Strategic Information Specialist, South Africa

from Pact
Closing date: 31 Oct 2017

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Department Overview

Pact seeks Strategic Information Lead for an anticipated, PEPFAR-funded Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and HIV Prevention program in South Africa. The five-year program will accelerate and sustain HIV epidemic control through the delivery of high-impact HIV prevention, care and support services. The principal focus is to improve the health and well-being of children and adolescents who are living with affected by and vulnerable to HIV prevent new HIV infections among priority populations; and scale up effective violence prevention and interventions.

Position Purpose

Reporting to the Chief of Party, the Strategic Information Specialist will be responsible for designing and implementing systems to ensure appropriate tracking and assessment of all project activities and will have primary responsibility of reporting on project outputs and outcomes and for ensuring quality of interventions.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure compliance with all required USAID PEPFAR reporting, conduct routine analyses and generate information for improved program implementation.
  • Oversee the development of the project’s M&E system, data collection, and monitoring tools in collaboration with relevant departments, including developing relevant indicators and targets for result areas
  • Ensure harmonization with South African standard reporting systems and tools.
  • Develop high-quality quantitative and qualitative methods and participatory methodologies to monitor program quality for performance and results
  • Develop data collation and aggregation tools, and maintain project databases
  • Integrate the use of innovative technologies, data platforms, and GIS mapping for data collection, management, and reporting
  • Review and finalize Monthly, Quarterly and Annual MERL workplans and budgets
  • Oversee the development of donor reports, ensuring that all donor reporting requirements on program impact are met
  • Coordinate the design and implementation of baseline, mid-term and end of project evaluations, surveys, special studies, and other components of the M&E system
  • Liaise with counterparts at international, government, and other agencies involved in related activities and collaborate in promoting high quality results and complementary efforts
  • Manage external data quality audit
  • Supervise project M&E staff
  • Conduct M&E capacity assessments of partners
  • Provide support to partners in developing program descriptions that include result frameworks with relevant custom and donor indicators
  • Provide one-on-one technical assistance, mentoring and coaching to support partners in: ensuring realistic targets are set for all required and customized indicators, as well as conducting and facilitating MERL training for partners that include basic MERL, data quality management, basic data analysis, and managing evaluations
  • Other related tasks as neededBasic Requirements

  • A Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, demography or related field.

  • At least 7 years of experience in establishing or designing M&E systems and tools and managing data intensive health programs, preferably in PEPFAR funded programs

  • Experience with data entry and analysis in PEPFAR’s DATIM system

  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative M&E data collection and analysis methods
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with PEPFAR reporting and MER indicators
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and managing operational research and evaluations
  • Experience in working with mobile health data systems (mHealth) highly desirable
  • Experience in program quality management (both services and data quality) and quality improvement systems
  • Demonstrated writing and data presentation skills
  • Demonstrated skills in project design, implementation and reporting, preferably for USG funded programs
  • Experience managing M&E systems across a national program with wide geographic scope.
  • Demonstrated ability to remotely supervise staff across several provinces ad districts.
  • Professional experience in sub-Saharan Africa is required, South African work experience preferred. South African National preferred.Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.