Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Pathfinder International, Burundi

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th May, 2018

Job Description

Pathfinder Overview

Pathfinder International is a global leader in sexual and reproductive health. We place reproductive health care at the center of all that we do—believing that it is not only a fundamental human right, but is critical for expanding life opportunities for women, families, communities, and nations, and paving the way for transformations in environmental stewardship, decreases in population pressures, and innovations in poverty reduction. Pathfinder provides women, men, and adolescents with a range of quality health services—from contraception and maternal care to HIV prevention and AIDS care and treatment. Pathfinder strives to strengthen access to family planning, ensure availability of safe abortion services and post-abortion care, advocate for sound reproductive health policies, and, through all of our work, improve the rights and lives of the people we serve.

Program Overview

Pathfinder is seeking a Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for the USAID/Burundi Tubiteho Activity. The primary purpose of the Activity is to increase the use of quality reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health as well as malaria control and prevention services in Burundi. The main objectives are to: increase access to quality essential health services to improve uptake and increase impact; increase positive health behaviors, increasing the demand for (and correct use of) services and products, as well as early health care seeking behaviors; and strengthen health systems to support provision of quality health services

Position Purpose

The Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning will be responsible for development of monitoring, evaluation, and operational research plans to inform program management and strategic direction.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develops and implements a project M&E system according to Pathfinder standards and practices.
  • Consults with USAID and other stakeholders to establish a transparent, reliable, and valid M&E system that can easily be tracked and verified.
  • Ensures that the M&E system is a cost-effective, results-orientated system that provides USAID and the program with necessary information to assess the progress, effectiveness, and outcome of activities.
  • Collaborates with partners to develop individual and M&E work and training plans as appropriate.
  • Develops/adapts tools for data collection; designs and implements surveys and other data collection tasks.
  • Designs/adapts project performance monitoring database to report national and global indicator and performance indicator data quarterly to senior managers, COP, and Pathfinder headquarters.
  • Oversees implementation of the project’s baseline and end-of-project surveys.
  • Documents project achievements against targets using monitoring data and works with project staff to document the factors behind gaps and over achievements.
  • Institutes regular use of performance monitoring data among project managers, Country Offices, and other relevant Pathfinder staff.
  • Identifies best practices and state-of-the art approaches to the program activities and evaluates them.
  • Disseminates information on project evaluations through written reports, conference presentations, and publications, and assists project staff to do likewise.
  • Uses data to systematically and consistently document achievements, success stories, and best practices.
  • Supervises M&E team members to: manage production of data to meet all reporting requirements including quarterly and annual reports, research, technical reports, presentations, etc.; ensure that all data is up to date and ready for immediate use; review quarterly reports prior to submission to donors and headquarters; assist project technical staff with preparation of reports as appropriate.
  • Builds capacity of project staff, on the use of data for decision making and performance improvement.
  • Provides technical assistance and training to program teams and partner organizations as necessary.
  • Provides technical support to strengthening M&E systems at national and community level.
  • Provides overall guidance and manages all the M&E related efforts, communicating and coordinating as needed with headquarters M&E and other staff.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Chief of Party.

Basic Requirements

  • A Master’s degree in public health, economics, statistics, or health related field.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience designing and implementing M&E learning systems of large scale health programs for international donor funded projects.
  • Demonstrated research experience, designing tools and dissemination of results; Ability to manage and lead a M & E portfolio and possess a solid understanding of how capacity can be built to sustain M&E systems on a national level.
  • Experience interacting with host country agencies, including central and local government, development partners, civil society, and community-based organizations is essential.
  • Demonstrated success in data management and analysis of RMNCH service delivery within challenging environments. Knowledge of USG system indicators and reporting highly desired.
  • Excellent representational and communication skills, written and oral proficiency in English and French is required.
  • Strong knowledge of statistical software packages as well as Microsoft Office Suite, Excel is highly desirable.
  • Kirundi language a plus.
  • Travel throughout the project area in Burundi will be required.


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