SCOPE OF ROLE:
Save the Children has been operational in Tanzania since 1986 providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered in support of Government of Tanzania priorities and policies both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, nutrition, HIV/TB and emergency response. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined programmes of SCUK, SCUS, SC Sweden to create a single operation in Tanzania. We currently have an operational presence in Dodoma, Singida, Shinyanga, Zanzibar, Songwe and Kigoma as well as Dar es Salaam and we also work through partners in other parts of the country. We employ nearly 100 staff and have an annual operating budget of approximately $10 million.
Reports to: Tuwekeze Pamoja Programme Manager
Dimensions: Maintains strong linkages with the Technical Specialists for MEAL, Education, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance and Area Programme Manager – Songwe region.
Staff directly reporting to this post: Project MEAL Officer Mbozi
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
Together with the MEAL team and in collaboration with the Tuwekeze Pamoja Programme Managers and partners, the MEAL Coordinator will be responsible for establishing and promoting the use of MEAL systems to ensure that the Tuwekeze Pamoja project team and partners:
- Is informed on the extent to which the Tuwekeze Pamoja development interventions are affecting the lives of the targeted beneficiaries.
- Receives regular, timely and context specific, meaningful feedback from Tuwekeze Pamoja program beneficiaries, partners and project staff. The feedback should effectively inform and signal areas where strategic attention and improvement is required.
- Generate evidence-based knowledge on the positive and negative impacts the Tuwekeze Pamoja programme interventions are realized over the communities during SCI works
- Collect information that demonstrates the significant value of combining research and innovative programming to achieve the programme intended results and influence policy change.
Program Monitoring, Assessments, Evaluations and Reporting
- In collaboration with the Tuwekeze Pamoja Programme Manager and MEAL Specialist establish and ensure implementation of a strong MEAL system for the Tuwekeze Pamoja programme (MEAL plans, indicators, performance tracking tables, monitoring tools, benchmarks etc.)
- Lead Tuwekeze Pamoja programme baseline studies, formative assessments, mid-term evaluations, final evaluations and other research studies as well as learning events as part of annual DIPs.
- In collaboration with Tuwekeze Pamoja Programme Manager and MEAL unit, develop process, output and outcome level Quality Benchmarks and regularly review progress on indicators/achievement of targets (LFA).
- Review Tuwekeze Pamoja MEAL reports to highlight key project strengths and areas of improvement, and use learning from monitoring reports for project planning and implementation.
- Review accountability to Tuwekeze Pamoja program beneficiaries’ data and reports and provide technical support to implementation team using key learning from accountability system for program development, planning, improvement and implementation.
- Identify Tuwekeze Pamoja programme staff MEAL capacity needs and inform Tuwekeze Pamoja Program Manager and MEAL unit and set aside MEAL capacity building plan for programme staff and partners.
- Provide technical support to the Tuwekeze Pamoja MEAL Officer in Mbozi office in measuring achievement and progress toward program objectives and results as well as development of MEAL systems for Tuwekeze Pamoja programme
- Lead roll out of Tuwekeze Pamoja programme MEAL systems and processes to measure achievement and progress towards achieving project objectives/outcomes and results/outputs against indicators (indicator performance tracker tables, quality checklists, etc.).
- Lead compilation of data and reporting on Tuwekeze Pamoja program in relation to SCI global indicators and total beneficiaries reach reports
- Develop and maintain the Indicator Performance Tracking Tool and Output tracker for Tuwekeze Pamoja programme that will guide preparation of programme progress updates on a monthly basis
- Lead monitoring of program quality using quality bench marks and ensure that findings are shared with relevant stakeholders and explicitly fed back into programme decision making, incorporating accountability and learning.
- Contribute to child-focused and child-led programme implementation, by ensuring children’s participation, reporting back to children, and child-led M&E for Tuwekeze Pamoja programme
- Contribute to identify the capacity of present and potential partners in quality programming and ensure that MEAL support is provided;
- Ensure that MEAL aspects of Tuwekeze Pamoja programme implemented by existing partners are enforced.
- Ensure Tuwekeze Pamoja programme staff and partners’ staff MEAL capacity building plan implemented.
Accountability and Organisational Learning
- In collaboration with Tuwekeze Pamoja Programme Manager facilitate with learning activities like planning for Tuwekeze Pamoja program review workshops, prepare lessons learnt reports, etc.
- Ensure participation of beneficiaries and children in monitoring and evaluating Save the Children development programmes, specifically, Tuwekeze Pamoja programme.
- Ensure accountability systems are established engaging beneficiaries and stakeholders in evaluations, impact assessments and research.
Representation and Advocacy
- Ensure that Save the Children's work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and government, advocating for the specific needs of children.
- Ensure that Save the Children's work is coordinated in collaboration with other SC sector teams to strengthen programming and impact for children.
- Provide appropriate information of Tuwekeze Pamoja programme to facilitate the effective engagement with donor and Tanzania government officials at all required levels as required to ensure Save the Children is considered a preferred and active partner in Tanzania and in the Songwe Region specifically.
Staff Management, Mentorship, and Development
- Ensure that Tuwekeze Pamoja programme and partners staff understand and are able to perform their role
- Building capacity and knowledge of Tuwekeze Pamoja programme staff and partners on MEAL systems, strengthening organizational knowledge and understanding of effective programming through networking, experience sharing and searching for innovative ideas
- Identify training needs of staff in respect to applying monitoring plans/tools; collect, analysis and report on findings periodically and conduct trainings to address the capacity gaps
- Demonstrate and practice behaviour that develop a sense of an organisational culture that reflects our dual mandate values, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation, and emancipates Tuwekeze Pamoja programme team to deliver outstanding results for children and excellent customer service for our members and donors.
All staff have an obligation to ensure they fully understand the provisions of the Child Safeguarding Policy, the Code of Conduct and related policies. They must conduct themselves in accordance with the rules of the Child Safeguarding Policy, in their personal and professional lives – which includes reporting suspicions of child abuse.
All staff must ensure the way they are carrying out their work is not putting children at risk (or further risk).
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- A degree in an area of social development or equivalent. Master’s degree is an added advantage
- Minimum three years practical experience in M&E system coordination/implementation in a large international non-governmental organisation or other international development body;
- Demonstrable track-record in data tracking and evaluation, with the ability to support staff and partners on M&E methodology and analyse and disseminate complex information to a range of stakeholder audiences;
- Well-developed research, analytical (qualitative and quantitative), documentation and report-writing and skills, with particular competency in participatory research methods;
- Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports. A high level of written and spoken English
- Computer literacy, particularly in Word, Excel, Statistical Packages and PowerPoint;
- Excellent planning, coordination, and reporting skills, with the ability to organise a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities;
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills in English, with experience working in multicultural, multi location, values driven teams;
- Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours and work with diverse community beneficiaries
- Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children International’s aims, values and principles
- Information Communication Technology literate