Monitoring and Evaluation, and Research Director

West Africa Region
1 month ago
Job ID
2017-2949
Experience (Years)
7
Category
International Positions

Overview

Jhpiego seeks a Monitoring and Evaluation, and Research (MER) Director to provide technical leadership, oversight and strategic direction for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities for an upcoming USAID-funded multi-country family planning (FP) project in francophone West Africa.

 

The project is designed to expand and accelerate access to and use of FP and reproductive health services across the region by working closely with local and national governments to prioritize this in their national plans; leveraging partnerships with regional and international organizations; and building the capacity of nongovernmental and civil society organizations to provide quality augmented support. The project will operate over a five year period. The MER Director will provide technical leadership to develop project framework, plans and indicators to capture performance results and provide effective, accurate and timely monitoring, evaluation and reporting of all project activities. The MER Director will supervise and manage the MER team to design and implement project MER activities, ensuring that lessons learned are integrated into project implementation to continuously improve quality of interventions and outcomes. The MER Director is responsible for documenting and disseminating project successes and challenges to USAID. The MER Director will also be responsible for designing and conducting operations research. The MER Director will liaise with consortium partners and the Ministry of Health to implement monitoring and evaluation activities.

 

This position is contingent upon award from USAID. West African nationals, especially native French speakers, are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and direction on M&E to ensure the project achieves its goals and corresponding objectives and targets
  • Oversee the development and implementation of the Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) to capture project performance and results, including routine service delivery data reporting, baseline and end line assessments, and all monitoring for process and outcome evaluations
  • Develop and oversee data flow pattern for project that will ensure timely data collection and reporting
  • Lead results reporting to USAID by providing written documentation on M&E activities and indicator results for progress and annual reports, as appropriate
  • Ensure high-quality implementation, consistent with West African country national monitoring and evaluation guidelines, protocols, information and reporting systems
  • Lead strategic collaboration activities with key stakeholders to learn from project data and adapt interventions as appropriate
  • Lead efforts to utilize training monitoring systems to track and monitor trainers and participants at training events to facilitate follow-up and recordkeeping
  • Use data to contribute towards strategic decision-making and project planning with project leadership
  • Oversee and/or conduct targeted evaluations and operations research, including design, data collection, management and analysis
  • Ensure quality of data through data verification procedures including routine data quality audits and that these are routinely carried out during the project lifecycle
  • Cultivate strategic MER relationships and alliances with other USAID projects and represent MER activities in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations
  • Ensure relevant data is entered into JADE, Jhpiego’s organization-wide performance management system designed to capture, analyze, and disseminate project data
  • Support the project to provide Ministry of Health technical assistance to strengthen the country’s HMIS for the optimal use of routine HMIS data
  • Promote and support the dissemination of project information among the project team
  • Work with project and financial staff to prepare and track progress of project and activity budgets
  • Supervise a team of M&E professionals
  • Coordinate all M&E capacity-building activities with project staff, implementing partners and facility staff
  • Support the designated Internal Review Board (IRB) focal point in-country including maintaining current certification from 1) CITI human subjects ethics course and  2) CITI Good Clinical Practices (GCP) course
  • Ensure protection of participant data and confidentiality during IRB process and implementation of study

 

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree (PhD preferred) in public health, demography, statistics, social sciences or related field or equivalent experience
  • At least 10 years of experience in successfully managing M&E processes, including development of reports and data analyses, overseeing data collection at various levels to ensure accuracy and clarity of data interpretations and definitions
  • Minimum seven years of work experience in monitoring and evaluating large, multi-year international health sector development projects (approximately $5M+ per year)
  • Proven expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies and analysis, designing and conducting operations research, health management information systems, reporting, data quality assessments, data analysis and presentation for a range of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated strong management, coordination, teamwork and planning skills with proven ability to function effectively with multiple host-country counterparts in both the public and NGO sectors
  • M&E experience in health programming, including family planning and/or reproductive health
  • Familiarity with West African health management information system and other national M&E systems
  • Experience and understanding of the USAID frameworks and reporting system
  • Strong technical skills, including ability to process and analyze data using one or more statistical software packages, including at least one of the following: SPSS, Epi-Info, Stata, MS Access
  • Experience hiring and supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving project needs
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with donor, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector
  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building, and representational skills
  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts
  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building, and coordination
  • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in French and English
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in regional and national projects and technical staff
  • Proficiency in word processing and Microsoft Office
  • Ability to travel internationally 40% of the time

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