Length of Contract: Fixed
Role type: National
Travel Involved: In-country
Child Safeguarding Level: TBC
Reporting to: M&E Manager, Abuja
Direct reports: None
Country and Project Background
The Nigeria Country Office with office in Abuja, started operations in 2008, through the DFID/UK Aid funded Support to National Malaria Programme, SuNMaP (2008 – 2016). The office had presence in 23 states of the country and has managed at various times, about 15 programmes and projects. It follows the mandate of the parent organization in Nigeria and has been working specifically in the following areas:
- Malaria control/elimination;
- Integrated community case management (iCCM) for malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea;
- Nutrition; and
- Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
Malaria Consortium has recently received a grant from the Good Ventres to implement SMC in three West African countries including Nigeria. In Nigeria, malaria consortium has decided to use the fund to continue SMC implementation in the 4 states it has been supporting since 2013 with UNITAID (Sokoto and Zamfara), DFID (Katsina and Jigawa) and BMSMC (Katsina) funds.
Under this new funding and any anticipated additional funding, all malaria consortium SMC activities in the county will be consolidated into a single project and managed by senior project manager who will report to the country programme manager. A state coordinator will head each of the states.
- The Senior M&E Officer will serve as the main focal person for all Research, MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) activity which include data validation, DQA, coordination meetings, capacity building in data quality and supportive supervisory visit to strengthen health management information system in SMC project in the state.
- S/he will assist and report to the M&E manager regarding the monitoring and evaluation of project activities.
Scope of Work:
- The incumbent will work as part of the project team under the direct supervision and guidance of the M&E Manager and indirectly through the GF-SMC project manager for the attainment of the project goal.
Key working relationships:
- The officer working under the line-management of the State Coordinator and in close collaboration with the state, LGA, community actors, stakeholders and partners would deliver aspects of the project as per the specified job tasks and expected deliverables.
Key Accountabilities (percent of time spent on each area)
Technical contributions 50%:
- Plan and implement M&E activities related to GF-SMC in the approved work plan under the guidance of the Project Manager
- Serve as the focal person for all monitoring and evaluation related work for the project within the state.
- Ensure high-quality data are available on a regular and timely basis for programmatic decision making
- Manage the information-gathering process for results and performance reports, in addition to other briefings, summaries, papers, presentations, etc. for various audiences as needed. (I suggest ‘manage the data collection and management processes before, during and after each round of mass SMC drug administration, including sentinel site monitoring)
- Coordinate the documentation of GF- SMC activities in form of reports and ensure proper archiving of such for easy access and reference
- Assist program and project manager to develop robust monitoring plans for quantitative and qualitative reporting on project performance indicators.
- Adapt and maintain a high-quality database for the project in line with the regional standards.
- Contribute to work plans, sub-agreements, budgets, pipelines, technical reports, and deliverables.
- Routinely monitor project performance against targets and prepare periodic reports on M&E activities for GF- SMC Project.
- Participate in project assessments, evaluations and design including development of survey protocols.
Program Management (10%)
- Support SMoH staff with coordinating program management activities, by ensuring that the recommended coordination meetings hold at the LGA and state levels.
- Work with the state and LGA Ministry of Health staff to ensure that reports are obtained from all health facilities within the state through appropriate state-specific mechanisms.
- Participate in regular monitoring and supervisory visits to the GF-supported health facilities, and ensure that action plans are developed for identified gaps.
- Support health facilities with ensuring that all items in the action plans are addressed and all outstanding gaps are closed.
- Support programming staff to engage key populations in monitoring and evaluating program’s performance and to incorporate participatory methods into M&E systems in Nigeria.
- Orient program staff and partners on the basic principles and practices of beneficiary accountability in Nigeria.
- Support the development and implementation of feedback and response channels to reflect the preferences of community members and beneficiaries.
- Ensure that beneficiary feedback is adequately documented, addressed, analysed, and utilized by program teams.
Knowledge Management and Learning (20%)
- Ensure that state M&E and program teams regularly review and accordingly adjust M&E plans and tools in the light of changes and needs in the field context based on monitoring data and reflection sessions.
- Support learning-to-action events and reflection sessions to systematically analyse data for programmatic use for the state, and to document and incorporate lessons learned into program design and implementation.
