Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Research

About FHI 360:
FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology; creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Director, Monitoring, Evaluation & Research.
FHI360/Zambia with support from USAID/PEPFAR, implements the Zambia Prevention, Care and Treatment Partnership II Bridge Project (ZPCT IIB). The project works with the Government of Zambia to scale up and expand access to HIV/AIDS biomedical interventions including antiretroviral therapy (ART), prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), male circumcision (MC) and voluntary counselling and testing.

FHI360 will be responding to the upcoming USAID solicitation, SAFE, which will continue and expand this important work. We expect that the new project will specifically advance and deliver state of the art technical expertise in effective and tested approaches to provide comprehensive HIV/AIDS services. The project will continue to prioritize focused, high impact, cost effective and geographically targeted activities.  

Provide technical assistance in support of surveillance, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities in the assigned unit; and in the development and dissemination of tools, materials, reports, papers, and intervention linked research. Provide technical guidance by designing and developing M&E systems and procedures for funded programs. This includes establishing key components of an M&E system including data collection, analysis, and reporting on key output, outcome and impact indicators for the program. Work closely with the program team to ensure compatibility and coordination within the existing M&E framework, and consistency with national and donor requirements. Work on data analysis and use products and mechanisms to promote evidence-based programming, and timely feedback in relation to targets or identification and resolution of gaps. Work on assessments and other routine program monitoring and evaluation activities across the organization. Responsible for providing technical assistance, developing and setting up systems for the timely collection, management, analysis, and reporting of valid and reliable data that meet donor reporting requirements. Focus on strengthening the M&E system, building capacity of partners and staff, and improving alignment and support to host-country M&E systems. Provide technical guidance on design, development and implementation of the project M&E strategy, build capacity in country to develop, manage and operationalize M&E systems and plans that are aligned to program strategy, and permit quality reporting on a global level. Undertake periodic reviews of program and/or country M&E systems, and participate in planning M&E system strengthening actions. Provide guidance on information systems for quality assurance, as well as best practices documentation and reporting. Participate in national and donor M&E TWG or other forum when the opportunity arises.
Job Summary / Responsibilities:
  • Oversees M&E activities in close collaboration with assigned Country/Region/Programs.
  • Develop and directly contribute to the development and implementation of M&E tools and systems to improve ability to collect, interpret and aggregate data that demonstrate impact and program accountability and progress.
  • Develop and support the design and implementation of baseline, mid-term and end of project evaluations, surveys and other components of the programs M&E system.
  • Provide M&E technical advice to programs, projects, including staffing and resource allocation to M&E.
  • Develop high quality quantitative and qualitative methods and participatory methodologies to monitor program quality for performance and results.
  • Provide technical support for M&E in one or more technical sectors.
  • Build upon industry and experiences to improve consistency, quality and practicality of M&E strategies; promote dissemination and use of lessons learned within international partner organizations.
  • Review M&E plans and PMPs for quality and adherence to donor requirements.
  • Collect lessons learned from programs and collaborate with senior management to assure M&E components are of high quality and improve processes and practices in data analysis.
  • Provide training to staff, primary stakeholders, and implementing partners on M&E components in project design; such as monitoring plan, assessments, reviews, surveys and evaluations.
  • Identify best practices for documentation as success stories, technical reports, or peer review publications and reviews surveillance, research and evaluation publications prior to release to stakeholders.
  • Provide quality and timely submission of all required project reports.
  • Liaise with national, multisectoral and donor M&E TWG and colleagues to ensure programs provide complementary support and contribution to evolution of country M&E systems.
  • Oversee capacity building activities on M&E topics, including the development of workshop materials, webinars, the design and management of workshops for implementing partners, the development of technical briefs, learning modules, and M&E guides.
  • Participate in resource mobilization, and contribute to proposals.
  • Contributes to planning and making recommendations for department/program/project concept, operations, and/or implementation.
  • Influences design and scope of initiatives and programs. - Represents the organization to external entities at professional meetings and conferences.
  • Continually maintains a dialogue and M&E technical exchange with field counterparts and technical staff of implementing partners.
  • Coordinates with employees and consultants, on-site and in the field for situations that are less routine and more unusual.
  •  Reporting to the Chief of Party, the Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reaserach will be in charge of the monitoring, evaluation and reaserch components of this contract.
  • S/he will develop monitoring, evaluation and reporting (MER) systems that include appropriate indicators, baseline data, targets, and a plan to evaluate performance and produce timely accurate and complete reporting. 
  • Master’s Degree or higher in Public Health, Social Sciences, or other relevant discipline
  • Minimum of eight years working in monitoring, evaluation and research in the public health field, with progressively increasing level of responsibility;
  • Demonstrated expertise in rigorous quantitative and qualitative research and analytical methods;
  • Proven experience in research/Study design and implemnatation, including design and data analysis of quantitative and qualitative studies, rapid appraisal, etc;
  • Demonstrated hands-on practical experience setting up and managing MER stsyems for helath programs;
  • Excellent report writing, analytical and communication skills, including oral presentation skills;
  • Extensive experience in knowledge management and dissemination of research findings;
  • Ability to build positive local working relationships with local communities, district government officials, and where appropriate, donor representatives.

We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360's Career Center for a list of all open positions.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran with respect to policies, programs, or activities.
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