HDMES M&E Specialist - Health

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 31 August 2020

Job Description

Position Title

M&E Specialist (Health)

Long Term / Short Term

Long Term Position

ARF Classification


Position Location

Remote (until mobilisation is possible), then Port Moresby

Reports To

Team Leader

Program Background

Human Development Monitoring and Evaluation Services (HDMES) is a four-year Australian Government program in Papua New Guinea. HDMES provides high-quality advice and independent monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) services at the program and portfolio levels for DFAT Health Security and Education & Leadership programs in Papua New Guinea (PNG). HDMES enables robust and reliable information to be available to the Australian High Commission Port Moresby (AHC) and the Government of PNG (GoPNG) to inform future strategy and adaptation. HDMES is supported by the Australian Government and is implemented by Adam Smith International and Clear Horizon through the PNGAusPartnership.

The functions of HDMES in Health Security and Education & Leadership include:

  • Support the AHC to measure and report on the performance of their investments in health and education & leadership;
  • Advise, mentor and coach on the development of M&E frameworks of the relevant portfolios and investments;
  • Conduct quality assurance of investment progress reporting;
  • Conduct independent evaluations and reviews of DFAT investments; and
  • Conduct annual reporting on portfolio progress.

Job Specification

The responsibilities of the M&E Specialist (Health) will include, but not be limited to:

  • Provide leadership and management of the health sector M&E portfolio; ensure annual objectives and client expectations are consistently met and exceeded;
  • Drive development of the health sector evaluation and review pipeline in conjunction with DFAT, program implementing partners and the HDMES Research Manager;
  • Lead and oversee evaluation teams to conduct work across the Human Development portfolio, particularly in the health sector; to ensure studies are effectively designed and implemented;
  • Lead reviews, and provide quality assurance for Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks and systems, and support capacity development for DFAT implementing partners;
  • Build strong understanding of the Human Development investment portfolio in PNG, particularly with regards to DFAT’s health sector investments; work to incorporate innovative approaches/ solutions and emerging global approaches to evaluative processes and programmatic design
  • Provide support to DFAT to consolidate and aggregate results into specific outputs across the health portfolio;
  • Provide technical inputs for key contractual outputs including Annual Plans and regular Progress Reports;
  • Provide quality assurance for all evaluative and research study outputs and reports; ensure outputs are delivered to a high quality and on time;
  • Build and maintain collaborative and strategic relationships with DFAT and other stakeholders, including implementing partners, GoPNG agencies, NGOs, local and international research providers, and external advisers.

Reporting Requirements:

  • Reports to HDMES Team Leader
  • Formal and informal engagement with DFAT management team at Post (and Canberra where required)
  • Contribute to annual and progress reporting

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • 15 years + relevant experience leading M&E initiatives in a development or similar context, ideally in PNG;
  • Relevant advanced university degree, Masters or above in any relevant field including, but not limited to: social science, political science, M&E or international development;
  • Relevant experience and knowledge of working in the health sector;
  • Demonstrated experience in designing, implementing and managing analytical activities such as evaluation and studies in PNG and/or with projects funded by major donors;
  • Demonstrated understand and application of M&E frameworks, theories and methods within international development programs;
  • Demonstrated analytical skills, including experience in and knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods for research and evaluation purpose;
  • Demonstrated report writing skills;
  • Demonstrated professional and interpersonal communications skills (including data visualisation, report writing and presentations), and experience in developing research dissemination products and protocols;
  • Proven ability to train and mentor colleagues and counterparts (incl. donor clients and recipient government/program delivery counterparts);
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required; understanding of Tok Pisin desirable.


Interested parties are requested to submit an application letter summarising relevant experience (one page) and a CV (maximum 3 pages) to reception.png@hdmes-png.com with the subject line ‘HDMES Application: M&E Specialist (Health).

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Applications close on 28 September 2020.

ASI is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continually improve the diversity of our workforce through the attraction, retention and development of a diverse range of talented people. We want people to be comfortable bringing their whole self to work and recognise that inclusion brings further opportunities for innovation and creativity.

About the Organization

Adam Smith International is a global advisory company that works locally to transform lives by making economies stronger, societies safer, and governments more effective. We work on behalf of governments, foundations and companies that share our ambition to take on the big challenges facing the world. They come to us to develop strategies and to design, deliver and evaluate programmes that, in turn, stimulate growth, stability and good governance.

For nearly three decades in almost 100 countries, we have been working in partnership with governments, the private sector and civil society in countries at all stages of development.

Our core team of staff and technical experts, in multiple offices around the world, ensures the quality of delivery and high ethical standards that we and our clients require. We bring together a global network of specialist experts, who contribute their experience and know-how, where and when it is needed.

ASI is owned and operated by its employees. We are committed to corporate integrity and a triple bottom line of social, environmental and financial performance.

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