Monitoring and Evaluation Manager – The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org
Nigeria’s maternal mortality rate of 576 deaths for every 100,000 live births accounts for approximately 14% of the global burden of maternal deaths–second only to India. This represents approximately 37,000 maternal deaths per year. Under-5 mortality rate is 128 per 1,000 live births and Nigeria experiences over 800,000 deaths among under-five children annually, 30% of which is attributable to newborn deaths. Mortality rates for children, infants and neonates are higher than the latest average estimates for the Sub-Saharan Africa region: 128, 69 and 37 per 1,000 live births respectively. Similarly, Nigeria’s modern contraceptive prevalence rate is very low at 10% with a high unmet need for family planning of 16%. With a fast growing population, Nigeria is estimated to be the third most populous country by 2050.
Recognizing the need for an innovative and high impact response to reduce the high maternal and child mortality rates, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) commenced the implementation of a comprehensive Maternal and Newborn Health program which uses an integrated approach to address critical gaps, create linkages through the entire system from communities up to tertiary care, and leaves a sustainable system for on-going impact. To further strengthen the impact of the intervention, CHAI has added on a family planning component targeting post-partum provision of long-acting reversible contraceptives, increased access to contraceptives for young women and adolescents, and ensuring the availability of high-quality safe abortion and post-abortion care services. This work covers 4 states in Nigeria – Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Rivers.
Regular and robust monitoring and evaluation will be critical to the success of the SRMNH program in Nigeria, enabling CHAI and its partners to evaluate performance, to identify and resolve specific implementation challenges and to identify best practices that can inform scale-up in other countries. CHAI is therefore seeking a Manager to lead the SRMNH Monitoring and Evaluation Team. The Manager will be responsible for leading the design of data management tools, systems, dashboards, analytics frameworks and innovations to ensure continuous and harmonized data collection, validation, and analysis for monitoring and evaluation of program performance. Candidates should have strong research and analytical skills matched with an ability and desire to use those skills to develop practical solutions in challenging environments and to focus on the use of analytics to achieve large-scale impact.
CHAI Nigeria is seeking a highly qualified and motivated individual with strong analytical and quantitative skills and an exemplary record of leadership and management. Successful candidates will have excellent communications skills, be able to function independently, be self-motivated, can thrive in challenging environments, and have a strong commitment to excellence. We place great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, energy, and work ethic. This position will be based in Abuja, with some domestic travel to the program states. The Manager will report to the Director of Programs and SRMNH.
Monitoring and Evaluation Manager Responsibilities
- Coordinate all program M&E activities including supervising program analysts,volunteers and consultants
- Monitoring and Evaluation Manager design and execute community and facility-based surveys, as well as other methods that are both rigorous and efficient.
- Lead the design of data management tools, systems, dashboards, analytics frameworks and innovations to ensure continuous and harmonized data collection, validation, analysis for monitoring and evaluation of program performance;
- Align all data collection tools and data management best practices with the state Ministries of Health as well as other development partners.
- Lead the design of new monitoring and evaluation tools and systems, operations research, KPI reporting framework and knowledge management.
- Develop and manage a database of program performance data ensure data is collected and consolidated on a routine and timely basis.
- Build capacity among state teams in use of data collection tools and data management best practices through training and mentoring.
- Identify opportunities for and implement the integration of data tools created for the program into National HMIS platform
- Ensure regular maintenance of applicable database/information systems and logframes and upload of necessary information/data
- Monitoring and Evaluation Manager conduct of routine monitoring visits to project sites, including the conduct of data verification, and validation and data quality assessments (DQAs)
- Support the conduct of program evaluations, such as Quality of Care Assessments and Service Readiness Assessments
- Monitoring and Evaluation Manager conduct relevant data analysis to support informed decision making and track follow up actions
- Support workstream leads to manage and monitor databases and generate appropriate reports promptly
- Monitoring and Evaluation Manager support workstream leads and state team leads to review performance against targets quarterly, and identifying performance gaps
- Participate in the development of strategy documents, work plans and reports.
- Attend relevant meetings at national level to ensure effective program dissemination, learning and sharing
- Provide technical support to M&E teams in the SRMNH portfolio
- Any other task as requested by the Director of Programs and SRMNH and Country Director
- Master’s degree in public health, Epidemiology and Statistics or related field
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in private or public sector enterprise; including demonstrated success in research management, monitoring and evaluation programs
- Excellent knowledge of program monitoring and evaluation methods (qualitative and quantitative), including experience developing monitoring and evaluation plans, tools, training materials, reports and summary forms
- Excellent quantitative, problem solving, analytical and statistical analysis skills (including strong Microsoft Excel skills and experience with STATA, SPSS or SAS)
- Capacity to synthesize monitoring data into an effective presentation of results to help guide recommendations on performance improvement
- Ability to negotiate and achieve consensus with key stakeholders
- Ability to creatively solve challenging problems in the application of research and evaluation methods without extensive structural or operational support
- Ability to adapt to fast-paced and changing environments, both internally and externally
- Excellent verbal, visual and written communication skills
- Previous experience working in a developing country with the ability to function well in rural settings with limited infrastructure and services
- Willingness to spend significant time in the field
- Very strong written and oral communication skills in English, including the ability to present evidence and opinions in a succinct and compelling manner
- Ability to travel to the Northern states of Kaduna, Kano and Katsina
- Sound understanding of the Nigerian Health System (especially PHC) and DHIS reporting system
- Experience managing demanding work plans and tight budgets
- Demonstrated ability to work independently on complex projects and solve challenging problems with limited structural or operational support
- Experience working with recipient country governments and international partners in-country