Sierra Leone: M&E Advisor, APC Project, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Organization: John Snow
Country: Sierra Leone
Closing date: 04 Mar 2018

The Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project is a USAID-funded project implemented by the JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) and partner FHI 360. Overall, the project seeks to advance and support community programs that improve the overall health of communities and achieve other health-related impacts, especially in relation to family planning. The APC project in Sierra Leone has received funds from the USAID Global Health Ebola Team to implement the “Strengthening Health Services Post-Ebola” (SHSPE) program component until Ju, and18; and the “Sustaining Health Facility Improvements” (SHFI) component until the quarter two of 2019.

The SHSPE program works with the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) Comprehensive Program for Ebola Survivors (CPES), jointly managed by the MOHS and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA). CPES aims at strengthening services for Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone in order to reduce or eliminate Ebola transmission from survivors to others, strengthen the capacity of health care providers who work with survivors, reduce stigma and other barriers through knowledge and skills, support information systems related to survivors, and assist with the effective delivery of health care and psychosocial services (including stigma reduction) in response to survivor needs. Part of the technical assistance to CPES implementation includes monitoring and evaluation of the program, contributing to the utilization of data for decision making process.

The SHFI is a new program that aims to guide the MOHS with the development of approaches, tools and skills for maintenance and preventive maintenance (M/PM) of health facilities infrastructure and systems; and to maintain the rehabilitation made in the 110 peripheral health units (PHUs) during the USAID funded Post-Ebola Recovery of Health Services project (ended in September, 2017).


The Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor will take the lead in developing and implementing Advancing Partners Sierra Leone’s M&E needs, and shall oversee the daily management of the monitoring and evaluation activities. The M&E Advisor is expected to provide decision-makers (APC staff, partners, as well as other stakeholders) with accurate, practical and useful information (both quantitative and qualitative) in a consistent, timely, and cost-effective manner.

The M&E Advisor supervise 1-2 local positions of M&E Officer/Specialist and reports to the Chief of Party. The M&E Advisor is also expected to strongly collaborate with the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for Programs and the DCOP for Finance, Operations and Communications, as well as the various Technical Advisors and Officers (expatriate or local personnel) for community engagement, clinical health services, infrastructure and other technical and programmatic aspects.

Specific duties include the following:

  • Support the project’s M&E framework and performance plan, in collaboration with the COP, DCOP, USAID, Advancing Partners technical teams and JSI home office (HO) M&E Advisor(s);
  • Design data collection tools and monitoring systems to ensure good quality data for M&E; and implement these systems, with the assistance of APC staff, HO M&E Advisor(s), and local and international consultants;
  • Routinely monitor M&E indicators and prepare raw data and analysis for the project monthly, quarterly and ad-hoc progress reports for the project management team, USAID or others, as needed;
  • Liaise with Implementing Partners on all M&E related matters to ensure partners report as per APC expectations;
  • Compile and analyse data from the project technical areas and support the project technical team in presenting recommendations to the Chief of Party/Deputy Chief of Party for improvements in implementation on a monthly basis;
  • Monitor the quality and completeness of APC data for documenting project performance, and solve data problems if and when they arise;
  • Collect and maintain a library of relevant data from the MOHS, MSWGCA, Statistics of Sierra Leone, donors and other governmental and non-governmental sources, analyze the data and keep project staff apprised of new data and their implications;
  • Provide training and technical assistance to counterparts and project staff to build their M&E skills and help them use data for decision-making;
  • Support M&E capacity building to the MOHS’ CPES PIU technical team to ensure relevant data is being captured accurately and is assisting the CPES program;
  • Represent the Project in the area of monitoring, evaluation and research at meeting with stakeholders, including government partners, USAID, and other agencies (including committees and working groups – CPES in particular);
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of APC’s information database(s), ensure timely data entry, and supervise the day-to-day work of M&E staff;
  • Disseminate, and assist APC staff to disseminate data on project progress and results to JSI, USAID, MOHS, and to the international public health community (e.g., through reports, success stories, technical papers, presentations at professional meetings, submission of journal articles, JSI working papers, etc.);
  • Develop Terms of Reference for technical consultants, support their recruitment and ensure proper monitoring of their work in the area of qualitative and quantitative data collection, database design, and other relevant activities;
  • Lead the project endline evaluation plan, process and report;
  • Facilitate and support implementation of other assessments for the two program components, as the need arise;
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Chief of Party and Deputy Chief of Party.


  • Master’s degree in public health, statistics, population sciences or related field, and 3-5 years work experience in international public health programs;
  • Ability to tailor data summaries to a variety of local audiences and to convey M&E results to non-technical stakeholders and generate interest in the use of M&E data/results for project improvements;
  • Familiarity with the principles and current approaches to monitoring and evaluating health and/or development programs and demonstrated skills in use of data to strengthen health services;
  • Experience in the design, implementation and analysis of research studies (quantitative and qualitative);
  • Ability to work independently and to manage various projects on a daily basis with minimal supervision, as well as to to work in diverse settings with public, private and NGO sectors;
  • Computer literacy with demonstrated use of word processing, database and presentation software (Word, Excel, Power Point);
  • Experience with database development / management in Access a plus;
  • Experience using mapping (e.g., Arc-GIS, Health Mapper, etc.), and statistical analysis software (SPSS, EPI-INFO, STATA, SAS or similar) a plus;
  • Prior managerial experience desired;
  • Excellent organization, interpersonal and teamwork skills, as well as time management skills and attention to detail;
  • Native or fluent English speaker with excellent written and oral communications skills;
  • Previous experience working with EVD programs and/or West Africa experience a plus.

This position requires full-time presence in Sierra Leone with occasional domestic and regional travel. Term is limited to March 2019 under current conditions.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letters online by 03/04/2018.

How to apply:

Please apply on the JSI website: