Pact seeks a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Director for the anticipated USAID 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 less than five years old. SIHSA’s objectives are 1) improve the quality of family planning, maternal newborn child and adolescent health, and malaria services sustainably; 2) promote adoption of crucial health behaviors, and 3) strengthen the stewardship and governance of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, both at central and district levels, so 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 project monitoring and evaluation plans and systems; performing M&E capacity strengthening for staff, Ministry of Health and Local partners; ensuring data quality; and institutionalizing learning and evidence-based practices. The M&E Director will guide reporting, processes among technical staff ensuring timely, accurate and complete reporting. This solicitation is anticipated to be released September 30, 2022, and awarded in February 2023. This position is contingent upon award.
- Lead the development and maintenance of MEL systems including MEL plan, performance indicators, data collection & reporting tools, data management systems and standard operating procedures (data quality management plan) in collaboration with the Learning, Evidence and Impact (LEAP) team.
- Integrate technology in implementation of MEL activities for improving quality and availability of data for decision making.
- Manage evaluations including securing ethical approvals from local IRB, designing and executing internal baseline, midterm and endline assessments as appropriate, and support the implementation of learning activities, with Pact’s DC LEAP Team.
- Coordinate any external evaluation processes, including drafting evaluation ToR and selection of firm, and managing the consultants in alignment with award.
- Oversee data collection, collation, storage, analysis, and reporting, ensuring that data is of high quality and audit worthy.
- Supervise other M&E staff and oversee consortium partners’ compliance with MEL system.
- Ensure appropriate training, mentoring and supportive supervision of all partners in developing and operationalizing monitoring and evaluation procedures, and data quality management practices in alignment with the MELP.
- Integrate Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) and Results Based Management (RBM) into project workplan 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); ensuring implementation of corrective actions to improve data quality and accountability of staff and partners.
- Lead the project (indicator) performance reporting process including donor reporting, Pact’s Global Indicators and organizational KPI reporting through imPact (Pact’s instance of DHIS2).
- Responsible for the data analysis, writing, and review of the results and learning sections of program reports in collaboration with program staff, before submission to donor.
- Ensure consortium partners’ compliance with internal data quality requirements and timely submissions for reporting.
- Establish and maintain strategic stakeholders’ relationships to promote collaboration, coordination and information sharing for effective National integrated health services delivery.
- Participate in Pact’s global Community of Practice of M&E professionals to share lessons via quarterly meetings
- Contribute to Pact’s thought leadership by representing Pact at relevant conferences and supporting Pact’s portfolio learning agendas, as appropriate, through the project MEL plan.
- Work closely with Pact’s LEAP team to ensure the project’s MEL systems and outputs meet minimum quality standards.
- Other tasks as assigned.
- Master’s degree in epidemiology or other health related field; social science, international development, public health, evaluation, statistics, or economics
- At least seven to ten (7-10) years of experience in designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation activities preferably for USAID funded programs, with At least 5 years of management experience
- Knowledge of and experience with key MNCAH, FP/RH, nutrition, WASH indicators, national and USAID data collection and reporting systems
- Demonstrated relevant technical skills in analyzing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data, and packaging the findings
- Must have professional fluency in written and spoken English
- Extensive knowledge of reporting procedures, including USAID, best practices, guidelines, and tools for monitoring, evaluation and learning, including impact evaluation.
- Ability to work well on team and with various partner organizations
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, i.e., Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc., and the ability to use various commercially available statistical and data visualization software programs e.g. STATA, R, PowerBI, Tableau.
- Knowledge of the political, social, and economic context of Sierra Leone
- Data visualization skills
- Sierra Leone nationals are encouraged to apply