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Resident Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
MEASURE Evaluation
2005-08-25

MEASURE Evaluation and the Department of Social Development seeks to employ a Resident Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor to be based at the Department of Social Development - Pretoria, South Africa.

LOCATION:Department of Social Development - Pretoria, South Africa

DURATION: Two years, to begin in October 2005

SUPERVISOR: Dr. Connie Malega Kganakga (direct) Senior Technical Advisor with MEASURE Evaluation (indirect/administrative)

MANAGEMENT: Management of this position will be carried out according to guidelines established between MEASURE Evaluation and the Department of Social Development

PROJECT OVERVIEW: MEASURE Evaluation Phase II is a worldwide United States Agency for International Development (USAID) cooperative agreement, awarded to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The project is carried out through subagreements with John Snow, Inc. (JSI), and The Futures Group, Tulane University, and MACRO International. Its objective is to improve and institutionalize the collection and utilization of data for population, health and nutrition programs. Project activities are currently underway in multiple countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Visit the project website for more information: http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/

BACKGROUND: South Africa is classified by USAID/Washington as one of the 15 focus countries of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and as such the USAID Mission supports a wide range of HIV/AIDS activities including prevention, care, and systems strengthening. To maximize geographic reach and programmatic impact, the PEPFAR program works with governmental partners at all levels of the public health system and with the full spectrum of NGOs, FBOs and private sector partners. One of the key governmental partners is the Department of Social Development (DSD). The DSD supports programmes which include a range of services to support the community-based care and assistance for the people living with HIV/AIDS. Particular attention will be given to orphans and children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES:

The MEASURE Evaluation Resident Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor (M&E Advisor) will work under the direct day-to-day supervision of the Chief Director of the HIV and AIDS Unit, Dr. Malega Connie Kganakga and will receive general supervisory support from a MEASURE Evaluation Senior Technical Advisor based in the United States. The M&E Advisor will provide technical assistance to the DSD on M&E issues and be based within the DSD. The M&E Advisor will also have access to technical assistance available through the MEASURE Evaluation Project. The main responsibilities of the M&E Advisor will be to support the DSD in developing an M&E component to the strategic plan, and assisting in the operationalization of this plan thereafter. In addition, the M&E Advisor will provide program management support to the organization selected to develop a management information system (MIS) to track orphan and vulnerable children.

Specific Responsibilities: will include, but not be limited to the following:

  1. Assist the DSD in developing and implementing an M&E strategy (estimated 40% of effort)
  • Be an integral part of the DSD strategy development process to integrate M&E
  • From the strategy document, further develop the M&E section into an operational plan and timeline
  • Assist the DSD in implementation of the operational plan
  1. Develop M&E capacity of staff within the DSD and local partners (estimated 20% of effort)
  • A designated staff member within DSD will eventually take over the M&E responsibilities
  • Coordinate M&E training needs within the DSD and of local implementing partners
  • Conduct site visits to local and provincial sites in order to assess gaps in skills and knowledge in M&E and provide technical assistance to meet such needs
  • Evaluation and modification of data utilization and flow within DSD
  1. Management Information System- (estimated 40% of effort). A key component of the DSD M&E system in South Africa will be the MIS for OVC. The M&E advisor will:
  • Serve as the liaison between DSD, the MIS contractor, implementing partners and other donor agencies
  • Oversee major time-lines for the MIS Contractor
  • Provide technical assistance to the MIS Contractor in the following areas:
    • Guidance on database design issues relevant to DSD M&E strategy and operational plan to ensure key objectives of DSD are met with the system
    • Oversight on functionality and user interface o Ensure that data quality and integrity is maintained
    • Coordinate training needs of the users at local and provincial level once the MIS system is fully developed.

Qualifications: The following are the recommended qualifications :

  1. Masters-level (or higher) training in public health, public policy, epidemiology, demography, social or behavioral science or related field.
  2. Minimum five years work experience implementing public health or other social sector programs in South Africa or countries within the Southern Africa Region.
  3. Experience working and implementing national or international level M&E strategies/plans.
  4. Experience working with databases and/or computerized reporting systems.
  5. Knowledge of the South African HIV/AIDS context.
  6. Knowledge or experience working with one or more international agency systems, including UN Agencies, CDC, and/or USAID.
  7. Excellent written and oral communication skills a must.
  8. Evidence of excellent interpersonal, facilitation and teambuilding skills/experience will be required.

Deadline: September 23rd, 2005

Send curriculum vitae and letter summarizing career goals to:
Lisanne Brown, PhD, Search Committee Chair Department of International Health and Development Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2200 New Orleans , LA 70112 . USA Fax: 504-988-1978 E-mail: Lisanne.Brown@tulane.edu


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