Pathfinder International is a global leader in sexual and reproductive health. We place reproductive health care at the center of all that we do—believing that it is not only a fundamental human right, but is critical for expanding life opportunities for women, families, communities, and nations, and paving the way for transformations in environmental stewardship, decreases in population pressures, and innovations in poverty reduction.
Pathfinder seeks a Director of Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) for the USAID Kenya HIV Service Delivery Support Activity (HSDSA) Program. The primary focus of the activity is to identify, link, treat, and retain HIV+ Kenyans within the existing service delivery platform (sites) across focus counties.
The Director of M&E is responsible for all monitoring, evaluation and reporting activities under the award. The Director of M&E leads the development of and manages the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (M&E Plan).
The Director of M&E develops and maintains systems to collect and analyze information on inputs, outputs, outcomes and impact of the program. She/he conducts supportive supervisory visits to sub-grantees to observe, monitor, guide, and provide feedback on the use of data and indicators; analyze monthly data, and support training of M&E personnel in quality assurance methods.
Monitoring & Evaluation Job Key Responsibilities
- Works closely with USAID to develop and implement performance monitoring plans, including identification of project inputs, outputs, outcomes, performance indicators, and targets as well as establishing a baseline; designs and implements data-collection and performance reporting systems; provides field-based technical assistance and monitoring of M&E systems; and reporting.
- Consults with USAID and other stakeholders to establish a transparent, reliable, and valid M&E system that can easily be tracked and verified.
- Ensures that the M&E system is a cost-effective, results-orientated system that provides USAID and the program with necessary information to assess the progress, effectiveness, and outcome of activities.
- Collaborates with partners to develop individual and M&E work and training plans as appropriate.
- Develops/adapts tools for data collection; designs and implements surveys and other data collection tasks.
- Designs/adapts project performance monitoring database to report national and global indicator and performance indicator data quarterly to project managers, COP, and Pathfinder headquarters.
- Ensures that the findings of service-oriented, strategic analysis and research (e.g., cost studies, client-segmentation studies, unmet need studies, client-satisfaction studies) are used to inform program strategies and to refine performance monitoring plans and planning frameworks.
- Ensures that the performance monitoring plans and strategic implementation frameworks are complementary and consistent.
- Maintains effective working relationships with all government agencies, donors, and international partners.
- Oversees implementation of the project’s baseline and end-of-project surveys.
- Documents project achievements against targets using monitoring data and works with project staff to document the factors behind gaps and over achievements.
- Institutes regular use of performance monitoring data among project managers, Country Offices, and other relevant Pathfinder staff.
- Identifies best practices and state-of-the art approaches to the program activities and evaluates them.
- Plans for and selects qualified consultants and critically assesses consultant reports and other deliverables.
- Disseminates information on project evaluations through written reports, conference presentations, and publications, and assists project staff to do likewise.
- Uses data to systematically and consistently document achievements, success stories, and best practices.
Supervises M&E team members to:
- Manage production of data to meet all reporting requirements including quarterly and annual reports,
- research, technical reports, presentations, etc.
- Ensure that all data are up to date and ready for immediate use.
- Review quarterly reports prior to submission to donors and headquarters.
- Assist project technical staff with preparation of reports as appropriate.
- Builds capacity of Pathfinder staff, especially project staff, on the use of data for decision making and performance improvement.
- Conducts field-based monitoring, technical assistance and training to program teams, sub-grantees and partner organizations as necessary.
- Provides overall guidance and manages all the M&E related efforts, communicating and coordinating as needed with headquarters M&E and other staff.
- Carries out other duties and special assignments, as required.
Basic Requirements for the Monitoring & Evaluation Job
- Master’s degree in a public health field, social science, economics, or relevant discipline.
- Significant study in fields relevant to HIV care and support, FP/RH/MCH project, international development and/or program monitoring and evaluation.
- Strong background or formal training in evaluating international development programs such as but not limited to, Maternal and Child Health, Family Planning and Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS.
- At least 5 years of experience related to monitoring, evaluating and reporting on programs related to
- FP/RH/MCH HIV or international development in developing countries.
- Strong background in field research in health programming.
- Experience in qualitative and quantitative methods and analysis.
- Experience designing and conducting operational research studies.
- Experience managing analysis, synthesis, documentation and dissemination of lessons for a range of stakeholders.
- Experience leading a project team in M&E activity design and implementation.
- Proven ability to manage, motivate and mentor staff at all levels and create a positive team environment.
- Comprehensive knowledge of the health context and structural issues in Kenya including socioeconomic, institutional and policy issues that are related to essential services in population, health, and nutrition.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with various constituencies including headquarters, donor agencies, international and local partners, host country government agencies, and other stakeholders.
- Strong problem-solving skills, capacity to analyze Project Management Plan data, evaluate progress, and recommend necessary recourse for maximizing program progress and impact.
- Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of USAID reporting requirements.
- Experienced user of software packages, including ACCESS, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and at least one statistical software package (SPSS, STATA, SAS or similar).
- Experience working with complex programs involving short deadlines, multiple tasks, in coordination with multiple partners, to achieve expected results.
- Strong presentation skills including the ability to present and undertake high-level policy dialogue with USAID and other key stakeholders.
- Excellent diplomatic, interpersonal and communication skills.
- Fluency in English.
- Ability to travel throughout Kenya; occasional travel to the US Headquarters may also be necessary.