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Monitoring, Evaluation, Adaptation & Learning (MEAL) Lead, USAID/Kosovo Youth Activity

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Summary 

Save the Children seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation, Adaptation and Learning (MEAL) Lead for an anticipated USAID Kosovo Youth Activity. The anticipated program will enhance the capacity and leadership of youth for greater economic participation and civic engagement. The MEAL Lead is responsible for leading the establishment and implementation of the project’s MEAL system, including obtaining, analyzing, organizing, and interpreting project data and ensuring MEAL requirements of the donor and that of Save the Children are adequately met. S/he will work closely with the technical team to build evidence base, track project progress, facilitate learning and adaptive management, ensure a strong accountability mechanism, manage internal evaluations/ studies and facilitate external evaluations. 

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding. 

What You'll Be Doing (Essential Duties) 

  • Serve as part of the project’s leadership team, contributing to the development and implementation of annual program work plans, performance milestones, and project monitoring. 
  • Provide overall leadership and supervision on the MEAL function, supporting successful delivery of the project. 
  • Ensure that the required budget is allocated appropriately for the implementation of MEAL activities and provide oversight of the MEAL budget, ensuring its effective and timely utilization. 
  • Manage MEAL staff, including handling ongoing coaching, supervision and performance management and annual evaluation; develop the capacity of the team and facilitate their professional growth. 
  • Lead the MEAL plan's development, including identifying key performance indicators, MEAL standard operating procedures and MEAL tool of the project. 
  • Lead the roll-out and implementation of the project's MEAL system, strategies, requirements and country-level activities; roll-out orientation/training sessions to MEAL and relevant program staff of Save the Children and its implementing partners. 
  • Lead the implementation of Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) mechanism to ensure intentional learning, collaboration, and adaptive management. 
  • Ensure MEAL evidence is available to management for decision making and continuous performance improvement. 
  • Plan and manage any research-focused deliverables or other evaluations throughout the life of the program and oversee any MEAL-related consultancies. 
  •  Organize/facilitate regular project implementation and performance review sessions and learning events. 

 Required Qualifications  

  • Bachelor’s degree in statistics, demographics, public policy, international development, economics, or related field; master’s degree preferred. 
  • 7-10 years' experience and demonstrated practical skills in monitoring and evaluation of multi-sectoral international development programs. 
  • Excellent knowledge of monitoring and evaluation principles and practices. 
  • Familiarity with MEAL in the context of youth development programming, including positive youth development measurement. 
  • Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, database management, and developing monitoring and evaluation and/or performance monitoring plans. 
  • Knowledge of the major evaluation methodologies (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method, and impact) and data collection and analysis methodologies. 
  • Experience developing and refining data collection tools. 
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing monitoring systems and conducting evaluations, including age- and sex- disaggregated data. 
  • Demonstrated ability and skills in analysis and report writing. 
  • Able to work within a tight timeframe, manage M&E team members and meet deadlines and deliverables to partners and donors. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Knowledge of local language.  
  • Previous experience on implementation of USAID programs. 
  • Proven MEAL skills using data analysis software. 
  • Knowledge of local language. 
  • Familiarity with the political, social and cultural context of Kosovo; prior work experience in country is ideal. 
  • Experience in political economy analysis. 
  • Experience in youth-led and participatory research methods. 

  Qualified Kosovar candidates are highly encouraged to apply! 

Kategoria Menaxhment
Skadon 25/02/24 (Ka skaduar!)
Orari Full Time
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