United States USAID MCSP Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist Job Placement - John Snow, Inc (JSI)

Organization: John Snow, Inc (JSI)
Project Name: USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor

About JSI:
John Snow, Inc. (JSI) is a leader in improving the health of individuals and communities by providing high-quality technical and managerial assistance to public health programs worldwide. JSI has implemented projects in 100 countries, and currently operates from eight U.S. and 81 international offices for the past 30 years. The JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. ID a leading public health research and consulting organization.

About USAID MCSP Program:
USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival program aims to accelerate the reduction of Maternal, new born and child Mortality in USAID Priority countries with high disease burden such as Uganda though scaling up evidence based high impact interventions. Building on Experience, MCSP addresses major causes of mortality by influencing and implementing high impact and innovative interventions at scale based on the country context and data; building global consensus and sustained government commitment to support MNCH interventions; maximizing the use and integration of local programs

Job Summary: The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist provides support to a two-person team of MEL Advisors with the following tasks: general program monitoring and evaluation (M&E); development and use of a web-based data management information system; development of indicators for monitoring performance; development and maintenance of the USAID Performance Management Plan (PMP) and other project-level M&E plans; production of periodic reports on program performance; and support for the process of documenting, learning from, and making decisions based on program M&E data.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Work in liaison with the team of MEL Advisors, provide technical assistance to: MOH/Uganda National Expanded Programme for Immunization (UNEPI), Ministry of Health Child Health Division, United States Government (USG) Implementing partners and their operational level health workers, local governments in the selected program districts, and other key stakeholders.
  • As a key member of the MCSP/SS4RI team, contribute towards the development and implementation of program strategy, including but not limited to: program documentation both qualitatively and quantitatively following program guidelines; development of and advocacy for program-related indicators; and participation in the development and updating of the program's internal M,E&L plan.
  • Data management, including but not limited to: development of program databases and support for their use among other partners and staff; collaboration with the MOH Resource Center in the generation and reporting of EPI and other Child health information; and support for data management, including data collection, processing, analysis, internal sharing and reporting, which also includes development and implementation of a data quality management (DQM) system, including data quality assessment/auditing, assurance, and storage guidelines.
  • Work in liaison with program staff to ensure appropriate program M&E, including but not limited to: ensuring that performance indicators are developed, followed and targets are met; drafting monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual performance reports as required by USAID, The Foundation, and MCSP/SS4RI/JSI; and soliciting and incorporating inputs from technical staff on performance reports, presentations, etc.
  • Assist the MEL Advisor team to encourage the active use of M&E data for decision-making by facilitating regular program learning reviews to identify critical lessons learned and best practices, which can be widely disseminated to inform health managers on best practices.
  • Support the inclusion of program ME&L data and findings in journal articles and grey literature including success stories, technical briefs, etc.
  • Work closely with the program team to facilitate cross-learning on the Reaching Every Child through Quality Improvement (REC-QI) approach across programs and countries.
  • Perform any other roles and duties as may be assigned..

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant for the USAID MCSP Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist job opportunity must hold a Bachelor’s degree in statistics/quantitative economics with a Master's degree in Statistics, Management, Public Health, Population studies and/or post graduate qualifications in M&E or project planning and management.
  • At least five years of progressively responsible professional experience in a program M&E role with an international development organization; including working experience at the district level supporting Data quality validation and improvement activities.
  • Broad knowledge of and experience in program M&E including indicator development, study design and implementation, and data analysis in the health sector.
  • Previous experience in developing results frameworks, logical frameworks, or similar tools for project design are required.
  • Experience developing and/or using performance management plans or similar tools are required.
  • Demonstrated ability in working with data bases, data analysis and conducting of both qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Highly analytical skills and the ability to summarize disparate information in a clear and concise manner
  • Excellent research and data collection methodology skills
  • Good working knowledge of Uganda’s HMIS and DHIS2 platform
  • Ability to create organizational work plans based on higher-level goals
  • Skills in supporting staff with a variety of levels of knowledge and capabilities
  • Strong organizational skills in order to balance competing priorities
  • Ability to work independently to efficiently meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • to deal effectively with colleagues and partners, including
  • MOH and local governments and communities
  • Ability to apply JSI regulations and procedures to daily work requirements
  • Handling datasets using Excel, My SQL, statistical packages such as SPSS, STATA, EPI-data,
  • Excellent computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheet programs, PowerPoint Travel 
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send an updated and cover letter to mcspugandahr@jsi.com with the subject line as indicated as title of the position.

Deadline: 30th June 2017

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