M&E Health Officer

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 2 October 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 6 February 2021
  • Current

Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Program Advancement (PADV) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The (Integrated) Program Advancement team contributes to this by: Delivering on our promise to global quality and impact via integrated programs; Growing & diversifying our global portfolio integrating the private, public and social sectors; Promoting our work globally to influence the private, public and social sectors.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Director of R&M, the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Health Officer provides monitoring, evaluation, research and learning support to Pact countries worldwide, primarily supporting the Health portfolio. The position gives input into new business development, assists with program start-up, quality assessment monitoring, research, and evaluations, and also contributes to MERL thought leadership internally and externally. The M&E Health Officer coordinates closely with Pact’s technical teams and supports improved quality for Pact programs.

Key Responsibilities

Ensuring quality programming through technical MERL support

  • Provide start-up support to new projects, specifically to support the development of M&E plans, hiring of staff, and preparations for baseline assessments.
  • Provide in-country training and mentoring support to Pact offices on their M&E plans, outcome measures, data management strategy, data quality audits, and use of data for decision making. Serve as internal evaluator, as appropriate.
  • Assist country offices in the design of evaluations including developing terms of reference, designing tools, providing sampling guidance, data analysis guidance, assistance on how to manage and prepare for evaluations, and review of reports.
  • Conduct technical training in measurement to improve the capacity of MERL staff at the country office level to design, analyze, aggregate and use data for decision-making
  • Supports projects to institutionalize learning and adaptive management by leading development and implementation of learning agendas, and data use and decision trackers

Contributing to innovative MERL design

  • Provide technical support to the New Business development team in the design of proposals including drafting logical frameworks, articulating theories of change, how the program measure its achievements, and drafting M&E plans with quality indicators, ambitious but realistic targets, and including innovative M&E approaches.
  • Assist in pre-positioning efforts, including compiling relevant data and analysis.

Learning, leveraging, and thought leadership on MERL for enhanced program quality

  • Contribute to Pact’s data analytics by supporting quantitative analysis including statistical methods within and across projects
  • Share core MERL tools, modules, and key information to staff across Pact
  • Lead on Pact’s submissions to- and present at- academic and professional conferences to publicize Pact’s MERL tools, results, and share learning
  • Represent Pact in MERL technical working groups with peer organizations
  • Support the implementation Pact’s centralized database, imPact (built on DHIS2), that enables Pact to measure its overall effectiveness and manage disparate data sets
  • Create or update core R&M documents (MERL policies, quality standards, capacity statement, MERL Modules), and contribute to MERL discussions and sharing via the R&M Community of Practice
  • Lead on or support special studies and initiatives to continue Pact’s position at the forefront of MERL for international development
  • Assist Pact to roll out the use of innovative technologies such as GIS, mobile phones for data collection and techniques for visualizing data to improve MERL practice throughout the organization.

R&M Team Leadership and Management

· Serve as a technical specialist in Pact’s health portfolio, including tracking and training health projects on Pact enterprise and donor guidance for MERL

Basic Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in public health or a related field and five (5) years of experience or Bachelor’s degree with seven (7) years of experience
  • At least two (2) years working in global health and international development programs, preferably on MERL systems, with experience in a low-resource setting
  • Work experience with PEPFAR indicators and MERL procedures
  • Strong working knowledge of MERL principles and resources, particularly for health programming, including qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, tracking outcome indicators, and conducting mixed methods program evaluations
  • Strong data analysis and synthesis skills, especially around visual presentation of data and statistical quantitative methods
  • Demonstrated understanding of data analytics and synthesizing disparate datasets for predictive analytics and improving organizational and programmatic efficiencies
  • Ability to work independently and to perform and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Ability to establish and sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with Pact staff, in donor organizations and in peer organizations
  • Demonstrated proficiency in SPSS or STATA, Excel, Word, and other MS Office software
  • Experience with M&E standards for PEPFAR, USAID, the Global Fund, other bilateral donors, foundations, and/or corporations
  • Ability to travel up to 40% of the time

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong facilitation, teaching and coaching skills related to MERL
  • Proficiency in French, Spanish, or another working language for Pact’s country offices
  • Experience with qualitative analysis software and/or GIS systems (ArcGIS, Q-GIS, etc.)
  • Familiarity with cloud-based data management systems, preferably DHIS2

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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