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Senior Associate / Monitoring and Research Advisor

Organization: Abt Associates

Job ID: 2012-7093

Division/Department: International Health

Organization Overview:

The International Health Division is committed to the improvement of health and healthcare delivery around the world. Serving both the public and private sectors, our efforts include health policy research and evaluation, health promotion and disease prevention, health finance, and health systems management. Our impact is felt in policies that ensure healthcare access for women, children, and individuals with special needs, in strengthening health infrastructures, and HIV/AIDS solutions.

Minimum Qualifications:

MA/MBA with 13 – 15 years of experience OR PhD with 8 – 10 years of experience OR the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Job Responsibilities:

The USAID-funded “Strengthening HIV/AIDS Services for MARPs (‘More-at-Risk Populations’) in PNG Program” will facilitate the roll out of HIV/AIDS services via a health systems strengthening approach, and engage civil society and the private sector in the national HIV/AIDS response, to increase the demand for, and the supply of, quality HIV/AIDS services for MARPs, their sexual partners, and their families; to increase the use of facility- and community-based gender and gender-based violence (GBV) interventions; and to strengthen health systems for HIV/AIDS service delivery.

Under the supervision of the Chief of Party, the Senior Associate / Monitoring & Research (M&R) Advisor is responsible for obtaining, analyzing, organizing, and interpreting project data.  S/he directs all of the Program’s monitoring and evaluation activities, creating systems to measure and document program processes, outputs, and impacts by routinely and systematically collecting, analyzing and presenting program data for project staff, the client and other donors, and counterparts and other partners.

Specific duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Work with host country counterparts in developing or strengthening and implementing monitoring systems to track project progress and impact.
  • Monitor and assess project implementation progress as required and provide feedback to colleagues and partners to improve project activities.
  • Lead the preparation of performance monitoring plans, including developing and defining program indicators and sources of data, as well as annual reports and other project documents.
  • Collaborating with the other project members to plan, budget, schedule, and implement training activities for data collection and management.
  • Support the Program’s contribution to the Health Management Information System (HMIS), and other information systems operated by the National Department of Health (NDoH), by training national and district staff to collect, enter, and assess data.
  • Contribute to the project’s work in the HMIS, and in linking country-level HMIS to project monitoring and evaluation, as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the monitoring of project progress through the key indicators of the monitoring and evaluation plan, by analyzing trends, making comparisons, compiling periodic reports.
  • Oversee the collection, analysis, and reporting of baseline M&E data and ongoing M&E data collection, analysis and reporting according to project M&E plan.
  • Provide technical assistance and capacity building pertaining to M&E as necessary.
  • Provide technical assistance and capacity building to members of the project team for outputs and activities related to M&E.
  • Ensure the timely submission of all program progress reports
  • Present results of program achievements and outputs in written reports and at conferences and meetings.
  • Participate in the plan for dissemination and lessons learned.

Skills Prerequisites:

  • Master’s Degree (minimum), or a PhD (desirable), in Statistics, Social Sciences, Management, Information Sciences, or other relevant field.
  • 13-15 years of relevant professional experience with a Master’s Degree, or 8-10 years with a PhD, in monitoring and evaluation of public health programs, especially HIV/AIDS or infectious diseases and management of special studies for complex programs in developing countries.
  • Experience designing and implementing M&E activities and special studies for complex health systems strengthening and/or service delivery programs.
  • Experience with M&E work in HIV/AIDS, gender, gender-based violence (GBV), and social behavior change communications (SBCC) is desirable.
  • Demonstrated expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and with the analytical skills to measure the health impact of the project’s activitiesand the ability to provide feedback to users.
  • A firm command of M&E issues with respect to improvements in service delivery.
  • Experience with capacity building.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication, and writing skills, initiative, good judgment, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Computer literacy (MS Word, Statistical Software)
  • English language fluency; knowledge of Tok Pisin is desirable.
  • PNG-specific or Pacific Islands experience preferred.

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