Pact is looking for a Director of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for USAID’s planned Strengthening Integrated Health Services (SIHSA) activity. SIHSA’s goal is to contribute to the Government of Sierra Leone’s overarching goal of improving the health of adolescents, pregnant and postpartum women, and children under five. SIHSA’s objectives are 1) to sustainably improve the quality of family planning, maternal, neonatal and adolescent health and malaria control services; 2) promote the adoption of critical health behaviors, and 3) strengthen the stewardship and governance of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, both at central and district levels, so that it is better prepared to plan, budget, allocate resources and monitor health programs
The M&E Director will be responsible for overseeing the monitoring, evaluation and learning component of the project. This position will be responsible for setting up and managing the project’s monitoring and evaluation plans and systems; conduct M&E capacity building for staff, MoH and local partners; ensure data quality; and institutionalize evidence-based learning and practices. The M&E Manager will guide reporting and processes among technical staff ensuring timely, accurate and complete reporting. This solicitation is expected to be released on September 30, 2022 and awarded in February 2023. This position is subject to award.
- Lead the development and maintenance of MEL systems, including the MEL plan, performance indicators, data collection and reporting tools, data management systems, and standard operating procedures (Quality Management Plan). data) in collaboration with the Learning, Evidence and Impact (LEAP) team.
- Integrate technology into the implementation of MEL activities to improve the quality and availability of data for decision-making.
- Manage evaluations, including obtaining ethics approvals from the local IRB, designing and executing internal baseline, mid-term and final evaluations, as appropriate, and supporting the implementation of learning activities, with Pact’s DC LEAP team.
- Coordinate any external evaluation process, including drafting of evaluation terms of reference and selection of firm, and management of consultants in accordance with the award.
- Oversee data collection, collation, storage, analysis and reporting, ensuring data is of high quality and auditable.
- Supervise other M&E staff and oversee consortium partners’ compliance with the MEL system.
- Provide appropriate training, mentoring and supportive supervision of all partners in the development and operationalization of monitoring and evaluation procedures and data quality management practices in accordance with the MELP.
- Integrate Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) and Results-Based Management (RBM) into the project work plan for evidence-based practice, including leading the collection, analysis, documentation, dissemination and use of best practices and lessons learned.
- Conduct and manage routine data quality assessments (RDQA); ensure implementation of corrective actions to improve data quality and accountability of staff and partners.
- Lead the project performance (indicator) reporting process, including donor reporting, Pact global indicators and organizational KPI reporting through imPact (the Pact instance of DHIS2).
- Responsible for analyzing data, writing and reviewing results and learning sections of program reports in collaboration with program staff, prior to submission to the donor.
- Ensure consortium partners comply with internal data quality requirements and timely submissions for reports.
- Establish and maintain strategic relationships among stakeholders to promote collaboration, coordination and information sharing for effective delivery of integrated health services nationally.
- Participate in Pact’s global community of practice of M&E professionals to share lessons through quarterly meetings
- Contribute to Pact’s thought leadership by representing Pact at relevant conferences and supporting Pact’s portfolio learning programs as appropriate through the project’s MEL plan.
- Work closely with Pact’s LEAP team to ensure the project’s MEL systems and outputs meet minimum quality standards.
- Other assigned tasks.
- Master’s degree in epidemiology or other health-related field; social sciences, international development, public health, evaluation, statistics or economics
- At least seven to ten (7-10) years of experience designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation activities, preferably for USAID-funded programs, with at least 5 years of experience management experience
- Knowledge and experience of key MNCAH, FP/SR, nutrition, WASH indicators, national and USAID data collection and reporting
- Demonstrated relevant technical skills in analyzing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data, and presenting results
- Must have a professional command of written and spoken English
- In-depth knowledge of reporting procedures, including USAID, best practices, guidelines, and tools for monitoring, evaluation, and learning, including impact evaluation.
- Ability to work well in a team and with various partner organizations
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs i.e. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc. and ability to use various commercially available statistics and data visualization software, e.g. STATA, R, PowerBI, Tableau .
- Knowledge of the political, social and economic context of Sierra Leone
- Data visualization skills
- Nationals of Sierra Leone are encouraged to apply