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 Senior SAGAL Research Expert Advisor- MoLSA

Posted: 30 March 2021
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TITLE:  Senior SAGAL Research Expert Advisor- MoLSA
TEAM/PROGRAMME: SAGAL MoLSA (Secondment) LOCATION: MoLSA, Mogadishu, Somalia
GRADE: (please leave this blank) CONTRACT LENGTH:

12 months renewable

CHILD SAFEGUARDING: (select only one) 

Level 1:  A basic criminal record background (DBS) check is required/equivalent police record check.

Level 2: either the post holder will have access to personal data about children and/or young people as part of their work; or the post holder will be working in a ‘regulated’ position (accountant, barrister, solicitor, legal executive); therefore a police check will be required (at ‘standard’ level in the UK or equivalent in other countries).

Level 3:  the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


The Senior MoLSA SAGAL Research Expert Advisor will be responsible to provide technical advice in the design and implementation of social protection programming, which includes the design and piloting of social transfer models, the provision of capacity strengthening, advisory, policy and planning support to the SAGAL programme. The Senior MoLSA SAGAL Research Expert Advisor will report to the Social Affairs Director and will work with the Senior MoLSA SAGAL Advisor and Senior MoLSA SAGAL Social Protection Technical advisor. S/he will also supervise the Junior MoLSA SAGAL MEAL Advisor


Reports to: Social Affairs Director

Staff reporting to this post:

Direct: Junior MoLSA SAGAL MEAL Advisor

Budget Responsibilities: Research and MEAL budget

Role Dimensions: Must be able to manage research, learning and MEAL agenda for SAGAL and work with a variety of stakeholders within the FGS and FMS as well as the CMU and other stakeholders. Must be adept at dealing with dynamic circumstances in the field.


1.     Support SAGAL development, use and review of MEAL tools, systems and processes by ensuring strategic and technical alignment.

a.      Support the embedding of MEAL procedures from the Quality Framework into programming and operations and monitor compliance.

b.     Develop and support use of monitoring frameworks, tools and processes to measure performance and quality.

c.      Ensure Federal Member States (FMS) are equipped for routine collection, analysis and use of evidence, including disaggregation for gender, disability and the most marginalised and deprived, to document impact, innovate and learn what worked for lifecycle based social safety nets, and inform management, policy and programme solutions. This includes needs and baseline assessments, feasibility studies, evaluations, and research, and responsible data management.

d.     Develop and support use of systems that safely and appropriately ensure accountability to Somali communities by building trusting and collaborative relationships through information sharing and two-way communication, participation, and feedback and reporting mechanisms, and ensure safeguarding in all aspects.

e.      Work with relevant staff in the development of the single registry using learnings from the social safety net MEAL processes and research.

f.       Systematically identify, document, share and use learning from Baxnaano, including on the social registry, and other development partners work to continuously adapt and improve our programming.

g.      Champion knowledge management through the development and use of platforms that store and display evidence and learning that is made accessible and actively used between staff and departments in MoLSA and others.

h.     Prepare SAGAL-generated data that contribute to the holistic indicators of Social Protection Framework of MoLSA and advise best possible ways to make MEAL findings accessible for the public.


2.     Build MEAL capacity and strengthen coordination of MEAL staff and other staff involved in MEAL aspects (including implementing partners) across the region

a.      Foster a culture that recognises the importance of MEAL, not just for MEAL staff but for staff more widely, that embraces open thinking, innovation, evidence-based decision making, and an appetite for learning that protects space for analytical thinking and reflection.

b.     Liaise with staff in the FMS, and at the FGS, to identify and promote MEAL capacity building requirements and opportunities, guided by the MEAL Technical Competency Framework, serving as the MEAL capacity building regional focal point.

c.      Provide distance and face-to-face training and coaching/mentoring on SCI’s MEAL systems, tools, processes, in accordance with the Quality Framework. This also includes sensitisation to MoLSA-agreed software for data collection and analysis.

d.     Adapt and actively communicate globally-available materials on MEAL for all staff, as well as high quality, professional publications or communications materials that reflect quality programme outcomes.

3.     Research and Evaluation

a.      Lead the development, dissemination and implementation of a coherent and coordinated research agenda that places the needs of children, persons with disabilities and older persons, at its core in order to build evidence for the design and implementation of social protection schemes.

b.     Guide and provide advice on the development of robust research methods to collect rigorous and relevant data required to design and implement social protection schemes.

c.      Liaise with key stakeholders on data analysis, research, impact evaluations and learning activities identifying opportunities for packaging research findings in accessible formats to ensure that learning and uptake is widely disseminated among key actors.

d.     Lead on the collection of learning and evidence from all key actors, to bring learning together and conduct complementary meta-analysis in line with the Ministry’s mandate to identify trends, opportunities and risks.

e.      Collect and compile primary and secondary data and conduct analysis to build evidence and new knowledge that can inform the design of social protection schemes.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


·       holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

·       holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


·       sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same

·       widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

·       future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


·       builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters

·       values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

·       approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


·       develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

·       willing to take disciplined risks.


·       honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity


Degree in development studies, demography, economics, statistics, health or other relevant area of study.

  • At least 7 years of experience in a MEAL-specific role within an emergency or emergency and development context. Preferably in a management role.
  • Experience and knowledge of monitoring systems, including robust and responsible data collection and use.
  • Experience and knowledge of evidence generation and learning on what works (and doesn’t work), including designing/commissioning, implementing and applying: needs assessments, baseline studies, evaluations and research, learning workshops and learning agendas.
  • Experience and knowledge of systems for accountability to communities, including information sharing, participation of women, men, boys and girls of various ages, and feedback and reporting mechanisms. Ability to prepare and facilitate technical MEAL trainings and workshops across countries in the region (including remotely).
  • Experience in MEAL capacity building, including training, supervising, coaching and mentoring.
  • Skilled at communicating and influencing across relevant teams and offices.
  • Demonstrable quantitative and qualitative analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficiency in relevant data collection and analysis software.
  • Strong remote-working abilities and ability to travel to all parts of Somalia
  • Ability and willingness to be flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure contexts.
  • Proficient in speaking and writing English and Somali. 
Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

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.

Adult Safeguarding.

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy, all employees are also expected to carry out their duties in accordance with SCI protection from sexual exploitation abuse.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.

Female qualifiedcandidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Interested and qualified applicants can view the profile and apply for this position through the below URLs:- 

Deadline: 11-April-2021