Monitoring and Evaluation and Research (MER) Senior Advisor

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 3 June 2020

Job Description

The Monitoring and Evaluation and Research (MER) Senior Advisor will be divided between providing technical support in Monitoring and Evaluation, Research (MER), Learning, and Health Management Information System (HMIS) within the Global Health Systems Innovation (GHSI) Unit, and leading the monitoring and evaluation component of a global program.


The MER Senior Advisor leads activities in MER and in Learning conducted by EPI. S/he uses a client-centered approach, serving MSH Projects so they design and implement state-of-the-art MER and Learning systems and activities, use information for decision making, improving performance, and maximizing and measuring health impact. The MER Senior Advisor participates in the strengthening of local (national) MER, learning and HMIS systems. The MER Senior Advisor actively supports the Implementation/Operational Research portfolio of MSH, and performs quantitative and qualitative analyses using a variety of statistical methodologies. S/he assures technical support to HMIS/DHIS2 initiatives, and synergies between local HMIS/DHIS 2 with MSH’s customized DHIS 2 system: DREAM@MSH. The position reports to the EPI lead.


The Monitoring and Evaluation and Research (MER) Senior Advisor will lead development and implementation of a strong MEL plan consistent with the donor’s results framework, coordinate the collection of data including conducting field visits for data validation, monitor the quality and completeness of data sets, contribute to the development of the program and document project performance against established outputs and indicators. The MER Senior Advisor must have appropriate expertise on M&E related to the use of performance indicators and various research/evaluation methodologies and statistical analysis to determine outcomes and impacts throughout the project/program cycle.

The MER Senior Advisor will support country buy-ins in monitoring progress, evaluating effectiveness, disseminating results, and integrating learning. S/he should be familiar with global and regional development indicators/indexes. S/he will maintain reporting procedures and guidelines in compliance with donor’s systems. S/he will also be responsible for building the capacity of stakeholders in the management of data (including collection, utilization, and dissemination of data) as well as ensuring that all monitoring and data collection activities are harmonized and information is shared.


Project Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement the Project’s M&E and Learning system, including the development of logical models, performance framework, indicators and performance management plan (including setting targets), ensuring timely data collection, assuring data quality, managing the project database, performing statistical analyses, monitoring project progress, identifying and sharing lessons learned, writing quarterly and annual reports, and liaising with the project financial team to track the budget in relation to all project results and outcomes.
  • Provide technical inputs to the technical team in order to assist in developing program goals and objectives as well as MEL tools and strategies and provide monitoring data and learning digests to strategically inform the decisions on project performance and future direction to the project.
  • Support the MOH to develop a health sector MEL framework and monitor health system strengthening interventions.
  • Provide regularly updated reports on the status of implementation against the project goals and objectives to the Project Director, USAID, and other program managers as required.
  • Collaborate with the project team in identifying project activities, processes and/or outcomes that are worthy of documentation, and design a system for capturing lessons learned and best practices.
  • Adhere to MSH procurement integrity and institutional standards and procedures in all project management responsibilities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Technical Support in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and HMIS

  • Participate in developing the culture of data use for decision making within the organization.
  • Develop, manage, and enhance MSH MERL systems and activities, including through the development of standards and guidance, enhancing data use for decision making.
  • Provide direct support to selected field projects in MERL and in HMIS throughout the project life cycle, including developing and implementing M&E plans, ensuring data quality, ensuring data use, actively monitoring work plan implementation activities, strengthening the capacity of teams, etc.
  • Strategically guide field projects in the areas of MERL/HMIS.
  • Actively participates in work planning and budgeting for MERL activities within field projects and at home office.
  • Develop DHIS2 instances for MSH home office and for MSH projects to enhance data management.
  • Build capacity of MSH staff (in-country and home office) in MERL, and in DHIS2.
  • Strengthen the use of DREAM@MSH as a vehicle to strengthen local HMIS.

Technical Lead in Implementation/Operational Research

  • Develop capacity of MSH staff in designing, conceptualizing, and conducting implementation and/or operational research (IR/OR) in technical areas of priority and relevance to MSH projects.
  • Work with technical teams in developing IR/OR priority agendas for technical areas of relevance to MSH technical groups and projects.
  • Work with technical teams and researchers to ensure adherence to MSH’s policy for protection of human subjects participating in applied research conducted by MSH.
  • Develop and implement effective dissemination approaches for applied research findings for strengthening their use in project implementation, performance improvement, and evidence-based policy development and implementation.
  • Perform statistical analyses (quantitative and qualitative).
  • Serve as PI or co-PI for studies.

Business Development

  • Provide support to business resource development/proposal teams in designing robust MER and learning approaches that are responsive to programmatic rationale and technical approaches to systematically measure performance and achievement of outcomes throughout the life of the project. This includes development of M&E plans, implementation and/or operational research studies, systematic documentation, data management and quality, and evaluation approaches.




  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Sciences, or Statistics.


  • PhD in a similar field, and/or major in Health Information Systems.



  • At least 8 years of related experience.


  • At least 2 years living and working in an LMIC.

Knowledge and Skills:


  • Sound understanding of the status of MER systems and practices in low and mid income countries (LMICs), and how HIS links with M&E.
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop, manage, and enhance MER and learning systems and activities in LMICs throughout the project life cycle, with proven experience to
    assess and propose development plans and deliver direct technical assistance to strengthen MER teams and systems in LMICs.
  • Experience with global level health projects in MER and in knowledge management, and working as part of an integrated support team.
  • Experience with developing HMIS and MERL sections of proposals
  • Expertize in Implementation/Operational Research in LMIC (design, IRB approval, data collection, analysis, budgeting, reporting writing, abstracts, papers, etc.)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of DHIS2, functionality, configuration, and technical programming.
  • Expertise in data management systems such as Excel and MS Access.
  • Proven skills in statistical package softwares for quantitative data analysis (SPSS, STATA, R, etc.), and in qualitative data analysis (NVivo, ATLAS. ti, etc.)
  • Experience living or working in developing countries to understand program context, field realities, and technical needs.
  • Excellent writing, analytical, organizational and communications skills, including organizing, scanning, summarizing and presenting information.
  • Demonstrated time management skills.
  • Fluency in English (written and oral) required.
  • Enjoys learning; a team player and a self-starter who can use her/his own initiative to identify useful work.


  • Demonstrated ability to lead innovative portfolio in MER and learning and in HMIS, to learn and follow the latest lessons learned concerning MER, learning and HMIS in
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with professional colleagues from multiple units and within various socio-cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrated ability to build capacity of teams in LMICs and at the home office.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment, and working under tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated competence to assess priorities and solve problems using innovative, evidence-based solutions.
  • Highly detail-oriented, meticulous, and consistent in the execution of his/her work.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and projects at a time.
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively identify areas that need support and constructively come up with solutions to address these.

About the Organization

MSH saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 40 country offices and our Arlington, Virginia, and Medford, Massachusetts, US headquarters, our staff from more than 70 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health. We live our mission to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.

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