Senior Monitoring & Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Advisor
South Africa (South Africa)
Jhpiego seeks a Senior Monitoring & Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Advisor based in Gauteng to provide technical leadership, oversight and strategic direction for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities, systems, and data management solutions for an upcoming CDC/PEPFAR-funded project to prevent and control epidemics/pandemics among patients at risk or infected with HIV and/or HIV/TB in South Africa. Specifically, the project will enhance infection prevention and control (IPC) capacity at national, provincial, and district levels, and among HIV and TB programme implementing partners. The Sr MERL Advisor will provide technical leadership to develop the project logical framework and M&E systems to capture performance results and provide effective, accurate and timely monitoring, evaluation and reporting of all project activities. The Sr. MERL Advisor will supervise and manage the M&E team and oversee the collection, management, and analysis of project data, and will support the project team to use of data to identify gaps and best practices and collectively integrate lessons learned into project implementation to continuously improve quality of interventions and outcomes. The Sr. MERL Advisor will develop and implement a project learning agenda that will incorporate routine monitoring, assessments, implementation research and evaluations depending on project needs. The Sr. MERL Advisor will document and disseminate the results of project learning. The Sr. MERL Advisor will liaise with and support consortium partners and the Department of Health to implement monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities.
This position is based in Gauteng, South Africa and is contingent upon award from CDC. South African nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Provide leadership and direction on M&E to ensure the project achieves its goals and corresponding objectives and targets
- Oversee the development and implementation of the Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) to efficiently track, use and disseminate performance indicators and results over the life of the project, including routine service delivery data reporting, baseline and end line assessments, and all monitoring for process and outcome evaluations
- Supervise a team of M&E professionals, ensuring high-quality implementation of all monitoring, evaluation and learning activities
- Develop and oversee implementation of robust context-appropriate systems for data collection, quality assurance, analysis and reporting on activity outputs/outcomes and program quality
- Lead results reporting to CDC/PEPFAR and Department of Health [DOH] by providing written documentation on M&E activities and indicator results for progress and annual reports, as applicable.
- Ensure alignment of project systems and approaches with South Africa national monitoring and evaluation guidelines, protocols, information and reporting systems
- Cultivate strategic M&E relationships and alliances with monitoring, evaluation and learning counterparts in other CDC/PEPFAR projects, national institutions, and key stakeholders, leading initiatives to learn from project data and adapt intervention strategies as appropriate
- Lead efforts to utilize training monitoring systems to track and monitor trainers and participants at training events to facilitate follow-up and record keeping
- Lead efforts to collect and analyze performance against IPC quality indicators by HIV and TB programmes
- Use data to contribute towards strategic decision-making and project planning with project leadership
- Ensure quality of data through data verification procedures including routine data quality audits carried out throughout the project lifecycle.
- Represent M&E activities in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations
- Ensure relevant data are entered into Jhpiego’s organization-wide performance management system designed to capture, analyze, and disseminate project data
- Ensure project compliance with CDC/PEPFAR monitoring, evaluation, research and open data policies
- Promote and support the dissemination of project information among the project team
- Work with project and financial staff to prepare and track progress of project and activity budgets
- Train and mentor project staff and implementing partners in monitoring and evaluation methods, tools, and systems
- Ensure protection of participant data and confidentiality during all monitoring, evaluation and research implementation and dissemination processes
Master's degree in public health, demography, statistics, social sciences or related field or equivalent experience
Minimum 8 years of work experience in monitoring and evaluating large, multi-year international health sector development projects (approximately $5 -10M per year)
Proven expertise in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methodologies, implementation research approaches, data quality improvement, health management information systems, data visualization and reporting
Demonstrated strong management, coordination, teamwork and planning skills with proven ability to function effectively with multiple host-country counterparts in both the public, NGO and private sectors
M&E experience in infection prevention and control, HIV/AIDS, TB, health systems strengthening, disease surveillance.
Familiarity with South Africa’s health management information system and other national M&E systems
Experience and understanding of CDC framework and reporting systems
Strong technical skills, including ability to process and analyze data using DHIS2 and one or more statistical software packages, including at least one of the following: SPSS, Epi-Info, Stata, MS Excel
Experience hiring and supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving project needs
Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with CDC/PEPFAR, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector
Demonstrated experience in staff supervision and capacity building.
Demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building, and representational skills
Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts
Excellent skills in facilitation, team building, and coordination
Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English and fluency in at least one South Africa’s official non-English languages preferred.
Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in regional and national projects and technical staff
Proficiency in word processing, Microsoft Office and Kobo, PowerBI, CommCare.
Ability to travel nationally up to 20-30% of the time