Monitoring and Evaluation, and Learning Specialist

Location BJ
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2/6/2018 9:32 AM)
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Jhpiego seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist to provide technical leadership, oversight and strategic direction for MEL activities for an upcoming USAID-funded malaria, maternal and child health and family planning integrated activity. The project will operate over a five-year period.


The MEL Specialist will be responsible for designing and implementing systems to ensure appropriate tracking and assessment of all activities. S/he 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 will have the primary responsibility of reporting on activity outputs and outcomes and ensuring that lessons learned are integrated into project implementation to continuously improve quality of interventions and outcomes. The MEL Specialist is responsible for documenting and disseminating project successes and challenges to USAID. The Specialist will also be responsible for designing and conducting operations research. S/he will liaise with consortium partners and the Ministry of Health to implement monitoring and evaluation activities and support national and local health data systems.


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


  • Provide leadership and direction on MEL 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 the Project that will ensure timely data collection and reporting
  • Lead results reporting to USAID by providing written documentation on MEL activities and indicator results for progress and annual reports, as appropriate
  • Ensure high-quality implementation, consistent with Benin 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 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 MEL 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

  • Advanced degree in monitoring and evaluation, public health, epidemiology, statistics, social sciences or related field or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 5+ years of work experience in monitoring and evaluating large, multi-year international health sector development projects (approximately $5M per year)
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing data collection systems and quality assurance systems, and production of high quality reports
  • Experience using research and monitoring information for decision making and program adaptations
  • Proven expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, operations research, health management information systems, reporting, data quality
  • M&E experience in RH, MCH, and malaria
  • Familiarity with Benin’s health management information system and other national M&E systems
  • Experience and understanding of USAID’s 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
  • 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
  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building, and representational skills
  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building, and coordination
  • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English and French
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in regional and national projects and technical staff
  • Proficiency in word processing, Microsoft Office and statistical software
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally


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