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New Job Opportunity at Save the Children Tanzania – MEAL Officer | Deadline: 27th August, 2020

Save the Children Tanzania

Jobs in Tanzania 2020: New Jobs Vacancies at Save the Children Tanzania, 2020


MEAL Officer

TITLE: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer


LOCATION: – Dar es Salaam

CONTRACT LENGTH: 1 year, renewable
3: √ the post 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 country
programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are
responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

Save the Children in Tanzania MEAL Officer takes a coordination
responsibility of operationalizing the SCI MEAL system and approach for
SCI programmes. The post-holder will be expected to coordinate MEAL
system implementation including monitoring of program quality; rolling
out accountability initiatives, supporting program evaluations and on
MEAL budgeting. The MEAL Officer will support project research works for
innovative programming to achieve the project-desired change. The
post-holder will support MEAL teams based in Mainland and Zanzibar
Offices, partner’s staffs in data consolidation and management and
quality management of project implementation; The MEAL Officer will be
expected to coordinate MEAL capacity building of SCI project staff and
partners for successful delivery and attainment of project objectives.


the Children has been operational in Tanzania since 1986 providing
support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief
programmes delivered in support of Government of Tanzania priorities and
policies both directly and through local partners. Current programming
focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education,
nutrition, HIV/TB and emergency response. In 2012, as part of a global
reorganization process, Save the Children combined programmes of SCUK,
SCUS, SC Sweden to create a single operation in Tanzania. We currently
have an operational presence in Dodoma, Singida, Iringa, Rukwa,
Morogoro, Shinyanga, Zanzibar, Songwe and Kigoma as well as Dar es
Salaam and we work through partners in other parts of the country. We
employ nearly 100 staff and have an annual operating budget of
approximately $10 million. 

Reports to: MEAL Specialist
Dimensions: Maintains
strong linkages with the Technical Specialists for Education, Child
Protection, Child Rights Governance and Proposal Development Officer
Staff directly reporting to this post: None

with the MEAL team and in collaboration with Program Development and
Quality team and partners, the MEAL Officer will be responsible for
establishing and promoting the use of MEAL systems to ensure that the
SCI team and partners:

  • Receive regular, timely and
    context specific, meaningful feedback from program beneficiaries,
    partners and project staff. The feedback should effectively inform and
    signal areas where SCI strategic attention and improvement is required.
  • Generate
    evidence-based knowledge on the positive and negative impacts SCI
    programme interventions are realized over the communities during SCI’s
  • Collate information that demonstrates the significant
    value of innovative programming to achieve the programme intended
    results and influence policy change.

Program Monitoring, Assessments, Evaluations and Reporting

  • In
    collaboration with the PDQ Team under the guidance of MEAL Specialist
    establish and ensure implementation of a strong MEAL system for the SCI
    programmes (MEAL plans, Indicators, Terformance Tracking Tables,
    monitoring tools and Quality Benchmarks)
  • Coordinate programme
    Baseline studies, Formative/Summative Assessments, Evaluations, final
    and other research studies as well as learning events as part of annual
    SCI Tanzania program DIPs.
  • Under the supervision of MEAL
    Specialist and in Collaboration with program MEAL units, develop
    process, output and outcome level Quality Benchmarks and regularly
    review progress on indicators/achievement of targets
  • Review
    MEAL reports to highlight key project strengths and areas of
    improvement, and use learning from monitoring reports for project
    planning and implementation.
  • Review accountability to program
    beneficiaries’ data and reports and provide technical support to
    implementation team using key learning from accountability system for
    program development, planning, improvement and implementation.
  • I
    collaboration with MEAL Specialist, identify programme staff MEAL
    capacity needs, inform Program Managers and MEAL unit, and set aside
    MEAL capacity building plan for programme staff and partners.
  • Provide
    technical support to the MEAL Teams in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar
    offices in measuring achievement and progress toward program objectives
    and results as well as development of MEAL systems for SCI Tanzania
  • Support the development and maintenances of
    Indicator Performance Tracking Tools for SCI Tanzania programmes that
    guide preparation of programme progress updates on a monthly basis.
  • Lead
    roll out programme MEAL systems and processes to measure achievement
    and progress towards achieving project objectives/outcomes and
    results/outputs against indicators (indicator performance tracking
    tables and quality checklists).
  • Lead monitoring of program
    quality using quality benchmarks and ensure that findings are shared
    with relevant stakeholders and explicitly fed back into programme
    decision-making, incorporating accountability and learning.
  • Contribute
    to child-focused and child-led programme implementation, by ensuring
    children’s participation, reporting to children, and child-led M&E
    for programmes.
  • Lead compilation of data and reporting on SCI
    program in relation to SCI global indicators and total beneficiaries
    reach reports.

