SUSTAINING TECHNICAL AND ANALYTIC RESOURCES
FELLOWSHIP TITLE: Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
HOST ORGANIZATION: Programme National de Lutte Contre la Tuberculose (PNLT), Ministry of Health, the Democratic Republic of Congo
LOCATION: Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo
POSITION LEVEL: Mid-Career Advisor
TRAVEL: 25% estimated travel
STAR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health (GH) Bureau. Its purpose is twofold: (1) Through individual fellowships, STAR will help strengthen the capacity of diverse American and low-and-middle-income country (LMIC) health professionals at all levels to make innovative contributions to global health (GH); and (2) STAR will create ground-breaking opportunities for both US and LMIC GH academic institutions and other groups, including professional associations, to create systems for open-access knowledge sharing, resulting in effective partnerships. STAR’s individual and institutional participants are contributing to the development of self-sustaining systems and tools that will produce global citizens with the full spectrum of relevant health competencies. STAR is managed by the Public Health Institute and implemented in partnership with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
The STAR Fellowship is a two-year global health and learning opportunity with:
· Individualized, tailored support to enhance the fellow’s achievement personal and professional goals
· Personalized learning plans and access to learning resources (courses, conferences, mentoring) based on fellow’s learning style and preferences.
· Access to broad professional networks to enhance peer learning and knowledge sharing.
FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION
USAID is a leader in the global fight against tuberculosis (TB) and supports anti-TB efforts in high burden TB countries. STAR Fellowship is a key component of the USAID Administrator’s TB Accelerator initiative that aims to reach the UN General Assembly TB Declaration targets as well as to build the capacity and commitment of the host governments to ensure TB self-reliance through evidence-based TB programs.
The USAID investment for TB in DR Congo aims to increase TB case notification, case detection and treatment outcomes through health system strengthening with the goal of ending the TB epidemic in DR Congo. USAID TB investment leverages U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) supported TB/HIV activities, Global Fund (GF) TB grants, and the DR Congo government funding supporting health care staff and infrastructure.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor (Advisor) will provide overall support to the National TB Program (PNLT) and other tuberculosis (TB) stakeholders in the DRC to strengthen TB program outcome measurements, learning, and accountability (MLA) systems. The Advisor will provide quality data and synthesized information to the PNLT and USAID for planning, implementation, policy development, and decision.
The Advisor will be based at the National TB and Leprosy Program (PNLT) within the Ministry of Health in Kinshasa. They will work closely with and receive technical direction from the Director of the PNLT, who will serve as their Onsite Manager.
Essential Duties and Outcomes:
Strengthen the M&E systems and the capacity of the PNLT to use data to inform policy and strategies
- Support the development and strengthening of PNLT Monitoring and Evaluation System.
- Promote a culture of evidence-based decision making and lead efforts to foster use of data to inform policy and strategies at PNLT.
- Facilitate and support the preparation, collation and dissemination of TB data in DRC
- Develop monitoring, evaluation and learning tools for PNLT in order to track TB case finding, TB preventive therapy, and other indicators.
- Support the documentation of best practices and facilitate the use of such data to foster learning
- Contribute to the design and management of program assessments and evaluations
- Support PNLT to conduct MDR/XDR TB cohort reviews every 6 months to cover all cohorts on treatment.
Improved coordination of M&E activities nationwide
- Develop a monitoring and evaluation plan for USAID/DRC and ensure TB Accelerator data posted on the TB-DIAH data hub are accurate and up to date.
- Manage all M&E activities related to reporting on all USAID required indicators. This includes measuring and tracking progress made toward achieving TB Accelerator targets.
- Submit progress report monthly and twice annually a monitoring and evaluation report to USAID staff.
- Participate in regular conference calls with USAID staff as needed.?
Anticipated learning outcomes: * Required 10% time
- Demonstrate proficiency across the core global health competencies defined as development practice, cross cultural awareness, communication, capacity strengthening, public health ethics, health equity, gender equality and global burden of disease that is necessary for persons practicing in global health.
- Apply TB and monitoring and evaluation knowledge to strengthen program.
- Apply and distinguish international standards within technical/content area to support programming.
- Cultivate leadership skills based on the STAR GH mentorship curriculum to effectively facilitate capacity building and knowledge sharing activities amongst staff and peers.
- Expand access to knowledge and resources through networking and collaborative practice within global health.
- Minimum 7 years of relevant technical experience with a master’s degree or a minimum 9 years of relevant technical experience with a bachelor’s degree.
- 5 years of progressive responsibility working in M&E for USAID or other donor-funded development programs.
- Experience in developing performance management plans (PMPs) and conducting data quality assessments (DQAs); analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data; using online M&E databases to collect performance indicators; conducting routine monitoring of data for a donor-funded project; and conducting participatory or impact evaluations.
- Demonstrated skills and experience in designing and field-testing surveys and other data collection instruments.
- Familiarity with USAID policies related to evaluation and performance management.
- Experience writing findings and recommendations in assessment or evaluation reports.
- Working experience in DR Congo with knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the DR Congo public health system.
- Clear understanding of Global Fund, USAID and Government of DR Congo M&E processes.
- Previous experience with USAID supported programs is an added advantage.
- Success factors for the Senior M&E Advisors will be strong skills in strategic analysis, M&E, data collection and analysis, identifying trends in data, and the ability to write convincing findings and recommendations.
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate with other stakeholders in developing creative and strategic solutions to achieve common goals.
- Ability to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities and shifting deadlines.
- Demonstrated strong organizational, administrative, communications and reporting skills.
- Strong proficiency in MS Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point).
- Computer literacy, with ability to analyze and interpret data using Excel, online reporting tools, or statistical packages such as SAS, SPSS, or STATA.
- Strong English skills required, including ability to write lucid technical reports and documents.
- Fluency (written and spoken) in French required.
- DR Congo Citizenship required.
All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at https://www.ghstar.org/, which allows you to store your CV/resume and separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application. All online applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.
About the Organization
Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a five-year project of the Public Health Institute, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). STAR’s overall goal is to strengthen the capacity of global health professionals, organizations, and companies so they can implement stronger programs, achieve better results, and make a bigger impact in the global health field.
STAR has four key components:
- A Fellowship and Internship program with tailored individual learning and growth opportunities
- Capacity-building for Fellowship/Internship host organizations
- Academic partnerships between U.S. and low- and middle-income country institutions
- Tailored learning and mentorship opportunities for corporate and foundation partners
Through a continuous focus on individual and institutional learning, STAR is amplifying the impact that professionals and organizations can make on global health practice.
- Individual Learning: Each participant has a dedicated team of Learning and Performance Management specialists who help ensure a successful, productive experience. They help Fellows and Interns to develop individualized learning and career plans based on their job responsibilities, their passions, and their long-term aspirations in global health.
- Institutional Learning: STAR pairs academic institutions from different countries in knowledge-sharing experiments. They collaborate towards solutions to global health challenges and generate new knowledge, translating it into learning resources that are accessible to practitioners around the world.