The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) aims to empower people to adopt healthy behaviors for themselves, their families and their communities. CCP will implement a USAID-funded project that will use global best practices to distribute insecticide-treated nets (ITNs in DRC.
CCP seeks candidates for the position of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Director for an anticipated 5-year, ITN distribution project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), projected to be awarded on or by March 31, 2020. In collaboration with USAID/DRC and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the project aims to assist the DRC National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) to distribute ITNs via mass campaigns and through schools in target provinces. The M&E Director will be responsible for in-country technical leadership and program oversight for all program monitoring, evaluation, research and learning, per CCP policies. S/he will establish quality monitoring and evaluation systems and guidance for the central and provincial level offices, ensure data quality standards are met, and fulfill reporting expectations for program staff, donors and stakeholders in a timely manner. S/he will also oversee any research required of the project including ethical compliance, protocol development, data collection tools development, data analysis and report writing.
**This position is contingent upon project award and funding**
Specific duties & responsibilities:
The M&E Director will provide technical guidance by designing, developing and implementing the project M&E strategy and creating M&E systems and procedures for the anticipated program. This includes establishing all components of a monitoring system to track important indicators for multiple ITN distribution channels and timely reporting on key output, outcome and impact indicators for the program. Specific responsibilities may include:
- Oversee M&E activities, including: development of tools, materials, reports, papers and guidance on information systems for quality assurance; and, best practices for documentation and reporting.
- Work on data analysis, using products and mechanisms to promote evidence based programming, and timely feedback in relation to identification and resolution of gaps
- Conduct real time monitoring of data to identify opportunities for programmatic improvement
- Develop and implement rigorous fraud mitigation strategy to ensure ITNs reach target beneficiaries in full compliance with USAID regulations.
- Build capacity in country to develop, manage and operationalize M&E systems and plans that are aligned to program strategy, and permit quality reporting on a global level
- Work closely with the program team to ensure compatibility and coordination within the existing CCP M&E framework and donor requirements
- Represent the research interests of the program with government officials, partners, international donors, NGO and commercial sector representatives
- Spearhead the creation of dynamic partnerships with province and district stakeholders to work synergistically to advance adoption of best M&E practices.
- Manage and supervise any in-country research team and oversee specific subcontracted agencies and consultants, including research agencies, and other agencies that relate to the deliverables
Minimum qualifications (mandatory):
- Master’s Degree (PhD preferred) in public health;
- Strong quantitative research skills required;
- Minimum 10 years’ (or 5 years’ with PhD) experience developing and implementing digital M&E systems, research and deliverables for health programs and working with government counterparts.
- Demonstrated understanding of the ITN distribution mechanisms, specifically mass campaigns and school distribution and the monitoring requirements of the different channels, preferred.
- Two years of experience developing monitoring systems to track health commodities
- Strong skills with statistical and data management software such as STATA and/or SPSS required.
- Experience reporting on M&E indicators for a USAID project.
- Experience conducting M&E trainings for diverse audiences.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Experience working with a variety of partners in multiple sectors.
- Must be able to travel to provinces, when needed.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced dynamic environment with multiple partners.
- Critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to manage difficulty, timely, and complex issues with diplomacy and tact while holding steadfast to principles with staff, partners, and funders.
- Ability to exercise independent judgment.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, able to communicate and conduct meetings and synthesize large amounts of data to produce research reports (graphs, tables) and presentations.
- Demonstrated ability to exercise confidentiality, professionalism, and diplomacy.
- Ability to ensure adherence to applicable donor rules and regulations and local in-country laws.
- Fluent in French
- Proficient in English
- An understanding of Social Behavior Change (SBC), and understanding of approaches to monitor and evaluate project performance and outcomes.
Applicants who accept an interview will be asked to submit three (3) professional references familiar with their work in the previous five years. Applicants who are unable to provide three references will not be considered for this position. Applications will be accepted until this position is filled. Please submit a Cover Letter detailing your interest and motivation in this position along with CV.
About the Organization
In 1988, in recognition of the crucial role of communication in public health, JHU established the Center for Communication Programs, better known around the world as CCP. Since that time, CCP’s powerful programming, teaching and research has touched more than a billion people. Today, CCP has more than 60 projects that reach people in more than 40 countries and has yearly expenditures of over $100 million. Our major donors include the United States Agency for International Development, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, DFID, and more. CCP is now based within the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. At CCP we strive toward:
Leadership: We are the pioneers in the field of health communication, and continue to be leaders and innovators, heading two major global health awards from the United States Agency for International Development: Breakthrough ACTION and Knowledge SUCCESS.
Creativity: CCP designs messages that resonate and characters that are memorable, using entertainment to educate and inspire behavior change. CCP often challenges the status quo with humor, drama and persuasive storytelling.
Innovation: CCP is not partial to one communication approach. We use what our experience tells us will work best with the people we need to reach the most. Staying on top of social trends and the newest technology helps us provide timely, appropriate and meaningful information.
Expertise: CCP’s faculty and staff are world leaders in health communication design, implementation, and research and evaluation. We are widely published in academic and professional journals and conduct workshops to shape future generations of health communication professionals.
Impact: CCP’s work improves health and saves lives.
We invite you to learn more about our work, our staff and our vision for the future of public health at https://ccp.jhu.edu/