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Monday, June 26, 2017

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist Job at John Snow, Inc. ( JSI ) - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist

Jobs at:
John Snow, Inc. ( JSI )

Deadline of this Job:
June 30, 2017

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

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Job details:
John Snow, Inc. ( JSI ) is recruiting a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist
Position. Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Supervisor: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor
The position will provide MEL support to two routine immunization (RI) projects and one child health program led by JSI - USAID's Maternal and Child Survival Program for Routine Immunization (MCSP RI), USAID's MCSP Child Health program, and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's (The Foundation's) Stronger Systems for Routine Immunization (SS4R|). All three programs are being implemented through the end of December 2018. MCSP RI/SS4Rl work in partnership with the Uganda Government to increase the capabilities of the health system, particularly at district level, to provide timely, high-quality immunization services to protect eligible children and women from vaccine-preventable diseases. MCSP Child Health program provides technical assistance for child health to regional USAID partners. The MEL Specialist will be based in Kampala reporting to the MEL Advisor for MCSP RI/SS4Rl, with backstop support from the Washington, DC Headquarters (HQ) office.
The MEL Specialist is a core member of the program team and provides support to a two person team of MEL Advisors with the following tasks: general program monitoring and evaluation (M&E); development and use of a web-based data management information system; development of indicators for monitoring performance; development and maintenance of the USAID Performance Management Plan (PMP) and other project—level M&E plans; production of periodic reports on program performance; and support for the process of documenting, learning from, and making decisions based on program M&E data.
  • In consultation with the team of MEL Advisors, provide technical assistance to: MOH/Uganda National Expanded Programme
  • for Immunization (UNEPI) Ministry of Health Child Health Division United States Government (USG) implementing partners and, their operational level health workers, local governments in the selected program districts, and other key stakeholders.
  • As a key member of the MCSP/SS4RI team, contribute towards the development and implementation of program strategy, including but not limited to: program documentation both qualitatively and quantitatively following program guidelines; development of and advocacy for program related indicators; and participation in the development and updating of the program's internal ME&L plan.
  • Data management, including but not limited to: development of program databases and support for their use among other partners and staff; collaboration with the MOH Resource Center in the generation and reporting of EPI and other Child health information; and support for data management, including data collection, processing, analysis, internal sharing and reporting, which also includes development and implementation of a data quality management (DQM) system, including data quality assessment/auditing, assurance, and storage guidelines.
  • Work closely with program staff to ensure appropriate program M&E, including but not limited to: ensuring that performance indicators are developed, followed and targets are met; drafting monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual performance reports as required by USAID, The Foundation, and MCSP/SS4Rl/JSI; and soliciting and incorporating inputs from technical staff on performance reports, presentations, etc.
  • Support the MEL Advisor team to encourage the active use of M&E data for decision-making by facilitating regular program learning reviews to identify critical lessons learned and best practices, which can be widely disseminated to inform health managers on best practices.
  • Support the inclusion of program ME&L data and findings in journal articles and grey literature including success stories, technical briefs, etc.
  • Work with the program team to facilitate cross-learning on the Reaching Every Child through Quality Improvement (REC-Ql) approach across programs and countries.
  • Other roles and duties as may be assigned..
Bachelor's degree in statistics/quantitative economics with a Master’s degree in Statistics, Management, Public Hearth Population studies and/or post graduate
Prior Work Experience:
Minimum of five years of progressively "responsible professional experience in a program M&E role with an international development organization; including working experience at the district level supporting Data quality validation and improvement activities.
Post-Entry Training:
Specialized courses in management, leadership, research ethics, M&E and/or various specialized databases and computer programs will be an added advantage
Job Knowledge:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in program M&E including indicator development, study design and implementation, and data analysis in the health sector.
  • Experience developing results frameworks, logical frameworks, or similar tools for project design are required.
  • Experience developing and/or using performance management plans or similar tools are required.
  • Demonstrated ability in working with data bases, data analysis and conducting of botli qualitative and quantitative research.
Skills and Abilities:
  • Very Good analytical skills and the ability to summarize disparate information in a clear and concise manner
  • Very Good research and data collection methodology skills Good working knowledge of Uganda's HMIS and DHlS2 platform
  • Ability to create organizational work plans based on higher-level goals
  • Skills in supporting staff with a variety of levels of knowledge and capabilities
  • Strong organizational skills in order to balance competing priorities
  • Ability to work independently to efficiently meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills to deal effectively with colleagues and partners, including MOH and local governments and communities
  • Ability to apply JSI regulations and procedures to daily work requirements Handling datasets using Excel, My SQL, statistical packages such as SPSS, STATA, EPI-data,
  • Excellent computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheet programs, PowerPoint
Travel Requirements:
In-country travel to districts supported by MCSP/SS4Rl up to 60% will be required to monitor and evaluate programs and Conduct assessments.
Job application procedure
Interested candidates who meet all of the above qualification should please click "Apply Online" below, or send your CV and cover letter to:  by COB on June 30, 2017. Please include the job title in the subject line. Applications that do not include the job title in the subject line will be filtered out of the applicant database. Only short listed candidates will be notified.