Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist

BD
4 weeks ago
Job ID
2017-2979
Experience (Years)
7
Category
International Positions

Overview

Jhpiego seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist to provide technical leadership, oversight and strategic direction for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities for an upcoming Accelerating Universal Access to Family Planning (AUAFP) Activity. The project aims to increase utilization of FP services through universal health coverage by strengthening capacity to more effectively train medical providers and community health workers in FP both in the public and private sectors; and focusing and expanding public sector FP information and services to high need groups such as adolescents, youth, newlyweds, and postpartum girls and women in Bangladesh. The project will operate over a five-year period.

 

The MEL Specialist 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 MEL Specialist is responsible for leading the “learning lab” approach in which Activity interventions will be assessed, evaluated and data analyzed to provide learning to be fed back into the Activity and to formulate recommendations for the MOHFW for policy and action. S/he must work in close collaboration with the FP Specialist and the Adolescent/Youth Specialist. The M&E Specialist is responsible for documenting and disseminating project successes and challenges to USAID. The M&E Specialist will also be responsible for designing and conducting operations research.

 

This position is contingent upon award from USAID. Bangladeshi nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and direction on M&E to ensure the Accelerating Universal Access to Family Planning Activity 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 the Accelerating Universal Access to Family Planning Activity 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 Bangladesh’s 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 M&E relationships and alliances with other USAID projects and represent M&E 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 in public health, demography, statistics, social sciences or related field or equivalent experienc
  • Minimum 7 years of work experience in monitoring and evaluating large, multi-year international health sector development projects (approximately $5 -10M per year)
  • Demonstrated and relevant international, regional or national experience, expertise and knowledge, including research, activity implementation, management, strong technical skills, capacity building and institutional development
  • Proven expertise in all aspects of research including formulating research questions, data collection, analysis, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, operations research, health management information systems, reporting, data quality assessments and presentation of findings
  • 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 FP and adolescent/youth programming
  • Familiarity with Bangladesh health management information system and other national M&E systems
  • Experience and understanding of the FP and adolescent/youth programming framework 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 USAID host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector
  • Strong understanding of the public, NGO and private for-profit health/FP sectors
  • 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 English, proficiency in Bengali preferred
  • 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 nationally and internationally

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