Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) Officer for Health Pooled Fund 3
MONTROSE is an international development project management and consultancy company providing support to clients operating in the developing world. Specialised in the sectors of health, education, rural livelihoods and private sector development, our clients include bilateral and multilateral development agencies, the private sector, Non-Governmental Organisations and other development stakeholders.
The Health Pooled Fund began its third phase (HPF3) in July 2018 and is supported to run until 2023 by the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Government of Canada, the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). A consortium led by Crown Agents and including Montrose is responsible for managing and implementing HPF.
HPF3 merges two previous health programmes – Health Pooled Fund 2 (HPF2), which provides healthcare at health facility level, and the Integrated Community Case Management 2 (ICCM2) programme, which provides healthcare to children under-five within more remote communities. HPF3 supports delivery of community level, essential primary health care, secondary health care and referral health services, stabilisation of local health systems, and procurement and supply chain management of essential medical commodities.
HPF supports services in eight state hubs of South Sudan formerly known as: Eastern Equatoria, Central Equatoria, Western Equatoria, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, Unity and Lakes.
The programme impact will be an improved health and nutrition status for the population that saves lives and reduces morbidity (including maternal, infant and under-5 mortality), and has the following three principal outcomes:
- Improved health and nutrition services for the population, especially women and children;
- Improved community engagement and accountability of health services;
- Stabilisation of local health systems.
To attain these outcomes, the HPF3 team is responsible for:
- Effective programme management, including robust risk management;
- Ensuring continuity of and support to service delivery, with a focus on improving quality;
- Specialist technical assistance covering health service delivery, community engagement, nutrition, health planning, information and HRH.
- Procurement and supply chain management of essential medical commodities
- Management of the Implementing Partner fund
- Management of fiduciary risk associated with use of donor funds;
MEAL Officer will regularly travel in the 8 former States supported by the HPF. The role will include supporting the regular collation, validation and analysis of project data from a variety of sources, including programmatic monitoring against project targets. Participate in regular supervision visits at state, county, health facility and community levels, to verify reports submitted by project service providers and provide technical support around challenges identified. The MEAL Officer will seek to work, where possible, with data routinely collected through Ministry of Health (MOH) systems, using the experience of MOH monitoring systems (HMIS AND DHIS) of working in the South Sudan health sector.
M&E system development
- Support development and implementation of the MEAL framework and plan.
- Identify bottlenecks in programme M&E system, and propose solutions to the MEAL Manager
- Support i the development, review and update of M&E tools
- Work with the MEAL Manager to review DHIS/HMIS database on a regular basis and ensure data correctness, reliability
Data management and analysis
- Support internal data management, dashboard maintenance, ensure data integrity
- Ensure updated DHIS pivot file is uploaded to the server for the streams to access.
- Follow up implementing partners to ensure increased compliance (accurate, complete and timely reporting).
- Support in the compilation of facilities functionality on monthly basis.
- Regularly report on provision of feedback to service performance (in consultation with HPF core team) and update the project information system
- Provide feedback on aspects included in: Output, progress, quality, costs from supervision
- Analyse inputs provided by service providers through the DHIS database on a regular basis,
- Conduct field monitoring visits in accordance with the monitoring plan, and provide technical support as identified through field monitoring.
- Support in the review of implementing partners work plan and targets by providing technical regarding setting targets
- Track progress against indicators
- Support the MEAL Manager in data cleaning, and data quality assessments
Reporting, documentation and learning
- Input into the development of draft reports required by the core team
- Regularly attend technical meetings, and meetings with project stakeholders as required
- Liaise regularly with project state coordinators regarding MEAL processes and the performance of Implementing partners
- Provide inputs, information and statistics for quarterly, annual and other reports to Project Management Team.
- Identify best practices and lesson learnt during monitoring visits and ensures these are shared.
- Proactively monitor service provider performance through technical review of monthly and quarterly reports, collate and provide feedback to service providers.
- Identify areas
- Perform other duties as required
Reporting and Communication
- This position reports to the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Specialist.
- Work closely with the other MEAL team members
Fixed-term, from September 2020 anticipated to June 2023 (project-funding dependent)
- ·Background in demographics, social sciences, statistics and MEAL. Public health training desired
- Experience of working in the South Sudanese health sector with at least 5 years.
- Experience conducting MEAL of health programmes
- Experience of MOH monitoring systems (HMIS AND DHIS) an advantage
- Proven ability to work both individually and as part of a team
- Based in South Soudan
- Good organisational and interpersonal skills
How to apply
If you meet the above qualifications and are interested in this opportunity, please submit your application Here by 16 August 2020. Given the current COVID-19 restriction, the candidate should be based in South Sudan. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until a suitable candidate is identified.
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