Monitoring and Evaluation Manager , Somalia

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Population Services International
Nairobi, Kenya
Apply by 16 March 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 13 February 2018

Job Description

Job title Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Department PSI Somalia, East Africa

Based in Nairobi, Kenya with extensive travel (at least 50%) in Somalia

Reports to the Country Representative

Who we are

With over 45 years of experience, working in over 60 countries, Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. PSI is reimagining healthcare, by putting the consumer at the center, and wherever possible – bringing care to the front door. We are working to fix market failures, shape future health markets and shift policy and funding to better support consumer empowered healthcare.

There are over 8,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. All with unique skills that we bring to the critically important work that we do.

Join us!

We are looking for a Monitoring and Evaluation Manager for PSI programs funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) under the Somali Health and Nutrition Program (SHINE) and USAID (SIFPO). The focus of these programs is to provide an Embedded Essential Package of Health Service (EPHS) and to achieve increased community awareness of, and demand for, health services and promote appropriate health, Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) practices.

The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager will lead all monitoring and evaluation activities, support design and implementation of the programs’ M&E frameworks and plans; support the learning agenda and improve the evidence base to inform and influence policy in the Somali health sector throughout the life of project.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution


  • Take a lead role in developing/ reviewing the donor log frame/ performance frameworks and a detailed M&E implementation plans for all PSI Somalia programs.
  • Develop and implement a data quality assurance plan and provide technical support to improve quality of data and reporting systems among partners and sub-awardees.
  • Support the development of a robust Management Information System for PSI Somalia
  • Develop and support the implementation of an evidence use plan to promote evidence based decision making
  • Design monitoring and evaluation guidelines for partners, subawardees and subcontractors to effectively monitor program activities and provide regular M&E capacity building to SRs through routine assessment, and M&E refresher trainings.
  • Track all program deliverables including monitoring and compiling all program logframe indicators for evidence based program decision making, donor and MOH reporting
  • Work with other consortium management unit staff to coordinate reporting to the donor and representation of the project externally at events, conferences and meetings.
  • Conduct quarterly review of all Sub-recipient (SR) reports for accuracy and regularly update the program performance dashboard and data quality management grading system for SR feedback;
  • Conduct quarterly and ad hoc field monitoring for all implementing partners to verify data and program activities reported by implementing partnersCoordinate and facilitate all evidence gathering activities including program evaluations, research activities and case studies
  • Manage relationships and contracts with M&E agencies (or third party monitoring partners)
  • Interface with global and regional technical, M&E research and learning teams to ensure alignment between global and country activities.
  • Work closely with Program and Technical Advisors to improve the program’s evidence and learning base for sharing with the donor, MOH health sector partners and to inform wider policy development.
  • Active participation on the National M&E Technical Working group, including ongoing collaboration with the Ministry of Health Research, M&E Departments and M&E staff working in behavior change and demand creation to ensure harmonization of tools, contributions to in-country evidence base and capacity building of relevant Ministry staff.
  • Perform any other related duties that may be assigned by the immediate supervisor.

What are we looking for?

The basics:

  • Advanced degree in Public Health/ Biostatistics/ M&E/Development;
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience in similar-sized organization
  • Ability to travel frequently across Somalia
  • Previous experience and proven track record in managing M&E for large donor funded or consortium programs:
  • Comprehensive M & E system development and management experience
  • Demonstrated ability in facilitating evidence use for programmatic decision making
  • You are an excellent writer and presenter
  • Demonstrated experience in leading teams to successfully achieve results.
  • Good interpersonal and relationship building skills and demonstrated ability to work constructively with people from different professional disciplines and personal backgrounds. Initiative, flexibility, accuracy and ability to work as part of a team
  • Good personal organizational skills, including ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Proficiency in Statistical software, health management systems, MS Excel and other MS Office products:
  • Fluency in English
  • References will be required
  • A technical test of knowledge and skills in M & E, research design and analysis may be required

What would get us excited?

  • Somali language skills are a major plus
  • You have programmatic experience in a wide variety of public health programming
  • You have experience with DHIS2
  • You have strong quantitative analysis skills including multi-variate analysis of health survey data (Stata preferred)
  • You have substantial experience with electronic data collection
  • You have experience on learning projects or structured learning and dissemination activities.


  • Exempt

*Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and current Curriculum Vitae not later than February 22, 2018 to

Subject: Monitoring and Evaluation Manager - Somalia

PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.


