Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 19 July 2018

Job Description


Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist for the USAID-funded Integrated Health Service Activity (IHSA) to strengthen the delivery high-impact malaria, family planning, maternal and child health, and gender-based violence (GBV) services in the public sector in four departments in Benin. This is a five year activity.

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.


The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist will develop and implement an overall project M&E strategy and framework that will ensure timely information and feedback to project stakeholders; develop the ability of key decision makers to communicate and manage information effectively; and develop systems, forums, protocols, and policies that facilitate communications between the technical team and other concerned parties. With the project team and stakeholder groups, s/he will plan for and conduct monitoring activities and ensure accurate and timely reporting to USAID and other donors. This may include leadership, management, coordination and strategic planning skills-building. The MEL Specialist will also implement project activities aiming to develop MOH monitoring and evaluation capabilities, including health information systems.

Specific Responsibilities
  1. Developing M&E framework and operational plan for the IHSA strategy, including roles and responsibilities; monitoring indicators and targets; data sources; measurement and reporting methods; evaluation topics and methodologies; and use of monitoring and evaluation data and findings for increased efficiency and effectiveness.
  2. Overseeing the development and implementation of a project monitoring and evaluation plan that is capable of clearly and adequately reporting data that represent project performance to USAID in a timely manner.
  3. Supervising the design and implementation of operational research and quality assurance protocols to identify issues hindering the project performance or to document best practices to be multiplied and shared with other stakeholders in Benin.
  4. Supporting and the MOH to plan, advocate for, implement and assess activities that would strengthen their capacities in operations and management of data
  5. Developing and maintain professional relationships with international, national, and local monitoring and evaluation policy makers, universities and schools of public health, and key personnel in appropriate monitoring and evaluation
  6. Represent the project on monitoring and evaluation related activities and respond to any specific requirements from the COP.
Qualifications and Experience
  1. Master’s degree in public health, social sciences or other related field.
  2. At least eight (8) years of experience in health sector/systems monitoring and evaluation, with at least two years’ experience in an international or resource-challenged setting
  3. Demonstrated leadership in the development and implementation of an M&E strategy and/or implementation plan for an effort of similar magnitude
  4. Ability to provide advice, guidance, and consultation to high level officials on the interpretation and application of monitoring and evaluation data and findings
  5. Demonstrated ability to develop and conduct robust assessments and evaluations.
  6. Demonstrated knowledge of information and communications technology and its application to performance monitoring and evaluation
  7. High degree of judgment, maturity, ingenuity and originality to interpret strategy, to analyze, develop and present work results, and to monitor and evaluate implementation of programs
  8. Excellent management and interpersonal skills
  9. English (Level 4) and French fluency (verbal and written) required.
  10. Qualified Beninese nationals are encouraged to apply.

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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