Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist US Non-profit Jobs – RTI International

 

Job Title:    Senior Monitoring &
Evaluation Specialist

Organization:  RTI International

Duty Station:  Kampala,
Uganda

 

About US:

RTI International is
a nonprofit organization headquartered in the Research Triangle Park in North
Carolina. RTI provides research and technical services. It was founded in 1958
with $500,000 in funding from local businesses and the three North Carolina
universities that form the Research Triangle.

 

Job Summary:  The Senior Monitoring & Evaluation
Specialist will ensure quality data collection, analysis, and reporting in
Uganda under the USAID-funded Act to End NTDs | East program.  S/he will oversee the monitoring, evaluation,
and reporting of program performance and results for country-led activities and
assist in facilitating learning using those results. This role requires regular
program data analysis and identifying areas for additional support.  The MERLA Specialist will work closely with
the Chief of party (COP), Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) and /RTI-HQ MERLA Staff
to identify how results will be used for program improvement through
programmatic adaptation.

 

The successful
candidate should have robust data management skills especially data analysis
expertise, strong attention to detail, and comfort working with large amounts
of data at the same time. They should also be adept at packaging data in such a
way that it is easy to use and disseminate to different target audiences for
learning and adapting program activities for continual improvement.  This individual must be able to collaborate
respectfully with multiple teams from diverse backgrounds, and particularly
with the Ministry of Health colleagues.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Data monitoring,
collection, analysis, packaging, and reporting 40%

·       
Review
data reported from specific program activities (e.g. surveys, mass drug
administration, training) to ensure data accuracy and completeness.

·       
During
routine and ongoing data review, communicate any problems with data quality to
the relevant program officers/managers to ensure accurate data collection and
reporting.

·       
Complete
routine project reporting tools and forms according to the program schedule
(work planning, two semi-annual reporting periods, regular updates to survey
tracking tools, and additional as needed), collaborating with the Chief of
party, Deputy Chief of Party, MOH program managers and HQ-based MERLA staff.

·       
Provide
accurate and timely responses to ad hoc data requests.

Survey development,
implementation, and analysis 20 %

·       
Support
the development of protocols and reports for disease-specific assessments, data
analysis to inform action-oriented conclusions, and the application of learning
in collaboration with MOH/NTD program managers, consultants and the RTI
technical team at country and HQ level.

·       
Supervise
various field activities especially disease specific surveys to support high
quality data collection and reporting.

·       
Lead the
submission of survey outputs which include, but are not limited to, survey
reports, raw survey data, and clean datasets.

·       
Support
the development of protocols and reports for data quality activities, including
but not limited to data quality assessments, treatment coverage evaluation
surveys, and supervisors’ coverage tools in collaboration with MOH/NTD program
managers and the RTI technical team.

·       
Travel
to the field to assist in implementing surveys/provide technical assistance
during the surveys and other MDA program activities.

·       
Liaise
with the RTI-HQ electronic data capture team prior, during, and after surveys
to finalize survey tools, track data capture, and review final data

Program learning
and adaptation through data use 40%

·       
Support
the COP/DCOP and program managers at MOH in ensuring coordination with
stakeholders’ (DLG/sub-partner/etc.) agreement on protocols for data collection
and reporting, as well as survey design and implementation are achieved and
adhered to.

·       
Ensure
country-level work plans and semi-annual reports appropriately incorporate the
relevant data, including accurate and high-quality reporting and using data to
inform strategy and activities.

·       
Analyze/use
project M&E data to identify trends/patterns/outliers (e.g., low-performing
districts) to discuss with the project management team

·       
Support
stakeholders to regularly input information into and use the national data
storage platform, such as the Integrated NTD Database, including using it to
submit high quality data to WHO (including Joint Application Package [JAP],
Trachoma Elimination Monitoring Form [TEMF], and elimination dossiers), etc.

·       
Provide
technical assistance to MOH to facilitate high quality submission of JAP and
TEMF.

·       
Work
with in-country and HQ staff to identify opportunities for in-country learning
and program adaptation, including operationalizing learning agenda action
items.

·       
Support
analysis of MERLA capacity strengthening needs within the program in Uganda,
synthesize learnings, and work with project management team on a capacity
strengthening strategy to promote in-country learning and adaptation.

·       
Contribute
to cross-program learning by sharing experiences and lessons learned by
in-country and HQ staff.

·       
Provide
technical assistance to the MOH to facilitate mainstreaming of MERLA
activities, including but not limited to incorporating NTD indicators and
reporting into the HMIS system, ensuring continued high-quality reporting of
control diseases after elimination, post-validation surveillance, etc.

·       
Coordinate
and facilitate periodic pause and reflect activities, including but not limited
to after action reviews post mass drug administration and disease specific
assessments, utilizing the Data Action Guide, etc.

·       
Strengthen
the capacity of the MOH and district local governments to conduct MERLA
activities and institutionalize the approaches for said MERLA activities.

·       
Identify
opportunities for operational and programmatic research, provide inputs as
needed for development of protocol, data collection, data analysis, and report
writing, with guidance from the COP/DCOPHQ MERLA team and MOH/NTD program
managers.

 


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
ideal candidate must hold a Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology,
bio-statistics, social sciences or other analytics field, plus 6 years of
experience; or bachelor’s degree in statistics, with post graduate training in
M&E plus a minimum of 10 years’ experience in global health/ governance/
nutrition/ environment programs (a must)

·       
Must
have experience in quantitatively analyzing M&E data and synthesizing
findings for programmatic use

·       
Proficiency
with Microsoft Excel (required) and at least one other statistical package such
as: R, SAS, STATA, or SPSS (preferred)

·       
Experience
in designing and implementing qualitative studies, analyzing qualitative data
and generating learning for programmatic use (preferred)

·       
Prior
USAID experience preferred

·       
Knowledge
of MERLA methods and approaches, as learned through coursework, internship, or
work experience

·       
Experience
managing electronic data capture and working with real-time monitoring of data
(preferred)

·       
Ability
to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines under pressure

·       
Capacity
to prioritize and manage multiple tasks

·       
Strong
organizational skills and Detail-oriented

·       
Hard-working
and Ability to prepare good quality reports

·       
Proven
ability to work effectively in a team-oriented setting while also taking
initiative to complete assigned tasks with high quality and within tight
timelines

·       
Technical
content experience in one or more of the following areas preferable: health
systems strengthening, infectious diseases, NTDs, HIV, maternal and child
health, nutrition, gender (preferred)

·       
High
level of integrity and respect for RTI values and individuals

·       
Ability
to communicate respectfully in a multi-cultural environment

·       
High
accountability to inclusivity and team results

·       
Ability
to demonstrate flexibility and accommodate to multiple personality and team
needs

·       
An
understanding of development issues

·       
Competency
in English (required)

 

How to Apply:

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encouraged to apply online at the link below.

 

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