Save the Children is seeking a Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor for an anticipated USAID project providing support to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Malawi. The Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor (M&E) will be responsible for leading the design and implementation of the program monitoring and evaluation framework and information system to track delivery against outputs, outcomes and impacts. S/he will lead analysis of data collected for the assessment of progress and improvements. S/he will also guide reporting processes amongst technical staff and consolidate program reports, promote learning and knowledge sharing of best practices and lessons learnt and the use of data for programmatic improvement. S/he will support all the technical staff in M&E functions and will manage any M&E related staff in the project. This is a leadership role and will serve as a key member of the project team. This position is contingent on the issuance of USAID funding and the selection of applicants is subject to USAID approval.
This key project is a five‐year program aimed to reduce HIV impact, vulnerability and risk, as well as increase high impact HIV services among orphans and vulnerable children and adolescents in targeted communities. The goal for this program is improved health, nutrition, psycho-social well-being and educational outcomes; and reduced abuse of children affected by HIV. The program seeks to advance ownership at the local level of a comprehensive, integrated, community-based AIDS response to mitigate the impact of HIV on orphans and vulnerable children.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
Lead the design and implementation of the program M&E framework (20%)
Design, monitor and analyze program M&E frameworks and data collection systems, including output, outcome and impacts indicators.
Develop data collection tools, additional program assessments, analytic plans and study protocols as necessary.
Set up and maintain the routine data flow and reporting schedule, providing technical assistance and support to ensure a system for the collection of quality data is maintained and data is used to inform programmatic decisions.
Guide project reporting process (20%)
Manage the compilation and completion of reports necessary for reporting program activities.
Promote learning and knowledge sharing of best practices and lessons learned (20%)
Design and execute program assessments and evaluations to learn from program data.
Initiate and lead dissemination of program data to promote data use and establish processes for the routine analysis and use of data for program improvements.
Participate in forums to disseminate best practices and lessons learned.
Collaborate with government officials to improve data collection systems and data use (20%)
Facilitate a working relationship with government health officials to support improvements in data collection, including ensuring that the OVC Longitudinal Management Information System (OLMIS) includes recommended key indicators and that strategies are in place to improve data use at multiple levels of the health system.
Support technical staff in M&E functions (20%)
Manage and build capacity of all M&E related staff in program to carry out program monitoring and evaluation activities and assessments.
Conduct trainings necessary to establish a strong project data collection system among M&E staff and lead trainings for additional program assessments as necessary.
- Bachelor’s Degree in statistics, mathematics, business, informatics, international relations or other relevant discipline.
- Minimum of seven years’ experience in designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation activities for complex programs in developing countries. Previous experience on USAID programs and health-focused programs preferred.
- Demonstrated ability and skills in analysis and report writing is essential.
- A firm command of the M&E issues with respect to quality improvement and quality assurance with respect to integrated service and support programs.
- Demonstrated experience in setting up and managing M&E systems that track performance as per the objectives of this project (e.g., OVC services, performance against each result area).
- Demonstrated analytical skills to measure the outcomes of the project’s activities, including referral outcomes, and support project supervision.
- Experience developing and refining data collection tools.
- Strong writing and organizational skills for monitoring and reporting on program outcomes and impacts.
- Experience designing, implementing and analyzing research protocols, including both quantitative and qualitative research methods and an understanding of the ethical considerations necessary for research.
- Knowledge of the major evaluation methodologies (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method, and impact) and data collection and analysis methodologies.
- Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing monitoring systems and conducting evaluations especially for health programs. Experience working with DHIS 2 platform, as well as working with government counterparts to strengthen national data systems a plus.
- Strong working knowledge of data quality assurance mechanisms.
- Able to work within a tight timeframe, managing M&E team members and meeting deadlines and deliverables to partners and donors.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (professional level).
- Extensive experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa; work experience in Malawi highly desirable.
- Qualified Malawi nationals are highly encouraged to apply.