FELLOWSHIP TITLE: TB Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Advisor
HOST ORGANIZATION: National TB Program, Ministry of Health
LOCATION: Maputo, Mozambique
POSITION LEVEL: Mid-Career Technical Advisor
TRAVEL: 40% estimated travel
STAR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health (GH) Bureau. Its purpose is twofold: (1) Through individual fellowships, STAR will help strengthen the capacity of diverse American and low-and-middle-income country (LMIC) health professionals at all levels to make innovative contributions to global health (GH); and (2) STAR will create ground-breaking opportunities for both US and LMIC GH academic institutions and other groups, including professional associations, to create systems for open-access knowledge sharing, resulting in effective partnerships. STAR’s individual and institutional participants are contributing to the development of self-sustaining systems and tools that will produce global citizens with the full spectrum of relevant health competencies. STAR is managed by the Public Health Institute and implemented in partnership with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
The STAR Fellowship is a two-year global health and learning opportunity with:
Individualized, tailored support to enhance the fellow’s achievement personal and professional goals
Personalized learning plans and access to learning resources (courses, conferences, mentoring) based on fellow’s learning style and preferences.
Access to broad professional networks to enhance peer learning and knowledge sharing.
FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION
USAID is a leader in the global fight against tuberculosis (TB) and supports anti-TB efforts in high burden TB countries. STAR Fellowship is a key component of the USAID Administrator’s TB Accelerator initiative that aims to reach the UN General Assembly TB Declaration targets as well as to build the capacity and commitment of the host governments to ensure TB self-reliance through evidence-based TB programs.
The USAID investment for TB in Mozambique aims to increase TB case notification, case detection and treatment outcomes through health system strengthening with the goal of ending the TB epidemic in Mozambique. USAID TB investment leverages U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) supported TB/HIV activities, Global Fund (GF) TB grant, and the Mozambique government funding supporting health care staff and infrastructure.
The TB Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Technical Advisor (Advisor) supports the National TB Program’s (NTP) monitoring and evaluation and knowledge management. The Advisor will monitor the implementation of M&E to assess progress for the NTP National Strategic Plan and specifically, the extent to which case detection and treatment targets are achieved at national and sub-national level. They will monitor and evaluate progress towards USAID TB Annual Roadmap plans and use data to improve program performance and adapt and implement tools and techniques to improve the quality and use of data for decision making. Additionally, the M&E Advisor will provide oversight for reporting of key indicators throughout the health system, supervising and mentoring staff at provincial, district and facility level on a routine basis, which will require regular travel to provincial and health district offices.
The Advisor will be based at the NTP within the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Mozambique. The Advisor will work closely with and receive technical direction from the Program Manager and M&E focal point of NTP, who will serve as their Onsite Manager.
Essential Duties and Outcomes:
Strengthened surveillance, monitoring and evaluation systems resulting in evidence-based programming:
Strengthen the monitoring and evaluation processes and the surveillance system for the TB program and oversee data entry and reporting through the new USAID TB Data, Impact Assessment, and Communications Hub (TB DIAH) platform.
Design and implement a performance monitoring plan for the TB program.
Take the lead in conducting program monitoring and evaluations for NTP.
Develop periodic monitoring and evaluation plans and budgets for the NTP.
Support the formulation of key performance indicators for the program, whose collection and reporting can be incorporated into the TB DIAH data hub.
Guide the development and maintenance of databases for M&E.
Develop specific SOPs for data collection, quality validation, data analysis and reporting.
Improved program performance as a result of efficient and effective monitoring and evaluation using evidence-based best practices:
Advise the program on ways of improving performance using information obtained from the monitoring and evaluation activities.
Monitor and evaluate progress towards national strategic plan, annual work plans, and expected outputs, including selecting and monitoring progress in meeting indicators.
Support NTP in resolving problems at Regional and District level that hinder the effective and efficient implementation of the TB M&E activities.
Keep abreast of monitoring and evaluation activities of the TB programs in Mozambique and apply lessons learned.
Improved reporting and coordination of monitoring and evaluation:
Provide relevant information to the National Tuberculosis response from the different implementing partners monitoring and evaluation activities.
Coordinate monitoring and evaluation activities carried out by various units e.g. Pediatric TB, MDR TB, PPM, community component.
Coordinate the preparation of all quarterly progress reports, annual project report, inception report, and ad-hoc technical reports for MoH, Global Fund and USAID funding in accordance to the required formats, including the use of TB DIAH.
Participate and represent the NTP in M&E fora in the Ministry and among Partners.
Submit progress report twice annually as well as a monitoring and evaluation report to USAID staff.
Participate in regular conference calls with USAID staff as needed.
Anticipated learning outcomes: * Required 10% time
Demonstrate proficiency across the core global health competencies defined as development practice, cross cultural awareness, communication, capacity strengthening, ethics of public health, health equity, gender equality and global burden of disease that is necessary for persons practicing in global health.
Apply M&E and TB knowledge to strengthen program.
Apply and distinguish international standards within technical/content area to support programming.
Cultivate leadership skills based on the STAR GH mentorship curriculum to effectively facilitate capacity building and knowledge sharing activities amongst staff and peers.
Expand access to knowledge and resources through networking and collaborative practice within global health.
Minimum 7 years of relevant technical experience with master’s degree in management, statistics, health sciences or public health or a minimum 9 years of relevant technical experience with bachelor’s degree.
Proven knowledge and experience with M&E on public health and health services of at least 3 to 5 years with experience in Mozambique preferred.
Demonstrated skills with database design, MS Access, Excel, Epi-info, SPSS and STATA.
Working experience in Mozambique with knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the Mozambique public health system.
Clear understanding of Global fund, USAID and Mozambique’s government reporting processes for TB, TB/HIV programs.
Technical expertise in the principles of program M&E, impact assessment techniques, and data management and analysis.
Understanding of ethics related to data management, monitoring and evaluation.
Strong familiarity with developments and trends in TB response in Mozambique and globally.
Knowledge of Mozambique’s national and international legislations and policies relating to TB.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with other stakeholders in developing creative and strategic solutions to achieve common goals.
Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities and shifting deadlines.
Demonstrated strong organizational, administrative, communications and reporting skills.
Strong teamwork and team-building skills.
Excellent computer skills, including knowledge of Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point.
Strong Portuguese and English skills are required, including the ability to write clear technical reports and documents.
Mozambique citizenship required.
Additional skills (preferred):
Postgraduate level with training in M&E and public health or equivalent is desirable.
Experience with TB or TB/HIV projects/programs preferred.
Previous experience with USAID supported programs is an added advantage.
All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at https://www.ghstar.org/, which allows you to store your CV/resume and separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application. All online applications must be submitted by September 30, 2019 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.