Director, Monitoring & Evaluation and Learning (MEL)/USAID/Tanzania/Supply Chain Activity at MSH

Tanzania.Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a mission-driven, global nonprofit advisory organization that provides governments, health organizations, and the private sector with the strategies, tools, and management support to deliver high-functioning health systems effectively and efficiently. For more than 50 years, we have focused on the people at the heart of the health system – from health ministries to communities, private sector to civil society – in each environment in which we work, serving as trusted advisors to make foundational changes that support the whole health system. Working shoulder-to-shoulder with countries and communities, MSH helps to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by building strong, resilient, sustainable health systems.

About The Opportunity

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is seeking a Director, Monitoring & Evaluation and Learning (MEL) for a potential 10-year USAID-funded supply chain and pharmaceutical system strengthening program in Tanzania. The purpose of the program will aim to strengthen Tanzania’s public health supply chain and pharmaceutical systems to ensure sustainable access to and appropriate use of safe, effective, quality-assured, affordable health commodities.

This position is subject to project award and funding.

Overall Responsibilities
The Director, MEL will oversee the monitoring and evaluation and learning system for reporting progress and ensuring availability and use of quality data for adaptive management and maintain reporting procedures and guidelines in compliance with USAID systems. The Director, MEL will be expected to develop a strong monitoring and evaluation and learning system and plan consistent with the USAID results framework, coordinate the collection of data including conducting field visits for data validation, monitor the quality of data sets, contribute to the adaptive management of the program, oversee the development, maintenance and use of the project technical information management system, and document project performance against established outputs and indicators.

The Director, MEL will also be responsible for building the capacity of the Government of Tanzania, Ministry of Health (MOH) and other stakeholders in the collection, utilization, and dissemination of data as well as ensuring that all monitoring and data collection activities are harmonized, and information is shared. The Director, MEL will also assist the MOH to monitor programs and assess the robustness of implementing organizations’ data collection and MEL mechanisms.
SPECIFIC ACCOUNTABILITY

  • Design and implement the Project’s MEL system, including the development of indicators, setting targets, monitoring project progress, ensuring timely data collection, writing quarterly and annual reports, and liaising with the project financial team to track the budget in relation to all project results and outcomes.
  • Provide technical inputs to the technical team to assist in developing program goals and objectives as well as MEL tools and strategies and provide monitoring data to strategically inform the decisions on project performance and future direction to the project, for enhanced adaptive management.
  • Develop a learning agenda and learning system that promotes a culture of learning, whereby knowledge is systematically generated, data is regularly analyzed, and data use is encouraged for real-time remedial actions and program quality improvement.
  • Oversee the development, maintenance and use of the project technical information management system, and its interoperability with the national health information management system. Support the MOH to develop a health sector MEL framework and monitor health system strengthening interventions.
  • Provide regularly updated reports on the status of implementation against the project goals and objectives to the COP, USAID and other project leaders as required.
  • Collaborate with the project team in identifying project activities, processes and/or outcomes that are worthy of documentation and design a knowledge management (KM) system for capturing lessons learned and good practices.
  • Adhere to MSH procurement integrity and institutional standards and procedures in all project management responsibilities.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree (required) in a relevant field such as epidemiology, biostatistics, demography, public health, population health, or health economics.
  • At least eight (8) years of demonstrated experience in designing, managing, and implementing MEL activities for complex projects/programs in developing countries.
  • Excellent command of methodologies, analyses, tools, and systems for MEL and knowledge management.
  • MEL experience in the health sector and knowledge of issues related to integrated health services and support programs, particularly in the areas of pharmaceutical management, supply chain, health systems strengthening (HSS), global health security (GHS), malaria, and/or maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH)/family planning (FP)/reproductive health (RH).
  • Previous experience implementing and managing rigorous MEL systems for PEPFAR/USAID-funded projects, including developing performance monitoring plans (PMPs) that track performance as sub-results/results and by funding stream.
  • Experience developing and implementing data collection protocols, including data quality assurance, to ensure complete and accurate data collection.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting data analyses and summarizing findings through data visualization to communicate key messages to stakeholders. in support of adaptive management practices.
  • Experience leading a MEL team and strengthening the capacity of MEL officers and subrecipient partners, to meet program needs and deliverables is desired.
  • Proven expertise in the management/supervision of health management information systems.
  • Extraordinary organizational, verbal, and written communication skills to manage project communications and disseminate project information are required.
  • Excellent skills in MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and DHIS2.
  • Strong written and oral presentation skills in English.
  • Operations research experience is desired.
  • Ability to travel domestically.

MSH is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, religion, creed, citizenship, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job requirements. MSH will take affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed and that employees are treated without regard to their race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran and disability status. In compliance with U.S. Department of Labor Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 4212 of the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act, MSH has developed and maintains an affirmative action program and plan.

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