Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Advisor

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 5 April 2021

Job Description


Under the direction of the Principal and Senior MER Advisors, this position will support different initiatives in various countries meant at strengthening the availability and use of strategic information to ensure projects’ adaptive management. The support would include M&E and learning (MEL), DHIS 2, research, proposal development and knowledge management to MSH projects in collaboration with other MEL technical staff.

The M&E Specialist also conducts data analysis and executes general

MEL activities as requested by project and research initiatives. The position reports to the Evidence, Performance and Impact (EPI) Practice Area Lea. The position is also expected to follow a matrixed reporting format based on the various work streams they will be managing.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Research Project Support (60%)

  • Contribute to project monitoring, evaluation, analytics, and research support to MSH projects as assigned.
  • Provide staff and projects with data analytics, data interpretation, and data visualization expertise for reporting, presentations, and publications.
  • Review project and technical reports as required (e.g. quarterly, baseline, etc.) for accuracy and completeness.
  • Contribute to rigorous evaluation and study design, protocol development, data collection tools, and analysis.
  • Provide internal review statistical analysis and conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis, as requested
  • Conduct sample sizes calculations and data analysis plans for project evaluations and applied research
  • Assist projects in submitting data to the USAID Data Depository Library (DDL) as needed

DHIS 2 Support (20%)

  • Support the development and maintenance of project DREAM@MSH/DHIS 2 instances and as well as entering data, as needed
  • Conduct trainings for corporate and project staff on development, use, and maintenance of DREAM@MSH/DHIS 2
  • Assist projects in accessing and using DHIS 2 data for project decision‐making

Business Development (10%)

  • Provide support to project and business development efforts as requested.
  • Collaborate with Business Development, KM, and MER teams to develop and maintain a database of resources for proposals (PMP’s, Indicator menus, and KM and MER narratives, etc).

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning and Research Organizational Standards and Guidance (10%)

  • Provide support to MSH‐wide standards and guidance for monitoring, evaluation and research.
  • Collaboratively design standards, templates, and tools for MSH projects as well as provide management support for piloting of MSH standards and guidance.


Required: Bachelors degree in public health or related field

Preferred: Masters degree in public health


Candidates should have at least 6 years of related experience with a Bachelors

degree or 4 years with a Masters degree, with experience in the following areas :

  • Project monitoring, evaluation learning and research for health‐related projects.
  • USAID management and annual/quarterly reporting requirements.
  • Reviewing accuracy of technical documents to ensure accurate and appropriate analysis of data and findings.
  • Writing and contributing to the development of
  • donor proposals, specifically with regard to: PMPs, Indicator Tables, and MEL Plans.
  • Analytics and statistical analysis.
  • Use of data management software such as DHIS 2, Excel (including Power Pivot), and MS Access.
  • Quantitative analysis software
  • At least 2 years of experience living and working in developing countries as this is required to understand program context, field realities and technical needs.


  • Experience with qualitative analysis software

About the Organization

Management Sciences for Health, an international nonprofit organization, is dedicated to closing the gap between what is known and what is done about public health problems. 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 30 country offices and our US headquarters, our staff from 65 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization composed of more than 2,000 people from 73 nations. Their mission is 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. Together with their partners, they are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.


MSH takes an integrated approach to building high-impact sustainable programs that address critical challenges in leadership, health systems management, human resources, and medicines. Simply put, they support stronger health systems for greater health impact.

Their expertise in these areas falls into the broad categories of management functions—for example, leadership and governance or pharmaceutical management—and health areas like tuberculosis or maternal, newborn, and child health. They apply their expertise by

  • Partnering with governments, local organizations, and communities in developing nations to build their own capacity for long-term health impact;
  • Providing global leadership in critical areas of health management and health care delivery;
  • Bringing the best of MSH from around the globe to the people we serve, working as One MSH with a focus on lasting health system improvements.



Leadership, Governance, & Management

They work with in-country partners to build stronger health systems to improve:

    • the management and leadership of priority health programs, health organizations, and multisectoral partnerships such as The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, developing a critical mass of managers at all levels of the health system who can lead and inspire teams to achieve results;
    • the management systems of health organizations in the public and private sector, transferring practical approaches and skills to ensure that management structures contribute to sustainable organizational success;
    • the governance and management of health organizations and multisectoral partnerships, facilitating change and transferring knowledge to enable organizations to administer their resources efficiently and scale up their services.


Health Service Delivery

MSH combines extensive public health expertise, proven service delivery approaches, and evidence-based interventions in five critical areas:

    • HIV & AIDS
    • Tuberculosis
    • Maternal, newborn, and child health
    • Family planning and reproductive health
    • Other communicable diseases, including malaria and pandemic and avian influenza

Human Resources for Health

MSH helps governments develop multisectoral strategies and policies to plan and manage their health workforces. We use a comprehensive approach that addresses all the facets of human resources for health needed to achieve an adequate supply of well-trained and motivated health workers. MSH offers capabilities in leadership, human resource management, education, partnerships, policy, and finance to achieve these goals.

Pharmaceutical Management

Vital to our success is a participatory approach to project design and implementation, which cultivates broad-based support from all stakeholders. We also build and improve infrastructure and local capacity to effectively purchase, store, deliver, and use quality essential medicines.

Health Care Financing

MSH helps governments and NGOs assess their current financial situation and systems, understand service costs, and develop initiatives to use existing funds more effectively and generate additional revenue—all with the goal of supporting a nation’s health priorities.

Health Information

MSH has developed proven methods for rapidly strengthening the analysis and use of existing health data—normally at the province, district, and facility levels—without revising existing recording and reporting requirements. With an emphasis on learning through action, district teams undertake assessments of health services, identify gaps in performance, and design solutions to support better decision-making and, therefore, better management of improved services.

MSH has worked closely with the Health Metrics Network of the WHO to develop a comprehensive approach for enhancing the performance of health information systems and data by employing a practical, strategic planning process that can be carried out by national working groups.

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