Director - Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL), USAID Uganda Health Activity (UHA)
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RTI’s Global Health Division is currently accepting applications for a Director – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) for an anticipated USAID-funded health project in Uganda, ‘Uganda Health Activity’ (UHA). RTI anticipates the opportunity to be a five-year, approximately $170 million cooperative agreement, focused on increasing the survival and well-being of vulnerable populations and improving overall health system resilience in priority districts.
Reporting to the COP, the Director - MEL will oversee all monitoring, evaluation, learning, and components of this Activity, including the design and implementation of the Activity Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan (AMELP) and corresponding information system to track delivery against targets. As part of this work, the Director - MEL will guide reporting processes among technical staff, ensuring timely, accurate, and complete reporting. The position will also promote learning and knowledge sharing of best practices, and dissemination of lessons learned and project outcomes as part of its collaboration, learning and adaptation (CLA) approach. The Director - MEL will mentor and support all the technical staff in MEL functions and will manage any MEL-related program staff. This position will also strengthen integrated health and HIV reporting capacity among local PEPFAR and Government of Uganda (GoU) partners. The proposed candidate must fulfill the position requirements detailed below. The position will be based with RTI in Kampala and local travel will be required. Position is contingent upon award and funding.
• Master’s degree in a relevant field, such as public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, or social sciences and at least 10 years of professional experience.
• At least seven years of experience in managing and/or leading MEL activities for large-scale health service delivery or health system strengthening (HSS) programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, with at least three of those years working in Uganda as a senior advisor or staff member.
• Demonstrated experience in setting up and managing MEL systems that track performance as per the objectives of UHA.
• Knowledge of and experience with key maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), family planning (FP)/reproductive health (RH), nutrition, water and sanitation hygiene (WASH), and/or HIV/AIDS indicators and GoU and USG data collection systems (e.g. DHIS2, DATIM).
• Demonstrated ability to translate project objectives and vision into an evidence-based theory of change.
• Strong analytical skills to successfully use data and evidence to guide program adaptations.
• Excellent ability to articulate oral and written technical information clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences.
• Previous experience supporting MEL on USG-funded health programming in Uganda.
• Familiarity with CLA approaches.
• Expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods.
• Data visualization skills.
Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted for interviews on an ongoing basis. The position will fill quickly, therefore candidates are urged to apply as soon as possible. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
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