Senior Adviser – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

  • Senior-level, Part-time staff position
  • Posted on 18 February 2021

Job Description

Program Background

The Australian Government’s Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security was established in October 2017 to lead the design and delivery of the $300 million Health Security Initiative (2017-2022). The goal of the Health Security Initiative is to contributes to the avoidance and containment of infectious disease threats with the potential to cause social and economic harms on a national, regional or global scale. It aims to inform evidence-based planning, help prevent avoidable epidemics, strengthen early detection capacity, and support rapid, effective national and international outbreak responses. It does this by accelerating research on new drugs and diagnostics, expanding partnerships at the national, regional and global level to strengthen human and animal health systems, and deepening people-to-people linkages that build national and regional health security capacity. Funding for the initiative is drawn from Australia’s international development assistance program and applied to activities eligible to be classified as Official Development Assistance.

The Initiative is led by Australia’s Ambassador for Regional Health Security and implemented by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security. The Centre, located in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, brings together expertise from relevant Australian government agencies and is advised by a distinguished Technical Reference Group.

The Centre is also responsible for design and implementation of the Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Access and Health Security Initiative (Regional Vaccine Access and Health Security Initiative | Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security (dfat.gov.au), for which $500 million has been committed over three years. The funding will help ensure that the countries of the Pacific and Timor-Leste can achieve full immunisation coverage and will make a significant contribution towards meeting the needs of Southeast Asia.

The monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) team in the Centre for Health Security consists of two in-house advisers and two external advisers. Key MEL products developed by the team to date are available at Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning | Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security (dfat.gov.au). The CHS uses DFAT’s monitoring and evaluation standards (DFAT monitoring and evaluation standards). A midterm progress report prepared by the MEL team will be published on the Centre’s website at the end of February.

Purpose of the Position

The expert Senior Adviser leads and coordinates the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) activities for the Australian Government’s Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security (Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security (dfat.gov.au). The position is an in-house long-term adviser position in the Centre for Health Security, based in Canberra. It is being advertised as a job-sharing role for 3 days per week. Applications for remote work will be considered. The duration of the contract is March 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter) to 30 June 2022 with the option of an extension to 31 January 2023 subject to satisfactory performance and the Health Security Initiative being extended. The position is classified as a C3 position on DFAT’s Adviser Remuneration Framework.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and oversight to the MEL team and activities of the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security in respect of the Health Security Initiative (HSI) and the Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Access and Health Security Initiative (VAHSI).
  • Support the development and implementation of the VAHSI M&E Framework and other products as required.
  • Oversight and management of the MEL pipeline of work, including taking a lead role in preparation of tasking and guidance notes, evaluation and review ToRs, evaluation team management, and implementation or oversight of evaluations and final reports. This will include playing a lead role in dissemination of the results of the mid-term progress report on the Health Security Initiative. It will also include preparations for and management of the end-of-program evaluation for the Health Security Initiative.
  • Manage CHS MEL contract and contractors, ensuring work for the Centre for Health Security is of appropriate quality.
  • Supervision and mentoring of the CHS M&E adviser, including supporting performance plans and day to day work.
  • Mentoring and support to other CHS staff and implementing partners on design and implementation of M&E frameworks, investment progress reporting and accessing technical M&E support.
  • Lead on collation of results on behalf of the CHS for the Partnership for Recovery Development Strategy and other DFAT reports, as required.
  • Support risk assessment and risk management processes for the Centre for Health Security
  • Provide liaison and advice to other areas of DFAT on health security indicators as required.
  • Other duties as directed.

Specific duties will be as directed by DFAT. The successful applicant will be working as part of a small cross-disciplinary team including the Head of the Centre and the Regional Ambassador for Health Security. Duties may change from time to time according to the workload of the team.

This work will involve engagement with stakeholders based in Australia and overseas.

Deliverables

The Senior Adviser will be responsible for the following performance outcomes and deliverables:

  • Timely and quality implementation of the Health Security Initiative Performance Assessment Framework, including oversight of activities to revise the PAF, disseminate results from the PAF and conduct learning activities related to the PAF.
  • Quality assuring inputs into the Performance Assessment Framework and CHS MEL Plan, including supporting program managers with data collation from reports, supporting team with effective monitoring and project level reviews and evaluations.
  • Ensuring all MEL takes account of the cross-cutting policy priorities of gender equality, disability inclusiveness, climate responsiveness and One Health.
  • Oversight of CHS inputs for DFAT quality reporting cycle including working with program managers to prepare results required for the Partnerships for Recovery performance framework.
  • Preparation, delivery and dissemination of quality, fit-for-purpose mid-term progress report and end-of-program evaluation.
  • Effective contract and day-to-day management of the MEL team, including external expert technical advisers and internal staff.
  • Engaging with internal and external stakeholders and working effectively with team members across the Centre for Health Security.

Key Selection Criteria

  • At least ten years’ experience in the development and delivery of monitoring, evaluation and learning products for international development and/or international public health.
  • Degree in a discipline relevant to monitoring and evaluation, international development or public health.
  • Fluency in English and demonstrated ability to express verbally and in writing complex ideas in clear and simple language.
  • Experience working with the Australian Government and with a range of diverse technical consultants.
  • Experience in working with qualitative and quantitative data and using that data to inform policy makers.
  • Ability to monitor and coach others in conducting monitoring and evaluations.
  • Experience of contract and risk management is preferable, but not essential.
  • High level Word and Excel skills.
  • Has or has the ability to obtain an NV1 security clearance.

Policy Alignment of Role

Advisers are expected to align their work with the Australian Government’s Partnerships for Recovery; the Strategic Framework for the Health Security Initiative; and to incorporate the priorities of DFAT’s cross-cutting strategies Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Strategy 2016 (Australia’s assistance for gender equality | DFAT) and Development for All 2016-2020 Strategy for Strengthening Disability-Inclusive Development in Australia’s Aid Program (Development for All 2015-2020: Strategy for strengthening disability-inclusive development in Australia’s aid program | DFAT). Advisers should seek advice from the DFAT commissioning area about the most appropriate ways to align the tasks to these policies. Advisers should also discuss whether there are other DFAT policies relevant to this task.

How to Apply?

We welcome your interest in joining the team. Please click on this link to access the role: https://bit.ly/3u6s0VT and apply with the following listed below or click the “Apply” button to submit your application. For a copy of the Terms of Reference copy and paste this link into your web browser: https://www.cardno.com/media/6991/tor_senior-mel-adviser.pdf

For Applications Please Submit:

  1. A maximum two-page cover letter outlining your suitability for the role.
  2. Up to date CV.
  3. Details of three professional referees

The closing date for applications is 12.00pm on Thursday 4 March 2021. For any queries regarding the positions please email laura.tracy@cardno.com.au

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