MEAL Technical Advisor

Save the Children

The role

The Country Head of MEAL is a key position within the Country Office. S/he oversees the design and implementation of a quality, comprehensive and integrated MEAL System that meets SCI standards; MEAL staff management, mentorship, and development; strategic and annual planning, internal reporting, as well as programme development and MEAL resources.

S/he provides technical support to the MEAL Coordinators, based in the different field offices. The overall CO MEAL team consists of approximately 20 staff, mostly based in field offices which include MEAL Coordinators and MEAL Officers.

S/he is a member of the Program Development and Quality (PDQ) Senior Leadership Team and the CO Extended Senior Management Team.


  • Master’s degree in relevant field or equivalent field experience
  • Minimum of 7 years of MEAL programming experience within the aid sector, preferably linked to one of Save the Children’s priority technical sectors (Child Poverty, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, Education, Health & Nutrition),
  • Understanding and experience of both emergency and development contexts,
  • Experience adhering to international quality standards (Red Cross Code of Conduct, Sphere, CHS)
  • Experience and knowledge of monitoring systems, including data collection, rapid needs evaluations in emergencies,
  • Experience and knowledge of evidence generation and learning on what works (and doesn’t work) for children, including designing/commissioning, implementing and applying: needs assessments, baseline studies, evaluations and research, learning workshops and learning agendas.
  • Experience and knowledge of systems for accountability to children and communities, including information sharing, participation of adults and children, and feedback and reporting mechanisms.
  • Ability to prepare and facilitate technical MEAL trainings including remotely and direct experience working with communities in participatory activities.
  • Proven success in building and managing a team and dedication to developing staff capacity through training, supervising, coaching and mentoring.
  • Skilled at communicating and influencing across relevant teams and offices with strong results orientation and ability to challenge existing mindsets
  • Demonstrable analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, defining and planning a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in.
  • Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability and willingness to be flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure contexts, including flexibility to work with incoming emergency response teams.
  • Proficiency in relevant data collection and analysis software
  • Fluent in French and proficient in speaking and writing English.


  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant region/context
  • Experience of promoting quality and impact through at least one cross-cutting area: gender equality and inclusion, adaptive and safer programming; child rights; disability; migration and displacement.
  • Experience and knowledge of Save the Children’s structure, mandate and child focus.

Contract length: 2 Years

Location: Burkina Faso/Ouagadougou

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as contrary to the values and practices of our organization.

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