About the Organization

About PSI: PSI is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world's most vulnerable populations, in over 65 countries to lead healthier lives. Over 150 staff in the Washington D.C headquarters, 100 overseas expatriate staff and almost 8,000 local staff work to execute PSI’s critical and innovative programs worldwide. Health Impact and Donors: PSI has a unique focus on measurable health impact much like successful corporations measure profitability. Measuring the results of PSI’s health interventions isn’t as simple as counting lives saved. PSI employs an entire team of researchers to continuously evaluate PSI performance against evidence-based objectives and verifiable indicators. Such strict measurement of PSI performance is what sets the organization apart from others in the field and feeds into the design of innovative, targeted and cost-effective interventions. By utilizing the DALY (Disability Adjusted Life Year) system, PSI estimates that in 2009 alone, its programs directly prevented more than 156,000 HIV infections, 2.6 million unintended pregnancies, almost 150,000 deaths from malaria and diarrhea and 19 million malaria episodes. In addition, roughly 25,000 patients were treated for TB. With a focus on decentralized management and local experts, innovative programs and successful benchmarking, PSI is proud of its long term commitment to serve those most in need. PSI is supported by several major donors including: governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands; the Global Fund, various United Nations agencies, private foundations, corporations and individuals. Areas of PSI focus: HIV: PSI has HIV programs in over 60 countries around the world. Interventions, which include social marketing of HIV products and services and targeted HIV communications, are based upon a commitment to produce measurable health impact and an emphasis upon rigorous research and evaluation. Although condom social marketing and targeted communications remain the cornerstones of PSI's work to address the HIV pandemic, country programs also implement an increasingly comprehensive range of interventions in response to the changing needs of specific country contexts and populations. PSI is increasingly implementing innovations such as male circumcision services and targeted communications for concurrent sexual partnerships and injection drug use interventions. TB: Tuberculosis (TB) is a curable and preventable illness, yet it remains a major cause of death worldwide. It is one of the biggest killers of women of reproductive age and the most common cause of death among people living with HIV/AIDS. PSI provides a variety of innovative TB and TB/HIV-related services, engaging private providers in diagnosis and treatment and integrating HIV counseling and testing with TB services. It also creates innovative behavior change communications campaigns to increase awareness of TB and TB/HIV and to promote healthy behaviors. Child Survival: Vulnerable children are one of PSI’s most important target groups. According to the WHO, nearly 10 million children under the age of five die each year – more than 1,000 every hour. Tragically, about two-thirds of child deaths are preventable through practical, low-cost interventions. PSI works to improve child survival by helping developing countries address water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, pneumonia and HIV with prevention and treatment education and products. PSI’s child survival programs improve the health and save the lives of children under five in more than 30 countries. Reproductive Health: In over 30 countries throughout the world PSI empowers women and couples to lead healthier lives by providing access to innovative family planning and maternal health products and services. Every year, there are more than 60 million unintended pregnancies and more than 500,000 women die from pregnancy-related causes. In 2008 alone, PSI prevented an estimated 3.1 million unintended pregnancies and 15,000 maternal deaths, and enabled millions of couples to plan their families. Over the past three decades, PSI has expanded the contraceptive methods in its portfolio from male condoms and oral contraceptives to include injectable contraceptives, intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUD), emergency contraception pills, implants, female condoms, voluntary sterilization, and fertility awareness methods such as the Standard Days Method using Cyclebeads®. PSI’s RH platform has also grown to address maternal mortality through the prevention of post-partum hemorrhage and sepsis, and the prevention of unsafe abortion. Clean Water: Access to clean water is a challenge in almost all of the countries PSI operates in. Increasing awareness of water borne diseases and accessibility to treated water are a core part of PSI’s efforts across its health areas. PSI and its many partners are working together to promote the Safe Water System, a water quality intervention that employs proven, easy-to-use and inexpensive solutions such as household water treatment appropriate for the developing world. Household water treatment and safe storage ensures that each sip of water is safe to drink. Household water treatment can be adopted quickly, inexpensively, at national scale in both development and emergency situations, making an immediate difference on the lives of those who rely on transporting to and storing water in their homes. Malaria: PSI provides malaria control support to national Ministries of Health in over 30 countries worldwide. PSI tailors its malaria control programs to the unique environment in each country and the needs outlined by the Ministry of Health to achieve the Abuja Targets and MDGs. PSI’s malaria control programs include delivery of insecticide treated mosquito nets, pre-packaged malaria treatment, behavior change communications and operational research.

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