EpiC Tajikistan Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Advisor
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We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of EpiC Tajikistan Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Advisor in support of the Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) HIV and Global Health Security Program (GHSP) projects in Tajikistan. The position will be based in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
EpiC Central Asia Project Description:
EpiC is an eight-year global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). EpiC is dedicated to achieving and maintaining HIV epidemic control and the project provides strategic technical assistance (TA) and direct service delivery (DSD) to break through barriers to 95-95-95 and promote self-reliant management of national HIV programs by improving HIV case-finding, prevention, and treatment programming. After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, EpiC was also modified to start implementing COVID-19 response activities.
In 2023, EpiC expanded its portfolio to strengthen global, regional, and local public health systems to effectively prevent, detect, and respond to infectious diseases, building on broad experience and existing capabilities that align with the global health security priorities, National Action Plans for Health Security (NAPHS), and USAID goals.
GHS Project Description:
EpiC received funds from USAID in 2023 to start a new GHSP project in Tajikistan. Designed to help the country better respond to any possible future pandemic, this new program will assist Tajikistan to detect infectious disease threats early, respond rapidly and effectively to new outbreaks, and prevent those outbreaks that are avoidable.
The EpiC Tajikistan MEAL Advisor will lead the country-level monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning activities for the EpiC Tajikistan project under the oversight of the EpiC Tajikistan Project Director and in close collaboration with Regional and HQ Strategic Information (SI) / MEAL teams. Provides strategic oversight and operational leadership for MEAL through technical guidance, supports and assures the technical quality of all projects, design and manage MEAL systems.
The EpiC Tajikistan MEAL Advisor will be responsible for the following tasks:
- To be the country technical lead responsible for all MEAL activities related to the HIV and GHS program, including all collecting, monitoring, evaluation, analytics, and reporting of performance and results.
- Work closely with the project leadership and country-level programs team to enhance/develop and manage MEAL systems to monitor service delivery and performance in order to plan services more effectively and to meet reporting requirements.
- Ensure technical quality of project implementation, deliverables and knowledge products, including via a technical quality assurance system to ensure ongoing program improvement and reaching of targets.
- Lead the country SI team, ensuring program data are tracked, verified and supporting documentation is maintained and reported to the EpiC leadership, FHI 360 HQ, USAID/PEPFAR information systems.
- Lead efforts to strengthen monitoring and evaluation, accountability and learning and performance reporting across the country, which includes working with program sub-grantees and key stakeholders to monitor, document and analyze the performance of their services and activities, provide technical guidance and ensure data quality.
- Be the technical lead in development of quality project work plans, reports, ad-hoc technical reports, evaluation plans for baseline, endline, and data analysis.
- Identify MERL technical assistance (TA) needs of SI team, partners, facilities and/or government counterparts and provide/organize TA through training, mentorship, and/or on-site supervision.
- Ensure the integration of MEAL activities into relevant project components, ensuring the safety and security of the project/program data, assure the compliance of all programmed accountability activities inside the MEAL and the requirements of the award/agreement.
- Provide technical support to research design and conduct, such as reviewing developing protocols and data collection tools, study reports, manuscripts/conference abstracts.
- Liaise effectively with relevant technical advisers and counterparts responsible for country-level strategic information, monitoring and evaluation and support coordination.
- Continuously update, maintain a dialogue and quality technical exchange with Regional and HQ Strategic Information (SI) / MEAL teams and research staff.
- Performs other relevant duties as assigned.
The following are the minimum qualifications for this position:
- Master’s degree or its international equivalent in public health, epidemiology, social science, monitoring and evaluation, statistics, analytics or other relevant discipline;
- Minimum of six years working on designing, establishing, and managing monitoring and evaluation systems, ensuring data quality, and analyzing data to support performance improvement of programs, preferable involving health systems strengthening and capacity strengthening;
- Demonstrated expertise in data analysis, managing online databases to ensure easy access to data and data reports; experience in Power BI preferred;
- Previous experience working with USAID or PEPFAR supported program is preferable;
- Demonstrated ability to perform complex data analyses and make clear recommendations based on findings;
- Demonstrated ability to portray complex data sets in easy to understand formats including visualizations;
- Demonstrated working knowledge of the Tajikistan’s health and social service information systems and monitoring and evaluation processes as it relates to data collection for performance-based reporting;
- Previous experience on building capacity on MEAL related areas;
- Supervisory experience is required;
- English, Russian and Tajik language fluency is required;
- Excellent report writing, analytical and communication skills, including oral presentation skills.
- 25-30%, mostly within Tajikistan.
Position is open to Tajik nationals or individuals who have the legal authority to work in Tajikistan.
This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
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