Thursday, September 29, 2016


The CRS Zambia country program was established in 2000, and administers a varied and diversified portfolio of food security, economic growth and livelihoods, health systems strengthening, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) research and HIV and AIDS programs. CRS works primarily through local church partners, but also counts hospices, hospitals and community-based organizations among its partners. The country program now implements a number of large and consortium-managed projects in all areas of the country, implemented by over 40 local partner organizations.
The Director for Strategic Information (SI) Monitoring and Evaluation position is for a CDC HIV/AIDS funded project. The incumbent will lead the Project’s Monitoring and Evaluation portfolio providing guidance and direction to strategic information, Monitoring and Evaluation teams. He/She will serve as the overall coordinator of all Strategic Information, M&E functions for the projects component areas, including Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART), Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), pediatric ART, TB/HIV and clinical lab services, HIV Counseling & Testing Services (HTS), Supply Chain and Community Mobilization. He or she will oversee project reporting roles coordinating with technical teams and partners to ensure that strategic information, monitoring and evaluation continuously respond to the project, donors, community as well as beneficiary needs.
The Director will serve as CRS Lead Strategic information, Monitoring and Evaluation specialist for operation planning, and reporting providing high quality assistance to partner and health facility teams to institute the implementation of a strategic information systems that meets CDC/PEPFAR reporting requirements. The Director will work closely with/and supervise Project Balance, a technical partner in strategic Information, Monitoring and Evaluation to ensure smooth implementation of planned activities and scope of work.
The Director will oversee the broader Strategic information functions of the project representing CRS and the project in all Strategic Information and M&E issues.
The Director will:
  • Set the strategic direction for the projects Strategic information, Monitoring and evaluation covering all clinical care components.
  • Participate and represent CRS and the project to all CDC/PEPFAR care and treatment related activities including participating in the CDC/PEPFAR care and treatment forums, national ART/PMTCT Technical Working Group(s) (TWG), national Strategic Information and HMIS technical working groups.
  • Lead the Projects SI, M&E team comprising Strategic Information Advisors, Monitoring and evaluation advisors, informatics specialists to develop and implement SI, M&E technical guidance for program for a comprehensive quality reporting, decision making, and program quality.
  • Coordinate SI, M&E at all levels of the project
  • Assist clinical HIV treatment teams in harmonizing CDC/PEPFAR monitoring and reporting requirements.
  • Serve as the primary conduit for communication on all project SI issues and provides guidance to various technical teams in finding solutions to address SI, M&E challenges.
  • Reports to the Chief of Party and the Program Leadership team on progress toward achieving CDC/PEPFAR targets translating Strategic Information, Monitoring and Evaluation into program learning and accountability.
  • Work Closely with partners, stakeholders, Ministry of health, and National AIDS Control Council providing SI, M&E technical support and leadership to inform national policies and strengthen national SI, M&E systems.
  • Engage Ministry of health HMIS teams in open dialogue to for continued cooperation in all HMIS systems support, supporting interoperability between various data systems as well as the national data warehouse.
  • Work with SI, M&E teams to ensure that facility staff are provided with technical assistance for collection, analysis, and use of program data for report generation and program improvement.
  • Lead and serve and the technical expert for the program in designing and implementation of program evaluation and operations research studies, as appropriate
    Coordinates SI, M&E team to plan for, design and implement SI, M&E capacity-building initiatives for program and partners staff.
  • Provide oversight to project teams in the development and implementation of data quality assurance strategies in the respective program areas.
  • Provides program data summaries from the project to CRS reports, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and learning.
  • Lead and coordinate program documentation processes and dissemination of promising practices, new innovations and lessons learned from the project.
  • Ensure that SI, M&E Teams and the project at large continue to provide project monitoring and reporting tools, guidance, and written analysis to inform future program delivery, management decision making as well as strategic planning.
  • Provide leadership to SI, M&E team in ensuring that the client level data management information system (SmartCare) and other technology-based innovations are applied accurately for effective program monitoring and delivery.
  • Support project teams to develop innovative strategies strengthen data collection, monitoring, evaluation, analysis and reporting through the project period.
  • Provide oversight and support to project teams as they develop and identify useful technologies for project implementation.
  • Support technical teams to develop and implement community level support for program monitoring including simplified tools for community level use.
  • Serve as the leader and information source for the project and CRS in developing relationship with external research and expert forums that are dedicated to HIV care and treatment as well as other health interventions.
  • Developing an evaluation framework and carrying out program impact evaluations, report writing and dissemination.
  • Closely collaborate with the senior management team to establish, maintain and strengthen effective relationships between the project and external institutions involved in HIV/AIDS programs, in particular those working in Strategic Information, Monitoring and Evaluation, including key government agencies, donor agencies, NGO/civil society partners and research institutions
    Chair the Project SI, M&E technical working group/team to ensure effective project coordination.
Supervisory: The director will supervise Strategic Information Monitoring and Evaluation technical team comprising SI advisors, Health Informatics experts, Monitoring and Evaluation advisors.
Internally: The Director will interact with consortium leadership team, care and treatment technical teams as well as CRS regional technical advisors in health, monitoring and evaluation.
Externally: The Director will interact with CDC/PEPFAR Strategic information, Monitoring and evaluation teams, Government of the republic of Zambia clinical care and treatment technical teams, ART Technical working groups, HMIS technical teams at the ministry of health, other implementing partners and stakeholders.
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, health policy, or behavioral or social sciences or Demography is required. (Medical Doctor a plus).
  • Minimum of 10 years experience in implementing and evaluating HIV/AIDS treatment and care programs.
  • Seasoned strategic information background preferable with knowledge of PEPFAR program implementing and MER indicator reporting.
  • INGO experience in the area of HIV treatment and care strategic information monitoring and evaluation, host government or implementing partners, with progressively increasing responsibility for activity management and design.
  • An additional year of managerial experience with multiple staff is required.
  • Must have demonstrated skill in the management of cooperative agreements/contracts, familiarity with USG procurement and documentation requirements, and experience in project design, implementation, management and evaluation.
  • Experience should demonstrate ability to manage high to mid-level coordination and relationships with public sector entities, bilateral and multilateral donors, and NGOs.
  • Experience in coordinating learning partnerships implemented by over 40 local partner organizations.
Interested and qualified candidates who meet the above criteria are welcome to apply. Applicants must send their cover letter (addressed to the Country Representative) & CV to, clearly indicating the position being applied for in your subject line. Closing date for applications is Wednesday, October 5, 2016.


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