Management Sciences for Health

Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research Advisor

Grade
J
Job ID
13-9811
US-VA-Arlington
# of Positions
1
Group/Office
OCE
Dept/Unit
Performance, Learning and Impact (PLI)
Project/Program
A000 - None Specified
Reports To
Focal Lead Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research

Overview

The M&E Sr. Advisor works under the direction and supervision of the M&E Principal Technical Advisor in the Performance, Learning and Impact (PLI) unit. S/he supports the Principal Technical Advisor in the accomplishment of the PLI functions related to results-based project design, monitoring for project implementation, project evaluation and applied research. The M&E Sr. Advisor will serve as a member of the M&E team in the PLI unit to further strengthening M&E function and practices across projects implemented by technical groups (HPG and PHT) at MSH. The M&E Sr. Advisor also contributes to 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 M&E Sr. Advisor also supports PLI in designing M&E approaches for new projects during project design phases, including positioning and proposal development. Finally, the M&E Sr. Advisor works in alignment with the PLI approach towards developing and fostering an “evaluative thinking” culture across MSH and contributes to PLI efforts in becoming a learning organization. The MER Senior Advisor is expected to adopt a client-centered approach in all interactions with MSH corporate, group, and project level staff.  A collaborative and integrated working style is highly valued and expected.

Specific Responsibilities

M&E project support (45%)

  • Provide M&E support to projects implemented by MSH in in Francophone countries in close coordination with Project Directors, Senior Managers and Technical Teams.

Applied research (15%)

  • Develop capacity of MSH staff (in-country and home office) in designing, conceptualizing and conducting implementation and/or operational research studies in technical areas of priority and relevance to MSH projects.
  • Work with technical teams in HPG and PHT in developing implementation research 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 the 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.

Project documentation (20%)

  • 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.

M&E support to new business development (20%)

  • Provide support 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 and/or operational research studies, systematic documentation, data management and quality, and evaluation approaches.

Qualifications and Experience

Education

Required

  • Master’s Degree or similar postgraduate education in a field of study closely related to the assigned responsibilities.

Experience

Required

  • A minimum of seven years of related experience to the assigned responsibilities.
  • Experience in international/global public health.
  • Track record in designing, conducting and documenting applied research studies and evaluations (formative, process, performance or impact) for projects implemented in low-resource settings in at least two of the following technical areas: family planning / reproductive health; maternal, newborn and child health; HIV; TB; malaria; nutrition; and health systems strengthening.
  • Significant experience providing M&E support to USAID-funded global health projects implemented in low-resource settings. Specifically designing and monitoring performance monitoring plans at the project level.
  • Strong experience in designing M&E systems for USAID-funded global health project that involve the delivery of capacity building interventions, 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 strategies 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

  • Eight years of progressively responsible experience is preferred.
  • Extensive experience in field-level management in healthcare settings strongly desired.

Knowledge and Skills

Required

  • Robust experience in evaluation and applied 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 and experience in at least one statistical package software for quantitative data analysis (SPSS, STATA).
  • Solid skills and experience in using DHIS2 highly preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including ability to work and interact with country based, home office based and donor staff.
  • Strong skills in mentoring other staff with programmatic and managerial roles.
  • Excellent writing skills for documentation of programmatic processes and lessons learned during project implementation and close out phase.
  • Excellent analytical, oral communication and teamwork skills.

Preferred

  • Proficiency in French is highly preferred.

Competencies

 

  • High degree of judgment in maturity, ingenuity and originality to analyze, interpret, and present applied research data, findings and programmatic results at individual project and aggregated levels.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment.
  • Ability to use qualitative analysis software(Nvivo, Atlas.ti, Dedoose or similar ones) an asset.

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

Focal Lead Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research
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