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Strategic Information Advisor John Snow Inc.

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John Snow, Inc.
Supporting an AIDS-Free Era

Position Description

John Snow, Inc. (JSI) seeks highly qualified and accomplished public health professional for the recently awarded United States Agency for International Development (USAID) PEPFAR-funded Supporting an AIDS-Free Era (SAFE) Project in Zambia. The five-year project which will be led by JSI in partnership with Abt Associates, mothers2mothers, and the Catholic Medical Mission Board, will work to reduce HIV mortality, morbidity and transmission, while improving nutrition outcomes and family planning integration in three provinces: Central, Copper belt, and North-Western. USAID SAFE will work with the GRZ, private sector and civil society institutions at the national, provincial, and district level to increase access to ART for HIV positive adults and children, reduce the incidence of new infections, improve Nutritional Assessment, Counseling and Services (NACS) and family planning services, and increase the capacity of local health institutions to better serve affected populations.

Position Title: Strategic Information Adviser
Position Type: Full-time
Location: Lusaka

Job Summary:

SAFE requires the services of Strategic Information Advisor. S/he will assist in providing technical leadership to develop project frameworks, plans and indicators to capture performance results and provide effective, accurate and timely monitoring, evaluation and reporting of all project activities. S/he shall develop monitoring, evaluation and reporting (MER) systems that include appropriate indicators, baseline data, targets and a plan to evaluate performance and produce timely, accurate and complete reporting. The Strategic Information Advisor, will technically supervise and manage the provincial Strategic Information Officers to design and implement project M&E activities, ensuring that lessons learned are integrated into project implementation to continuously improve quality of interventions and outcomes. The Strategic Information Advisor, will also be responsible for designing and conducting operations research. S/he will liaise with consortium partners and the Ministry of Health to implement monitoring and evaluation activities.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Assist in Providing leadership and direction on M&E to ensure the project achieves its goals and corresponding objectives and targets
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) to capture project performance and results, including routine service delivery data reporting, baseline and end line assessments, and all monitoring for process and outcome evaluations
  • Develop and oversee data flow pattern for the project that will ensure timely data collection and reporting
  • Participate in results reporting to USG by providing written documentation on M&E activities and indicator results for progress and annual reports, as appropriate
  • Lead strategic collaboration activities with key stakeholders to learn from project data and adapt interventions as appropriate
  • Use data to contribute towards strategic decision-making and project planning with project leadership
  • Oversee and/or conduct targeted evaluations and operations research, including design, data collection, management and analysis
  • Ensure quality of data through data verification procedures including routine data quality audits and that these are routinely carried out during the project lifecycle
  • Cultivate strategic M&E relationships and alliances with other USG projects and represent M&E activities in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations
  • Ensure relevant data is entered into DHIS2, USAID SAFE’s organization performance management system designed to capture, analyze, and disseminate project data
  • Support the project to provide Ministry of Health technical assistance to strengthen the country’s HMIS for the optimal use of routine HMIS data
  • Promote and support the dissemination of project information among the project team
  • Work with project and financial staff to prepare and track progress of project and activity budgets
  • Coordinate all M&E capacity-building activities with project staff, implementing partners and facility staff
  • Support the designated Internal Review Board (IRB) focal point in-country including maintaining current certification from 1) CITI human subjects’ ethics course and 2) CITI Good Clinical Practices (GCP) course
  • Ensure protection of participant data and confidentiality during IRB process and implementation of study
  • Conduct supportive supervisory visits to sub grantees to observe, monitor and provide guidance and quality feedback on the use of project data for management decision-making;

Desired Qualifications:

  • A Master’s Degree or higher in Public Health, Social Sciences, or other relevant discipline.
  • Minimum 15 years working on monitoring and evaluation in the public health and HIV fields.
  • Demonstrated expertise in designing rigorous quantitative and qualitative data collection systems and in methods for data analysis.
  • Hands-on practical experience setting up and managing MER systems for health programs in developing countries, and the ability to coach and train others in their use.
  • Knowledge of M&E issues and indicator development for HIV prevention and service delivery strengthening related to HIV/AIDS; familiarity with PEPFAR indicators and reporting requirements.
  • Excellent report writing, analytical and oral presentation skills in English.
  • Experience in knowledge management and dissemination of research findings.
  • Experience with digital forms of data collection such as CommCare, DSHI2, or other data collection software/apps.
  • Proven expertise in operations research, health management information systems, reporting, data quality assessments, and presentation
  • Demonstrated strong management, coordination, teamwork and planning skills with proven ability to function effectively in both the public and NGO sectors
  • Familiarity with Zambia health management information system and other national M&E systems
  • Experience and understanding of the USG and PEPFAR framework and reporting system
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USG, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector
  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in regional and national projects and technical staff
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel, as well as statistical software packages, including SPSS, Stata, or MS Access Ability to travel nationally and internationally 35%

John Snow, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer committed to workplace diversity. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, gender, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual preference, genetic information, political affiliation, or military status (special disabled veterans or veteran status) in any employment decisions. M/F/V/D

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Closing Date : 14th April, 2021.

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