Senior Monitoring Evaluation Accountability Learning and Research Advisor at Save the Children Nigeria

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential. We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:

Job Title: Senior Monitoring Evaluation Accountability Learning and Research Advisor

Location: Lagos
Job Type: Full-time

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.

Role Purppose

  • The post holder leads the development and implementation of the programme MEAL and research framework that will generate evidence, maintain accountability standards and ensure effective monitoring, evaluation and learning of the health theme.
  • S/he will be responsible for ensuring that the quality of monitoring, evaluation and research for the project system is in place to generate evidences on the learning and impacts of the programme
  • S/he develops and promotes widespread application of appropriate technologies and evidence-based program standards and guidance that reflect Save the Children and global best practice.
  • S/he leads and provide oversight supports to the programme internal and external assessments, reviews and surveys.

Key Areas of Accountability
Programme Quality:

  • Provide high quality MEAL technical leadership, support and capacity building to implementation teams;
  • In collaboration with the programme team, develop a MEAL plan, as well as an ongoing research programme to support an evidence and learning agenda and a process for knowledge sharing between SCI, stakeholders and partners;
  • Lead national/global reporting processes and contribute to high quality project reporting, leading in data quality assurance and compliance with reporting requirements;
  • Develop, review, catalogue and ensure utilisation of standardised programme assessment and monitoring tools, manuals, guidelines, trainings and protocols;
  • Develop and increase utilisation of accountability approaches, such as participation, complaints and response mechanisms;
  • Ensure the integration of programme information management with the national Management Information System (MIS);
  • Keep abreast of MEAL sector trends and developments, for example in remote monitoring, and adapt and promote introduction of new methodologies, technologies, innovations and best practices;
  • Formulate key program questions that will help to advance the evidence base, and lead design of targeted evaluations (including but not restricted to baseline, midline and endline evaluations) and pieces of operations research;
  • Actively contribute to the process of learning, evaluation, capturing and disseminating lessons from the programme for continuous improvement of programme performance and overall outcome.

Capacity Building:

  • Identify learning and training opportunities for stakeholders’ and partners staff;
  • Positively influence and capacity build project staff and partners at various levels.

Representation, Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • Represent the programme on all HMIS and research technical working groups, partners and stakeholders’ forums;
  • In collaboration with the SC Health colleagues, feed into learning, experiences and evidence to relevant global advocacy objectives;
  • In collaboration with SCI staff, contribute with analysis towards organizational learning around technical areas as well as processes and outputs.


  • Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.

Core Behaviours
Achieving results effectively:

  • Ensures beneficiary and partner feedback is incorporated into programme design, planning and learning;
  • Makes changes to improve performance as a result of information received;
  • Documents lessons learned and applies them to future projects.

Maintaining and developing collaborative relationships:

  • Establishes clear objectives with teams and individuals and monitors progress and performance;
  • Fosters collaborative, transparent and accountable relationships through partners;
  • Uses negotiation and conflict resolution skills to support positive outcomes.

Leadership: Action; Thinking; Self; Inspiring; Developing Others:

  • Builds own awareness of the bigger global picture by using a broad range of sources to gather data;
  • Demonstrates approachability and trust by listening carefully to others and valuing their contribution, and making others feel comfortable by being open and honest about their thoughts and feelings;
  • Demonstrates self-development and management by taking responsibility for own development, and actively seeking out feedback to better understand their own strengths and weaknesses;
  • Openly talks about doing things differently, pushing the boundaries and ways of working;
  • Gives constructive feedback to enhance capabilities and responsibilities to another for the purpose of his/her development.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in the development sector, with preference for candidates with experience working on health and/or nutrition technical area(s);
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation strategies, with in depth knowledge in the design, operationalization and use of monitoring and evaluation techniques and approaches;
  • Extensive experience in research and monitoring and evaluation methodology and analysis (qualitative, quantitative, participatory) including design of systems and tools, data analysis and report writing;
  • Significant experience in leading teams and building M&E team capacity (developing training tools, training, coaching and mentoring);
  • Experience working in large and complex projects, split into multiple sites;
  • Significant understanding of development of MIS and data and information management;
  • Familiarity with knowledge management systems and approaches that foster a learning culture;
  • Familiarity with participative and inclusive accountability approaches;
  • Highly developed influencing, communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate technical issues effectively and persuasively;
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches and children’s participation.

Application Closing Date
27th March, 2018.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note: 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.

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