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Senior Specialist, Monitoring and Evaluation

Location: US – DC – Home Office

Division: International Program Leadership

Organization: Save the Children

Employee Type Full Time


The role of the Monitoring and Evaluation Sr. Specialist will include strengthening the agencies approach in monitoring and evaluation of emergency health responses including application of health information systems, data collection tools and databases, and population-based surveys in humanitarian contexts. The position holder will collaborate with technical advisors to achieve the agency emergency health strategy and objectives with specific focus in the area of Family Planning and Emergency Obstetric Care in emergencies. The position holder is expected to travel to country offices up to 40% of their time to strengthen the M&E system at program level. This position is 100% grant funded.


Establishing monitoring and evaluations systems in Pakistan and DRC:

  • Review and adapt clinical registers and data collection tools for family planning and emergency obstetric care at country level (DRC, Pakistan, and new emergencies)
  • Devise and implement tools to monitor community mobilization activities for Pakistan and DRC in collaboration with technical advisors
  • Contribute to the biannual donor reports with succinct and analyzed data from the field and head quarter
  • Contribute to the internal quarterly program progress reports
  • Organize technical review of draft country M&E plans, and annual review and revision of M&E plans as needed.
  • Establish agency wide M & E tools and database for family planning and emergency obstetric care
  • Provide guidance to countries on indicator selection and measurement and maintain updated lists of recommended indicators by technical area.

Save the Children M and E systems for emergency health

  • Participates in agency and departmental strategic and operational planning processes to achieve department-wide and agency health and nutrition goals and objectives.
  • Collaborate with the M and E specialist for emergencies to establish the system to track key indicators for emergency health including indicators for family planning and emergency obstetric care
  • Collaborate with grants team to update and track funds raised for emergency health disaggregated for family planning and emergency obstetric care
  • Participate with agency wide M and E systems and ensure data from emergency health is featured in annual reports, total reach counts etc
  • Participate/deploy to new emergencies to contribute to the establishment of emergency health M and E systems

Partnership and Representation

  • Collaborate with partner agencies M and E team to share lessons learned and update/share M/E tools: the partners include Columbia University, IRC, CARE, and MERLIN

Technical working group participation

  • Represent in agency M&E working groups

Training/Capacity Building

  • Actively participate in capacity building initiative at country level, in regional workshops, and as part of the team for the institutional capacity building
  • Participate in ongoing mentoring of M and E team at country level to enable them become proficient in data collection, analysis and translating data to action
  • Design and update a global training matrix to track individual skills building and application of skills (training M/E system)
  • Other duties, as identified by the Department or Agency

Requirements/Knowledge, Skills and Behaviors

  • Master’s degree in epidemiology
  • Clinical background (nurse, midwife) preferred
  • At least 5 years field (country level) experience in maternal, newborn, and family planning program monitoring and evaluation in developing countries
  • Experience in data collection systems (health information systems) at health facilities of developing countries and analyzing health data of minimum 3 years
  • Excellent skills in data analysis software’s like STATA, SAS, Epi  INFO, and SPSS
  • Proven experience in leading and conducting household (population-based) surveys in the field in a minimum of 3-4 developing countries
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with flexibility
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong detail orientation
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop and maintain relationships with key groups (internal and external) to the organization.
  • Experience in working in insecure/hardship areas, and following strict security regulations
  • French language proficiency desirable

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In 2010, we improved the lives of over 64 million children in need in the United States and around the world. Our goal is to reach more than 74 million children annually by the year 2012.  Join our dedicated and diverse staff committed to improving the well-being of children.

Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more.


We are an equal opportunity organization dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity.

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