- Conduct regular data review and analysis for feedback to states for program improvement, and for updates to national level (MC and government).
- Support program staff in key activities including development of a learning agenda, organizing regular learning events, supporting operations research, and reflecting, documentation, and communication of learning initiatives.
- Support knowledge management systems and practices to gather, document and share best practices with project team, MC country office, government and technical partners.
- Collaborate with M&E and program staff to develop learning briefs, project bulletins an other materials for dissemination.
- Promote adoption of the best practices in knowledge management by other project staff and government partners.
- Liaise with technical counterparts in the State Ministry of Health, and other local stakeholders engaged in malaria activities in Nigeria.
- Participate in events/ meetings related to Monitoring, Evaluation and research, including quarterly Principal Recipient and Sub-recipients quarterly review meetings.
- Actively participate in the M&E Community of Practice and government M&E staff.
Qualifications and experience:
- Degree in statistics, demography, mathematics or any other relevant quantitative relevant discipline
- Minimum of 5-years’ experience
- Demonstrable contextual knowledge of local issues, community priorities, social and cultural constraints and realities related to community assessment, project design, evaluation and implementation
- Cognate experience in monitoring and evaluation of community-based interventions is highly desirable
- Experience in managing HMIS and CLMS as well as familiarity with Nigerian public sector health systems will be added advantages.
- Experience in survey design and implementation, development of data bases and analysis and write up of survey results
- Demonstrated skills in data management and quantitative data analysis
- Fluency in written and spoken English
Work-based skills and competencies:
- A solid understanding of health systems strengthening
- Proficiency in database management especially DHIS; Excel, Word, PowerPoint and demonstrable experience with statistical software packages (Stata, SPSS, Epi Info)
- Strong analytical skills and experience interpreting a strategic vision into an operational model
- Proven writing, communication and presentation skills in English
- A collaborative and flexible style, with a strong service mentality
- Facilitation and coordination skills
- The ideal candidate must be attentive to detail, highly organised, flexible and self-motivated with excellent communication skills in written and oral communication
- He/she must clearly display the ability to effectively prioritise and perform tasks to meet tight deadlines
- Skills in qualitative research
LEVEL C - Supports others to achieve results:
- Displays a positive and enthusiastic approach and is not deterred by setbacks, finding alternative ways to reach goals or targets.
- Supports others to plan and deliver results
- Supports others to manage and cope with setbacks
Analysis and use of information:
LEVEL C- Works confidently with complex data to support work:
- Interprets complex written information
- Works confidently with data before making decisions: for example; interpreting trends, issues and risks
- Acquainted with the validity, relevance and limitations of different sources of evidence
Interpersonal and communications:
LEVEL C - Adapts communications effectively:
- Tailors communication (content, style and medium) to diverse audiences
- Communicates equally effectively at all organisational levels
- Understands others’ underlying needs, concerns and motivations and communicates effectively in sensitive situations
- Resolves intra-team and inter-team conflicts effectively
Collaboration and partnering:
LEVEL B - Collaborates effectively across teams
- Proactive in providing and seeking support from expert colleagues
- Raises difficult issues with teams/ partners and stakeholders with a view to positive resolution
- Proactive in building a rapport with a diverse range of people
Leading and motivating people:
LEVEL B – Manages own development and seeks opportunities:
- Manages own development and performance positively.
- Learns lessons from successes and failures.
- Seeks and explores opportunities within Malaria Consortium which develop skills and expertise.
LEVEL B - Remains professional under external pressure:
- Able to adapt to changing situations effortlessly
- Remains constructive and positive under stress and able to tolerate difficult situations and environments
- Plans, prioritises and performs tasks well under pressure
- Learns from own successes / mistakes.
Living the values:
LEVEL B - Promotes Malaria Consortium values amongst peers:
- Shows a readiness to promote Malaria Consortium’s values amongst peers
- Promotes ethical and professional behaviour in line with Malaria Consortium’s values
Strategic planning and thinking and sector awareness:
LEVEL B - Is aware of others’ activities and vice versa in planning activities:
- Takes account of team members and others’ workloads when planning
- Maintains awareness of impact on other parts of the organisation, keeping abreast of other’s activities, objectives, commitments and needs
- Has a good understanding of the sector in which Malaria Consortium works