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Team Leader, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning Vacancy in Ethiopia

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Jhpiego
Closing date: 24 Dec 2021

Overview

Jhpiego seeks a Team Leader for Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL)to provide technical leadership, oversight and strategic direction for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities for an upcoming Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) project funded through the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). This 5-year project will seek to establish a networked community of practice in clinical services, including extension of clinical mentorship services to catchment facilities and e-learning hub-and-spoke platforms. The project will also collaborate with and support the Ministry of Health (MOH) in defining public health and clinical workforce requirements for the 21st century and work in partnership with other stakeholders to produce this workforce; advance the design and deployment of client-centered preventive and curative health services; define a research and surveillance agenda based on local public health priorities and program gaps, and design and implement public health implementation science agenda.

The MERL Team Leader will supervise and manage the project’s M&E team and oversee the collection, management, analysis, and use of project data, ensuring that lessons learned are integrated into project implementations to continuously improve quality of interventions and outcomes. S/he is responsible for documenting and disseminating project successes, challenges and lessons learned to CDC. The Team Leader will also be responsible for designing and conducting assessments, operations research and evaluations to address project needs. S/he will liaise with and support consortium partners and the Ministry of Health to implement monitoring and evaluation activities, and s/he will work within the broader Jhpiego Ethiopia MERL team to ensure compliance with internal standards and practices.

This position is contingent upon award from the CDC. Ethiopian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply

Roles and 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 efficiently track, use and disseminate performance indicators and results over the life of the project, including routine service delivery data reporting, baseline and end line assessments, and all monitoring for process and outcome evaluations
  • Supervise a team of M&E professionals, ensuring high-quality implementation of all monitoring, evaluation and learning activities
  • Develop and oversee implementation of robust context-appropriate systems for data collection, quality assurance, analysis and reporting on activity outputs/outcomes and program quality
  • Lead results reporting to CDC by providing written documentation on M&E activities and indicator results for progress and annual reports, as appropriate
  • Ensure alignment of project systems and approaches with national monitoring and evaluation guidelines, protocols, information and reporting systems
  • Experience with CDC reporting requirements and timelines, including DATIM.
  • Cultivate strategic M&E relationships and alliances with monitoring, evaluation and learning counterparts in other CDC projects national institutions, and key stakeholders, leading initiatives to learn from project data and adapt intervention strategies 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
  • Support project leadership to champion holistic approaches to collaboration, learning and adapting (CLA), including design and implementation of an action-oriented project research and learning agenda, routine analysis of available health sector data sources, and application of best practices in knowledge management
  • Oversee and/or conduct targeted assessment, evaluations and operations research, ensuring compliance with Ministry of Health and Johns Hopkins University institutional review board policies
  • Ensure quality of data through data verification procedures including routine data quality audits and that these are routinely carried out during the project lifecycle
  • 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 MOH technical assistance to strengthen the country’s HMIS for the optimal use of routine HMIS data
  • Ensure project compliance with CDC monitoring, evaluation, research and open data policies
  • 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
  • Train and mentor project staff and implementing partners in monitoring and evaluation methods, tools, and systems
  • Ensure protection of participant data and confidentiality during all monitoring, evaluation and research implementation and dissemination processes
  • 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**
  • Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in public health, demography, statistics, social sciences or related field or equivalent experience

  • Minimum 8 years of work experience in monitoring and evaluating multi-year international health sector development projects (approximately $1 - 5M per year), including 2 years in senior management roles

  • Proven expertise in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methodologies, health management information systems, data visualization and reporting

  • Experience developing and implementing implementation science, surveillance and research agendas

  • Demonstrated strong management, coordination, teamwork and planning skills with proven ability to function effectively with multiple host-country counterparts in both the public, NGO and private sectors

  • M&E experience in PEPFAR/CDC programming, to include M&E of a country’s national plan

  • In-depth experience with PEPFAR MER guidelines and indicators

  • Familiarity with the health management information system and other national M&E systems in Ethiopia

  • Strong technical skills, including ability to process and analyze data using DHIS2 and one or more statistical software packages, e.g., SPSS, Epi-Info, Stata, MS Excel.

  • 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

  • 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 as needed.

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How to apply:

https://jobs-jhpiego.icims.com/jobs/4437/team-leader%2c-monitoring%2c-evaluation%2c-research%2c-and-learning/job



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