Vacancy: MEAL Coordinator

Date 19 Sep 2023
Location Tamale
Job Type Full-time

Company Profile

CARE International is a global network of independent national organizations, which include CARE members, candidates and affiliates, social enterprises, and thousands of community-based partner organizations working together across more than 100 countries to save lives, end poverty and fight social injustice. To learn more, visit www.care-international.org.

CARE International in Ghana: CARE began operations in Ghana in 1994. Since then the Accra office expanded to support programs in Togo and Benin under the umbrella of the CARE Gulf of Guinea country mission. In July 2010, CARE replaced the three-country mission with country offices in Ghana and Benin, the latter of which is also responsible for a small number of activities in Togo.

CARE Ghana’s projects are primarily implemented through partnerships with local and civil society organizations. This enables CARE to further engage with government and the private sector, work effectively in coalition, and to have the greatest possible impact. CARE Ghana prioritizes the rural and vulnerable poor- women and organizes its work around health, governance, sustainable livelihoods and education.

Job Description

CARE Ghana is excited to invite your applications for new job openings in our programs and operations. Not only do we offer exceptional opportunities for career growth for Ghanaians especially women and young people, but we are also proud to welcome talented people such as yourself into the global CARE community where our core values of Transformation, Integrity, Diversity, Equality and Excellence are the benchmarks against which we measure ourselves as leaders and employees

If you share these values and our passion for saving lives, defeating poverty, and achieving social justice, then CARE Ghana is the place for you. We hire and nurture great people from diverse backgrounds, abilities, and identities, striving every day and at all levels to build and sustain an inclusive workplace and a sense of belonging for our teams. Your wellbeing and satisfaction with your job in CARE Ghana matter as much to us as your performance.  Our compensation and benefits package are generous, and we offer flexible working conditions to enable you to enjoy life outside of work, and as part of our commitment to equity.

At CARE, we recognize that skills and expertise can come from a range of experiences from work and life, in addition to education or past job titles. As such, we welcome applications from dynamic, curious, and creative Ghanaians with a passion for learning and problem-solving.

Interested? If yes, please submit your CV and cover letter in response to the position below:

Interested? If yes, please see details of the job opening below:


led by CARE in consortium with AfriKids, Community Development Alliance (CDA), Crown Agents, Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC), and School for Life.

  • Job Title: MEAL Coordinator                    

  • Duty station: Tamale, Northern Region              

The MEAL Coordinator will support the MEAL Specialist in managing the SAGES Systems Activity MEAL platform and will collaborate with the Knowledge Management and Learning Manager to ensure that the Activity generates and shares knowledge to enhance accountability in Ghana’s education systems. S/he will also work in collaboration with all the MEAL staff of implementing partners in all four regions (Northern, Northeast, Upper East and Upper West Regions) in the USAID Zone of Influence (ZOI) to harmonize data collection and management, collaborating, and adaptive management. The MEAL Coordinator will support SAGES System Strengthening Activity M&E data collection, management, and reporting activities. Overall, the MEAL Coordinator will assist the Activity to meet its monitoring, evaluation, and learning requirements at all operational levels within the 17 Districts in the ZOI.

The MEAL Coordinator will report directly to the MEAL Specialist.


  • Developing and Maintaining an Enabling Environment for Robust MEAL

  • Developing good working relationships with partner M&E staff at the ZOI to ensure that MEAL remains a high priority of the SAGES Systems Strengthening activity.

  • Develop data collection guidelines, instruments, and standards to ensure that the instruments and standards are used to collect relevant data for the SAGES Systems Strengthening MEAL system.

  • Support planning, logistics, and coordination of SAGES SSA consultants and technical assistance visits as required.

Building Staff Capacity in MEAL

  • Design and lead M&E training programs, based on the SAGES Systems Strengthening Activity’s monitoring, evaluation and learning plan.

  • Provide hands-on technical assistance to staff in designing, monitoring, evaluation, learning and reporting to the CARE, USAID, and government of Ghana education partners.

  • Design, develop and implement a strategy in line with the SAGES Systems Strengthening Activity to support activity staff and partners in MEAL related activities.

  • Support training or orientation for stakeholders on data collection and monitoring activities.

MEAL Technical Support

  • Ensure data quality based on CARE and USAID standards and facilitate data use by stakeholders at all levels as required. MEAL Coordinator

  • Develop MEAL calendars, work plans, tracking tools, etc., to enable effective monitoring of the responsibilities of the Regional MEAL Coordinators and holding regular meetings with partner MEAL team members.

  • Support SAGES Systems Strengthening Activity monitoring, evaluation and learning activities such as planning of MEAL training activities, data collection at all levels, data cleaning, storing of data, generation of reports, and monitoring of implementation of all SAGES SSA activities including MEAL and FOI.

  • Ensure that accurate and complete monitoring, evaluation, and data collection, storage systems, records, and files are set up, maintained, and updated in the Activity’s database.

  • Provide accurate data to the MEAL Specialist to ensure adherence to SAGES SSA Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan (AMELP)

  • Provide support to ensure that lessons learnt from monitoring and evaluation activities are effectively fed back to inform adjustments and improvements in SAGES SSA M&E approaches, scale-up, and delivery.

  • Co-author reports and review external independent evaluation as needed.

  • Substantial knowledge of the USAID project cycle (ADS 201) is required.

  • Support the Knowledge Management and Learning Manager with data reports for communication and dissemination of lessons at the community, school, district, and regional levels.

Required Skills or Experience


XLSForm design for ODK Central/Kobo Toolbox, STATA/SPSS, and knowledge in qualitative data analysis software such as Dedoose, NVIVO, or Atlas.ti Knowledge in Power BI will be an added advantage.


  • Experience in USAID monitoring, evaluation and learning policies and guidelines is required.

  • Experience in managing and working with implementing partners is desired.


  • Detail oriented and skilled at data analysis and report writing.

  • Demonstrated experience in Excel, Word, Teams, and Outlook

  • Proven ability to manage and provide training and support on MEAL processes and digital tools to relevant project stakeholders.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the structure of the Ghana Education System and the MOE EMIS system.

  • Strong cross-cultural skills and cultural sensitivity.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; excellent demonstrated interpersonal skills.


  • A minimum qualification of bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Statistics, or Development Planning/Studies with 5 years’ experience in managing monitoring and evaluation in a complex environment, or

  • Master’s Degree in the Social Sciences, Development Studies, Education, or similar qualifications with at least 3 years experiences in managing donor funded monitoring and evaluation system

How To Apply

Submit your CV (and a cover letter if you wish) via email to [email protected].

  • Include the job title of the opportunity in the subject line.

  • Submission deadline is Monday, 02 October 2023.

  • Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted on a rolling basis and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.


CARE has zero tolerance for fraud and corruption. We DO NOT collect fees or request financial information from job applicants at any stage of the recruitment process. If you are asked for payment or experience any irregularities during this process, please report your concerns anonymously via https://secure.ethicspoint.eu/domain/media/en/gui/100612/index.html.  


CARE is a global leader within a worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty. Our mission around the world is to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice.

At CARE, we know that recruiting and retaining a talented and diverse workforce is critical to achieving our mission of ending global poverty. CARE defines "diversity" beyond the regular classifications of gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age and disability, and includes diversity of perspectives that uphold CARE's Core Values (https://www.care.org/about-us/mission-vision/). Our goal is to create and maintain a work environment that promotes diversity in everything we do.

We are also committed to creating and maintaining a safe work environment for our staff, partners, and beneficiaries with specific attention to protection from sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, and child protection.





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