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Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Nuru ya Mtoto Project
PATH is a global nonprofit dedicated to achieving health equity. With more than 40 years of experience forging multisector partnerships, and with expertise in science, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales up innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing health challenges.
PATH is implementing a 5-year USAID Nuru Ya Mtoto (NYM) project, a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project that is funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The overall purpose of the program is to increase access to and use of quality county-led health and social services in select counties in Kenya. This is a service delivery project at the county level, providing HIV care and treatment; services to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and adolescents; and services in the areas of family planning/reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (FP/RMNCAH), nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
The project supports County governments in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals, which seek to attain the health and overall well-being of men, women, children and adolescents. The planned activities will enhance the capacity of county health and social services systems and structures to provide care and support for people living with HIV (PLHIV), OVC and their families, women, children and youth in a sustainable way. The strong partnerships thus created will reduce dependence on foreign assistance while supporting the Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR).
The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will be accountable for the strategic direction, technical leadership, quality control and overall performance of the USAID Nuru Ya Mtoto Project. S/He will be responsible for leading the design and implementation of the program monitoring and evaluation framework and information system to track delivery against targets, outcomes and impact. S/He will provide leadership in the analysis of data collected for assessment of progress and areas of improvement, decision-making and overall data management. S/he guides reporting processes amongst technical and M&E staff and consolidate program reports and promotes learning and knowledge sharing of best practices and lessons learned. S/he supports all the technical staff in MEL functions and manages any MEL related staff in the project.
- Oversee the development and implementation of the Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) to capture project performance and results, including routine service delivery data reporting, baseline and endline assessments, and all monitoring for process and outcome evaluations.
- Lead in the development of the project information system to enable results reporting to the donor and other stakeholders by providing comprehensive progress reports on project activities and indicator results.
- Lead efforts to monitor and evaluate project interventions, document results, and provide timely feedback to stakeholders to guide decision-making.
- Lead routine analysis of project data to assess progress and areas of improvement and provide management with easy to interpret dashboards for timely decision making.
- Produce monthly dashboards, summary tables and graphics for the project for performance feedback on HIV service delivery against set targets for key program indicators to enable program monitoring.
- Ensure quality of data through data verification procedures, including routine data quality audits.
- Coordinate MEL capacity-building activities with project staff, local implementing partners and facility staff.
- Develop and maintain systems to collect and analyze information on inputs, outputs, outcomes and impact of the project.
- Guide reporting processes amongst technical staff and consolidate program reports.
- Lead responses to USAID and PEPFAR for regular and ad hoc reporting requirements.
- Document and promote learning and knowledge sharing of best practices and lessons learnt both internally and externally.
- Ensure quality, consistency and adherence to standards and best practices for M&E across the project, including data quality and use.
- Coordinate the project M&E team to ensure timely collection, processing, and reporting of data.
- Coordinate targeted evaluations and operations research including baseline assessments, mid-term, and end term evaluations. Review protocols, recruit consultant and manage assessment.
- Lead in ensuring that data is captured and correctly reported through DATIM data management and other appropriate reporting systems.
- Lead in compilation and finalization of the projects quarterly, annual, and other relevant reports as requested by the Donor or other stakeholders.
- Provide remedial technical assistance to cure monitoring and evaluation challenges encountered in the field.
- Build the capacity of the M&E team, MOH stakeholders and sub-grantees on data management, reporting tools and indicator definitions.
- Review program achievements against indicator targets with a view to strengthening reporting as well as decision making and providing data for internal, and donor reports as well as internal documentation.
- Coordinate continuous updating and review of the project M&E standard operating procedures.
- Conduct data quality audits at the site and county level to ensure that program data represent the program performance.
- Cultivate strategic MEL relationships and alliances with other USG projects and represent MEL activities in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations.
Key Competencies required:
At a minimum, the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will have:
- A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as mathematics, statistics, informatics, or a related field with knowledge/skills of Geographical Information Systems and information technology.
- At least ten years of experience implementing monitoring and evaluating activities for complex programs in Health covering HIV, Care and Treatment, OVC and Adolescents
- Demonstrated experience in providing technical support, setting up and managing M&E systems that track performance as per the project objectives (e.g., service integration and performance against each result area)
- Excellent working knowledge of Kenya Health Information System, Child Protection Information Management System, Kenya EMR platform, PEPFAR DATIM reporting system and iHRIS
- Demonstrated knowledge of MOH HIV Care and Treatment, OVC reporting tools
- Demonstrated skills in the application of statistical methods and database management.
- Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound
- Strong communication, relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with local stakeholders and county governments
- Report writing, presentation and communication skills, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
- Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented.
- Strong technical writing skills in English
You must currently have legal authorization to work in Kenya.
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