MERL Officer Job in Zambia

Pact Overview
At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.
Department Overview
The USAID-funded Zambia Community HIV Prevention Project (Z-CHPP) supports the Government of Zambia to reduce new HIV infections through increased adoption of high impact HIV services and protective behaviors among at-risk populations, using evidence-based and locally owned solutions and in close partnership with a range of local Zambian organizations and institutions.
Position Purpose
The MERL Officer will work directly with the M&E/Research Advisor to oversee all program monitoring activities for the ZCHPP Project. The MERL Officer will institute M&E best practices for project monitoring, indicator selection and tracking, and project reporting. The M&E Officer will provide technical support to the design and implementation of monitoring systems and other data systems that support policy and programmatic decision-making by stakeholders. The MERL Officer is responsible for comprehensive and accurate data collection and analysis of results, by both Pact and partner organizations, to improve project implementation.
Key Responsibilities
Key Performance Areas:
Supervises training, work-quality, and performance of short-term contracted data collection officers.
Supervises the transcription and translation (where applicable) of qualitative data from the field.
Specific Duties:
Data quality management responsibilities.
Responsible for the development, measurement, and reporting of qualitative and quantitative output, outcome, and objective level performance indicators.
Develop relevant M&E tools, formats and leads the provision of M&E specific technical training.
Monitor data collection, collation, storage, analysis, and reporting, ensuring that data is of high quality and audit worthy.
Responsible for supporting the preparation and review of program reports in collaboration with program staff.
Maintain accurate information in project database, as well as accurate and timely electronic files.
Project management responsibilities
Coordinate or lead regular program monitoring visits to project sites.
Ensure the production of consolidated reports and agreed action plan for follow-up response as needed.
Support program implementation team with adaptive management by providing timely information and analysis. Proactively raise concerns/attention about potential opportunities & challenges to allow ‘course correction' throughout life of the project.
Contribute to routine and ad hoc reports to donor, Pact HQ, and Zambian authorities
Research support
Liaise with research partner and staff on formative studies.
Assist with contacts in communities and electronic data collection.
Logistical support to research teams.
Technical review of research study reports.
Basic Requirements
Bachelor's Degree in social sciences.
Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.
A master's degree with specialization in research is an added advantage.
Previous experience in monitoring and evaluation of bilaterally funded health projects, USAID and PEPFAR preferred.
Good knowledge of data analysis software (preferably SPSS or STATA).
Experience in working and managing relations with multiple stakeholders.
Fluency in Bemba and English required.
Preferred Qualifications
Highly experienced in quantitative and qualitative population-based health data collection and analysis.
Able to work in Zambia.
Fluency in local languages spoken in Zambia preferred.
Excellent report writing skills.
Knowledge of the health NGO sector.
Exceptional cross-cultural skills.
Data-collector training experience.
Excellent written and oral communications skills.
Knowledge of M&E database programs, experience with DevResults or other cloud-based management information systems preferred.
Knowledge of research methods used for HIV/AIDS studies.

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