Monitoring, Evaluation and Leaning (MEL) Officer, SOS Job – SOS Children’s Villages

Job Title:  Monitoring, Evaluation and Leaning (MEL) Officer, SOS

Organisation: SOS Children’s Villages

Duty Station:  Entebbe, Uganda

Reports to: Project Coordinator, SOS


About US:

SOS Children’s Villages is an independent, locally registered, child-focused, social development non- governmental organization with a strong reputation for providing quality care and protection, education and health needs for vulnerable children. Since its inception in 1991, SOS CV Uganda has reached over 60,000 children, youths and adults directly and indirectly to become empowered and self-reliant to contribute significantly to the needs of their families and communities. Works in partnership with a number of donors, (institutional and corporate agencies) including; Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), Austrian Development Agency (ADA), Grieg Foundation, ERIKS Development Partner, USAID/Bantwana World Education, European Union, AVIS Foundation, Brand Charity, USAID/Uganda Private Health Support Program (UPHSP), Terre des Hommes (TDH), Stanbic Bank Uganda, DHL – Go Teach, Madhvani Group of Companies.


Job Summary:  The MEL Officer will play a key role in providing support for monitoring, evaluation and learning of the project. S/he will be responsible for overall strengthening of the MEL function, MEL capacity building, ensuring quality assurance, documentation, and learning needs for improvement of the project and will come up with findings based on real data to show the performance of the project. Support to the teams; timely planning and reporting; and liaising with counterparts from other SOS projects, partners, and other NGOs in similar fields.


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Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Routine results-based monitoring

  • Develop the overall project MEL framework Develop project performance metrics
  • Periodic reviews of monitoring tools
  • Coordination of MEL activities and visits

Project database management

  • Update the program database (PDB2) and other relevant systems. Data analysis and dissemination
  • Conducting regular data quality audits
  • Periodic data collection and analysis in accordance with the monitoring plan. First level user support in regard to the Project database

Capacity building

  • Capacity building of staff on results-based management, the associated tools and MEL in general
  • Capacity building through training, feedback, coaching, and mentoring of staff in data collection and analysis
  • Offer technical support to staff to interpret the collected data and make informed decisions for improvements.

Documentation and reporting

  • Compile periodic reports(Monthly/Quarterly) with inputs from project team
  • Assist partners/KIPs to set up reporting systems that meet the internal M&E requirements Prepare briefs, presentations, success stories, and working papers as requested

Project reviews and evaluations

  • Tracking progress of YMH project reviews Participate in baseline and end line survey.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant must hold a university degree in statistics, economics, social sciences, development studies, or any other related field. A postgraduate diploma/certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation is an added advantage.
  • Three years of experience in the design and implementation of M&E/MIS in development projects implemented by a reputable organization.
  • In-depth knowledge on MEL and development issues
  • Proven ICT skills, especially MS Excel, MS word and MS PowerPoint
  • Expertise in analyzing data using statistical software, especially SPSS and STATA. Good analytical skills in data processing, analysis and interpretation
  • Strong training & facilitation skills
  • Ability to work independently and show professional judgment in carrying out tasks Ability to function as a productive member of a result-oriented team


Desirable criteria

  • Direct or indirect experience of mental health problems and openness to people with mental health issues
  • Experience of working with youth-led projects or youth-engaging projects Experience of communicating project results
  • Attention to detail.


How to Apply:

All interested individuals should send a motivation letter and CV as one PDF document/file (of maximum 8 pages for the Project Coordinator and 6 pages for all other positions), not later than 4:00pm on Friday 18th November 2022 via email to and copy to – subject line is the job title e.g. “Project Coordinator”. Do not send academic documents – heavy files containing academic documents or submitted as images, or any other that do not adhere to these instructions and or late applications, will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The motivation letter must also include the details of 2 suitable referees who can comment on the candidate’s ability. Women and Persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply, including those with a lived experience of mental health problems.



  • The commencement of these positions is subject to the availability of funding.
  • SOS and MHU promote zero tolerance for discrimination/harassment based on gender, religious beliefs etc. All staff and volunteers shall adhere to strict guidelines in order to facilitate “silent” inclusion. Staff and volunteers also adhere to safeguarding provisions – a set of procedures and practices designed to ensure that no harm comes to project beneficiaries as a result of contact with MHU’s programs, operations or individuals.


Deadline: 18th November 2022

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