MEAL/ Research Manager

TITLE:  MEAL/ Research Manager
TEAM/PROGRAMME: Programme Development and Quality – MEAL
 LOCATION: Yemen – Sana’a with frequent travel to the field

GRADE: Grade 3a CONTRACT LENGTH: 12 Months ( Renewable)
Permanent  0
Fixed Term  1

CHILD SAFEGUARDING: (select only one)

Level 3:  the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people. 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.

The MEAL/Research Manager is a key personnel position on Save the Children’s USAID-funded Gateway to Transition Activity. As such, the MEAL/Research Manager is a key member of the project’s management team and will report directly to the Project Director, and be embedded within the SCI/Yemen MEAL team. Research is a core function in all Save the Children International (SCI) programmes globally, representing our commitment to better design and build evidence based programming. As a member of the MEAL team, the Research/MEAL Manager will ensure that project interventions as well as the needs and priorities of beneficiaries are accurately assessed and documented in a timely fashion, provide a strong basis for programme design, monitoring and evaluation, and finally, accountability to the children and families that Save the Children serves. The post holder will ensure that the whole response has a learning culture. The position will lead all Collaboration, Learning and Adapting (CLA) activities within the Gateway to Transition Activity in accordance with USAID’s guidance and industry best practie in this area. Along with the M&E Senior Specialist and Accountability lead, the incumbent will oversee periodic or needs-based assessment, baseline survey, and end line evaluation, coordinate or lead the design and implementation of operations research, and provide evidence of impact of the Gateway to Transition Activity. The Research, Assessment & Learning Specialist will work closely in a matrixed fashion with other MEAL staff within the Country office as well as with programme staff in all the seven Field offices.

Reports to: Project Director, with a dotted reporting line to the Head of MEAL, SCI/Yemen 

Dimensions: The USAID-funded Gateway to Transition Activity is a 5-year $36 million education systems strengthening project, designed to improve key aspects of Yemen’s education system, which has been greatly disrupted by the ongoing conflict. These areas include the capacity and quality of community-school partnerships, the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom, and the efficiency and effectiveness of essential MoE systems, including budgeting and finance.
Save the Children Yemen Country office has growing an annual funding portfolio and delivers child centred programmes on child protection, food security and livelihoods, Health and nutrition, WASH, education and child rights governance. Evidence generation through research and learning is central to program development and enhancing quality of Save the Children Yemen programs in an ever changing operating environment.

Staff directly reporting to this post: MEAL Assistant, Sana’a

Budget Responsibilities: None


Lead and manage all MEAL activities under GATEWAY to Transition Project
• Prepare the illustrative MEAL plan for the project and update that as the program progress
• Monitor all the progress of the project with support from field office based MEAL officers and assistants
• Provide technical MEAL support to the MEAL personnel of the project
• Laision with SC US MEAL lead of the project and participate on regular program review meetings
• Support in the development and operationalization of programme quality benchmarks (QBs)
• Lead in the development  and operationalizing data quality assurance processes for the project

Lead research and assessment activities
• Map all Operational research required for programming and ensure timely implementation
• Work closely with Sr Specialist, field managers and other staff to identify priority themes and geographic areas for assessment; taking input from them, develop research questions and design assessment methodologies to achieve programme objectives
• Directly support PMs and MEAL teams in building strong evidence needs assessments through; tools development (paper),training, supervision, analysis & reporting
• Ensure high quality written reports, oral presentations and other products prepared for diverse audiences and stakeholders
• Ensure highest rigorous technical standards in assessments conducted by SCI
• Provide the necessary training required for SCI Staff on conducting assessments
• Prepare high quality written reports, oral presentations and other products as necessary
• Lead on periodic children consultations using child friendly tools (body mapping/ H-assessment/expressive drawing)
• To sensitize gender and social inclusion (GESI) in all assessments and ensure ethical data collection and data protection policies are adhered to
• Ensure timely progress of and appropriate human resources to assessments
• As necessary, lead baseline and endline surveys and evaluations as part of programme monitoring and evaluation
• Design, coordinate and manage operations research to understand the effectiveness and impact of specific innovative interventions, as and when needed and appropriate
• Lead the development and management of research and assessments database
• Oversee the Rapid Education and Risk Analysis (RERA), training team members, conducting conflict sensitivity self-assessment, adapting tools, identifying sample, training data enumerators, facilitating validation meetings with key stakeholders, and communicating findings to a wide audience
• Any other relevant tasks given by line manager

Promoting a culture of learning and knowledge management
• Be the lead technical staff on development of SC learning Agenda
• Breif SMT and other staff memeberes on recent learning and research products 
• On cooperation with Sr Specialists and Field Managers lead learning events and workshops for program units to document lessons learnt, good practices and areas of improvement
• Work with the PDQ team and field-based colleagues to develop systems and forums, and clear agenda for capturing and using learning, including promoting participatory learning process with children and their communities
• Engage the field-based MEAL teams and AMC to document learning
• Ensure that learnings are captured and consolidated into a database and there is  continuous reference to learning materials
• Communicate top level learning / analysis reports to the SMT for management decisions and advocacy and external sharing, including publications
• Develop GATEWAY to Transition project’s knowledge management system and share the knowledge prodcuts after necessary sign offs.

External Relationships
• Act as a focal point for coordination with other agencies in all assessment related matters
• In cooperation with the Sr Specialist represent the results of assessments to the humanitarian community as necessary.

Staff management
• Recruit, when necessary, train and supervise the assessment teams
• Ensure compliance with Save the Children policies, especially the Child Safeguarding Policy
• Support the capacity building of programme teams in needs assessment
• Ensure a positive working environment.
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
• 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 the field MEAL team, other SCI saff and external partners.
• 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
• Post Graduate degree in Education or social  sciences  or relevant field
• Thorough knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods
• A minimum of five years experience in leading research and assessments
• Experience and expertise in humanitarian assessment is highly desirable
• Capacity to combine field and office work
• Very good interpersonal relationship and communication skills
• Excellent English language skills, working Arabic skills
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Ability to work in a team and contribute to a positive working environment.
• Strong personnel and  logistics management skills; solution oriented
• Capacity to work in a fast paced environment and produce results under challenging conditions
• Willingness to work in a challenging security environment
• Adherence to the principle of child safe guarding and protection

• Prior experience with Save the Children
• Previous experience in training for research purposes a plus
• Experience or knowledge of working and living in Yemen; Arabic fluency
• Previous experience managing online and offline data collection methodologies.
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.
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Date advertised: 7 Oct 2019

Closing date: 21 Oct 2019 - 23:59 +03

Location: Sanaa, Yemen

Department: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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