MEAL Manager

Sidmouth, Devon
£38,000 -£44,000
26 Apr 2018
25 May 2018
Full Time
Contract Type

M.E.A.L. Manager

The Donkey Sanctuary works collaboratively with partners around the world in order to protect and improve the welfare of donkeys and mules and the people who depend on them. Our innovative approaches, methods, tools and partnerships aim to deliver change through complex programmes of work in challenging contexts. As our international programmatic work continues to grow, we need to develop more robust processes and tools that allow us to track the long term impact of our work at all levels. We also need to address evidence gaps that exist, such as evidencing the link between the effectiveness of our equine behaviour change work and its sustained impact on the environment and community livelihoods.

This newly developed role will sit within the growing global programmes team and will work closely with colleagues and partners in the UK and worldwide to develop and embed a new MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) framework. You will play a critical role in developing and implementing this framework and supporting toolkit in line with international principles, norms and values to guide the organisation and our partners in understanding what works best, in what circumstances, and to ensure effective use of our resources. While the initial focus is likely to be on establishing monitoring, evaluation and learning systems and processes, ensuring accountability will be a longer term objective. You will also support with preparing future funding proposals for institutional donors and partners ensuring that MEAL activities and requirements are fully integrated into project and programme plans and budgets.


Possessing a demonstrable track record of international development and a thorough understanding of the technical elements of robust and effective MEAL systems supporting large behaviour-change and advocacy programmes, you will lead on ensuring that Donkey Sanctuary funded global programmes and projects are effectively monitored and evaluated according to relevant timeframes. You will work with senior managers to review and, where needed, develop reporting systems and processes within the global programmes team to ensure consistent best practice, and with global programmes teams and country partners to build MEAL capacity into operational work, including evidence-based planning, accountability and integrating lessons learnt from programmatic or thematic evaluations and on-going monitoring activities.

Demonstrable experience of working and communicating successfully with diverse internal and external stakeholders, and of designing and/or carrying out mixed methods evaluation projects or being part of teams delivering them to high quality and ethical standards are essential, as are proven ability in international development project management, experience of budgetary and resource management, and excellent communication, presentation and training and facilitation skills.

If you feel you have the skills and experience to fulfill this complex and rewarding role, and would like to be part of the evolutional program of change currently taking place within the charity, we would love to hear from you. Based in Sidmouth, Devon – “an area of outstanding natural beauty” – this is a full-time, permanent contract starting as soon as possible.

For more information about this role please download our Application Pack.

Closing date for completed applications: 12.30pm on 25th May 2018.

Please download the Word document to complete your application on the computer (preferred option) or, print the PDF form to complete your application by hand.