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  • Senior Technical Advisor - Monitoring & Evaluation/Health Systems Strengthening (M&E/HSS) at Management Sciences For Health - MSH

  • Posted on: 19 June, 2019 Deadline: 25 June, 2019
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  • Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.

    Senior Technical Advisor - Monitoring & Evaluation/Health Systems Strengthening (M&E/HSS)


    Job ID: 13-10705
    Locations: Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Cross River and Oyo
    Grade: J
    Group/Office: PDG (Program Delivery Group)
    Dept/Unit: PDGGEN - Program Delivery Group
    Project/Program: A576 - PMI - S
    Reports to: State Coordinator
    Slots: 4 Openings


    • The Presidents Malaria Initiative for States (PMI-S) is a five-year PMI/USAID flagship malaria project implemented through a consortium led by the Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
    • The project is supporting the Government of Nigeria through its agencies at the federal, state, Local Government (LGA) and community levels to reduce under-five and maternal mortality by delivering quality services for management of malaria, its complications, and prevention.
    • PMI-S project focuses on strengthening the capacity of the National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) for the implementation of the National Malaria Strategic Plan 2014-2020.
    • PMI-S will target eight states of Nigeria, namely: Akwa Ibom, Benue, Cross-River, Ebonyi, Nassarawa, Oyo, Plateau and Zamfara.


    • The M&E/HSS Officer will be supervised by, and report to, the State Coordinator
    • S/he will provide technical leadership of PMI4States HSS interventions, including the roll-out and integration of PMI4States M&E plans in the states with other HSS activities as well as generating strategic data for program management, reporting, and documentation of best practices.
    • The position will use analysed and triangulated HMIS, LMIS, and surveillance data at strategic policy and management discussions to influence state HSS. S/he will build the capacity of SMEP and LGA malaria focal persons in use of evidence to influence HRH, health financing, and service delivery system decisions. S/he will provide timely analysed data to inform AOP processes.
    • The position will build capacity of SMEP and LGA malaria focal persons in monitoring AOP implementation and budget performance to inform mTWG decisions.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Provide technical guidance in the planning and implementation of all state and LGA level M&E/HSS activities
    • Develop and implement an M&E/HSS plan for the program in the state, in collaboration with the State Coordinator
    • Take lead in the implementation of PMI-S state level Task Order M&E plans and state work plan and reporting on USAID indicators and targets in collaboration with the State Coordinator
    • Establish system for flow of information from service-delivery points to the PMI-S central data base and ensure timely M&E/HSS technical support to all implementing health facilities
    • Review data entered into the DHIS2 by LGAs, and check for data quality, completeness and timeliness, and provide feedback to LGAs and HFs monthly;
    • Plan and implement follow up actions on data quality issues with LGAs and HFs
    • Work with the SMEP to coordinate quarterly state level M&E TWG meetings and ensure that the meeting is held regularly
    • Manage the roll-out of the project M&E data quality assurance system including planning for and participation in DQA visits and meetings at the state, LGA and HF levels
    • Coordinate regular data quality assessments, undertaken in a participatory manner, with facility staff and ensure the completeness, consistency and validity of routine data including reported into the DHIS2
    • Write quarterly reports on the implementation of the program in the state
    • Provide supportive supervision and mentoring to LGA M&E officers and health facility staff to improve data quality
    • Mentor M&E staff in SMOH, SPHCDA, LGA and HFs on how to analyze and use data for informed decision making
    • Provide technical support in evaluation research (including sampling strategies, analysis and presentation of data) to the local research groups as may be required by the USAID
    • Participate in project assessments, evaluations and design teams
    • Work with the State Coordinator to establish and strengthen a state M&E system that informs policy and practice
    • Analyze M&E data on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis and flag action areas to the project management team, LGAs and HFs
    • Work with PMI-S management to document and publish best practices
    • Perform any other task to be assigned by your supervisor
    • Working with Senior M&E Advisor (HQ) to ensure adequate budget for all MERL activities
    • Work with the State Coordinator and the SMTL to develop a strategy for strengthening health systems to support effective malaria elimination
    • Take lead in implementation of selected health systems interventions including for example evidence-based state malaria annual planning to fit into state planning and budgeting cycle
    • Support state malaria partners to build an evidence base to monitor state malaria program performance towards elimination goals
    • Provide HRH analytics to inform state HRH deployment and management practices
    • Engage with the State DPRS, SPHCDA, State Health Insurance Scheme to mainstream state malaria budgets in state government budget
    • Provide TA in analysis and management of a state Malaria Data Repository drawing from the federal MDR instance; and promote dissemination of information to policy and decision makers through bulletins and policy briefs

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Postgraduate Degree in Social Sciences, Statistics, Epidemiology or related field with focus on generating and triangulating data to inform State health systems strengthening
    • At least 5 years of experience strengthening selected health systems at state or federal level in Nigeria
    • Strong analytical, advocacy and program planning skills required
    • Minimum of 3 years’ hands-on monitoring & evaluation experience, with good understanding of health system strengthening
    • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in developing monitoring plans and/or management information systems 3 years of which spent working with NGOs in an African setting
    • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in malaria programs in Nigeria
    • Familiarity with USAID reporting systems highly desirable, particularly for malaria control
    • Excellent data analysis, presentation and reporting skills
    • Strong computer skills particularly in spreadsheets, database and statistical applications, including DHIS2 for data management
    • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to foresee problems and initiate appropriate action
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills and fluency in English
    • Strong report writing skills
    • Demonstrated experience in planning and facilitation of training activities
    • Excellent organizational, inter-personal, multi-cultural and team building skills

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