Management Sciences for Health

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research Senior Principal Advisor

Grade
L
Job ID
13-9798
US-VA-Arlington
# of Positions
2
Group/Office
OCE
Dept/Unit
Performance, Learning and Impact (PLI)
Project/Program
A000 - None Specified
Reports To
Senior Director, Performance, Learning, and Impact

Overview

The MER Senior Principal Advisor works under the direction and supervision of the PLI Senior Director, Performance, Learning and Impact unit (PLI). In collaboration with the PLI MER Focal Lead, s/he has primary responsibility for coordinating PLI functions, across MSH, related to results-based project design, monitoring for project implementation, project evaluation and applied research. The Senior Principal MER Advisor also oversees the compilation, analysis, and documentation of aggregated results at output and outcome levels and contribution to long-term health impact from the portfolio of MSH projects. The Senior Principal MER Advisor works closely with the PLI BRD team to standardize the way in which PLI designs M&E approaches for new projects during project design phases, including positioning and proposal development. Finally, the Senior Principal MER Advisor works in alignment with the PLI approach towards developing and fostering an integrated “evaluative thinking” culture across MSH and contributes to PLI efforts in becoming a learning organization.

Specific Responsibilities

M&E Technical Assistance to New Business Development (30%)

  • Lead all MER direct technical assistance to business resource development /proposal teams in designing robust M&E 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 PMPs, implementation research studies, systematic documentation, data management and quality, and evaluation approaches.

M&E Project Technical Assistance (45%)

  • Lead all PLI non-Francophone direct technical assistance to business resource development /proposal teams in designing robust M&E approaches that are responsive to programmatic rationale to systematically measure performance and achievement of outcomes throughout the life of the project. This includes development of PMPs, implementation research studies, process documentation and evaluation approaches.
  • Lead all PLI non-Francophone M&E technical assistance to projects implemented by MSH in close coordination with PLI MER Focal Lead, Project Directors, Senior Managers and Technical Teams.
  • Lead all PLI non-Francophone M&E technical assistance in the design and implementation of systems to monitor and evaluate project performance M&E system based on project TOC and assess performance, effectiveness and/or impact of MSH programs at project, country and corporate level.
  • Lead all PLI non-Francophone M&E technical assistance in the design and implementation of internal and/or external evaluations of MSH programs at project, country and corporate level.
  • Lead capacity building initiatives to implement a quality assurance system across MSH projects to systematically increase quality of data for project implementation, reporting, monitoring and documentation.
  • Lead the development of project management information systems that are in synch with overall MSH enterprise information system.
  • Serve as the DHIS 2 liaison with at least one country.

Project Documentation (15%)

  • Lead and support systematic documentation of processes and lessons learned (successes and challenges) for MSH projects in alignment with MSH’s Knowledge Management approach.
  • Build capacity among MSH staff (in-country and home office) in systematizing process and lessons learned documentation in technical areas of relevance to MSH projects. This includes supporting the development of technical highlights, technical briefs, case studies and manuscripts for conferences and peer-reviewed journals.

Implementation Research (10%)

  • Develop capacity of MSH staff (in-country and home office) in designing, conceptualizing and conducting implementation research studies in technical areas of priority and relevance to MSH projects.
  • Work with technical teams and researchers to ensure adherence to MSH’s policy for the protection of human subjects participating in research conducted by MSH.
  • Provide support for effective dissemination approaches for implementation research findings for strengthening their use in project implementation, performance improvement, and evidence-based policy development and implementation.

Qualifications and Experience

Education

Required:

  • Master's degree in a related MER or public health discipline.

Preferred:

  • Doctoral degree in a related MER or public health discipline.

Experience

Required:

  • A minimum of eight years of related experience to the assigned responsibilities is required. Experience in international/global public health is required.
  • Significant experience providing M&E support to USAID-funded global health projects implemented in low-resource settings including designing and supervising performance monitoring plans at the project level.
  • Strong experience in designing M&E systems for USAID-funded global health project, including identification of appropriate tools for quality assurance, tracking of anticipated results, and information systems to manage M&E data.
  • Hands-on experience in designing and delivering face-to-face and virtual workshops, developing M&E and applied research capacity of in-country and home office staff with M&E and/or programmatic implementation roles including learning agendas, program theory, theory of change, research ethics, protocol and instrument development, and approaches to enhance utilization of research findings.
  • Strong experience in designing and developing M&E systems at proposal development stage. This includes developing the overall project M&E approach that is responsive to the programmatic rationale as described in results frameworks or similar tools; developing M&E plans, performance monitoring plans and any other tools and/or approaches needed for developing a robust M&E function for new projects.

Preferred:

  • Extensive experience in field-level management in healthcare settings strongly preferred.
  • Ability to converse in one of MSH primary working languages in addition to English (e.g. French, Spanish, Portuguese). Interest in or experience in quantitative and qualitative data synthesis.
  • Twelve years of progressively responsible experience in international/global public health.

Knowledge and Skills

Required:

  • Track record of experience in monitoring, evaluation, and research of international/global health projects implemented in low-resource settings.
  • Expertise in monitoring and evaluating health systems strengthening (HSS) interventions in any of the six HSS building blocks from the World Health Organization.
  • Strong skills in quantitative and qualitative data analysis for international/global health projects.
  • Proven skills in at least one statistical package software for quantitative data analysis (SPSS, STATA, R, etc.).
  • Experience with at least one statistical package software for qualitative data analysis (Nvivo, Atlas.ti, Dedoose, etc).
  • Understanding of and experience using relational data bases. DHIS 2 familiarity a plus.
  • Experience writing and presenting research results.
  • Familiarity with USAID indicators and metrics in specific content areas such as PEPFAR, PMI, etc.
  • Excellent writing, analytical, organizational and communications skills including organizing, scanning, summarizing and presenting information

Preferred:

  • Enjoys learning; a team player and a self-starter who can use her/his own initiative to identify useful work.
  • Experience living or working in developing countries is highly desirable to understand program context, field realities and technical needs.
  • Experience with designing and implementing electronic surveys is desirable.
  • Experience with tracking of program results strongly preferred. Experience with program evaluation is desirable.
  • Proficiency in French a plus.

Competencies

  • 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: 25-30%
  • 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 Director, Performance, Learning, and Impact
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