Position Title: Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Officer
Supervisor: Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Innovation (MERI) Advisor
The 5-year USAID funded Integrated Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Family Planning (MNCH-FP) program in Zimbabwe is a project goal whose is to improve maternal, youth and child health and survival in beneficiary communities and populations. The geographic focus is the seven districts of Manicaland Province, focusing on activities to increase the demand and supply of integrated, quality MNCH-FP services as well delivery of family planning services through outreach in all 10 provinces of Zimbabwe. This project will provide Technical Assistance (TA) to the MOHCC in Manicaland for MNCH and direct service delivery for Family Planning through outreach services.
The Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Officer, under the supervision of the MERI Advisor, and with technical oversight from the Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, is responsible for the implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities, managing FHI 360's research with an emphasis on generating new knowledge based on existing activities under the MNCH -FP project and any new research projects that advance FHI 360's mission. The ME&R Officer will work with the Ministry of Health and Child Care and local implementing partners to ensure that monitoring, evaluation and research activities are appropriate and meet the donor and project's ME&R needs.
Duties and Responsibilities
Monitoring and Evaluation
- Provide support to the sites in the province, including interacting with site Program Managers, M&E focal points, M&E officers of other implementing partners and local research groups on needs.
- Work with program staff, partners to support the correct implementation and use of monitoring and evaluation tools, and adherence to complete, correct and timely reporting.
- Conduct routine monitoring visits to project sites, conduct data quality assessments (DQAs) using standard tools, assist in the preparation of monthly reports, and provide supportive supervision.
- Ensure that the quality of program/project activities adheres to SOPs by supporting the development and implementation of appropriate mechanisms to ensure quality.
- Assists in the development and maintenance of the computerized data capture of the program and provides technical assistance and training to the staff at the sites responsible for data entry.
- On a monthly basis, analyze program data and provide reports to MERI advisor and Technical Director, MOHCC and local partners.
- Assist MERI advisor in consolidation of quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports.
- Support program data review meetings and use program/project monitoring data to modify existing programs and design new programs.
- Document lessons learned and best practices in monitoring and evaluation, according to USAID and PEPFAR guidelines.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
Research and learning
- Overall project management and quality assurance of research projects conducted in Zimbabwe with a greater emphasis on MNCH-FP.
- Lead in the design and development of protocols, manuals, data collection forms and SOPs for new initiatives as appropriate.
- Contribute to increasing the scientific output of staff working in the FHI 360 Zimbabwe office, tapping into resources in FHI 360 HQ as appropriate.
- Keep abreast of scientific literature in the fields of MNCH, FP, RH and HIV.
- Promote and utilize USAID Best Practices and other standards developed by international normative bodies.
- Liaise with FHI 360 HQ for relevant research capacity building, implementation and collaboration opportunities
- Actively seek collaboration opportunities by communicating regularly with in-country partners to develop new project ideas, utilize research results, and scale-up promising programs.
- Represent the goals and objectives of FHI's Research program to in-country partners, including USAID and other donors.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Considerable knowledge and expertise in public health, MNCH, family planning, HIV and other reproductive health (RH) related issues.
- Sound knowledge and experience regarding M&E, statistics and quality assurance/quality improvement, and their specificities for Zimbabwe.
- Solid background in research methodology, field work and data analysis techniques.
- Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the political and ethical issues in Zimbabwe.
- Capacity to manage and build the capacity of district teams.
- Capacity to consistently provide technical inputs on Sexual and Reproductive Health and in the FHI 360 network to improve the quality of service delivery.
- Ability to work well with others and to develop and maintain compatibility among project staff, subcontractors, consultants and recipients of assistance.
- Ability to represent FHI 360 Zimbabwe to stakeholders and the NGO community.
- Ability to manage tight deadlines and deliver high volumes of work with minimal supervision.
- High degree of proficiency in written and spoken English communication, including presentation and training skills.
- Well-developed computer skills.
- Minimum of bachelor's degree in Public Health, Statistics or Demography +/-background in health-related field with at least 5+ years of relevant experience in project-level or state/national-level Monitoring, Evaluation and Research in Maternal and Child Health programs at national or provincial level.
- Or, Master's in Public Health, clinical epidemiology or biostatistics, MS/MA in demography, economics with a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience.
- Sound practical knowledge of statistics and the use of statistical software.
- Proven experience in project development, planning and facilitating technical training.
- Familiarity with Zimbabwe public sector health system and NGOs and CBOs is required.
- Familiarity with USAID and PEPFAR programs is required.
This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
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