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.
Responsibilities for the Monitoring & Evaluation Job
- 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 zEnsures 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.
Qualifications 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.
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