United States of America: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor

Organization: ICAP
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 30 Jun 2018

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Technical Director, the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor will be responsible for designing and implementing systems to ensure appropriate tracking and assessment of all activities relating to ICAP’s proposed USAID project, Going the Last Mile for HIV Control. S/he will have primary responsibility of reporting on project outputs and outcomes. The MEL specialist will liaise closely with the ICAP-New York Strategic Information (SI) Unit and other technical and programmatic staff

This position is subject to a successful funding application and final approval by USAID.

Major Accountabilities:

· Develop, facilitate and provide leadership to ensure effective implementation of the project’s MEL Plan, including the development of project outputs, performance indicators, and targets, in line with USAID indicators and reporting

· Design and oversee the implementation of MEL systems to ensure timely collection, management, and dissemination of data for reporting progress towards the project’s objectives

· Develop and implement standard operating procedures for data collection, management and reporting

· Establish data quality assurance (DQA) activities to ensure timeliness and accuracy of data

· Conduct routine field visits to ensure progress and quality of data collection, reporting, and monitoring

· Ensure that routinely collected data summaries are available in a timely manner and in a user-friendly format for regular use by the Country Director, Chief of Party, technical team, and other key stakeholders for program review and planning

· Ensure the alignment of research and MEL activities with program goals, and contribute to the development of annual work plans to identify project targets and ensure inclusion of M&E activities

· Develop and implement MEL reporting guidelines and systems designed to inform the direction of the project, including data quality and data use strategies

· Train program staff on MEL guidelines, data collection tools, and other tools for MEL.

· Supervise all staff involved in collecting and analyzing data and reporting results

· Conduct field-based monitoring, technical assistance, and training to program teams, and partner organizations, to strengthen their capacity in the collection, cleaning, analysis, and use of data for program management and donor reporting

· Collaborate with counterparts and partner organizations, including other USAID programs, in work planning and program implementation

· Contribute to the development and implementation of a strategy for synthesizing and disseminating key results, programmatic lessons learned, and other research outputs of the program

· Ensure efficient systems are in place for project staff to collect and compile relevant information for routine project reports and other special reports

· In coordination with the Chief of Party, program and technical staff, prepare consolidated reports for dissemination that include concise narratives and relevant tables and/or graphs to meet reporting requirements for US government and other stakeholders

· Ensure that robust electronic systems are in place to manage and use aggregate level MEL data

· Develop, implement and analyze targeted evaluations as needed with the MEL team

· Promote and support data use and dissemination of project information among project stakeholders

Education:

· Master’s degree or higher in monitoring and evaluation, public health, epidemiology, statistics or related field

Experience, Skills, and Minimum Qualifications:

· Experience in using research and monitoring information for decision making and program adaptations

· At least 10 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation of HIV/AIDS programs

· Demonstrated experience in developing and managing data collection systems

· Ability to develop and implement quality assurance systems

· Experience working with PEPFAR-supported projects and/or with international donors

· English fluency required, including speaking, writing, understanding, and reading, and the ability to conduct business

How to apply:

Applicants must send their CV with cover letter to Icap-jobs@cumc.columbia.edu “Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor” in the subject line.

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