monitoring and Evaluation methods
- At least three years’ M&E experience working in planning, monitoring, evaluation and Accountability in an NGO setting
- Proven experience with quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques
- Ability to lead and drive the organization towards more action-research focused and child-centred integrated programming by using participatory techniques and listening to beneficiaries, including children, as one of the main mechanisms for programme implementation
- Fluency in Kinyarwanda and English.
CHILD SAFEGUARING POLICY:
Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding – Declaration of Acceptance Form] and comply with the SCIs Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.
- This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for. SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children International’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.
Interested candidates should send an application letter plus updated Curriculum Vitae in English, including 3 names of professional referees to [email protected]. The deadline for receiving applications is 30th June 2016.