Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Lead

Abt Associates, Kenya

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th October, 2020

Job Description

Organization Overview

The International Development Division focuses on improving the lives and economic well-being of people in lower and middle-income countries. We command technical expertise in health, agriculture, climate change, food security and governance—as well as in international evaluation. Our multi-layered health portfolio includes policy, health promotion and disease prevention, health finance, and health systems management. In partnership with government clients and local experts, our high-quality programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East are known for impact and innovation.

Job Summary

Abt Associates seeks a qualified Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Lead (M&E TL) for the Local Health System Sustainability Project’s East Africa Cross-Border Health Activity (LHSS/East Africa). The LHSS Project is USAID’s flagship initiative in integrated health systems strengthening, with a goal to help low- and middle- income countries transition to sustainable, self-financed health systems as a means to support universal health coverage. LHSS/East Africa in particular will work in partnership with USAID Kenya and East Africa (KEA) Regional Mission, bilateral Missions of the focus countries, regional intergovernmental organizations (RIGOs), national governments, private sector stakeholders, and relevant cross-border health authorities that are also in charge of the provision of health services to vulnerable and mobile populations that cross borders. At the end of two years, LHSS/East Africa will have increased access to and use of affordable and continuous quality health care in cross-border areas for this target population.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

The M&E Technical Lead will have the following specific duties and responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with regional stakeholders and partners in East Africa to finalize the Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Plan, indicators, and learning agenda
  • Collaborate with the LHSS Home Office MEL team to ensure alignment with project-wide MEL processes and reporting requirements
  • Manage a rigorous approach towards M&E to measure performance on specific goals and objectives, including timely data collection using quantitative, qualitative, and participatory methodologies
  • Design data collection tools, schedules, and analysis methods in line with the project-wide work plan management and monitoring system and interactive platform
  • Collect data at the health facility level in cross-border areas, including from the Activity-supported digitized health information system (HIS)
  • Ensure data accuracy for reporting indicators across the Activity, and timely reporting on indicators against expected results
  • Drive the Activity’s overall learning agenda to derive lessons learned and best practices from implementation
  • Lead efforts to strengthen a culture of learning at the cross-border level with local stakeholders
  • Support the interpretation of MEL findings for project planning, decision-making, course-correction, and communication of successes
  • Provide MEL guidance and mentorship to LHSS/East Africa Cross-Border Health Officers on data collection methods, procedures, and data extraction from the HIS
  • Serve as the field focal person to coordinate the design, customization, testing, and scale-up of an interoperable digital health information system in cross-border sites in line with national HIS platforms
  • The M&E TL will report to the LHSS/East Africa Chief of Party, and be supported by the LHSS Home Office-based MEL Advisor.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in statistics, social science, development economics, or a related field, and 8 to 10 years of experience in data management and analysis for M&E, learning, and adaptive management
  • Demonstrated experience designing and implementing MEL systems on complex donor-funded development projects. Experience implementing MEL activities on health system strengthening projects and/or projects that integrate health care for vulnerable populations is desirable
  • Demonstrated expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and experience conducting statistical analysis
  • Competency in qualitative and quantitative analytical methods, data collection and analysis, and establishing MEL systems
  • Demonstrated ability to lead baseline data collection and analyses
  • Knowledge of and experience with M&E frameworks and reporting systems
  • Expertise in adaptive management, organizational learning/development, systems mapping, development of Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA)-related tools, CLA thought-leadership, and providing inputs on how CLA may lead to improved development outcomes
  • Proficiency in Excel, Word, and other MS Office software; data analysis software, (e.g. SPSS, Stata, Nivo), data visualization software, and DHIS2
  • Experience managing MEL for USAID programs is desirable
  • Practical experience in design, testing and scale-up of interoperable digital platform will have an added value
  • Demonstrated experience in working in partnership with multiple host country governments/ government entities, donors, local partners, and other stakeholders
  • Proven record of excellent management, leadership, decision-making, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English are required
  • Knowledge and communication skills in French and/or one or more national languages in the region will have an added value
  • Kenyan nationals and residents are encouraged to apply

Minimum Qualifications

  • (6+) years of experience and a master degree OR the equivalent combination of education and experience


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