Senior Advisor for Monitoring and Evaluation in Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 23 July 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 22 August 2020
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Job Description

Title: Senior Advisor for Monitoring and Evaluation in Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

GS: 14 - Equivalency

Application Deadline: Open until Filled

BACKGROUND

The Senior Advisor for Monitoring and Evaluation in Maternal, Newborn, Child Health, and Nutrition (“M&E Advisor”) will provide Agency-wide leadership in monitoring and evaluation for MCHN. Working closely and directly with other M&E staff in the Office and Global Health Bureau, including those in the Office of Policy, Programs, and Planning, the M&E Advisor will be responsible for helping guide the application of USAID MCH financial resources to the highest priority problem areas and interventions, at both headquarters and field program levels.

The M&E Advisor will be responsible for organizing USAID’s analytic work in MCH measurement and impact modeling globally and at country level, such as the application of the Lives Saved Tool to estimate intervention impact on mortality or the development of data-based scorecards for communicating impact. The Advisor will also be responsible for leading the USAID interface with various interagency (USG and non-USG) Technical Advisory Groups and working groups on various dimensions of MCH measurement, including mortality with the U.N.’s Interagency Group on Mortality Estimation and intervention coverage with Countdown to 2015.

As an active member of the USAID MCHN Office and MCHN Element Teams, the M&E Advisor will contribute to the overall development of MCHN strategies and activities and setting priorities. This is done within a very dynamic collaborative context globally with other donors and multilateral agencies and by supporting USAID Mission staff within countries. The M&E Advisor’s duties will be equally divided among technical leadership in MCH monitoring and evaluation, MCH M&E support to USAID country programs, implementation research, and M&E oversight on MCHN components of GH Bureau projects and activities, as follows:

Responsibilities

Providing strategic guidance and expertise, including assisting with the preparation and/or review of strategies and plans to address needs at the global level.

Technical leadership in MCHN research, monitoring and evaluation

  • Coordinate and direct as well as undertake analysis of MCHN data and information to respond to queries and in order to prepare analyses and reports, including reports to Congress, and annual reports
  • Participate in the GH Bureau M&E team to provide technical leadership, quality control, and guidance on MCHN data collection, analysis, and reporting requirements
  • In coordination with other MCHN Office staff, represent USAID MCHN M&E interests in global, regional, and national-level MCH for a

Serving subject matter expert to USAID and its partners.

  • Serve as the MCH point-person for the Bureau-wide projects, such as the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and provide technical guidance in MCH indicator development
  • Undertake and participate in implementation research in conjunction with collaborating agency partners
  • Provide programming guidance related to MCH M&E, including assisting with the preparation and/or review of strategies and project work plans
  • Provide technical and program oversight of MCHN M&E activities supported by USAID/GH cooperating agencies, including flagship programs managed by the MCHN Office

Assessing current health literature and international guidelines, and providing recommendations to USAID

Contributing to the routine work, including providing technical updates, briefers and other documents that describe USAID’s activities, research and progress; preparing portfolio reviews and reports; reviewing documents such as annual reports and operational plans; and preparing responses to Q&As and other requests for information.

  • Participate in strategic planning and resource allocation activities for GH’s MCH Element programs
  • Facilitate global sharing and adoption of M&E best practices from the USAID MCH Program
  • Participate as a member of USAID GH teams established for project management, including substantial involvement in work plan development, for cooperating agencies charged with collecting and analyzing MCHN data required for USAID reporting
  • Maintain the USAID MCHN M&E system to ensure the most recent data is available for future programming and reporting purposes. Liaise with Office leadership to ensure these data are available for all reports

Assisting countries in developing their capacity to plan management activities.

Assisting international and local partners at the country level.

Providing technical advice to ensure that country programs are consistent with current practice, international standards and recommendations.

Contributing public health expertise and participating in working groups and task forces

  • Participate in MCHN M&E technical working groups, task forces, and professional meetings

Reviewing and synthesizing information about USAID programs, to identify operational priorities and make recommendations.

Monitoring and guiding USAID’s agenda.

Follow global developments and provide recommendations to USAID regarding the application of this information to USAID’s technical and strategic approaches.

Keeping current on the latest literature, reports and international guidelines and standards.

  • Stay current and share new knowledge on state-of-the art technical, policy, and programmatic developments in MCHN M&E

Preparing and submitting papers to professional journals and meetings.

  • Prepare and submit papers to professional journals and meetings related to MCH M&E

Liaise with MCHN M&E activities at relevant US Government Agencies and donors (UNICEF, World Bank, WHO, regional development banks, CDC, private foundations)

Participate in professional continuing education, skills training and USAID training activities, as appropriate

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree and 9+ years’ relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Public health training and/or experience relevant to work in low and/or middle income countries
  • Experience with data analysis software (e.g., STATA, R, Tableau, etc.) and training/experience in statistics
  • Experience developing and/or reviewing M&E frameworks (M&E frameworks supporting program theories of change, results frameworks, logical frameworks, etc.)
  • Experience designing or implementing or providing technical review of at least one of the following health information systems in low or middle income countries or similar low income settings: household surveys, health facility assessment, vital registration, surveillance systems, and/or routine or administration health information systems (service statistics, logistic information, human resource information)
  • Experience or training in the inference of public health data for design, planning, monitoring and/or evaluation of public health programs in low and/or middle income countries
  • Publications relevant to public health programs in low and/or middle income countries, preferred

Applicants selected will be subject to a background investigation and must obtain and maintain a favorable adjudication as applicable to their position/duties

*******In order to fully evaluate your eligibility, your resume must include relevant paid and non-paid experience showing dates held with month, year and hours worked per week for each position.******

This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.

CAMRIS International offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.camris.com. CAMRIS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by any applicable federal, state, or local law.

About the Organization

CAMRIS is an international development and research firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, we combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world. We apply a customized, customer-centric, cost-effective business approach to offer greater value to our clients and challenge the way things have always been done in our field.

CAMRIS clients include U.S. government agencies and multilateral and private organizations. Our core practice areas include public health, agriculture and food security, economic development, education, environment, humanitarian assistance, democracy and governance, and medical research.

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