Management Sciences for Health

  • MEL Advisor

    Job ID
    # of Positions
    Performance, Learning and Impact (PLI)
    A000 - None Specified
    Reports To
    Senior Principal Advisor MER/HIS
  • Overview

    This position provides technical support to a variety of special projects within the Performance, Learning, and Impact Unit in the area of HIS, DHIS 2, M&E, research, and knowledge management. The MEL Advisor assures technical support to the DREAM@MSH/DHIS2 initiative in a timely fashion with a client centered approach. The MEL Advisor also conducts data analysis and general MER support as requested by research and project initiatives. In addition, the MEL Advisor assists and leads corporate and project results and metrics activities as well as providing support to knowledge management activities of the unit. The position reports to the Senior Principal Advisor for HIS/DHIS 2, PLI. The position is also expected to follow a matrixed reporting format based on the various work streams he/she will be supporting.

    Specific Responsibilities

    DHIS 2 Support (50%)

    • Provide technical expert support for the DREAM@MSH/DHIS 2 initiative
    • Set up and manage the DREAM@MSH/DHIS 2 help desk for ad hoc support requests
    • Set up project DREAM@MSH/DHIS 2 instances and support data population as needed
    • Conduct trainings for corporate and project staff on development, use, and maintenance of DREAM@MSH/DHIS 2


    Data Analysis, Performance Metrics, and Results (30%)

    • Support organizational performance metrics initiatives, including assisting in developing/revising measurement methodology and data collection systems
    • Assist in developing metrics and research data collection instruments and capacity building materials
    • Conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis as requested
    • Assist PLI MER staff in developing sample size calculations and data analysis plans for project evaluations and applied research
    • Support internal review and project evaluation data analysis needs
    • Assist PLI and MSH projects in interpreting and visualizing data into meaningful formats for reporting, presentations, and publications.
    • Assist PLI and MSH projects in writing study protocols, abstracts and manuscripts for publication.


    Support to Business Development, KM, and MER (20%)

    • Assist project and business development efforts to inform strategy through use of impact modeling tools such as LiST, DALYs, etc.
    • Collaborate with Business Development, KM, and MER teams to develop and maintain a database of resources for proposals (PMP’s, Indicator menus, and KM and MER narratives, etc) and assist with proposal development as directed.
    • Assist in developing and maintaining institutional, unit, and project performance dashboards
    • Support the knowledge management team in the coordination of MSH’s strategic roadmap synthesis and reporting requirements
    • Support the development of systems to collect and increase access to organizational level lessons learned for new business development.
    • Facilitate and support project submission of data to the USAID Data Depository Library (DDL)

    Qualifications and Experience



    • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, Information Systems, Sciences, Social Science, or Statistics.



    • Master’s Degree in a similar field.



    Candidates should have at least 6 years of related experience in the following areas:

    • Expert competency in use of data management software such as DHIS 2, Excel (including Power Pivot), and MS Access.
    • Demonstrated experience in statistical analysis and data visualization
    • Proven experience with results metric programs such as LiST as well as statistical software (STATA, SAS, SPSS, R, EpiInfo, etc.)


    • Experience with health project level M&E, knowledge management, and working as part of an integrated support team.
    • Experience with at least one statistical package software for qualitative data analysis (Nvivo, Atlas.ti, Dedoose, etc).
    • Experience living or working in developing countries is highly desirable to understand program context, field realities and technical needs.


    Knowledge and Skills:

    • Highly organized, detail –oriented, meticulous and consistent in the execution of their work.
    • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and projects at a time.
    • Enjoys learning; a team player and a self-starter who can use her/his own initiative to identify useful work.
    • Ability to converse in one of MSH primary working languages in addition to English (e.g. French, Spanish, Portuguese).
    • Demonstrated knowledge of DHIS 2 functionality, configuration and technical programming.
    • Demonstrated capacity to analyze in-country DHIS 2 health instances and assist local stakeholders (e.g. MOH, MSH field projects) to configure and/or improve those.
    • Demonstrated capacity to develop and calculate organizational performance and impact metrics such as direct/indirect reach, DALYs, lives saved, and key performance measures.
    • Proven skills in at least one statistical package software for quantitative data analysis (SPSS, STATA, R, etc.)
    • Demonstrated capacity to develop and manage dashboards and large databases, for quantitative and qualitative data.
    • Excellent writing, analytical, organizational and communications skills including organizing, scanning, summarizing and presenting information.
    • Demonstrated time management skills.
    • Fluency in English (written and oral) required.



    • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with professional colleagues from multiple units and within various socio-cultural contexts.
    • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment and working under tight deadlines.
    • Demonstrated competence to assess priorities and solve problems using innovative, evidence-based solutions.


    Physical Demands:

    • Travel requirements: 15-25%
    • Keyboard use, Pulling drawers, lifting papers <10lbs.

    Background Information

    Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

    EEO Statement

    Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

    Reports To

    Senior Principal Advisor MER/HIS
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