MEAL Coordinator

Save the Children

Rue Nerhu, Unit 25 Phonexay Village Xaysettha District Vientiane Capital


The role

We are currently looking for MEAL Coordinator based in Vientiane Capital

Role Purpose

Supports and coordinates the implementation of the MEAL system, with an emphasis on data collection and analysis and the supervision of field-based M&E operations. Responsible for managing the project Online Data Management & Reporting System (ODMRS), ensuring data quality, analysing data and sharing the findings. The position reports to the Senior Specialist MEAL and is based in Vientiane.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.


Ensure they fully understand the provisions of the Child Safeguarding Policy, the Code of Conduct and Local/Country Procedures.

Conduct themselves in accordance with the rules of the Child Safeguarding Policy, in their personal and professional lives – which includes reporting suspicions of child abuse.

Leadership and Guidance: 

  • Establish and/or strengthen, with assistance of the project MEAL Officers, a MEAL system, data collection, collation and analysis tools and processes. Review and revise project MEAL tools, as needed, with support of the MEAL Officers
  • Monitor, with the support of the MEAL Officers, the overall MEAL system for the project against specified results;
  • Provide technical guidance, as needed, to USAID Learn to Read staff and implementing partners through regular meetings and site visits to the field;
  • Oversee, with support of the project MEAL Officers, data collections to ensure high-quality results for learning and donor reporting – both at the field and national level;
  • Document, with support of the project MEAL Officers, findings on project activities and innovations, including lessons learned.

MEAL System Management:

  • Undertake responsibilities for the roll-out of the MEAL system in specified area offices/ locations;
  • In consultation with Senior Specialist MEAL and project team, conduct the data need assessment (DNA) to identify the data needs of the project on annual basis;
  • Based on the DNA, management needs and USAID data quality and reporting requirements, suggest cost-effective, user-friendly and context friendly technological options for the data management;
  • Work closely with the Developer during the development, deployment and launch of the ODMRS;
  • Administer and maintain ODMRS in compliance with the USAID data quality standards and requirements;
  • Review and analyze ODMRS performance and document the emerging needs for upgrading or modification of the System;
  • Generate and provide quality data and reports for reporting the progress;
  • Ensure that the data quality checks are performed regular at the defined points of data management;
  • Regularly backup the data from ODMRS on cloud-based server as well as on protected hard drive;
  • Design and roll-out of standardised monitoring tools and methodologies as per the data needs of the project;
  • Translate and ensure that all the data collection tools have standard translated versions;
  • Ensure that MEAL team and project staff understand the various steps and tools for the MEAL system and that this is used consistently across project areas;
  • Ensure functional accountability mechanisms are in place as the four pillars of accountability (Information sharing, participation, establishing and implementing Compliant and Feedback Mechanisms), and staff capacity building around these mechanisms;
  • Ensure the data is entered into the system within the defined timelines to ensure timeliness;
  • Ensure performance indicators are tracked as per schedule mentioned in their respective Performance Indicator Reference Sheet;
  • Support in implementation of Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) activities are conducted regularly and that the learning from CLA processes is incorporated into program planning and review processes;
  • Support the Senior MEAL Specialist in coordinating and conducting review meetings and monitoring visits;
  • Establish and implement accountability mechanisms to beneficiaries through information sharing, setting appropriate compliant and feedback mechanisms – including data quality assessments (DQA);
  • Support the Senior MEAL Specialist in review and updating the Activity Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (AMELP).

Learning and Knowledge Management:

  • Support the project staff in the identification of learning objectives and evidence gaps;
  • In close collaboration with the project team, facilitate in generating, storing and sharing knowledge (most significant change story, meta-analysis, research/evaluation summary reports, etc);
  • Ensure utilization of learning and knowledge generated in decision making and Learn to Read project improvement;
  • Assist in any communications, translation, publication work, and liaison with communities, project/impact areas and partners; 

Technical Support and Capacity Building:

  • Undertake continuous staff capacity assessment and develop capacity building plans;
  • Under the directions of Senior Specialist MEAL, work with the relevant sector working groups to align M&E tools and systems, and build capacity of local bureaus in M&E as necessary and based on identified gaps;
  • Provide trainings and capacity building for field-level staff as required;
  • Set standard and agreed performance objectives for direct reports;
  • Conduct performance evaluation for direct reports, document and submit to HR;
  • Support and participate in donor and head office field visits, and provide project briefs as required;
  • Attend other internal and external meetings as required.

Program research, evaluations, assessments and other studies:

  • Support project baseline, midline, end-line assessments, evaluations in cooperation with external evaluator(s) as well as internal teams;
  • Support in designing and conducting research and studies. Also support in documentation and dissemination research findings;
  • Ensure that good collegial environment is maintained with the consortium partners and within the teams.


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer sciences, information technology, education, literacy or other related field from an accredited college or university required. Significant research experience in one of these fields desirable.

Experience and Skills


  • Minimum of five years’ experience designing and implementing MEAL programs in complex settings;
  • Prior work experience utilizing statistical analysis software required;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations;
  • Substantial experience with digital data collection systems and platforms;
  • Excellent training and facilitation capability;
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills and the ability to think and plan strategically;
  • Demonstrated creativity, innovation and initiative;
  • Fluent written and spoken English required;
  • Ability to translate MEAL tools (English to Lao and vice versa);
  • Experience of working in a similar role in Laos or elsewhere in the region is an added advantage.


  • Prior experience in developing databases or mobile applications will be highly preferred;
  • Experience assessing student learning outcomes;
  • Experience in systems thinking and application of complex adaptive systems methodologies would be an advantage.

Contract length: fixed term 

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:

Interested candidates please submit a full application using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document including contact details of three professional referees (current and last line managers and HR department). Please also include details of your salary expectations and a copy of your ID card. Please note that we will require a copy of your Criminal Records (ໃບ້ແຈ້ງໂທດ) later. 

Apply via Link provided below or send hard copy to Save the Children, HR Team, Rue Nerhu, Unit 25, Ban Phonexay (PO Box 7475)


Please indicate the title of position in your email subject line and also mention the location you apply to 

Closing date for applications is: 25 Feb 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

Save the Children International is a child rights based organization. Safe recruitment is central to the safeguarding of children and young people that we come into contact with, and support through our programmes.

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.

Save the children is an equal opportunities employer, qualified females, persons with disability and candidates from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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

Save the Children

Save the Children

Rue Nerhu, Unit 25 Phonexay Village Xaysettha District Vientiane Capital

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Telephone : (+856-21) 454201-3
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