MEAL Coodinator (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning)


Level 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.

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.


The Mother and Child Friendly Plantations programme facilitated the development and adoption of a child protection policy by 4 tea companies in Sri Lanka and supported quality improvement of early childhood education in the pilot estates. The programme also facilitated the establishment of government led community based child protection mechanisms in pilot estates nominated by the companies. In the upcoming phase, the programme aims to work with at least 6 tea companies and facilitate the adoption of a child protection policy and demonstrating the operationalization of the child protection standards at one pilot estate per new company. The programme will also promote quality improvement of ECCD in central province. In addition to the Mother and Child Friendly Plantations Programme, the post-holder will also be responsible for supporting the implementation of the MEAL plan for add-on pilot projects to the Mother and Child Friendly Plantations programme.

The MEAL Coordinator will ensure the effective implementation of the MEAL plan and coordinating regular and timely data collection, using monitoring tools developed for the projects. The postholder will also facilitate a quarterly review of quality benchmarks set and provide feedback to the project team. The MEAL Coordinator will also update the Indicator Performance Tracking Table and provide feedback to the project team on progress made towards the project workplan. The MEAL Coordinator will support Senior Programme Manager, in ensuring case studies for the project are developed at a regular interval and that the project bi-annual and annual reports have the required data and project information. The MEAL Coordinator will ensure accountability mechanism is in place and that there is follow up on the feedback received through these mechanisms. The MEAL Coordinator will support the project team in ensuring that project activities follow Save the Children programming principles and approaches, and improve the wellbeing of the target estate communities.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.



Reports to: Senior Manager – Programme  

Staff reporting to this post:  N/A

Budget Responsibilities: N/A

Role Dimensions: The roleholder is required to work closely with the project team, in ensuring that the monitoring tools are effectively utilized to collect quality and regular project data. Therefore, strong communication, networking skills and ability to deliver results as planned are required.



  • Ensure effective implementation of MEAL plan
  • Ensure regular data collection, using monitoring tools and that compiled monthly reports are shared with project team for the progress review discussions
  • Ensure Indicator Performance Tracking table of the projects is regularly updated, in consultation with the programme team
  • Ensure quality of the data by random verifications and validations
  • Provide technical support on MEAL and evidence-based recommendations to the programme
  • Ensure that implementation of field activities adheres to SCI monitoring and evaluation system
  • Record, manage and preserve monitoring and evaluation data in a safe and accessible way
  • Assist the Senior Managers – Programme and MEAL, in developing quality benchmarks for the project


  • Assist Senior Managers – Programme and MEAL, in developing and conducting the baseline and endline survey



  • Assist Senior Programme Manager in developing learning agenda for the project, with the support of the Senior Manager MEAL
  • Coordinate quarterly team progress meetings and analyse and present findings based on regular monitoring data
  • Assist Senior Manager Programme, in organizing bi-annual reflection workshops, with the support of the Senior Manager MEAL
  • Assist Senior Managers – Programme and MEAL, in developing and implementing knowledge management plan



  • Set up the project complaint and feedback mechanism.



  • Participate actively in and contribute towards project planning process on the ground
  • Support project team in aligning project activities with cross-cutting themes (gender, disability)
  • Support project team in developing the progress reports/data reports
  • Support project team, in dealing with any other tasks as may be required
  • Any other responsibilities assigned by the supervisor


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.


  • honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity



  • Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Social Science, Information Technology or any other related discipline




  • Minimum 3 -5 years experience working on monitoring and evaluation mechanisms
  • Good track record of working on planning and implementing monitoring and evaluation plans
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Tamil or Sinhala
  • Quick learner with ability to think creatively
  • Computer and IT skills in one of the following – MS Excel, SPSS/ STATA, MS Access, for data analysis and reporting
  • Experience of, and commitment to, working through systems of community/child participation, accountability with right based approaches


  • A confident, flexible and initiative-taking attitude with the ability to work independently, to be proactive in working with others
  • Flexibility and commitment to work extended hours as and when required
  • Trilingual fluency


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.

Health and Safety

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

Location: Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Contract - Full-Time

Closing date: Tuesday 15 January 2019

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

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