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

  • Senior-level
  • Posted on 25 July 2020
  • Washington, Utah, United States
  • Closing on 24 August 2020
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Job Description

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 100 countries, we combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world.

United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/ Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

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

GS: 14 - Equivalency

Application Deadline: Open until Filled


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:

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.

  • 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 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 known throughout the U.S. for its leading edge services to support our national programs and particularly for serving our Veterans. CAMRIS is also known worldwide for excellence serving client programs to improve economic, social, political, and health conditions of people in all parts of the world. For 45 years, since our first contact with USAID in 1963 and with work in every year since, our most important partner in the international sphere has been the United States Agency for International Development (“USAID”). In fact, CAMRIS has worked with USAID in each year since its founding. Before USAID we assisted its predecessor organizations dating back to the Kennedy Administration in 1961, to address humanitarian needs and to counter instability posed by underdevelopment. To date CAMRIS has carried out assignments for USAID in 50 countries in all regions and in many technical areas. Today CAMRIS continues this proud tradition as it works on significant USAID assignments in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our current work includes technical assistance to support major USAID-funded initiatives in the areas of Global Health, Democracy and Governance, Development, and Monitoring and Evaluation, and active assignments including several global initiatives and our present work in 24 countries (Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Botswana, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe). ABOUT CAMRIS INTERNATIONAL CAMRIS is an International Development Consulting Firm working within the public and private sectors to advance the human and institutional capacities of organizations and communities worldwide. WHAT WE DO We apply a combination of proven interdisciplinary, scientific and management approaches to identify, develop and implement the most effective solutions in support of our clients' program goals. We do this most often in the areas of international development and global health, and selectively in additional areas where our cross-cutting capabilities are well suited to meet the needs of our clients. We operate in all regions of the world, often in very challenging or austere conditions. At all times our focus is on evidence-based effectiveness, quality, reliability, and sustainability. We successfully completed initiatives in nearly 80 countries to date. KEY CAPABILITIES * Short-Term and Long-Term Technical Assistance * Program Management Services * Institutional Support * Research and Analytic Support CORE PRACTICE AREAS * Monitoring and Evaluation * Capacity Building * Project Design * Knowledge Management * Adaptive Technologies * eLearning * Democracy and Governance * Infectious Diseases STAFF CAMRIS has grown rapidly over the last 5 years to a peak of 200 staff, complemented by highly experienced consultants and collaborating partners and universities. CAMRIS is headquartered in Bethesda, MD in the Washington DC metropolitan area, with remote offices, operations and worksites in various locations in the U.S. and overseas.

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