MEL Consultant- LHSS Colombia

  • Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 2 July 2020

Job Description

1. Program background:

The Local Health System Sustainability (LHSS) Project purpose is to support achievement of USAID health systems strengthening (HSS) priorities as a means to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). USAID’s focus on health systems strengthening is to support partner countries on their journey to self-reliance and prosperity to meet their commitments for improved health and well-being of their population, by strengthening health systems performance and supporting sustained health impact.

The LHSS Colombia Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) Activity will support the Colombian government’s efforts to strengthen the health system’s resilience and ability to respond to the current COVID-19 pandemic and future health emergencies with improved systems for deployment and management of human resource (HR).

To do this, LHSS will strengthen the surveillance system for COVID-19 by building HR capacity; and strengthen HR planning and management for future emergency detection and response systems.

2. Scope of work

The Senior Consultant in monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) to provide in-country support to the Colombian government’s COVID-19 response. In this role, the consultant will lead LHSS Colombia OFDA MEL tasks under the supervision of the MEL Director. The consultant will serve as the primary point of contact for the all MEL Colombia COVID-19 tasks and liaise with government and donor counterparts involved in the COVID-19 response.

Task 1: Contribute to finalizing the LHSS Colombia OFDA MEL Plan. This may include participating in meetings with LHSS, USAID or the Government of Colombia to clarify aspects of the USAID MEL plan, and providing technical and implementation guidance for the MEL plan (e.g. indicators, data sources, etc.)

Task 2: The consultant will be responsible for collecting, analyzing and reporting COVID-19 indicators. And as needed, and with guidance from the MEL Director, communicate with the Colombian government to achieve this task.

Task 3: The consultant will be responsible for the development of program quarterly reports, annual reports, and other documents as per program objectives.

Task 4: The consultant will review program data to monitor performance and carry out data analysis and quality assurance activities.

Task 5: Support data analysis, cleaning, and interpretation.

Task 6: Analyze, synthesize program learnings and develop presentations on program results.

Task 7: Attend one LHSS Colombia OFDA learning and dissemination meeting with USAID.


· Notes from calls or meetings with the government, within 3 days

· All data to support measurement of activity indicators

· Six (6) monthly reports

· Two (2) quarterly reports

· One final report

· One PPT presentation for learning and dissemination meeting with USAID

3. Required and Desired Qualifications

Required Qualifications

· Master’s degree in statistics, social science, economics, or another related field.

· Minimum 5 years (+) prior experience in monitoring, evaluation, and learning, and/or data management.

· Demonstrated experience in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods (e.g. data collection, analysis, etc.).

· Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems for project learning and results reporting

· Demonstrated experience synthesizing project data across knowledge areas, and translating project monitoring data/evidence to knowledge and learning products or action.

· Ability to write technical papers and reports

· Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

· Has excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

· Fluent Spanish writing/speaking skills.

Desired Qualifications

The following qualifications are desired:

· Demonstrated experience with international development and donor-funded programs.

· Experience in statistical software, such as STATA, SPSS, SAS or R and qualitative NVivo software.

· Experience developing dashboards and using data for decision-making.

· Proficient English written/speaking skills.

· Colombian nationals are encouraged to apply.

4. Period of Performance, expected Level of Effort (LOE), reporting, and travel

Period of Performance and LOE: The consultant’s period of performance begins on July 20, 2020 and ends on December 31, 2020. The level of effort over this period is 42 days.

Reporting To: LHSS Colombia MEL Director

Travel: The consultant will travel as necessary to meet with stakeholders in the government and USAID. The number, timing, and duration of the trip(s) will be determined in consultation with the MEL Director. Expenses will be reimbursable in accordance with the LHSS and Abt guidelines. All travel will be dependent on Colombian government travel restrictions and final approval from the LHSS Colombia Country Program Manager.

5. Period of Performance, expected Level of Effort (LOE), reporting, and travel

To apply, please email a copy of your CV to with “MEL Consultant” in the subject.

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation; driving innovation and measurable impact for more than 50 years. What sets us apart is our evidence-based and multi-disciplinary approach to solving tough challenges in health, social and environmental policy and international development.

Specific areas we work in include:

  • Health
  • Education and workforce development
  • Climate change and the environment
  • Food security and agriculture
  • Housing and communities
  • Survey and data collection

Abt is a mission-driven company with a staff of 2,600. Our focus is on using evidence and cutting-edge methods to improve the lives and economic well-being of people worldwide.

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