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MSH recruiting Principal Technical Adviser


Arlington, United States of America, 22 December 2015

Overall Responsibilities

The Principal Technical Adviser (PTA) serves as the Director for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research (MER) for the Leadership, Management, and Governance (LMG) Project. LMG is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by USAID now in its fifth year. This position works under the direction of the LMG Project Director. The Director for MER is a member of the Senior Management Team for the LMG Project and provides strategic direction and technical expertise to implement the MER strategy for the LMG project. The MER strategy encompasses the entire M&E project cycle in a systematic way. Now in the fifth year of the LMG Project, the Director for MER will focus on the identification, development, and application of evidence-based best practices and dissemination of the same. Generally, the Director for MER provides leadership and technical inputs to end-of-project activities intended to improve the evidence of effect of leadership, management, and governance tools, models, and approaches on health outcomes. These activities include, but are not limited to, overseeing the completion of key MER activities, working with program teams to develop a compendium of evidence from the LMG portfolio, and reviewing deliverables, technical papers, and abstracts submitted for publication or presentation. The Director for MER will also support project efforts for continued funding by building capacity of in-country counterparts to integrate strong MER practices into activity designs. The Director for MER supervises two M&E staff and oversees the work of others as it relates to the LMG Project.

The PTA is also a part of the newly-established Performance, Learning and Impact (PLI) Unit at MSH. The PTA will participate in PLI meetings to liaise corporate direction and guidance with the LMG Project operations. As appropriate, s/he will serve as the technical point person for strengthening the M&E function across projects implemented under the MSH Health Programs Group (HPG), working together with technical teams and managers for systematizing M&E approaches across HPG and MSH more broadly.

Specific Responsibilities

Strategic direction and technical guidance ensuring that MER team's program activities are effectively using latest knowledge and best practices in the field. (30%)

  • Manage the overall collection, analysis, and documentation of data and results from the LMG Project in accordance to donor contractual agreement and internal MSH policies.

  • Capture lessons learned and best practices; document and disseminate project results; develop presentations; and author/co-author technical reports and summary briefs, as well as abstracts and articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Support country teams to use data and analysis for decision-making, policy, advocacy, programmatic learning, and communication, including developing abstracts and papers and evaluation proposals.

  • Work closely with technical, advocacy, communications, and knowledge exchange teams to analyze and present programmatic data in compelling ways to internal and external audiences.

  • Lend technical leadership to the development of M&E approaches, capacity-building tools, and systems for new LMG buy-ins, ensuring adherence with LMG's global results framework, MSH's strategic roadmap metrics, and MSH's Priority Operational Plan. This includes working together with technical teams in developing Results Frameworks and illustrative Performance Monitoring Plans (PMPs) and reviewing Project Work plans.

Manage MER activities ensuring adequate allocation and mobilization of technical assistance resources. (50%)

  • Ensure the completion of MER team work plan and deliverables by providing oversight, technical leadership, and quality control.

  • Review or coordinate reviews for LMG deliverables, as needed.

Represent LMG or HPG on specific initiatives within and outside MSH (10%)

  • Serve as the MER point person representing LMG or HPG at USAID meetings and other professional events.

  • Maintain liaison with USAID, international organizations, donor agencies, foundations, universities, and volunteer organizations.

  • Seek opportunities for dissemination of lessons learned, research, publications, and other development and communications activities.

Oversee regular, contractual, and ad-hoc LMG reporting to USAID and other key stakeholders (5%)

  • Provide HPG senior management with quarterly, written technical briefs/updates on global technical issues and/or issues of strategic importance.

  • Design and/or review of technical tools, concept papers, flyers, presentations, and publications in the area of MER as they relate to LMG activities.

Supervise designated technical staff (5%)

  • Supervise technical staff as assigned.

  • Provide supervisory oversight to LMG MER team and maintain functional oversight over HPG and other PLI M&E Advisers.

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