MEL Director, Integrated Health Project in Cote d’Ivoire

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 23 June 2020
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Job Description

Pathfinder Overview

Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women’s lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Director

Location: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Summary: Pathfinder is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Director to provide technical oversight for an upcoming USAID-funded project in Cote d’Ivoire focused on Malaria, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Family Planning (FP). The MEL Director will provide technical leadership to develop the project MEL system (framework, plans, and indicators) to capture performance results and provide effective, accurate and timely monitoring, evaluation and reporting of all project activities. The MEL Director will develop and manage the project performance monitoring database to support effective management and collaborative and strategic learning across project teams, partners, clients/donors and stakeholders. S/he will supervise, mentor, and coach the MEL team to design and implement project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities and to ensure that lessons learned are integrated into project implementation to continuously improve quality of interventions and outcomes, particularly using USAID’s collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) framework.

Please Note: This position is contingent upon USAID’s approval, project award and funding.

Key Job Outcomes:

  • Develops and implements the project’s MEL system according to Pathfinder standards and practices.
  • Ensures that the MEL system is a cost-effective, results-oriented system that provides USAID and the project with necessary information to assess the progress, effectiveness, and outcome of activities.
  • Collaborates with partners to develop individual and MEL work and training plans as appropriate.
  • Develops/adapts tools for data collection; designs and oversees implementation of surveys and other data collection tasks.
  • Designs/adapts project performance monitoring database to report national and global indicator data and performance indicator data quarterly to senior managers, chief of party (COP), and Pathfinder headquarters; ensures this data is regularly entered into Pathfinder’s DHIS2 system.
  • Oversees implementation of the project’s baseline and end-of-project surveys, as relevant.
  • Documents project achievements against targets using monitoring data and works with project staff to document the factors behind gaps and over-achievements.
  • Institutes regular use of performance monitoring data among project managers and other relevant Pathfinder staff to ensure knowledge transfer and learning. Ensures integration of CLA into activities so that project can be adapted based on evidence and learning.
  • Coordinates internal and external evaluations and disseminates evaluation findings through written reports, conference presentations, and publications, and assists project staff to do likewise.
  • Leads the development of the project knowledge management and learning strategy and ensures systematic use of data to consistently document and disseminate achievements, success stories, and best practices.
  • Oversees production of data to meet reporting requirements as well as the preparation and review of quarterly and annual reports, research, technical reports, presentations, etc.
  • Coordinates with Pathfinder partners charged with formative and other research activities to ensure useful and relevant data are collected, results from research activities are shared with all project partners and relevant stakeholders, and learnings inform project design and implementation.
  • Provides technical assistance and training to program teams and partner organizations as necessary.
  • Provides technical support to strengthening MEL systems at national and community level.

Minimally Required Job-Specific Competencies:

  • Significant experience preferred in providing field-based technical assistance for M&E and learning in Cote d’Ivoire or another country from Francophone West Africa.
  • Familiarity with USAID project cycle, policies, regulations, frameworks, and MEL methodologies and reporting requirements (e.g., CLA, standard foreign assistance indicators) preferred. Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Extensive experience collaborating with government agencies (especially Ministries of Health), counterparts, and international donor agencies.
  • A strong background in field research in health programming with experience in qualitative or quantitative methods and analysis strongly preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of Côte d’Ivoire health system and national health management information system (HMIS). Familiarity with DHIS2 preferred.
  • Expertise in performance and impact measurement related to FP service delivery, contraceptive security preferred.
  • Strong preference for candidates who are citizens of Cote d’Ivoire.
  • Fluency in French (4S/4R minimum) and English (4S/4R).

Minimally Required Organizational Competencies:

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Services: Foundational knowledge of family planning and reproductive health principles, practices and services of assigned program.
  • Passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health: Commitment to family planning, reproductive health services, gender, maternal, child health services, and eradication of harmful traditional practices
  • Software Applications: Advanced knowledge of MS Office products, including MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Analysis and Sound Judgement: Advanced analytical and trouble shooting skills. Ability to make sound judgments. Ability to improve processes, promote excellence and demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Languages: Proven ability to write and speak using local language and English language
  • Communication: Advanced oral and written communication skills using different forms of media. Ability to translate complex concepts to individuals at all levels. Ability to speak across a range of technical issues that may be outside the individual’s area of expertise.
  • Passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Services: Demonstrated commitment to family planning, reproductive health services, gender, maternal, child health services, and eradication of harmful traditional practices
  • Influencing and Customer Service Skills: Proven ability to influence using diplomacy skills with key stakeholders. In-depth demonstrated customer service skills.
  • Organization, Planning and Multi-tasking: Advanced organizational and planning skills, project planning and management skills. Proven ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and multi-task with minimal supervision. Proven ability to coordinate activities.
  • Self-Management and Teamwork: Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, ability to be detailed-oriented and consistently accurate, ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-paced environment, and ability to quickly learn new systems, processes and procedures and adapt local practices to global standards.
  • Matrix Management: Ability to thrive in a matrixed organization.
  • Confidentiality: Proven ability to maintain confidentiality on work-related issues.

Required Education, Training and Experience:

  • Master’s Degree or higher in public health, demography, epidemiology, statistics, or health related field. PhD preferred.
  • At least eight years of work experience in leading, designing, and implementing monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities for large, multi-year international health sector development projects. Strong preference for candidates with deep understanding of Malaria, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Family Planning (FP).

About the Organization

Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women’s lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.

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