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Monday, June 13, 2016

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Increasing Citizen Demand for Accountable and Transparent Service Delivery in the Health Sector, Zambia



PATH is the leader in global health innovation. An international nonprofit organization, we save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.

PATH is seeking a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for an anticipated United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project entitled “Increasing Citizen Demand for Accountable and Transparent Service Delivery in the Health Sector through Enhanced Community-based Monitoring.” The project will seek to mobilize communities and increase their engagement in monitoring the delivery of health services. Proposed activities will include enhancing citizens’ action based on basic facts on utilization and quality of services collected from the communities themselves. It will include improving upon or developing community-based monitoring tools such as report cards, social contracts, and action plans. This component will seek to strengthen existing local governance social structures such as the neighborhood health committees, health advisory committees, and/or safe-motherhood action groups. Health service providers under the Ministry of Community Development, Mother, and Child Health will also be involved to improve and strengthen their engagement with community members.

The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will provide monitoring and evaluation oversight and direction to an anticipated health-focused USAID program in Zambia. The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, based in Lusaka, Zambia, will be responsible for the following key activities:

  • Develop the overall framework for the project’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems, in collaboration with USAID, including requirements, reporting, baseline, and evaluation surveys.
  • Ensure the alignment of research and M&E activities with program goals, and contribute to the development of annual work plans to identify project targets and ensure inclusion of M&E activities.
  • Monitor project activities and tracking these activities against the results framework.
  • Coordinate data collection at project sites to monitor program development and ensure timely compilation and reporting of data.
  • Conduct field visits for data validation, to monitor the quality and completeness of data sets.
  • Generate monthly indicator reports and tracking progress against key indicators.
  • Provide quarterly and annual reports to USAID on data against the targets set in the award agreement and annual work plan.
  • Ensure timely and accurate submission of project activities to donor, including progress, quarterly, and annual reports.
  • Provide technical leadership and support to program staff in planning and implementing M&E systems and activities, data-based program decision-making, and results reporting.
  • Communicate findings, issues, difficulties, and challenges to program staff, headquarters and the donor.
  • Support the Chief of Party in coordinating the mid-term and final project evaluations.

Required Skills

  • Excellent knowledge of monitoring and evaluation principles and practices is essential, including plan development, conceptual frameworks, and logic models.
  • Strong knowledge of monitoring and evaluation methodology data analysis and synthesis, performance evaluation and correction, and report writing.
  • Demonstrated capacity to use project M&E to advance strategic goals and provide data for decision-making.
  • Knowledge of USAID data collection and reporting requirements is highly desirable.
  • Competency in training, institutional capacity-building, citizen participation, and advocacy and public policy is highly desired.
  • Excellent representational and communication skills, written and oral proficiency in English.
  • Knowledge of local language helpful.
  • Knowledge of statistical software (such as SPSS, STATA, and SAS) and familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access (or similar tools) is preferred.
  • Ability to travel within Zambia.
  • Familiarity with local health systems is desired.
Required Experience

A Master’s Degree in a relevant field (development studies, public health, demography, statistics, etc.). A minimum of eight (8) years of experience and demonstrated practical skills in monitoring and evaluation of donor-funded public health or development programs that include the application of statistics and/or epidemiology. Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation frameworks and systems required for community development programs. Experience developing study design and methodology including sampling procedures, assisting with implementation, analysis and write-up to inform policy is preferred. Demonstrated experience training and mentoring less experienced staff in M&E. Experience developing and monitoring budgets. 

Must have legal authorization to work in Zambia.
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Increasing Citizen Demand for Accountable and Transparent Service Delivery in the Health Sector, Zambia

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