Meal project officer


Save The Children

Opportunity closing date:

Friday, 4 December, 2020

Opportunity type:


Job Title:                                                         Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Project Officer
Reports to:                                                     MEAL Advisor
Reporting:                                                      None
Base:                                                              Durban / Johannesburg / Pretoria
Travel Requirements:                                   Regular in support of project
Budget Responsibilities:                              Nil
Asset Responsibilities:                                Own assets and those used by others
External Representation:                             Regular information to others
Contract period:                                           1- year Fixed term


The MEAL Officer will act as a key resource person in the MEAL team, providing support to projects in developing and implementing MEAL tools and systems. The MEAL Project Officer will work closely with Project Managers, and Project staff.


Key responsibilities:

MEAL plan development and roll-out:

Support the development of the project MEAL plan
Ensure effective implementation of MEAL plan
Support development and adaptation of data collection tools for project
Train and support project staff in implementation of MEAL system and tools and ensure that this is used consistently
Implement and enforce data quality systems and monitor data quality
Organise and communicate data to project team and partners aligned to project indicators
Implement data platforms including management of data capturing and verification
Provide data collection oversight and support in line with research and evaluation plans

Project accountability and participation:

Support information sharing with key stakeholders, including children, ensure that projects promote transparency throughout all stages of implementation.
Implement project complaints and response mechanism. Organise and communicate complaints and feedback to project team.
Support project staff through raising of awareness and training on accountability;


Promote learning in the project by coordinating with project staff to create a feedback loop so lessons learned through project reviews, monitoring activities and evaluations, are incorporated into program implementation and development.
Support documentation of learning
Support communication of learning from the project to partners and other stakeholders.

Person Specification: Essential

University degree in Social Science, MEAL or similar
Strong analytical skills
Experience working with data sets
Fluency in spoken and written English
Advanced competence in MS Word, Excel
Driver’s license


Experience in implementation of MEAL systems
Experience of working in the Development sector

Knowledge, Skills & Attributes

The incumbent must demonstrate the following skills:

Excellent interpersonal skills
Effective verbal and written communication skills
Honesty, discretion
Sound work ethics
Passion for the well-being of others, especially children


Save the Children South Africa has a zero tolerance towards the abuse and exploitation of children by any of our representatives, and we are equally committed to doing everything within our power to avoid unintended harm or accidents to children as a result of any of our activities.


Interested parties should submit their CV with a 1-page cover letter including the expected remuneration per month. Closing date for applications is the: 04th December 2020

All applications should be submitted by email to:

Please ensure that the subject line states: Meal Officer MO02 Application

Should you not hear from us after two weeks from the closing date consider your application unsuccessful.