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Senior Technical Advisor, Monitoring & Evaluation At Management Sciences For Health (MSH)

Date Posted: 08/Oct/2019
Deadline: 14/Oct/2019

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.

Senior Technical Advisor, Monitoring & Evaluation

Job ID: 13-10840
Location: Nigeria-Abuja
Group/Office: PDG (Program Delivery Group)
Dept/Unit: PDGGEN - Program Delivery Group
Project/Program: A576 - PMI - S
Reports To: Project Director, PMI-S.
Grade: L


  • The US President’s Malaria Initiative for States (PMI-S) is a 5-year USAID funded project managed by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and partners to support NMEP and selected states to deliver quality malaria services.
  • MSH seeks to recruit a Senior M&E Advisor with excellent understanding and experience of the interplay between malaria surveillance, monitoring and evaluation and overall strengthening of health systems in Nigeria, especially the health management information system (HMIS) strengthening. The senior advisor will serve as the main point of contact for PMI for States Project’s Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation (SME) activities, including operational research (OR) and will have overall responsibility for SME including establishment of an M&E strategy and framework for monitoring performance of the IDIQ and all Task Orders, development of an M&E plan that specifies baselines, output, outcome and impact indicators, annual targets, data sources, and major assumptions for TOs.
  • At the federal level, the position will strengthen the capacity of NMEP to generate strategic data for program management and for decision-making, while at the state levels the position will support state SME strengthening interventions leading to improved quality of data generated and reported by health facilities and LGAs.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide technical leadership and management for overall monitoring and evaluation functions of the PMI for States project. These tasks include, among others:
    • Develop and implement the SME technical strategy for the IDIQ and each of the TOs specifying baselines, outputs, outcome and impact indicators, annual targets, data sources, and major assumptions for TOs. S/he ensures that TO AMELPs are harmonized with the overall IDIQ AMELP
    • Develop detailed annual work plans for each Task Order
    • Develop and implement a project workplan performance monitoring framework/plan that ensures that project activities align with required deliverables and project targets in the AMELP.
  • In alignment with the National HMIS, establish a system and tools for collecting, analyzing and reporting on IDIQ and Task Order performance according to the AMELP; and take lead for timely and complete reporting by all project staff, consortium partners, and grantee partners.
  • Tailor the data to each core audience’s needs and organize internal data review meetings to ensure data is used to improve project performance, and flag underperformance or issues with the Senior Malaria Technical Advisor and the Project Director
  • Report data to the USAID web-based implementing partner reporting system.
  • Build capacity of government entities (NMEP, SMEP and others), and selected stakeholders like grantee CSOs on SME including required reporting
  • Provide TA in adapting SME tools and techniques to improve the quality of data generated and reported.
  • Provide TA to the NMEP in the areas of data quality, data analysis and visualization
  • Compile lessons learned from state malaria SME implementation and make strategic technical inputs at NMEP SME subcommittee meetings and malaria TWG to support adoption of SME best practices
  • Mentor NMEP and SMEP to manage the National Malaria Data Repository (NMDR) where HMIS, LMIS, surveillance and survey data, and other datasets are analyzed and reported visually to aid decision making.
  • Provide technical direction to NMEP and SMEP on using HMIS and LMIS data to strengthen rational use of ACTs.
  • Take lead in the design and conducting of project studies like the baseline analysis/assessments, health facility assessments and community iCCM assessments.
  • Coordinate the preparation of all IDIQ and Task Orders quarterly progress reports, annual project reports, inception reports, ad-hoc technical reports, and success stories for submission to USAID.
  • Recruit, supervise and appraise project SME staff at the federal and state levels, and strengthen their technical and managerial capacity through seminars, hands-on training, mentoring and coaching.
  • In collaboration with PMI/Nigeria and NMEP, identify operational research questions for implementation by PMI-S.
  • Take lead of the learning component of PMI-S as per USAID requirements.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At a minimum, a Master's degree in Social Science, Epidemiology, Statistics or other relevant field.
  • At least 15 years of relevant work experience in monitoring and evaluation of donor-funded public health programs; excellent understanding of SME and health systems strengthening in Nigeria; 5 years of which on a malaria-specific SME activity. Experience with PMI and USAID systems is an asset.
  • Experience working closely with the NMEP and SMEPs.
  • Successful experience designing and implementing M&E programs, including developing logical framework, M&E strategies and approaches.
  • Prior experience with DHIS2 is required.
  • Experience establishing data quality assurance systems, proven analytical skills and ability to design data collection instruments, and analyze and interpret data. Evidence of successful implementation of quantitative, qualitative and participatory research methods.
  • Knowledge of and experience in training and developing local capacities on M&E.
  • Prior experience in design and implementation of a project learning agenda.
  • Demonstrated experience with software applications related to project planning and monitoring.
  • Experience working on complex projects.
  • Experience integrating gender in M&E plans.
  • Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, and negotiation skills; experience leading teams and ability to make timely effective decisions.
  • Willingness to travel within project areas as needed.
  • Must possess excellent management, documentation, presentation, and written communication skills.

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