Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Job Ref #: 202210MES02
Industry: Pharmaceutical And Medical/Healthcare
Job Type: Contract
Positions Available: 1
Born out of a movement to draft the first national strategic plan for AIDS, NACOSA has played an important role in mobilising an effective, multi-sectoral response to HIV, AIDS, and TB – South Africa’s main public health challengesNACOSA is now a leading community service organisation, working collectively to build strong, equal and healthy communities free from the burden of HIV, AIDS, TB and GBV
NACOSA is looking for a suitably qualified candidate within South Africa for the position of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist to lead and manage the implementation of the M&E function of the Social Outcomes Based Contract (SOBC) Programme called “Imagine” to be implemented in Newcastle and Moretele. This is a key position within the programme management unit who will be steering the monitoring and evaluation of an exciting new investment mechanism for HIV/SRH youth programmes implemented in partnership with the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). The M&E Specialist can be based in Gauteng and reports to the SOBC Programme Manager and indirectly to the M&E Technical Lead.
The key performance areas of the role are:
Lead and coordinate the development, implementation, and management of a robust M&E system for the measuring the progress of the Imagine programme. This includes but is not limited to development of an M&E Plan and Performance Framework, indicator and target development, data collection and management mechanisms, data quality assurance and reporting as required.
Create or refine and enforce programme-wide M&E protocols, including manuals and reference guides, frameworks, data flows, data collection systems and tools for proper implementation of the M&E system.
Oversee the design and management of electronic data management systems, including contract management of IT system developers, development of system specifications and testing of change requests to ensure fit-for-purpose and timely delivery on data management and programmatic needs. Research and recommend changes to improve M&E systems and determine requirements related to such changes.
Consolidate and validate data collected and assist Grant Management Team and Specialists with analysis and interpretation of the data.
Develop and submit monthly/quarterly/annual donor and other stakeholder reports as required.
Directly line manage two M&E Officers based at district level to ensure all M&E requirements are met.
Provide technical input to South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and their appointed external programme evaluation service provider on the evaluation design, data collection processes and results, as well as on other operational research studies that may be implemented.
Liaise with the SAMRC, the appointed data verification agent, the steering committee, and other stakeholders regarding M&E requirements as required.
Conduct M&E visits to implementing partners to provide M&E related orientation, training and mentorship for NACOSA implementing partners and programme staff.
Assist with all other strategic information related to programmatic activities which involves data collection and analysis and enhanced data use to inform programme improvements.
Required Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
Post Graduate degree or equivalent in the Public Health or Social Sciences sector (Monitoring and Evaluation qualification preferred).
Minimum of 6 years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation including the design and management of M&E systems, indicators and targets for programmes in the health and social development sectors, HIV/AIDS programme experience preferred
Strong planning, time management and project management skills. Attention to detail and ability to deliver to a deadline. Results-oriented, professional, accountable and proactive.
Strong technical skills – the incumbent should be a fast learner who can quickly grasp technical M&E requirements and clearly communicate these to the team, ensuring they are correctly implemented. A developmental approach is essential.
Demonstrated understanding of database specifications and design and maintenance of the system.
Sound data management skills across multiple data management platforms, including advanced level computer skills with work experience using MS Excel and database software - experience in Orbit, KVAP and/or Google platforms will be an advantage.
Experience managing, consolidating, analysing and reporting across large data sets. Analytical thinker who is able to interpret quantitative and qualitative data to share relevant insights for programming and grant performance.
Demonstrated capacity to lead workshops, training, and strategic planning sessions.
Leadership skills and the ability to manage and coordinate M&E functions and lead team members or direct reports as required
Experience in working and communicating across all levels, including effective interpersonal communication skills. Proven ability to work as a team member with multi-disciplinary teams
Experience with bilateral and multilateral donor M&E requirements including experience in maintaining donor relationships and communicating with donors.
Ability to work independently, effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced, high stress environment. Must be able to work with little supervision and take ownership of the grant.
Proficiency in English and /or any other South African language and excellent written and report writing skills
Valid drivers’ license and willingness to travel within South Africa.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. NACOSA reserves the right not to make any appointment in this position.
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