Head of Research, Evidence and MEAL

  • Posted on 14 January 2021
  • Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Closing on 28 January 2021

Job Description

The Opportunity

Head of Research, Evidence and MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, Learning and Learning) will provide leadership in research and evidence generation, with the aim of exchanging best research/evaluation practices within the region, maximising strategic evidence generation, providing technical oversight for high priority studies, and developing strategic partnerships with national and international research stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic planning and learning

-Mapping out strategic evidence gaps and establish Afghanistan Country Office Learning Agenda

-Work with PDQ Director to develop a culture of learning that is driven by the Country Strategic Plan, initiatives, Program results frameworks, thematic/sector learning agendas.

-Support Country Office to ensure the Theory of Change is at the centre of building and utilising evidence to inform innovations, scale up interventions, partnership, and advocacy.

-Ensure evidence generated through programming and research initiatives is packaged for decision making, program strategy development, and learning, including contextual dynamics of resilience, gender, disability, ethnicity, and geographic remoteness.

-Network and develop strategic partnerships with national and international research institutions and Save the Children technical leadership in evidence building.

Capacity Building for Evidence-Based Programming

-Build capacity of country office and partner teams to generate and use evidence in program design and project cycle management.

-Work with staff and line managers to identify and support application of new skills, incorporating into ongoing work plans, supportive supervision, mentoring, and program implementation

-Identify opportunities to leverage external engagement of research institutions, consultancies, SC Technical Assistance, and the global Analytic Capacity Initiative towards capacity building priorities.

Knowledge Management

-Support the PDQ unit in establishing and rolling out Country Office knowledge management strategy and systems, with special attention to storing and sharing program experience, data, learning and results within a user-friendly structure

-Ensure a strong interface with regional and global Knowledge Management initiatives by supporting staff to contribute to and use global and regional Knowledge Management guidelines and platforms.

-Support documentation of the CO program by sharing learnings nationally, at Regional and internal platforms.

-Support thematic Technical Advisors/Specialists in the collection, storage and utilization of external evidence and research, including trends and reports, to inform program development and strategic direction of the CO.

Research and Evidence Building

-Provide input on proposal development to maximise strategic evidence generation against Afghanistan Country/Thematic Learning Agenda, through project evaluation/research design

-Ensure evidence generated through programming and research has advocacy & external engagement applications for the Country Office.

-Support projects and programs to develop reports and publications for advocacy that utilises new evidence.

-Gather and increase use of evidence (documents, studies, etc.) to advocate for replication and scale up of programs proven to be impactful for children, and lessons learned for programs.

-Oversee priority research initiatives, working with SC teams and researchers to ensure that evidence generation and evaluations are of high quality and produce valid, reliable, and relevant outcomes towards learning objectives.

- Collaborate with donors on request for research and studies on Aid Effectiveness.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

- Support the MEAL unit to embrace the MEAL sector trends, developments, and to adapt and promote introduction of new methodologies, innovations and best practices.

- Provide leadership in managing performance and professional development of the MEAL unit and develop team in line with strategy need.

-Lead internal capacity building for MEAL including the development and provision of trainings and mobilizing internal and external capacity-building opportunities.

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.

Application Information

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at www.savethechildren.net/careers


Closing Date for Application: 26 January 2021

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.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

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