Project Officer (MEAL & Advocacy)

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The Opportunity

Save the Children is inviting applications from suitably qualified person to fill the position of Project Officer (MEAL & Advocacy) for Power of Nutrition (PoN) Project and the position is based in Ntcheu. Project Officer (MEAL & Advocacy) will be providing technical leadership in all monitoring, evaluation, research, learning, accountability, documentation and knowledge management for PoN project being implemented by Save the Children in Ntcheu and Balaka. Project Officer (MEAL & Advocacy) will coordinate the design and implementation of program monitoring systems and databases for supporting the projects. S/he serves as primary focal point for all the research initiatives and will liaison with partners in indicator measurement, data analysis and research, monitoring and evaluation. S/he will work closely with the PoN Manager and District Project Coordinator to monitor the activities and overall projects implementation. With support from Regional MEAL Manager (Centre & North), Project Officer (MEAL & Advocacy) will support the PoN Project Manager in ensuring timely submission of all reporting requirements internal or external and will serve as the primary focal point for contributing to the country office of accountability and learning framework. The Project Officer (MEAL & Advocacy) will coordinate with the initiatives and contribute facilitate cross-learning across sectors within child poverty projects and operations in general.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics, demography, social sciences or any other relevant disciplines
  • At least three (3) previous years’ experience of working in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning roles.
  • Experience in developing and managing Ms Access and Excel database and survey data processing packages like CSpro.
  • Experience in developing M&E Plans and Results based matrix
  • Experience in developing research protocols, conduct research and writing research reports
  • Previous experience of successfully securing MEAL resources and managing a budget.
  • Experience of conducting and/or commissioning evaluations.
  • Experience of designing and managing knowledge management systems, an awareness of learning methodologies and experience of leading learning events.
  • Experience with action research approaches
  • Experience in working with statistical data packages like STATA and SPSS
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner, and to use innovative forms of communication.
  • Demonstrable understanding of gender and equity analyses.
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff.
  • Knowledge in computer skills required.
  • Ability to write clear project reports (both narrative and financial) as well as updates
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken, with good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate at all levels.
  • Strong passion for working with children.
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children. In particular, a good understanding of the Save the Children’s mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support

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.

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