Ended MEAL/ Research Manager

The Job

MEAL/ Research Manager - Yemen – Sana’a with frequent travel to the field

Position Objectives:

The MEAL/Research Manager is a key personnel position on Save the Children’s USAID-funded Gateway to Transition Activity. As such, the MEAL/Research Manager is a key member of the project’s management team and will report directly to the Project Director, and be embedded within the SCI/Yemen MEAL team. Research is a core function in all Save the Children International (SCI) programmes globally, representing our commitment to better design and build evidence based programming. As a member of the MEAL team, the Research/MEAL Manager will ensure that project interventions as well as the needs and priorities of beneficiaries are accurately assessed and documented in a timely fashion, provide a strong basis for programme design, monitoring and evaluation, and finally, accountability to the children and families that Save the Children serves. The post holder will ensure that the whole response has a learning culture. The position will lead all Collaboration, Learning and Adapting (CLA) activities within the Gateway to Transition Activity in accordance with USAID’s guidance and industry best practie in this area. Along with the M&E Senior Specialist and Accountability lead, the incumbent will oversee periodic or needs-based assessment, baseline survey, and end line evaluation, coordinate or lead the design and implementation of operations research, and provide evidence of impact of the Gateway to Transition Activity. The Research, Assessment & Learning Specialist will work closely in a matrixed fashion with other MEAL staff within the Country office as well as with programme staff in all the seven Field offices.


Lead and manage all MEAL activities under GATEWAY to Transition Project

  • Prepare the illustrative MEAL plan for the project and update that as the program progress
  • Monitor all the progress of the project with support from field office based MEAL officers and assistants
  • Provide technical MEAL support to the MEAL personnel of the project
  • Laision with SC US MEAL lead of the project and participate on regular program review meetings
  • Support in the development and operationalization of programme quality benchmarks (QBs)
  • Lead in the development  and operationalizing data quality assurance processes for the project

Lead research and assessment activities

  • Map all Operational research required for programming and ensure timely implementation
  • Work closely with Sr Specialist, field managers and other staff to identify priority themes and geographic areas for assessment; taking input from them, develop research questions and design assessment methodologies to achieve programme objectives
  • Directly support PMs and MEAL teams in building strong evidence needs assessments through; tools development (paper),training, supervision, analysis & reporting
  • Ensure high quality written reports, oral presentations and other products prepared for diverse audiences and stakeholders
  • Ensure highest rigorous technical standards in assessments conducted by SCI
  • Provide the necessary training required for SCI Staff on conducting assessments
  • Prepare high quality written reports, oral presentations and other products as necessary
  • Lead on periodic children consultations using child friendly tools (body mapping/ H-assessment/expressive drawing)
  • To sensitize gender and social inclusion (GESI) in all assessments and ensure ethical data collection and data protection policies are adhered to
  • Ensure timely progress of and appropriate human resources to assessments
  • As necessary, lead baseline and endline surveys and evaluations as part of programme monitoring and evaluation
  • Design, coordinate and manage operations research to understand the effectiveness and impact of specific innovative interventions, as and when needed and appropriate
  • Lead the development and management of research and assessments database
  • Oversee the Rapid Education and Risk Analysis (RERA), training team members, conducting conflict sensitivity self-assessment, adapting tools, identifying sample, training data enumerators, facilitating validation meetings with key stakeholders, and communicating findings to a wide audience
  • Any other relevant tasks given by line manager

Promoting a culture of learning and knowledge management

  • Be the lead technical staff on development of SC learning Agenda
  • Breif SMT and other staff memeberes on recent learning and research products 
  • On cooperation with Sr Specialists and Field Managers lead learning events and workshops for program units to document lessons learnt, good practices and areas of improvement
  • Work with the PDQ team and field-based colleagues to develop systems and forums, and clear agenda for capturing and using learning, including promoting participatory learning process with children and their communities
  • Engage the field-based MEAL teams and AMC to document learning
  • Ensure that learnings are captured and consolidated into a database and there is  continuous reference to learning materials
  • Communicate top level learning / analysis reports to the SMT for management decisions and advocacy and external sharing, including publications
  • Develop GATEWAY to Transition project’s knowledge management system and share the knowledge prodcuts after necessary sign offs.

External Relationships

  • Act as a focal point for coordination with other agencies in all assessment related matters
  • In cooperation with the Sr Specialist represent the results of assessments to the humanitarian community as necessary.

Staff management

  • Recruit, when necessary, train and supervise the assessment teams
  • Ensure compliance with Save the Children policies, especially the Child Safeguarding Policy
  • Support the capacity building of programme teams in needs assessment
  • Ensure a positive working environment.


Post Graduate degree in Education or social  sciences  or relevant field



  • Thorough knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • A minimum of five years experience in leading research and assessments
  • Experience and expertise in humanitarian assessment is highly desirable
  • Capacity to combine field and office work
  • Very good interpersonal relationship and communication skills
  • Excellent English language skills, working Arabic skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team and contribute to a positive working environment.
  • Strong personnel and  logistics management skills; solution oriented
  • Capacity to work in a fast paced environment and produce results under challenging conditions
  • Willingness to work in a challenging security environment
  • Adherence to the principle of child safe guarding and protection


  • Prior experience with Save the Children
  • Previous experience in training for research purposes a plus
  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in Yemen; Arabic fluency
  • Previous experience managing online and offline data collection methodologies.
How to Apply

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This position is open to Yemeni nationals only

We are looking for both men and women from Yemen with enthusiasm and commitment to improve the protection and promotion of the rights of all children in Yemen All applicants will be subject to Save the Children’s Child safe guardian Policy and Reference Checking Process.

  • Employer: Save The Children
  • Category: Development/Non-Profit
  • Location: Sana'a
  • Posted on: 8 October 2019
  • Deadline: 22 October 2019