Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Officers

  • Full Time
  • Zambia
  • Applications have closed
  • Salary:


Locations: One position each in Eastern, Luapula, Muchinga, and Southern


The Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) is a global, USAID Cooperative Agreement that has introduced and supported high-impact health interventions with a focus on 25 high-priority countries with the ultimate goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths within a generation. The Program is focused on ensuring that all women, newborns and children most in need have equitable access to quality health care services to save lives. MCSP supports programming in maternal, newborn and child health, immunization, family planning and reproductive health, nutrition, health systems strengthening, water/sanitation/hygiene, malaria, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and pediatric HIV care and treatment. MCSP’s goal in Zambia is to provide technical assistance to strengthen the Government of Zambia (GRZ) service provision/implementation along the reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health & nutrition (RMNCAH&N) continuum of care. This will complement grants from the Swedish International Development Corporation Agency (SIDA) and USAID Zambia. MCSP will contribute in further improvement of RMNCAH&N in Zambia. This will be achieved through the following objectives:

1. Provide demand-driven technical assistance for sustainable scale-up of RMNCAH&N interventions within four focus provinces (Eastern, Luapula, Muchinga, and Southern),through routine mentorship, problem identification and implementation support  with 80% level of effort at the district level and 20% level of effort at the provincial and central levels.

2. Foster institutional collaboration to strengthen local RMNCAH&N technical support accessible to the MOH.

Position Overview

  • The Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Officer will support the design, development and implementation of provincial monitoring, evaluation and research systems under the supervision of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Advisor.
  • This includes the development of MER plans; implementation of data management and data use systems, mentoring data associates and facility personnel on routine data collection; coordinating research field work, data analysis and development of reports, abstracts and success stories. The officer will also work closely with the Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist to implement project specific knowledge management initiatives. Through these systems the officer supports and influences program performance and quality improvement; providing evidence for program planning, monitoring implementation with participatory data review to inform course corrections and strategy change, as well as introduction of innovative data visualization and use tools in appropriate audience specific formats.
  • The officer is also responsible for relationship management with key strategic information stakeholders especially PHO and DHO counterparts; capacity building, mentoring and management of data associates and supports provincial technical teams MER needs.


MER Systems Development

  • Develop M&E plans/strategies detailing project specific routine monitoring activities, planned evaluations and personnel coordination and management.
  • Design/adapt and revise Data Collection Tools (DCTs) and Data Management Systems in consultation with key program and technical personnel.
  • Develop service delivery flow charts and job aids in conjunction with key program and technical personnel.

Routine Monitoring/ Data Management

  • Daily/monthly data collection, collation and compilation from districts/ facilities.
  • Monthly data verification exercises ensuring province-wide facility coverage.
  • Upload monthly data into project database ensuring data validation pre and post upload
  • Conduct quarterly data quality assessments covering all supported districts/ facilities annually
  • Review routine data analysis in IPT, data review presentations, bulletins and monthly reports
  • Provide data for abstracts, manuscripts or other technical team needs as required.
  • Support district/facility data review meetings and dashboard updates.


  • Support development of research implementation plan and budget.
  • Training of field personnel/survey team and field work coordination.
  • Identify abstracts and potential manuscripts, support drafting of abstracts and papers, ensuring data inputs and accurate results.
  • Carryout data entry, cleaning of research/evaluation data sets.
  • Support evaluation dissemination events with appropriate dissemination tools.

Knowledge Management

  • Identify case studies and success stories from project reports and activities.
  • Support team members to review and rewrite case studies and success stories.
  • Support knowledge asset identification, archiving and retrieval, following up with project team members to ensure organization KM tools are consistently used.
  • Development, update and share project bulletins (internal and external) with project stakeholder mailing list.

Quality Improvement

  • Support data management and reporting for program quality assessments/initiatives e.g. SBMR.

Program Planning and Reporting

  • Provide technical team evidence to inform development of project strategies and work plans.
  • Support project team in the development of Donor reports (Quarterly, SAPR, APR, IPR) and other organization wide reporting requirements using DATIM, JADE and TRAINSMART.

Relationship/Stakeholder Management

  • Represent Jhpiego at technical working groups and other relevant meetings with MOH (PHO,DHO) and CDC
  • Cultivate strategic MER relationships and alliances with other implementing partners

Capacity Building and Personnel Management

  • Recruitment of Data Associates
  • Training and mentorship of data associates and facility personnel
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the technical team and program counterparts on specific MER needs especially data use for programmatic decision-making
  • Liaise with MER Advisor/Director to request MER technical assistance and other support as necessary to implement project activities.
  • Provide technical assistance as assigned to the implementation of activities under the government to government (G2G) grants in line with MCSP workplan.  This can include
    • Facilitating technical updates
    • Facilitating mentor trainings
    • Organizing the establishment of on-site clinical mentorship
    • Conducting supervision visits to districts and facilities
  • Provide technical advice during planning period to define activities for the RMNCH district grants.
  • Work closely with the MCSP Provincial Coordinator and MCSP Senior Technical Advisors to identify technical assistance needs within the grant’s workplans.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field or equivalent
  • Experience implementing USG funded programs
    Understanding of Donor regulations, compliance and reporting requirements.
  • At least six years of experience in successful field implementation and management of M&E programs in any of the following areas: maternal, newborn and child health; nutrition; family planning; malaria control; HIV/AIDS; water and sanitation; or TB programs for public, private or NGO sector
  • Statistical software proficiency using: SPSS, STATA or Epi-Info
  • Technical skills in monitoring and evaluation:
    Timely data analysis, synthesis and communication of results
  • Design and implementation of program monitoring systems
  • Development and field-testing  of data collection instruments for M&E indicators
  • Data collection planning and implementation (routine or survey)
  • Translation of complex data systems and results into understandable lessons learned and action priorities for programmatic and other technical staff
  • Quality improvement approaches to strengthen service delivery
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship skills
  • Results-oriented and decision-making skills
  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to achieve desired results
  • Strong communication (writing and oral presentation) skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel around Zambia up to 30% of time

To apply, please send your application letter and curriculum vitae to [email protected] Ensure that you mention as the source of this job advert.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Closing date 16th June, 2017.

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