MEAL Officer- (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.


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 M&E officer will be responsible for implementing the project MEAL plan and activities for a particular province and he/she will work with close supervision by the M&E Coordinator. He/She will also responsible for coordinating regular and timely data collection activities using monitoring tools developed for the project and support M&E Coordinator and M&E Manager to conduct a regular review of performance of the project at district & national level.


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: M&E Coordinator

Staff reporting to this post: N/A

Role Dimensions:




  • Plays a key role in assigned district implementing M&E plan of activities and capturing quantitative and qualitative data and ensures the data is of good quality and in line with the project’s M&E framework and guidelines,
    • Working directly with relevant government counterparts for joint-monitoring visits,
    • Maintain the quality of the data by random verifications and validation process,
    • Conducts field visits on the project activities to observe proper and timely implementation and that those activities conform to project objectives and targets,
      • Conducts preliminary analysis of data on a monthly and quarterly basis to identify trends, and whether district targets are being met or not,
      • Provide technical inputs and support to M&E Coordinator, M&E Manager and project team to prepare  monthly, quarterly and annual project reports, field workplans,.. etc..,
      • Conduct capacity building activities on MEAL for community mobilizers, partners, Joint Sourcing Groups and staff to ensure understanding and quality implementation of monitoring, evaluation and research systems,
      • Provide necessary support and work closely with Food Monitors regarding the monitoring of food distributing activities,
      • Perform any other duties as may be required by the M&E Coordinator or M&E Manager.
  • Collect data on a regular basis and maintain a database at district level to measure achievement against the performance indicators,


  • Provide technical support to the M&E Manager to conduct all project reviews and evaluation activities, including coordinating data collection, as necessary, for the baseline assessment, midterm and final evaluations, and supporting donor and external reviews;


  • Document project successes and challenges with human interest success stories attached with field photos on a quarterly basis,
  • Provide technical support to the M&E Manager to develop a learning agenda for the project,
  • Support M&E Manager to conduct quarterly progress review meetings, analyse and present findings based on regular monitoring data,


  • Support to set up the project complaint and feedback mechanism at district level



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.


Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same

Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

Future orientated, thinks strategically



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



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




  • Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience in MEAL related work, preferably with an international organization,
  • Previous experience with data management including planning, collecting, entering, analyzing, and storing data
  • Capacity-building experience is an added advantage
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, and Power Point.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Tamil or Sinhala
    • Experience of, and commitment to, working through systems of community/child participation, accountability with right based approaches.
    • Commitment to the Vision, Mission and values of Save the Children
  • Quick learner with ability to think creatively;


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

Location: 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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