Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator

Yes I Do Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator, Ethiopia

Plan International is an independent non-profit organization that advances children’s well-being and equality for girls. Working in building powerful partnerships for children for over 75 years and present in 70 countries, Plan International strives for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children while working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners. Plan International Ethiopia is looking for Yes I Do Project Support MEAL Coordinator for Country Office who will be reporting to the CP Country Program Lead and Country Program MEAL Lead through matrix management .

Role Purpose

The overall purpose of this role is to provide technical support to the program planning, learning, monitoring, evaluation, and research of Yes I Do project through application and alignment with Plan International Global and Regional MEL and PQP standard, policy and guidelines. The job holder is responsible to strengthen Yes I Do project Monitoring, evaluation and Learning (MEAL) system to keep the project on track.

He/she ensures that program quality is reflected within the entire project cycle and that all field program implementation is undertaken efficiently and effectively by reflecting that all M&E requirements are in place and that cross cutting issues of Gender Equality and inclusions are properly incorporated.

Dimensions of the Role

The job holder strengthens the Yes I Do project Monitoring, evaluation and Learning (MEAL) system. This will support to keep track of and document outcomes and outputs in line with the goals, objectives of the Yes I Do project. S/he will be reporting to the Yes I Do Project Coordinator and will be responsible for providing technical leadership and support in program/project design, planning, information gathering and synthesis, reflection and reporting processes. The position will be based at the Country Office.


The job holder will be responsible for the following but not limited to:


  • Ensure Yes I Do planning, monitoring and evaluation processes meet and comply with external accountability requirement and standards
  • Works closely with the Yes I Do team at CO and Amhara PA as per the requirements and establishment of MEAL system in accordance with the project requirement
  • Closely works with the MEAL lead at PIE CO
  • Works closely with Yes I Do Alliance member organizations as a member of the M&E team to ensure quality and effective programming

Project management

  • The job holder is responsible for updating Monitoring and evaluation Framework of Yes I Do Ethiopia together with the YIDA M&E team
  • Responsible for the setup of Management Information System, to systematically collect, store and analyse output and activity information,
  • Ensures that the Yes I Do project implementation is as per the required and expected standards on child protection and gender equality.
  • Ensure equal participation and benefit of adolescent boys and girls and children with disabilities in all phases of project implementation.
  • Provide information on project learning and monitoring data to inform during the preparation of annual work plans
  • Ensure project management is gender transformative.

Monitoring, evaluation, learning and reporting

  • Provide leadership on the overall Output and outcome monitoring, and database management,
  • Provide input and guidance for program team on quality program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes and to materialize the project goal and objectives
  • Ensure that M&E data are collected, analysed and availed in a way to help decision making, and ready to share both external and internal audiences as required
  • Engage and lead the end line evaluation of the project in accordance with the performance indicators set for the project
  • Capture, document and share lessons learned from the project implementation to larger stakeholders and community, including evidence on project stories of change and promising practices
  • Undertake documentation and a regular track of project progress data base of the project locations
  • Identify and respond to information requirements of different stakeholders and make information accessible on timely basis,
  • Support knowledge management and learning by producing specific programme information resources,
  • Proactively seek and promote promising and best practices as part of monitoring, evaluation, program effectiveness practice, and learning,
  • Contribute to the reporting of activities and present results achieved during the implementation of the project to different stakeholders meetings,
  • Prepare donor programs performance reports and ensure program quality and adhere to the department’s compliance requirements,
  • Review the regular reports and provide hands on feedback for improvements and continual learning.
  • Update progress data in the SAP system and in compliance of Plan Guideline

Capacity building

  • Provide capacity development to field staffs on monitoring and reporting practices, 
  • Provide timely feedback on monitoring findings and assessments for staffs of the project to help them have clarity on the areas of intervention and use it for activity planning,
  • Share learning to promote discussion on key issues and innovations to staffs of Plan as well as partners,
  • Any other issues that will further the implementation of the Yes I Do project as assigned by Plan.

Internal collaboration

  • Works creatively to support Programme area staffs and thematic leaders in the CO in demonstrating effective MER system.
  • Collaborate with technical programme specialists in the country and with NOs staffs (when required) to develop monitoring and evaluation frameworks for specific programmatic/ thematic areas.
  • Ensure Child Centred Community Development (CCCD) principles and strategies are mainstreamed in MER tools and frameworks.
  • Collaborate with other functions (finance, Capacity Development, grant compliance and gender) to ensure that Programme Quality standards and processes integrated across functions.
  • Contribute to the wider work of the Programme Effectiveness team on a flexible and supportive basis.

Mainstream child Protection in the program area as well as observe the Child Protection Policy and be vigilant to report all child protection concerns.

  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

Education, qualification, knowledge and experience.

  • Bachelor’s degree in monitoring and evaluation, project management, development studies, and other social sciences.
  • A minimum of 2 years substantial experience in managing the corporate systems for Planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning activities.
  • Excellent English is written and verbal skills,
  • Knowledge of current international development trends and thinking on programme effectiveness, learning and in Gender Equality programming,
  • Experience of working in projects related to child marriage, sexual reproductive health, harmful traditional practices, gender and inclusion, education, youth economic empowerment, lobby and advocacy

Skills specific to the post

  • Excellent conceptual and strategic thinking skills,
  • Strong analytical skills and high attention to detail,
  • Negotiation and influencing skills,
  • Excellent writing and editing skills,
  • Strong team building and motivational skills,
  • Skills of Statistical data analysis and reporting,
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, and ability to deliver within tight deadlines,
  • Working with wider range of community groups and partnership with diverse set of organizations/alliances/consortiums,
  • Establishing strong working relationships with colleagues from different functions and cultures,
  • An understanding of and commitment to the aims and values of Plan.

The closing date for the application is November 08, 2019.

This position is only open to Ethiopian Nationals, who must be eligible to live and work in Ethiopia.

Please note that:

  • Applications and CVs written in English will be accepted and
  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

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References will be taken and background and anti-terrorism checks will be carried out in conformity with Plans Child Protection Policy. Plan operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all persons meeting the skills and experience required.

As an international child centered community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realization of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.


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