USAID Project Jobs – Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist at Pathfinder International

Job Ref: 13-042-PROP

Pathfinder International
Kampala, Uganda
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.
Pathfinder is seeking a
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist to provide strategic leadership,
management and direction for the Advocacy for Better Health program in Uganda.
The goal of the Advocacy for Better Health program is to contribute to
improvement in quality, availability and accessibility of health services. The
purpose of the program is to increase the citizens’ voice for quality service
delivery. The program shall also facilitate community input in developing and
delivering better services. It shall lay the foundation for increasing citizen
participation in the health sector and foster cooperation among civil society
actors on issues of common benefit which shall strengthen the sector over the
long term.
The Monitoring
and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist will provide leadership and oversight of
the design and implementation of the Project’s M&E plan and data collection
system to measure the overall project performance against established goals and
objectives. S/he develops a cost-effective, results-oriented monitoring system
to provide USAID with the necessary information to assess the progress,
effectiveness and impact of activities. The M&E Specialist coordinates the
preparation of reports for USAID and develops policy and standard procedures
for evaluation guidelines. S/he ensures the timely collection and processing of
data for making program decisions and for identifying and solving problems with
RH/FP services. Additionally, the M&E Specialist strengthens and builds
institutional and individual capacity in M&E. S/he supervises all M&E
related staff.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Work
    closely with USAID to develop and implement program and state-level
    performance monitoring plans, including identification of project outputs,
    performance indicators, and targets as well as establishing a baseline;
    designs and implements data-collection and performance reporting systems;
    provides field-based technical assistance and monitoring of M&E
    systems; and reporting.
  • 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
  • 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 project managers,
    COP, and Pathfinder headquarters.
  • Ensures
    that the findings of service-oriented, strategic analysis and research
    (e.g., cost studies, client-segmentation studies, unmet need studies,
    client-satisfaction studies) are used to inform program strategies and to
    refine performance monitoring plans and planning frameworks.
  • Ensures
    that the performance monitoring plans and strategic implementation
    frameworks are complementary and consistent.
  • Maintains
    effective working relationships with all government agencies, donors, and
    international partners.
  • 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.
  • Plans
    for and selects qualified consultants and critically assesses consultant
    reports and other deliverables.
  • 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 are 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 Pathfinder staff, especially project staff, on the use of data
    for decision making and performance improvement.
  • Conducts
    field-based monitoring, technical assistance and training to program teams
    and partner organizations as necessary.
  • Provides
    overall guidance and manages all the M&E related efforts,
    communicating and coordinating as needed with headquarters M&E and
    other staff.
  • Carries
    out other duties and special assignments, as required.
Skills and Experience:
  • Master’s
    Degree in Development Studies or any relevant discipline.
  • Minimum
    of eight (8) years’ experience and demonstrated practical skills in
    monitoring and evaluation of voice and accountability programs.
  • Work
    experience as well as comprehensive knowledge of the heath context and structural
    issues in Uganda including socioeconomic, institutional and policy issues
    that are related to essential services in population preferred.
  • Experience
    in successfully managing and implementing the monitoring and evaluation of
    developing country health programs, including; report writing and data
    analyses, as well as overseeing data collection at various levels to
    ensure accuracy and clarity of data interpretations and definitions.
  • Excellent
    knowledge and significant experience in the development and implementation
    of monitoring and evaluation frameworks and systems required for voice and
    accountability programs.
  • Experience
    leading a project team in M&E activity design and implementation.
  • Proven
    ability to manage, motivate and mentor staff at all levels and create a
    positive team environment.
  • Thorough
    knowledge of family planning and reproductive health issues related to
    effective M&E including solid knowledge of key indicators related to
    FP service delivery programming, contraceptive security, and advocacy/policy.
  • Demonstrated
    ability to work effectively with various constituencies including
    headquarters, donor agencies, international and local partners, host
    country government agencies, and other stakeholders.
  • Strong
    problem-solving skills, capacity to analyze Project Management Plan data,
    evaluate progress, and recommend necessary recourse for maximizing program
    progress and impact.
  • Comprehensive
    knowledge and understanding of USAID reporting requirements.
  • Experienced
    user of software packages, including ACCESS, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and
    at least one statistical software package (SPSS, STATA, SAS or similar).
  • Experience
    working with complex programs involving short deadlines, multiple tasks,
    in coordination with multiple partners, to achieve expected results.
  • Excellent
    representational and communication skills, written and oral proficiency in
    English, and verbal communication skills in one or more local languages.
  • Ability
    to travel throughout Uganda; occasional travel to the US Headquarters may
    also be necessary.
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