Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Officer

Organization: Save the Children
Location: Lilongwe, Malawi
Eligible Citizenship: Malawi
Application Code: M11-Nat
Job Function: Health Promotion / Education, Monitoring and Evaluation / Quality Improvement
Issue Area: Child Health, Food Security / Nutrition, Orphans and Vulnerable Children


A global network of 30 member agencies working together to deliver programs in over 120 countries around the world, Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children. Our vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Save the Children understands a breakthrough as a remarkable shift from the current trend and a sustainable change in the way the world treats children, as experienced by the majority of affected children in the world.

We have a clear Theory of Change on how to make this happen, which is to be an innovator and develop evidence-based, breakthrough solutions to problems facing children; be a voice for and with children by advocating for best practices and policies to fulfill children’s rights and to ensure that children’s voices are heard (particularly those children that are marginalized or live in poverty); to achieve results at scale by supporting effective implementation of best practices, programs and policies for children, leveraging our knowledge to ensure sustainable impact at scale; and to build partnerships by collaborating with children, civil society organizations (CSOs), communities, governments, and the private sector to share knowledge, influence others and build capacity to ensure children’s rights are met.

Position Overview

The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Officer will be based in Lilongwe and will work closely with Save the Children colleagues in the Health and Nutrition Department, both those based in Lilongwe and in the districts in which we work. The fellow will work under the direct supervision of the Senior MEAL Manager, working on a range of health and nutrition-related initiatives aimed at improving the organization’s ability to monitor, measure and evaluate its programs. These will include supporting the generation, quality, analysis and use of monitoring data; supporting project evaluations (e.g. baseline, midterm, endline surveys); supporting Data Quality Audits (DQAs); supporting the compilation and production of program-wide MEAL updates; supporting the strengthening of collaboration between MEAL staff in the Health and Nutrition Department, including biannual MEAL meetings; and supporting the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of operations research studies.


  • Contribute significantly to the strengthening of Save the Children’s health and nutrition program monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning processes
  • Support Save the Children’s health and nutrition projects to generate, analyze, and use quality data, thereby contributing to more effective programming
  • Support Save the Children to use robust health and nutrition program-based data in its internal learning and external advocacy work

Desired Skills and Experience

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required
  • Bachelor’s degree*
    • Preferred: Master’s degree in public health or related field
  • Proven experience of working in a monitoring and evaluation role in the public health or nutrition program of a national or international organization*
  • Demonstrated ability to work as an effective and collegiate team member*       
  • Demonstrated experience of working on evaluation (baseline, midterm, endline) of public health or nutrition programs
  • Demonstrated experience of working on operations research specific to public health or nutrition   

Fellowship Logistics

During the fellowship year, all fellows are provided with:

  • A living stipend of $650/month
  • Housing and utilities
  • Health insurance
  • A professional development grant of $600
  • An award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year
  • Travel costs covered to and from placement site, training and retreats

*Note: The living stipend and the completion award may be paid out in USD or local currency, as determined by the placement organization.

Living and Working in Malawi: Fellows are provided with basic housing and a utilities stipend during the fellowship year. GHC coordinates housing for fellows in shared apartments or houses that meet GHC's safety standards. Fellows at Save the Children will be housed in Lilongwe, an urban city and capital of Malawi. National fellows have the option to remain in their own housing and receive a supplemental housing stipend.

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