Palladium was awarded a cooperative agreement to implement the USAID County Measurement, Learning and Accountability Program (CMLAP) in Kenya from 2016. The purpose of this activity is to support ongoing activities by the national and county governments and other development partners to strengthen outcome measurements, learning and accountability (MLA) systems in order to provide quality data and synthesized information for planning, implementation, policy development and decision making. This activity focuses its support in the following HIV, Malaria and MNCH focal counties of Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, Siaya, Busia, Vihiga, Bungoma, Kisumu, Siaya, Nakuru, Samburu, Baringo and Turkana.
The project has two sub-purposes:
- Increased leadership and management capacity of county governments for effective outcome MLA systems;
- Increased availability, analysis and use of quality data.
A 29-person team currently work in Kisumu and surrounding counties (see above) to achieve the project results. The team is led by a Chief of Party also based in Kisumu. Palladium staff in Nairobi and our international offices will provide routine technical and administrative support and assistance.
The Senior M&E- RMNCAH Specialist will be responsible for providing thought leadership and technical guidance on RMNCAH M&E related programming within the County Measurement Learning and Accountability project now Tupime Kaunti for sub purposes 1 and 2 (See above). S/he will provide TA to strengthen the M&E systems for reproductive health in Kenya working through the C/SHMT, the county RH coordinators, stakeholders including other United States Government (USG) entities working in RMNCAH programming in the 7 focus counties to strengthen coordination, integration of approaches and coverage, quality and use of reproductive health information.
S/he should be skilled in using the DHIS2 data system, mining data from the various data systems; at the county level, to analyze RMNCAH data into information for evidence-informed programming. S/he will work closely with the DCOP and other Technical specialists support outcome measurement activities in RMNCAH program. s/he will ensure that data analyses support county leadership priority information needs to answer key family health (maternal, Child, Adolescent and Family planning) questions and drive decision making, and for quality improvement.
- Provide technical support to C/SMT on strengthening M&E and data use areas for RMNCAH;
- Facilitate the introduction and use of innovative tools and approaches for RMNCAH data analysis and data dissemination at the county levels;
- Work with county level C/SHMT and USG counterparts to determine priority areas to be addressed in strengthening the RMNCAH M&E and HIS systems;
- Support C/SHMT in implementing key activities to strengthen the M&E and HIS systems by supporting technical working groups, collaborating with other players, participating in the implementation of key activities, monitoring, reporting, and improving RMNCAH data quality in the 8 Counties;
- Coordinate the linking and integration of reproductive health data with existing in-country information systems in order to improve the accessibility and use of information;
- Provide technical support to development and implementation of a RMNCAH outcome measurement framework and system at the county and sub county levels. The framework will include priority questions; associated outcome measures, data sources, and methods; and guidance on frequency of data collection, reporting, dissemination and how to ensure internal and external data consistency;
- Facilitate development of county level information products such as quarterly bulletins;
- Support measures to improve coordination and harmonization of RMNCAH M&E approaches and activities among key stakeholders including USAID implementing partners;
- Provide inputs to any upcoming RMNCAH related surveys or evaluation in respective counties;
- Support development of an implementation research agenda for improving M&E systems for RMNCAH;
- Take leadership to develop RMNCAH M&E work plans, document achievements and submit quarterly reports;
- Representing Tupime Kaunti Project in forums at national and county RMNCAH advisory and reference meetings;
- Work with the Senior Governance Specialist to generate county-level funding to support improved RMNCAH outcome measurement and MLA systems;
- Work directly with the county planning and learning specialists and the Sr. Data Use and Learning Specialist to support counties to improve the collection, management, and dissemination of service statistics through:
- Continuously use RMNCAH data for quality improvement;
- Increase the use of gender and age-disaggregated data in particular, and inferential statistics in general for evidence-informed management of the RMNCAH program;
- Inculcate a culture of data demand and use within the CHMTs, including the provision of routine high-level RMNCAH statistical analyses;
- Develop the RMNCAH/health County profiles to improve health policy and program decision making.
- Link to Palladium counterparts within the Health Policy Plus and Strategic Information teams, for cross-platform learning and sharing of strategies and techniques;
- Assume other duties as assigned.
Educational background and Experience
- Masters Level of Education in related field: MPH, MSc Epidemiology/ with 5 or more years in RMNCAH, Public Health, Demography, or other relevant discipline;
- Knowledge of current global and national RMNCAH programming, protocols, standards, best practices;
- Experience working with county level stakeholders in strengthening systems;
- Experience working with community health workers and community level health services;
- Relevant experience in data collection, quality control, analysis, and interpretation and/or in using data to identify and meet program monitoring and evaluation needs and contributing to RMNCAH policies;
- Data visualization skills for developing health county profiles, dashboards;
- Demonstrated experience working with DHIS2, and other relevant routine Kenyan health information systems.
- Demonstrated experience in working on surveys, research and/or implementation research on RMNCAH issues;
- Strong written and oral communication skills for high-level policy audiences (writing examples may be required);
- Excellent coordination and organization skills;
- The ability to work well under pressure and solve problems;
- Ability to develop and maintain relationships with users and various stakeholders; developed cultural awareness and innovation sense;
- Ability and willingness to travel frequently within Kenya and work under field conditions;
- Fluency in written and spoken English and Swahili.