MEAL Coodinator (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning)- 04


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 MEAL 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.


Save the Children’s education programs in Sri Lanka address issues of educational quality and relevance, as well as access for marginalized children, with emphasis on the needs of girls, children with disabilities, and ethnic minorities. Save the Children’s basic education model in Sri Lanka includes Literacy Boost and focuses on providing training and technical support. Save the Children is providing guidance for a national rollout led by the MOE. Furthermore, Save the Children has strong experiences working with local and national partners (Ministry of Education) to implement rehabilitation activities that target both health and education facilities.

Save the Children has been awarded a five-year program – PALAM/A – from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program (McGovern-Dole). McGovern-Dole feeds school children, reduces hunger, enhances food security, and improves literacy (especially for girls) in low-income, food-deficit countries around the world.  By providing school meals, teacher training, and related education and nutrition support, McGovern-Dole helps boost school enrollment, attendance, and literacy results.  McGovern-Dole also provides support to maternal and child nutrition (MCN).




The MEAL Coordinator will support to coordinate and manage the project MEAL system at the provincial level in order to ensure effective implementation of the project MEAL plan and activities. The role will coordinate regular and timely data collection using monitoring tools developed for the project and report consolidated monitoring results to the MEAL Manager. The post holder will also support and facilitate a quarterly review of quality benchmarks and provide feedback to the project team.

 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: MEAL Manager

Staff reporting to this post:  MEAL Officer, Food Monitor

Budget Responsibilities: N/A

Role Dimensions: The role holder 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 of activities in a particular province,
  • Work closely with MEAL officer and Food Monitors assigned to a particular province and guide them to carry out tasks related to MEAL Plan,
  • Supervise regular data collection activities by MEAL officers and Food Monitors in a particular province and perform regular data quality checks and takes necessary corrective action to ensure the accuracy and quality of the collected data,
  • Coordination of monitoring activities and work with existing government counterparts for joint-monitoring (ISAs, MOHs, etc.),
  • Analyze collected information on a regular basis and prepare monthly/quarterly reports to share with MEAL Manager and project team for progress review discussions,
    • Conduct designed MEAL training/capacity development activities for community mobilizers, partners, Joint Sourcing Groups and staff to ensure understanding and quality implementation of monitoring, evaluation and research systems,
    • Support technical work such as reviewing MEAL methods, database management, designing MEAL tools and advising MEAL technical assistance;
    • 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,
    • Supervise Food Monitors activities and identify issues related to storage, transport and distribution of food to school level,
      • Ensure that an effective system for information sharing, participation and complaints and feedback handling and response mechanisms are established and functioning at the program implementation levels within the districts.


  • Provide technical support to the MEAL Manager to conduct all project reviews and evaluation activities, including coordinating baseline assessment, midterm and final evaluations, and supporting donor and external reviews;


  • Provide technical support to the MEAL Manager to develop a learning agenda for the project,
  • Support MEAL Manager to conduct  quarterly  progress review meetings, analyse and present findings based on regular monitoring data,
  • Assist MEAL Manager and Managers-Programme in organizing bi-annual reflection workshops,


  • Support to set up the project complaint and feedback mechanism


  • Participate actively in and contribute towards the project planning process on the ground
  • Support project team in aligning project activities with cross-cutting themes (gender, disability)
  • Support project team, in dealing with any other tasks as may be required


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 on working on project monitoring,evaluation and reporting/communication with an international NGO, UN or similar type of agency,
  • 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
  • Knowledge and experience on database development & Management
  • 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 the 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: Ratnapura, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Sri Lanka

Contract - Full-Time

Closing date: Tuesday 26 March 2019

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

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