Management Sciences for Health

  • MER Senior Advisor

    Job ID
    # of Positions
    GHSI (Global Health Systems Innovation)
    GHSIFT - GHSI Financing, Technology, Data & Impact
    A000 - None Specified
    Reports To
    EPI Lead
  • Overview

    This position provides technical support in Monitoring and Evaluation, Research (MER), Learning, and Health Management Information System (MIS) within the Global Health Systems Innovation (GHSI) Unit, in the Evidence, Performance and Impact (EPI) practice area.


    The MER Senior Advisor leads activities in MER and in Learning conducted by EPI. S/he uses a client-centered approach, serving MSH projects so they design and implement state-of-the-art MER and Learning systems and activities, and use information for decision-making, improving performance, and maximizing and measuring health impact. The MER Senior Advisor participates in the strengthening of local (national) MER, learning, and HMIS systems. The MER Senior Advisor actively supports the Implementation/Operational Research portfolio of MSH, and performs quantitative and qualitative analyses using a variety of statistical methodologies. S/he assures technical support to HMIS/DHIS2 initiatives, and synergies between local HMIS/DHIS2 with MSH’s customized DHIS2 system: DREAM@MSH. The position reports to the EPI lead.

    Specific Responsibilities

    Technical Support in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and HMIS (60%)

    • Participate in developing the culture of data use for decision making within the organization.
    • Develop, manage, and enhance MSH MERL systems and activities, including through the development of standards and guidance, enhancing data use for decision making.
    • Provide direct support to selected field projects in MERL and in HMIS throughout the project life cycle, including developing and implementing M&E plans, ensuring data quality, ensuring data use, actively monitoring work plan implementation activities, strengthening the capacity of teams, etc.
    • Strategically guide field projects in the areas of MERL/HMIS.
    • Actively participates in work planning and budgeting for MERL activities within field projects and at home office.
    • Develop DHIS2 instances for MSH home office and for MSH projects to enhance data management.
    • Build capacity of MSH staff (in-country and home office) in MERL, and in DHIS2.
    • Strengthen the use of DREAM@MSH as a vehicle to strengthen local HMIS.

    Technical Lead in Implementation/Operational Research (20%) 

    • Develop capacity of MSH staff in designing, conceptualizing, and conducting implementation and/or operational research (IR/OR) in technical areas of priority and relevance to MSH projects.
    • Work with technical teams in GHSI in developing IR/OR priority agendas for technical areas of relevance to MSH technical groups and projects.
    • Work with technical teams and researchers to ensure adherence to MSH’s policy for protection of human subjects participating in applied research conducted by MSH.
    • Develop and implement effective dissemination approaches for applied research findings for strengthening their use in project implementation, performance improvement, and evidence-based policy development and implementation.
    • Perform statistical analyses (quantitative and qualitative).
    • Serve as PI or co-PI for studies.

    Business Development (20%) 

    • Provide support to business resource development/proposal teams in designing robust MER and learning approaches that are responsive to programmatic rationale and technical approaches to systematically measure performance and achievement of outcomes throughout the life of the project. This includes development of M&E plans, implementation and/or operational research studies, systematic documentation, data management and quality, and evaluation approaches.

    Qualifications and Experience



    • Master's Degree in Public Health, Sciences, or Statistics. 


    • PhD in a similar field, and/or major in Health Information Systems. 



    • At least 8 years of related experience. 


    • At least 2 years living and working in an LMIC. 

    Knowledge and Skills: 


    • Sound understanding of the status of MER systems and practices in low and middle income countries (LMICs), and how HIS links with M&E.
    • Demonstrated capacity to develop, manage, and enhance MER and learning systems and activities in LMICs throughout the project life cycle, with proven experience to assess and propose development plans and deliver direct technical assistance to strengthen MER teams and systems in LMICs.
    • Experience with global-level health projects in MER and in knowledge management, and experience working as part of an integrated support team.
    • Experience with developing HMIS and MERL sections of proposals.
    • Expertise in Implementation/Operational Research in LMIC (design, IRB approval, data collection, analysis, budgeting, report writing, abstracts, papers, etc.).
    • Demonstrated knowledge of DHIS2, functionality, configuration, and technical programming.
    • Expertise in data management systems such as Excel and MS Access.
    • Proven skills in statistical package software for quantitative data analysis (SPSS, STATA, R, etc.), and in qualitative data analysis (NVivo, ATLAS, ti, etc.).
    • Experience living or working in developing countries to understand program context, field realities, and technical needs.
    • Excellent writing, analytical, organizational, and communication skills, including organizing, scanning, summarizing, and presenting information.
    • Demonstrated time management skills.
    • Fluency in English (written and oral) required.
    • Enjoys learning; a team player and a self-starter who can use her/his own initiative to identify useful work.


    • Demonstrated knowledge of pharmaceutical-related MER and information systems in LMICs and how to enhance those is an asset. 
    • Fluency in French. 


    • Demonstrated ability to lead innovative portfolio in MER and learning in HMIS, to learn and follow the latest lessons learned concerning MER, learning, and HMIS in LMICs.
    • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with professional colleagues from multiple units and within various socio-cultural contexts.
    • Demonstrated ability to build capacity of teams in LMICs and at the home office.
    • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environments, and working under tight deadlines.
    • Demonstrated competence in assessing priorities and solving problems using innovative, evidence-based solutions.
    • Highly detail-oriented, meticulous, and consistent in the execution of his/her work.
    • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and projects at a time.
    • Demonstrated ability to proactively identify areas that need support and constructively come up with solutions to address these.

    Physical Demands: 

    • Keyboard use, pulling drawers, lifting papers <10 lbs. 
    • Travel requirements: up to 35%.

    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

    EPI Lead
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