FHI 360 South Africa: Director - Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

FHI 360 South Africa
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 13 June, 2014
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FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organisation dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology - creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories.
FHI 360 South Africa seeks to appoint a Director - Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E).

This position is part of an anticipated USAID-funded project in South Africa that will provide capacity strengthening, technical assistance and grants management support to government and NGO / CBO partners to strengthen South Africa’s response to HIV and AIDS.

The Director for Monitoring and Evaluation for the 220 million USAID-funded Capacity Development Support (CDS) programme in South Africa. Under CDS, FHI 360 will manage 100 million in grants to organisations partnering with USG to improve and scale up South Africa’s national response to HIV/STI/TB and OVC; and will support these partners to develop organisational and technical capacity to provide effective, quality services for HIV/STI/TB prevention, care, and treatment; and provide improved care and support for OVC. FHI 360 will also support the Departments of Health and Social Development in developing stronger institutional systems and technical competencies for health and social services delivery. The Deputy Director for M&E will oversee all monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning (MERL) activities for the CDS Project and hold accountability for the development and management of M&E systems, and analysis and use of data for programme progress and results. He/she will ensure all aspects of project performance are monitored and evaluated in accordance with the highest standards of data collection, management, and reporting, and in line with USAID’s Evaluation Policy.
Other Responsibilities include:

  • Develop the CDS-wide M&E plan / PMP with special attention to PEPFAR capacity development indicators and other appropriate indicators in order to assess outcomes and impacts of CDS capacity development activities and ensure that project goals are achieved;
  • Provide technical assistance to USAID and Title II IPs on the definition and measurement of capacity building and institutional strengthening activities;
  • As required, support USAID on policy-level PEPFAR M&E issues including reviewing, revising and developing reporting requirements for grantees and participating in M&E discussions with USAID;
  • Stay up-to-date on U.S legislative, international and SAG national initiatives relevant to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment and support, to anticipate areas where evidence, tools and normative standards are needed, and use this information to ensure CDS activities are relevant;
  • Lead the development of M&E guidance for PEPFAR IPs in the form of technical briefs, tool kits, user manuals, lessons learned, and the development of CDS Technical Reference Materials, especially in the area of M&E theory and practice;
  • Oversee and manage all M&E CDS reporting to USAID (narratives, PIMS data warehouse, etc., including developing surveys, appropriate data collection tools, and ensuring high-quality data analysis. This could include the development of a data quality assurance programme and participation in data quality assessments;
  • Build staff as well as partner capacity in data analysis and use;
  • Oversee capacity building activities on M&E topics, including, the development of workshop materials, webinars and digitized M&E training sessions for PEPFAR IPs, and the design and delivery of M&E workshops;
  • Coordinate M&E related inter-institutional and inter-agency meetings, project briefings, training events and other collaborative events for the project;
  • Represent the project as required in M&E events;
  • Supervise members of the M&E team;
  • Provide thought leadership to the evaluation of grantee programmes, including the development of baseline and follow-up assessments to measure not only specific outcomes but also level of exposure to the project and its activities;
  • Design and implement strategies to build the MERL capacity of local partners and the SAG to collect, report upon, analyse and make decisions based upon data;
  • Coordinate MERL training of grantees participating in the project by identifying technical assistance needs and sourcing training and TA as appropriate;
  • Oversee the cleaning and tabulation of data submitted by grantees;
  • Provide feedback to IPs on their reporting;
  • Support grantees in the submission of data to data warehouses and support the analysis of data for programme reporting;
  • Prepare surveys, TA/QI and management tools to monitor, facilitate improvement, document progress and gather lessons learned and success stories;
  • Ensure data from capacity assessments and other studies are well analysed and used to provide continued high-quality technical assistance. 

Required Experience / Skills:  

  • Minimum of 8-9 years’ experience in M&E;
  • Bachelors’ degree or its international equivalent within public health, demography, biostatistics, statistics, or a related field;
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative M&E data collection and analysis methods, including tracking outcome indicators;
  • Knowledge and understanding of HMIS, surveying methodologies, and HIV/AIDS and PEPFAR indicators;
  • Knowledge of M&E issues with respect to system strengthening / capacity development and service delivery strengthening related to HIV/AIDS;
  • Experience in designing M&E methodologies and tools and the ability to coach and train others in their use;
  • Ability to undertake problem analysis and organize diverse information in a systematic way while thinking creatively to propose approaches to improve program design, implementation and results reporting;
  • Demonstrated capacity to coordinate and implement evaluations, including experience developing terms of reference, recruiting, training and managing a diverse team;
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, problem solving and team-work skills with excellent ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing; superior presentation skills, both written and oral.  Samples of writing will be required;
  • Experience in working with and reporting results to USAID;
  • Familiarity with USAID M&E reporting requirements in South Africa;
  • Facility with computing environment.

Preference given to:

  • South African or local TCN with South African relevant work experience;
  • Master’s degree or its international equivalent in public health, demography, biostatistics, statistics, or a related field.

FHI 360 has a competitive compensation package. Interested candidates may apply through submitting their CV / resume and cover letter including salary requirements to sa-vacancies@fhi360.org.

Closing date: 13 June 2014

For more about FHI 360, refer to www.fhi360.org.

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