Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research Advisor, Jhpiego

Job ID 2017-2924
Location ZM
Experience (Years) 8
Posted Date 7/12/2017
Category International Positions
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Jhpiego seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research Advisor to provide technical leadership, oversight and strategic direction for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities for an upcoming Centers for Disease Control (CDC)-funded HIV Testing Services (HTS) project in Zambia. The project aims to ensure that individuals, couples and families (including children) get tested and know their HIV status, and are linked to appropriate clinical services based on their test results. This program will target high-risk, undiagnosed persons including men aged 25-40, adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), partners of people living with HIV (PLHIV), sex workers (SWs), and men who have sex with men (MSM). The project will operate over a five-year period.

The Advisor 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 Advisor will supervise and manage the M&E team to design and implement HIV Testing Services M&E activities, ensuring that lessons learned are integrated into project implementation to continuously improve quality of interventions and outcomes. The MER Advisor is responsible for documenting and disseminating project successes and challenges to the CDC. The MER Advisor will also be responsible for designing and conducting operations research. The Advisor will liaise with consortium partners and the Ministry of Health to implement monitoring and evaluation activities.

The position will be based in Lusaka and will report to the Project Director. This position is contingent upon award from the CDC. Zambian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Provide leadership and direction on M&E to ensure the HTS 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 HTS project that will ensure timely data collection and reporting
Lead results reporting to the CDC by providing written documentation on M&E activities and indicator results for progress and annual reports, as appropriate
Ensure high-quality implementation, consistent with the Zambian 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 CDC 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 the Zambian government counterparts (Zambian Ministry of Health (MOH), provincial/district MOH, and Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child 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:

Masters degree in public health, demography, statistics, social sciences or related field or equivalent experience
Minimum 8 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, operations research, health management information systems, reporting, data quality assessments, data analysis and presentation
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 HIV prevention care and treatment, with emphasis on high risk and key population
Familiarity with PEPFAR 90-90-90
Familiarity with the Zambian health management information system and other national M&E systems
Experience and understanding of the CDC 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, Advanced Excel, DHIS2, or 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 CDC, 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 English Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in regional and national projects and technical staff
Proficiency in Microsoft Office
Ability to travel nationally to project sites
Preferred Qualifications:

Zambian nationals are highly encouraged to apply.

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