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Regional Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Manager (MEAL), Asia

TITLE:  Regional Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Manager (MEAL), Asia

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Programme Quality, Evidence and Impact Department, with functional relationship to Programme Operations teams  

LOCATION: National within Asia

CONTRACT LENGTH: 2 years fixed term

As a Senior member of the Asia Regional Programme Quality, Evidence and Impact team, you will be responsible for the provision of monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning support to the Country Offices across the Asia region, focusing on Save the Children’s full spectrum mandate of humanitarian and development programming.  You will be the most senior MEAL professional in the Region requiring high level of technical and emotional competency. You will specifically provide support through:

  • Coordinating and/or supporting the development and roll out of SCI monitoring and evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) system and mechanisms for the regional office and for country offices across the region.
  • When required, to step in as Humanitarian MEAL Manager or backstop in categorised responses.
  • Ensuring the elements of quality programmes, as defined by the full spectrum Quality Framework (evidence based, learning agenda, thematic excellence, M&E, accountability), are integrated into the overall monitoring, evaluation and management of country programmes
  • Assisting country offices to monitor and evaluate operational quality, using the Quality Framework essential standards, procedures, guidelines and tools
  • Building capacity of CO in M&E, accountability and learning within the region, and to ensure the quality and sustainability of the systems put in place
  • Adapting MEAL relationships and support tasks to address the needs of a wide range of stakeholders in both development and humanitarian contexts including Country Office MEAL staff, country office programme and humanitarian managers, Country Office Senior Managements, Save the Children Members and Thematic Experts.

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: Regional Program Quality, Evidence and Impact Director

Staff directly reporting to this post:  None but has dotted line Technical Line Management of CO MEAL managers.

Dimensions: Save the Children International (SCI) works in Afghanistan, Nepal & Bhutan, Cambodia, Philippines, Vietnam, Sri-Lanka, Laos, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, China, Myanmar and Thailand and is the largest region within the Save the Children global network.


Country Office support to embed MEAL

  • Work with the country offices to embed MEAL components of the Programme and Operational Quality elements of the Quality Framework, while also monitoring compliance
  • Work with country office teams to ensure effective humanitarian MEAL processes and mechanisms are in place, including supporting set up and ongoing technical support of the Output Tracker etc for humanitarian responses
  • Ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Core Humanitarian Standards, Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.
  • Support countries in developing their MEAL in Emergencies (i.e. preparedness and response) into their existing Country MEAL Frameworks and Country Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP).
  • Provide technical support on project/programme design, and MEAL, including: situation analyses and child participation; programme frameworks; objectives and indicators; MEAL plans and budgets; data collection and use; baseline; midterm impact considerations; data for decision making and organisational learning; stakeholder participation; and evaluations
  • Provide MEAL support for country annual planning and reporting processes, including assisting country offices effectively utilise reporting tools to articulate impact
  • Support the commissioning of internal and external reviews, evaluations, real-time evaluations and lessons learned exercises by supporting the development of Terms of Reference, participating in evaluations, building local participatory evaluation capacity etc
  • Develop and ensure application of effective monitoring, tracking and reporting systems, tools and templates that (a) enable and enhance regular monitoring of outputs and programme quality across regional and country programmes, (b) generate quality evidence at various programme levels
  • Provide backstopping support where needed to Country Programmes.

Quality oversight and added value

  • Promote child-focused programming that enables broad, qualitative M&E and learning, rather than just quantitative numbering of deliveries
  • Collaborate with global Save the Children networks, SCI Centre MEAL Manager to review and improve SCI MEAL processes and procedures, training and capacity building
  • Develop and implement accountability mechanisms (including the promotion of child-led and participatory MEAL), quality checklists for monitoring the quality of activities, and output trackers where appropriate
  • Champion knowledge management through the sharing of evaluations and lessons learned from regional and country programmes; develop and implement a regional lessons-learned database, including the facilitation of sharing of recommendations and lessons learned from evaluations and other learning initiatives
  • Role model and support the development of an organisational culture that recognises the importance of monitoring and evaluation, quality and accountability

Capacity Building:

  • Work with other regional office colleagues and country offices to identify MEAL training and capacity building requirements, and to develop/implement targeted MEAL talent building plans and coordination mechanisms for training delivery
  • Where agreed, provide training/mentoring on SCI’s MEAL systems, including essential procedures for design and MEAL, country annual planning and reporting, humanitarian Output Tracker processes, and compliance with the newly developed Dual Mandate Quality Framework
  • Support regional teams and country office MEAL managers/teams and thematic advisors (from Members and Global Initiatives) in delivering the specific distance or face-to-face trainings
  • Be the point of contact for country offices for pre-training and post-training support
  • Lead the continued institutionalization of SCI’s MEAL system and other standards, processes, and systems that are integrated with and support SCI’s planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements
  • Support country offices in the development of induction materials on MEAL for new staff, as well as high quality, professional publications or communications materials that reflect quality programme outcomes.

Movement facing

  • Actively engage with Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability Learning Advisory Group (MEALAG), MEAL Humanitarian Technical Working Group (HTWG), Global results Framework discussions, PPM/PRIME development and implementation processes, Technology Community of Practice, Asia HTWG among other and effectively cascade these with Country offices

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


  • Degree in relevant field. A degree in relation to monitoring and evaluation (e.g. in knowledge management, evaluation, etc), international development, or in one or more of Save the Children’s thematic areas (e.g. education, public health, nutrition, child protection, child rights and emergency response) is considered a plus.



  • Substantial MEAL experience, with experience of working within a complex and matrix organisation structure and in both development and emergency contexts
  • Substantial MEAL training and capacity building experience preferably in large transition environments and with varied audiences
  • Successful track record of implementing effective MEAL systems, including experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection and management
  • Experience in child-focused programming
  • Experience of supporting and developing programmatic staff with different backgrounds and expertise
  • Experience of building personal networks at field and senior levels- strong team player
  • Culturally sensitive, with highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills to understand the range and content of humanitarian and development programmes and provide practical solutions to operational challenges
  • A flexible and initiative-taking, proactive, inspiring attitude with the ability to manage and prioritise and unpredictable workload, including the ability and willingness to change work practices and hours in the event of major emergencies
  • Fluency in English, with strong written and verbal communication skill


  • Willingness to travel within the region to Country offices for at least 50% of time.

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.

Interested candidates should submit a motivational letter, comprehensive CV and details of at least 3 referees

Candidates may apply at :

Closing date for submission: 21 November 2018

Please indicate in the subject as “Apply for Regional Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Manager (MEAL) Asia_(Name of candidate)

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

“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”

Contact :

ผู้จัดการโปรเจค / Project manager


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