Job opp: Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor/Technical Specialist - Tanzania

Organization(s): Abt Associates Inc.
Contract Length: Full-time staff position


Abt Associates is a for-profit government and business research and consulting firm with approximately 1200 employees in the US and over 30 other countries. Our talented staff, which includes experts in fields as diverse as public health, economics, survey research, environment, business strategy, education, international development, urban affairs, and clinical trials, work in small, focused teams. Our clients include U.S federal, state, and local government organizations; foreign governments; international organizations; foundations; nonprofit associations and institutions; and business and industry.

The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Advisor is an integral part of a team that will strengthen district level local government authorities' (LGAs) capacity and ability to manage quality health, HIV/AIDS, and OVC programs in Tanzania. This new PEPFAR funded project will focus on developing a comprehensive approach to supporting the LGAs, which will include expanding the skills at the district (council) level to manage funds, monitor results and prioritize programs. A large portion of the project is focused on effective program monitoring with regards to capacity-building and improving district-level health outcomes. The M&E Advisor will examine the use of data for decision-making, evaluate capacity-building project results and identify effective development of financial management systems to improve district-level health outcomes. The M&E Advisor will be responsible for developing and executing an M&E plan, in consultation with other staff members, the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), and USAID/Tanzania. *This position is contingent on successful award of a proposal.

Essential Job Responsibilities:
  • Oversee collection, analysis, and reporting of baseline M&E data and ongoing M&E data collection, analysis and reporting according to project M&E plan.
  • Prepare and ensure timely submission of project performance monitoring plans, including developing and defining program indicators and sources of data, as well as contributing to annual work plans, quarterly and annual reports and other project documents.
  • Assist in the selection of pilot districts and districts for future scale-up during the life of the project.
  • Provide technical assistance to district teams in the use of existing information systems for decision-making and program improvement.
  • Provide technical assistance and capacity building pertaining to M&E as necessary, including to members of the district teams.
  • Participate in the plan for dissemination and lessons learned and present results of program achievements and outputs in written reports and at conferences and meetings.
Skills Required:
  • Master's Degree with 10 years of experience, or PhD with 4-6 years of experience in public health or related field.
  • 5 years of relevant professional experience in designing and implementing M&E activities and special studies for complex health systems strengthening and/or service delivery programs.
  • Demonstrated expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods; firm command of M&E issues with respect to improvements in service delivery.
  • Experience supervising monitoring efforts.
  • Experience with monitoring progress in financing, accounting, planning, budgeting and auditing is an asset.
  • Completing M&E work on the district-level in Tanzania is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrable analytical skills to measure the health impact of the project's activities.
  • Strong writing and organizational skills for monitoring and reporting on program and study results.
  • Experience with capacity building.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills, initiative, and good judgment.
  • Ability to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Ability to independently plan and execute complex tasks while addressing daily management details and remaining organized and focused on long-term deadlines and strategy.
  • Strong preference for local candidates. No relocation or international benefits/allowances offered.
Please email CVs and cover letters to [email protected]
Application deadline: 02 October 2009