Director, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL)

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 3 September 2019

Job Description


Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is seeking a Director, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning for a potential 5 year, USAID-funded, Health Service Delivery Activity in Niger. This project will will improve access to quality health services and strengthening ownership and management of health services by communities, in partnership with citizens, local government, and service providers.

This position is subject to project award and funding.

Specific Responsibilities

The Director, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning is responsible for the following:
1. Design, implement and oversee the M&E system including the development of indicators, setting targets, monitoring project progress, ensuring timely data collection, writing quarterly and annual reports in compliance with USAID systems.
2. Develop an M&E plan consistent with the USAID results framework; coordinate data collection; monitor quality and completeness of data sets; provide evidence based strategic technical guidance to the project, and document project performance against established outputs and indicators.
3. Oversee the implementation of the project’s health information system (HIS) efforts, including the implementation and use of MSH DHIS2-based information system.
4. Enhance data use for decision making to improve performance of the project, maximizing health impact.
5. Building the capacity of the Ministry of Health (MOH) and other stakeholders in the collection, utilization, and dissemination of data, and in building and using sustainable HIS.
6. Collaborate with the project team in identifying project activities, processes and/or outcomes for documentation, and design a system for capturing lessons learned and best practices.

Qualifications and Experience

1. Masters’ degree in public health, epidemiology, statistics or other related field.
2. Extensive experience in designing and implementing M&E activities and special studies for complex health programs of similar size and scope to HSS in developing countries.
3. Master capacity in DHIS2, and experience in developing and using health information systems.
4. Extensive experience working in developing countries, preferably in Western Africa.
5. Familiarity with the structure, systems and policies of the health sector in Niger.
6. Experience using a Collaborative Learning Plan to inform activity implementation.
7. Strong technical knowledge of M&E methodologies.
8. Good knowledge of the health information systems in Niger.
9. Ability to develop and oversee a strong M&E system that collects data related to improved local governance, financial management capacity, service delivery, etc, at the regional, district, and community levels.
10. Ability to analyze and interpret large amounts of data and clearly present it to decision-makers.
11. Fluency in French and strong English language skills. Demonstrated strong writing and oral presentation skills in English.
12. Must be willing to travel within Niger.

Local nationals of Niger are encouraged to apply.

About the Organization

Management Sciences for Health, an international nonprofit organization, is dedicated to closing the gap between what is known and what is done about public health problems. MSH saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 30 country offices and our US headquarters, our staff from 65 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization composed of more than 2,000 people from 73 nations. Their mission is to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Together with their partners, they are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.


MSH takes an integrated approach to building high-impact sustainable programs that address critical challenges in leadership, health systems management, human resources, and medicines. Simply put, they support stronger health systems for greater health impact.

Their expertise in these areas falls into the broad categories of management functions—for example, leadership and governance or pharmaceutical management—and health areas like tuberculosis or maternal, newborn, and child health. They apply their expertise by

  • Partnering with governments, local organizations, and communities in developing nations to build their own capacity for long-term health impact;
  • Providing global leadership in critical areas of health management and health care delivery;
  • Bringing the best of MSH from around the globe to the people we serve, working as One MSH with a focus on lasting health system improvements.



Leadership, Governance, & Management

They work with in-country partners to build stronger health systems to improve:

    • the management and leadership of priority health programs, health organizations, and multisectoral partnerships such as The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, developing a critical mass of managers at all levels of the health system who can lead and inspire teams to achieve results;
    • the management systems of health organizations in the public and private sector, transferring practical approaches and skills to ensure that management structures contribute to sustainable organizational success;
    • the governance and management of health organizations and multisectoral partnerships, facilitating change and transferring knowledge to enable organizations to administer their resources efficiently and scale up their services.


Health Service Delivery

MSH combines extensive public health expertise, proven service delivery approaches, and evidence-based interventions in five critical areas:

    • HIV & AIDS
    • Tuberculosis
    • Maternal, newborn, and child health
    • Family planning and reproductive health
    • Other communicable diseases, including malaria and pandemic and avian influenza

Human Resources for Health

MSH helps governments develop multisectoral strategies and policies to plan and manage their health workforces. We use a comprehensive approach that addresses all the facets of human resources for health needed to achieve an adequate supply of well-trained and motivated health workers. MSH offers capabilities in leadership, human resource management, education, partnerships, policy, and finance to achieve these goals.

Pharmaceutical Management

Vital to our success is a participatory approach to project design and implementation, which cultivates broad-based support from all stakeholders. We also build and improve infrastructure and local capacity to effectively purchase, store, deliver, and use quality essential medicines.

Health Care Financing

MSH helps governments and NGOs assess their current financial situation and systems, understand service costs, and develop initiatives to use existing funds more effectively and generate additional revenue—all with the goal of supporting a nation’s health priorities.

Health Information

MSH has developed proven methods for rapidly strengthening the analysis and use of existing health data—normally at the province, district, and facility levels—without revising existing recording and reporting requirements. With an emphasis on learning through action, district teams undertake assessments of health services, identify gaps in performance, and design solutions to support better decision-making and, therefore, better management of improved services.

MSH has worked closely with the Health Metrics Network of the WHO to develop a comprehensive approach for enhancing the performance of health information systems and data by employing a practical, strategic planning process that can be carried out by national working groups.

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