The Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) is a global, USAID Cooperative Agreement operating in 24 high priority countries to introduce and support high-impact health interventions with the ultimate goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths within a generation.
The Program is focused on ensuring that all women, newborns and children most in need have equitable access to quality health care services to save lives. USAID’s MCSP supports programming in maternal, newborn and child health, immunization, family planning and reproductive health, nutrition, health systems strengthening, water/sanitation/hygiene, malaria, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and pediatric HIV care and treatment.
USAID’s MCSP engages governments, policymakers, private sector leaders, health care providers, civil society, faith-based organizations and communities in adopting and accelerating proven approaches to address the major causes of maternal, newborn and child mortality such as postpartum hemorrhage, birth asphyxia and diarrhea, respectively, and improve the quality of health services, from household to hospital.
USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program in Rwanda is hiring a Monitoring and Evaluation Director who will work as an integral part of MCSP Rwanda’s team.
The M&E Director will report to the Chief of Party/ Country Director for the Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths (EPCMD) program under MCSP in Rwanda. Rwanda’s MCSP program aims to reduce child and maternal mortality through increased coverage and utilization of high-impact low cost reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) interventions and innovative new approaches and to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Health (MOH) to manage and scale up high-impact RMNCH interventions.
The M&E Director will provide technical leadership and strategic direction for MCSP’s M&E activities, frameworks, plans and indicators to capture project performance results and provide effective, accurate and timely monitoring, evaluation and reporting of all project activities. The M&E Director will work closely with the M&E team to design, implement and supervise MCSP M&E activities, ensuring that lessons learned are integrated into program implementation to continuously improve quality of interventions and outcomes.
The M&E Director is responsible for documenting and disseminating program successes and challenges to USAID and the MOH and will be responsible for designing and conducting operations research. S/He will also provide M&E support other Jhpiego-led Rwanda programs.
Lead the Rwanda Country Office Monitoring and Evaluation Unit and team and ensure a results oriented and knowledge sharing culture, working in collaboration with the headquarters-based M&E team.
Oversee the development and implementation of routine monitoring and evaluation systems and the design and lead of implementation research studies; when needed design and lead evaluation and implementation research
Oversee the development and implementation of the Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) to capture project performance and results, including routine service delivery data reporting, and all monitoring for process and outcome evaluations, and lead results reporting and communication to USAID
Design and lead in-country M&E strategy, annual plan and frameworks
Ensure quality, consistency and adherence to Jhpiego standards and best practices for M&E across the program, including data quality and use
Provide leadership and direction on M&E to ensure MCSP technical and financial integrity to achieve project goals and corresponding objectives and targets
Ensure high-quality implementation of M&E, consistent with Rwandan national health guidelines, protocols, information and reporting systems
Support and work toward strengthened health systems with a focus on the national health information system
Lead with program staff the planning of M&E activities, budgets and timelines and routinely track activities against budgets and timelines
Lead efforts to utilize training monitoring systems to track and monitor trainers and participants at training events to facilitate follow-up and recordkeeping. Utilize the training data collected to inform strategic decision-making and project planning
Cultivate strategic M&E relationships and alliances with other USAID projects and represent M&E
Represent MCSP and Jhpiego in M&E and research technical working groups
May also perform these or similar duties for other Jhpiego-led programs in Rwanda
Ensure relevant data is entered into J-RISE, Jhpiego’s organization-wide performance management system designed to capture, analyze, and disseminate project data
Oversee timely collection and aggregation of data for program reports
Ensure implementation research and learning activities protocols are scientifically sound, reviewed by requisite local and US-based IRBs, implemented following human subjects protection in a timely manner and findings disseminated
Promote and support use of data for programming by the project team and ensure the dissemination of project information among the project team
Ensure that resources for implementation of M&E are available
Work with project and financial staff to prepare and track progress of project and activity budgets
Supervise the M&E Program Director and the M&E Capacity Building Lead and coach them to lead and build their respective teams M&E professionals
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Advanced degree in public health, demography, statistics, social sciences or related field or equivalent experience
Minimum seven years of work experience in monitoring and evaluating health and/or development projects
Minimum seven years direct work experience in Rwanda or another East or Southern African Nation as a senior expert in M&E in the health sector
Proven expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, operations research, health management information systems, reporting, data quality assessments, data analysis and presentation
Demonstrated expertise working in a leadership capacity with international donors, senior government officials and policymakers
Demonstrated strong management, coordination, teamwork and planning skills with proven ability to
function effectively with multiple host-country counterparts in both the public and NGO sectors
M&E experience in RMNCH and/or malaria
Familiarity with Rwanda’s health management information system and other national M&E systems
Experience and understanding of the USAID framework and reporting system
Excellent writing and communications skills, including demonstrated technical writing skills for publication
• Ability to work effectively with diverse international teams
Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform
Strong technical skills, including ability to process and analyze data using one or more statistical
software packages, including at least two of the following: SPSS, Epi-Info, Stata, MS Access
Proficiency in word processing and Microsoft Office
Fluent in written and spoken English
Excellent facilitation, oral and written communications skills
Ability to travel nationally and internationally
Rwandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply
If you are qualified and would like to apply for this position, please apply at
HR.Rwanda@jhpiego.org on/before July 10, 2015 with “ME Director” in the subject line.
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