Partner Management

  • Contribute
    to identify the capacity of present and potential partners in quality
    programming and ensure that MEAL support is provided;
  • Ensure
    that MEAL aspects of SCI programme implemented by existing partners are
    enforced by MEAL and Project Officers, as noted in MOUs with
    implementing partners.
  • Ensure partner SCI programme and MEAL staff capacity building plan is implemented.
  • Provide
    appropriate information of SCI programme to facilitate the effective
    engagement with donor and Tanzania government officials at all required
    levels as required to ensure Save the Children is considered a preferred
    and active partner in Tanzania and in Zanzibar and the Songwe Region



Accountability and Organizational Learning

  • In
    collaboration with SCI Programme Manager facilitate with learning
    activities like planning for SCI program review workshops, prepare
    lessons learnt reports, etc.
  • Ensure participation of beneficiaries and children in monitoring and evaluating Save the Children development programmes.
  • Ensure
    accountability systems are established engaging beneficiaries and
    stakeholders in evaluations, impact assessments and research.

Staff Management, Mentorship, and Development

  • Ensure that SCI programme and partners’ staff understand and are able to perform their role in MEAL.
  • Building
    capacity and knowledge of SCI programme staff and partners on MEAL
    systems, strengthening organizational knowledge and understanding of
    effective programming through networking, experience sharing and
    searching for innovative ideas
  • Identify training needs of staff
    in respect to applying monitoring plans/tools; collect, analysis and
    report on findings periodically and conduct trainings to address the
    capacity gaps
  • Demonstrate and practice behaviour that develop a
    sense of an organisational culture that reflects our dual mandate
    values, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team
    culture of learning, creativity and innovation, and emancipates SCI
    programme team to deliver outstanding results for children and excellent
    customer service for our members and donors.

Child Safeguarding
staff have an obligation to ensure they fully understand the provisions
of the Child Safeguarding Policy, the Code of Conduct and related
policies. They must conduct themselves in accordance with the rules of
the Child Safeguarding Policy, in their personal and professional lives –
which includes reporting suspicions of child abuse.
All staff must ensure the way they are carrying out their work is not putting children at risk (or further risk).

Applying Technical and Professional Expertise:

  • Makes decisions based on professional expertise and experience without deferring unnecessarily to others
  • Shares knowledge and best practice on technical solutions so that others can make best use of that expertise
  • Actively seeks new ways to develop the application of technical and professional standards within the team

Developing self and others:

  • Gives regular positive and constructive feedback to others
  • Identifies clear development needs and development
  • plans through regular constructive reviews of their own performance (and their team’s where appropriate)
  • Creates space for others to learn and provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments when people are ready for them
  • Coaches others to learn from their experiences on the job and to use the resources available to them

Problem Solving and Decision Making:

  • Gathers the right information and uses critical thinking to make effective and timely decisions
  • Knows when to involve others in a decision
  • Demonstrates awareness of the wider external influences that impact on decision making
  • Analyses and exercises judgment in challenging situations in the absence of specific guidance or knowledge of the full facts
  • Evaluates the opportunities and risks of each idea and solution to make informed strategic decisions
  • Working effectively with others
  • Actively listens to new and different perspectives and experiences of those they work with
  • Proactively supports team members and trusts their capabilities
  • Demonstrates understanding of their skills and how they complement those of others within diverse teams and groups
  • Clarifies their role and responsibilities within the team to maximise impact
  • Delivering Results
  • Delivers timely and appropriate results using available resources
  • Takes responsibility for their work and its impact on others
  • Plans, prioritises and performs tasks well without needing direct supervision
  • Understands the link between their work and the organisation’s objectives

BEHAVIOURS (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;


  • 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 their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale; 
  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters;
  • values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength;
  • approachable, good listener, easy to talk to;


  • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions;
  • willing to take disciplined risks;
  • Integrity:
  • honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity;

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  • A
    degree in an area of Computer science/ Information Technology,
    Statistics or equivalent., Master’s degree is an added advantage
  • Possess
    the ability to understand structured query language (SQL), Knowledge of
    ‘relational database management systems’ (RDBMS), ‘object-oriented
    database management systems’ (OODBMS) and XML database management
  • Experience with their database software/web applications including having an up-to-date knowledge of technology
  • Minimum
    3 years practical experience in M&E systems Development,
    coordination and implementation in a large international
    non-governmental organisation or other international development body;
  • Developed
    research, analytical (qualitative and quantitative), documentation and
    report-writing and skills, with particular competency in participatory
    research methods;
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports. A high level of written and spoken English
  • Excellent
    planning, coordination, and reporting skills, with the ability to
    organise a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
    in English, with experience working in multicultural, multi location,
    values driven teams;
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours and work with diverse community beneficiaries
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children International’s aims, values and principles

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Additional job responsibilities

  • The
    duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the
    role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within
    reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

  • The
    role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the
    SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures;

Child Safeguarding:

  • We
    need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes
    rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of
    children from abuse.

Safeguarding our Staff:

  • The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy.

Health and Safety

  • The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Date advertised: 13 Aug 2020
Closing date: 27 Aug 2020 – 23:59 EAT
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of
Department: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
Type: Fixed-term contract
Schedule: Full-time

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