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MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning) Officer at Girls Activist Youth Organisation

  • Full Time
  • Mchinji
  • Salary: 00

Girls Activist Youth Organisation

About Girls Activist Youth Organisation (GAYO)

Girls Activist Youth Led Organization is a local NGO in Malawi working in Mchinji District. GAYO – Girls Activist Youth Organization (GAYO) is a non-profit making professional organization, primarily
concerned with creating a conducive environment on girl’s rights or related issues through Research, development, entrepreneurship, citizen participation, ICT and other communication channels.

Established in 2007 as a club then transformed to organization, GAYO is committed to enhance effective participation of youth in key decision-making structures at all levels. GAYO therefore takes
a lead at promoting the rights of Girls. GAYO respects the rights and dignity of Girls and children and all those concerned with their education and social welfare, and seeks to promote awareness on girl’s rights issues through media, public relations, awareness programs, seminars and other traditional and non-traditional modes of communication.

Project Background

Tikwaniritse ndi Kuteteza ma Ufulu a Ana (TiKuMA Programme) is a Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) Framework Agreement funded programme through Save the
Children. The goal of the programme is that all children enjoy their right to education and are protected through strong community and government systems by 2028. Contributing towards this goal, Save the Children (SC) and GAYO with other partners will create hubs of excellence in the two districts of Balaka and Mchinji, to generate experience and evidence for replication and scale. To
achieve this, we will work with civil society, government actors and children themselves within three interrelated thematic areas:

A strong government system is accountable, responsive, inclusive and transparent in respecting, protecting and fulfilling the rights of children (Child Rights Governance), Children are protected
from child marriage, sexual and gender based violence, teenage pregnancies and emotional abuse and have their sexual and reproductive health and rights fulfilled (Child Protection) and children access and complete quality basic inclusive education with improved competencies in foundational literacy and numeracy (Education). This 5-year programme targets 74, 800 children from 100 primary schools and 11,500 out of school adolescent girls and boys in the 2 districts.


Job Title: NORAD Framework Agreement MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning) Officer

Reporting to: NORAD Program Coordinator
Staff reporting to this post: None
Work station: Mchinji
Type of Contract: 2 years (Renewal based on performance and resource availability)

Job Summary:

We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced MEAL Officer to join our team. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading the monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning
activities of our programs, ensuring effective implementation, quality, and impact.

Key Responsibilities

1. Program Monitoring

  • Support the SCI MEAL Manager in design of monitoring systems, including supporting development of MEAL plan and tools.
  • Lead the roll-out and implementation of project monitoring plans and tools.
  • Lead the roll-out of quality benchmarks, including orienting project staff, and inputting in the field monitoring plans.
  • Conduct regular field visits for monitoring and data management support.
  • Analyse and report routine monitoring data, including quality benchmarks, output indicator data (IPTT), to inform program progress
  • Hold periodic reflections with project staff, at least quarterly, to review monitoring data and action planning i.e. quality benchmarks, IPTT.

2. Accountability

  • Lead field consultations to inform setting up of feedback and reporting mechanisms.
  • Lead in roll-out of feedback and reporting mechanisms i.e. staff orientation.
  • Review feedback data routinely and escalate or cascade as required.
  • Share feedback summaries with program team through quarterly reflections and facilitate action planning.

3. Data Management

  • Conduct routine data quality checks.
  • Set up physical and electronic data filing system to ensure integrity of source documents.
  • Provide capacity building to program staff on data management tools, data collection, data filing.

4. Evaluations and Learning

  • Coordinate roll-out of project learning agenda with support from SCI MEAL Manager.
  • Support project team in identification of learning areas/evidence gaps through quarterly reflection, and share with SCI MEAL Manager.
  • Support project team to identify and document best practices and lessons learned.
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing through quarterly team reflection.
  • Support program evaluation through training research assistants, and supervision of data collection.
  • Contribute to development of study tools, including digitizing study tools.
  • Contribute to data analysis and report writing for research studies.

5. Reporting

  • Consolidate project IPTT and share with program manager and project staff to facilitate reporting.
  • Prepare reports for assessments and share with program manager and project staff.
  • Provide regular e.g. weekly operational updates to the program manager on MEAL deliverables.

6. Collaboration and Coordination

  • Work closely with program teams, management, and external partners.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field (i.e., statistics, demographics, data science, social sciences)
  • At least 3 years of experience in MEAL, preferably for external donor-funded programs
  • Strong knowledge of MEAL principles, practices, and standards
  • Excellent analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in statistical and data management software (e.g., SPSS, Excel, Power BI, Kobo, CommCare)
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritize tasks effectively.

Method of Application

1. Applicants must send a cover letter detailing why you’re the best fit for the position, copies of academic qualifications and a well detailed Curriculum Vitae with relevant skills and experience 3 traceable referees
2. Closing date for receiving applications is 14th June, 2024 and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

3. These should be addressed to:

The National Coordinator
Girls Activist Youth Organisation
P.O. Box 208 Mayard, Mchinji.


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