Senior Country MEAL and Research Manager

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The role

Save the Children is looking for a creative individual for our programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who has the experience and competencies to work as Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) and Research Manager. The main purpose of this role is to lead on enhancing quality, accountability and learning for achieving breakthrough solutions in bringing immediate and lasting changes in the lives of children.

The Senior MEAL and Research Manager will bring significant experience and fresh ideas to strengthen the MEAL strategy and systems, ensuring that they are institutionalized within the existing project cycle management framework, and that staff have the capacity to implement them. S/he will ensure that all projects in the DRC country programme are continually monitored and that lessons are documented and communicated to inform on-going implementation and future programming. She/he will spearhead all research efforts to ensure evidence-based, scalable outcomes. S/he will guide teams in achieving outcome/impact focused projects and accountability to beneficiaries in line with Save the Children’s and donors’ policies and practices.

The Senior Country MEAL and Research Manager will lead on building capacities of staff and partners for accountability and participation, with a specific focus on children

In summary, Senior Country MEAL and Research Manager will be responsible for establishing and promoting the use of MEAL systems to ensure that the DRC Country Office:

  • is informed on the extent to which our interventions are affecting the lives of the targeted populations;
  • have evidence-based knowledge on the positive and negative impact that our interventions are having over the communities where SCI works;
  • receives regular, timely and context-specific, meaningful feedback from our staff, partners, programme participants and that feedback effectively informs and signals areas where strategic attention is required.

Qualifications and experience


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  • Relevant educational background linked to the post;
  • At least 5 years’ experience working in similar MEAL roles;
  • At least 3 years’ experience in Central or West Africa Countries;
  • Experience in conducting effective research;
  • Knowledge in conducting impact evaluation;
  • Able to share innovative ideas;
  • Fluency in both French and English, for oral and written communication;
  • Previous experience of successfully securing MEAL resources and managing a budget;
  • Knowledge and/or experience of working on accountability initiatives, such as child participation, information sharing and complaints response mechanisms;
  • At least 5 years’ experience conducting and/or commissioning evaluations and operational research;
  • Experience in knowledge management systems;
  • A good understanding of quantitative and qualitative monitoring and evaluation methodologies;
  • Good organisational skills, the ability to pay close attention to detail and capable of reporting in a timely manner;
  • Ability to analyse information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically;
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner, and to use innovative forms of communication;
  • Demonstrable capacity to work with a limit supervision;
  • Demonstrable understanding of key donor gender/age markers and their application;
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff;
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy; capacity and willingness to be flexible and accommodating in difficult working circumstances and contexts;
  • IT skills required: Office Package (Access, Excel at least), EpiInfo, Kobo, SPSS or other databases;
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.


  • Technical expertise in one of Save the Children’s main sectors in DRC (health, nutrition, education, child protection, livelihoods);
  • Knowledge of DRC and/or central and/or west Africa region;
  • Experience of working with Save the Children.

Contract length: 24 months

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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