Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Director
FHI 360, Malawi
Closing Date for Applications:
The MEL Director will provide leadership and technical guidance to the program team on all monitoring, evaluation and learning -related issues. Under the direction of the Chief of Party and in close collaboration with the technical leads, the MEL Director will be responsible for the design, implementation and quality of all monitoring, evaluation and learning components of the project. This includes leading and supervising the activity learning agenda, data management systems, data quality, data dissemination and use as well as any technical assistance and capacity development. S/he will provide strategic direction for a robust learning agenda for continuous learning, collaboration and adaptation during the life of the project. S/he will serve as the primary point of contact for establishing and managing an evaluation and monitoring system responsive to CDC/PEPFAR reporting and learning requirements.
Essential Job Functions/ Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- Lead the design and implementation of the project’s monitoring and reporting activities, including: development of the project’s results framework and Performance Monitoring Plan; development and monitoring of project indicators; oversight of routine data collection and data management; data quality assessments (DQA); synthesis and analyses of data and presentation of project lessons and results; and reporting, both internally and externally as required/needed.
- Lead the design and implementation of the project’s evaluation activities (as applicable), including periodic reviews, performance evaluations (baseline, midline, endline), outcome and impact evaluations.
- Guide and maintain relevant protocols, SOPs, instruments, data sets, manuals, training materials and reports pertaining to monitoring, evaluation and learning; ensure that these all adhere to FHI 360 and international policies and standards; and ensure that they remain technically and ethically sound.
- Oversee a team of M&E staff for the project and ensure clear roles and responsibilities and lines of communication are maintained amongst the team members. This includes conducting performance management and professional development of direct reports and of the entire Strategic Information (SI) team, i.e. provision of constructive feedback, ongoing coaching, and career support, as needed and appropriate.
- Develop and oversee implementation of strategies for capacity strengthening (as needed) of staff, implementing partners, government counterparts, and other stakeholders in M&E systems/tools, data management, health informatics, data analysis and use for program planning and improvements, and other priority areas/skills.
- Ensure the quality and timely preparation and submission of workplans, data sets, progress reports, and papers summarizing project results and evidence, and other deliverables, as required. This includes ensuring effective data analysis/interpretation and data use to inform management decision-making and to support quality improvement efforts.
- Ensure the quality of data collected to measure project performance and results, through proper ongoing data management, SOPs for data flow and Quality Assurance, periodic Data Quality Audits (DQAs), and adequate orientation/training of staff, partners and beneficiaries at all levels of the project.
Minimum Requirements and Desired Qualifications:
- A Bachelor’s degree in public health evaluation or Social Sciences, Statistics or any related field. Master’s degree highly preferred.
- Minimum of eleven (11) years of experience working on MEL for donor-funded health projects, preferably those involving health systems strengthening, capacity strengthening and/or RMNCH.
- Strong familiarity with USAID health and capacity strengthening programming.
- Knowledgeable on reporting procedures, best practices, guidelines, and tools for M&E of health projects.
- Strong writing and organizational skills for monitoring and reporting on program and study results.
- Strong communication abilities, including communication with both technical and non-technical audiences. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
- Experience using quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods, mixed methods, and M&E practices to answer program leaning and evaluation questions and to inform adaptive management.
- Proven experience working with and building the capacity of Ministries of Health (MoH) and understanding of MoH systems at national and sub-national levels.
- Demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to work collaboratively with IPs, donors and host country partners and stakeholders.
- Working knowledge of and experience with USG-funded program management, policies, regulations, and procedures.
- Experience in Africa and preferably in Malawi.
- Malawian nationals/residents encouraged to apply.