Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Research (MELR) Advisor

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 6 March 2019

Job Description

Expression of Interest

Title: Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Research (MELR) Advisor

Reports to: Chief of Party

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

EngenderHealth is seeking expressions of interest from highly qualified candidates to fill in the Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Research (MELR) Advisor position on an anticipated five years USAID Family Planning funded project in Uganda. Ugandan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Overall scope:

Working under the supervision of the Chief of Party (COP), the Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Research (MELR) Advisor will provide technical leadership, oversight and strategic direction for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities for an upcoming USAID-funded project in Uganda.

S/he will develop and oversee the implementation of the M&E systems, evaluation, and document learnings, as well potentially develop and applied research studies under the project. The MELR Advisor will also be responsible for designing and conducting operations research. The main result of the project will be to increase adoption of healthy family planning or reproductive health behaviors which will contribute to long term demographic shifts and thus accelerate Uganda’s progress towards its overall development goals. The MELR Advisor will provide technical leadership to develop the project framework, plans and indicators to capture performance results and provide effective, accurate and timely monitoring, evaluation and reporting of all project activities. The MELR Advisor will supervise and manage the M&E team to design and implement project MELR activities, ensuring that lessons learned are integrated into project implementation to continuously improve quality of interventions and outcomes. The MELR Advisor is responsible for documenting and disseminating project successes and challenges to USAID. The MELR Advisor will liaise with consortium partners and the Ministry of Health to implement M&E activities, including strengthening the Ugandan National Health Management Information System at all levels.


  • Lead the team to develop and implement the project Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) in coordination with the Chief of Party, the local M&E team, local stakeholders, to capture project performance and results, including routine service delivery data reporting, baseline and end-line assessments, and all monitoring for process and outcome evaluations.
  • Develop and oversee data flow pattern for the project that will ensure timely data collection and reporting.
  • Ensure high-quality M&E implementation activities, which are consistent with the Uganda national M&E guidelines, protocols, information and reporting systems.
  • Use evidence from multiple sources to contribute towards strategic decision-making and project planning.
  • Support strategic collaboration activities with key stakeholders to learn from evidence generated by the project and adapt interventions as appropriate.
  • Lead development of innovative ways of improving data collection and data entry at all levels (e.g. application of mobile phone technology).
  • Supervise routine data collection, including collaborating with the Ugandan Ministry of Health to strengthen the HMIS system and use of data at the facility and district levels.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain a quality database(s) of project indicators and activities for family planning, and other health areas to be specified by USAID.
  • Ensure the quality of data through data verification procedures including routine data quality audits.
  • Ensure data quality audits are routinely carried out during the project life cycle, and in close collaboration with the MOH.
  • Develop the capacity and technical expertise of MOH, district officials and service providers to undertake sound M&E activities and build their capacity for using data for decision-making.
  • Oversee and/or conduct targeted evaluations and operations research, including design, data collection, management and analysis in-line with international standards and EngenderHealth Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Promote and support the dissemination of lessons learned and success stories among the project team, the Ugandan development community and international stakeholders.
  • Supervise and develop capacity of a team of M&E professionals
  • Develop strategy, prepare work plans and budgets, and provide relevant data to enable production of all quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports.



  • Advanced postgraduate degree in public health, demography, epidemiology, biostatistics, social science or any related field. PhD candidates preferred.


  • Minimum seven years of work experience in monitoring and evaluating large, multi-year international health sector development projects, with strong preference for candidates with deep understanding of sexual and reproductive health/family planning
  • Familiarity with Uganda health management information system and other national M&E systems and DHIS2.
  • Demonstrated experience working with USAID large-scale programs, including knowledge of USAID’s reporting requirements on sexual and reproductive health /family planning
  • Proven expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, operations research, health management information systems, reporting, data quality assessments, quantitative and qualitative data analysis and presentation.
  • Strong technical skills, including ability to process and analyze data using one or more statistical software packages, including at least one of the following: SPSS, Stata or SAS.
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector.
  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, and organizational, team-building, and representational skills.
  • Experience hiring and supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving project needs.
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity of technical staff.
  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building, and coordination
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, as well as negotiation and management skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with PMP development and implementation.
  • Able to work and travel within Uganda.
  • Proven ability to multi-task, works independently, flexible and adaptable.

The position is subject to change based on procurement requirements and is contingent upon EngenderHealth being awarded the project and availability of funds.


Please visit the careers page at to submit your details by Friday, 5th April, 2019. Please include details of your salary requirements and salary history. Only the short-listed candidates will be contacted.

About the Organization

EngenderHealth’s vision is a world where sexual and reproductive health rights are respected as human rights, and women and girls have the freedom to reach their full potential. This emphasis on rights directly underpins EngenderHealth’s values and principles: choice, quality, and excellence. To achieve transformational change leading to true social and economic progress, EngenderHealth partners with diverse organizations across sectors with the shared goals of highlighting women’s value to sustainable development.

EngenderHealth provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment, without regard to race, creed, ancestry, citizenship, religion, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, political belief, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a victim of domestic violence, marital status, disability or any other protected characteristic or status under applicable federal, state and local laws.

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