American International Health Alliance: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer

American International Health Alliance
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 11 September, 2016
Opportunity type: 
Employment
Position Title Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer
Department Program
Location Pretoria, South Africa
Reports to Director, HIV/AIDS Twinning Center
FLSA Exempt

The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Officer manages strategic information, M&E, and reporting processes and products to ensure professional, timely, high‐quality communication about AIHA’s programmatic activities and results. The MEAL Officer also improves information management and data quality, strengthening knowledge sharing and learning across the organization and with global health communities. The MEAL Officer is responsible for monitoring and evaluation of all of AIHA’s programs as well as quantifying and highlighting organization-wide impact.

ESSENTIAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
 
Evaluation and Assessment

  • Working with AIHA staff and partners to design and implement outcome and impact evaluations and related exercises (i.e. post-deployment surveys, situational analyses).
  • Oversee timely and effective dissemination of evaluation findings to relevant stakeholders.
  • Develop AIHA programs, partnerships, and budgets for M&E during work plan processes.
  • Design and implement organization-wide measurement and impact indicators, including those that show value for money (or cost/benefit per output/outcome).
  • Coordinate and interface with USG and other donors on external evaluations.

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Develop, implement, and assess monitoring frameworks for AIHA projects and partnerships and projects, as well as for funding proposals including reporting, baseline, and evaluation.
  • Design of “SMART” objectives, logic models, monitoring frameworks, and ensure inclusion of M&E activities.
  • Align M&E activities with program and organizational goals.
  • Maintain and improve AIHA data tracking tools; develop additional databases and tracking tools as needed to demonstrate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of projects and methods.
  • Ensure adherence to monitoring and reporting requirements for specific donors, i. e., PEPFAR‐funded project oversight systems, including SIMS, POART, and SBOR.

Accountability and Quality

  • Review and finalize donor reports and M&E deliverables to ensure they are high quality and submitted in a timely manner.
  • Interface with USG and other donors; ensure compliance with donor-mandated monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements.
  • Analyze data for accuracy, flag validation or quality issues, and contribute to system fixes.

Growth

  • Research and lead design of MERL-related components for proposals; ensure MERL frameworks and budgets are appropriate.
  • Align proposal strategies, goals, objectives, and work plans with M&E frameworks that support high performance and achievement of results; ensure quality control and accountability.
  • Working with the business development team, assist in identifying prospects and contributing to writing proposals and concept papers to secure funding for M&E work.

Training, Capacity Building, and other Organizational Learning

  • Cultivate a strong, data-informed organizational culture aligned with USG expectations.
  • Engage staff and partners in continuous quality improvement (CQI) in CQI (data collection, and use of evaluation, self-assessment and close-out findings).
  • Develop and update training materials and resources; orient and train new and existing staff and partners on MERL. Provide ongoing feedback and refresher training as needed.
  • Ensure that programmatic progress and results are communicated to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Working with the Communications team, facilitate and support knowledge sharing, data, results, and lessons learned via internal MERL website, learning events and program meeting to effectively communicate to both internal and external audiences.
  • Author, co-author and encourage partners to publish highlighting AIHA and our projects, including in peer reviewed articles.
  • Stay abreast of M&E developments attending and or presenting at relevant conferences/workshops and using attained knowledge to better train staff and enhance program materials.

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree required in public health/clinical health, statistics, epidemiology, or economics (or related field), and a minimum of three (3) years of full time monitoring and evaluation experience.
  • Experience with M&E, quality improvement and organizational learning.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment, set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to synthesize complex information and communicate it effectively to diverse audiences; ability to design and implement efficient work flows and procedures.
  • Ability to contribute to a positive, productive team environment using leadership, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Fluency in English; excellent written and oral communication skills, including facilitation and cross-cultural communication; attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel independently domestically and internationally up to 20%.
  • Computer proficiency in Windows environment (Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) and proficiency in online research (e.g. PubMed).

Desired:

  • Experience with US government funding mechanisms and reporting requirements, in particular PEPFAR funded programs.
  • Experience with health system strengthening and or human resource for health MERL experience.
  • Experience designing and implementing MERL for HIV/AIDS related projects.
  • Experience in proposal development.
  • Experience with mentorship, training and facilitation.
  • Experience working or living in the Global South.
  • Strong track record of peer-reviewed publications.

ADA SPECIFICATIONS:

Physical Demands:
Employees with disabilities must meet qualification standards that are job related and consistent with business necessity and must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Disclaimer

  • Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
  • This job description is subject to change at any time depending on the needs of the organization.

For application, please submit cover letter and resume to HR@aiha.co.za.

Location: 
Pretoria

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