Malaria Consortium is one of the world’s leading non-profit organisations specialising in the comprehensive prevention, control and treatment of malaria and other communicable diseases among vulnerable and under privileged populations. We increasingly find our work on malaria can be effectively integrated with other similar public health interventions for greater impact and therefore expanded our remit to include child health and neglected tropical disease interventions.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Senior M&E Officer
Locations: Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina / Jigawa
Length of contract: 3 years
Role type: National Grade: 8
Travel involved: In-country
Child safeguarding level: Non Focal Point
Reporting to: State Coordinator / Dotted line manager: M&E Manager, Abuja
Country and Project Background
Country and project background The Nigeria Country Office with office in Abuja, started operations in 2008, through the DFID/UKaid funded Support to National Malaria Programme, SuNMaP (2008 – 2016). The office had presence in 23 states of the country and has managed at various times, about 15 programmes and projects. It follows the mandate of the parent organization in Nigeria and has been working specifically in the following areas:
- Malaria control/elimination;
- Integrated community case management (iCCM) for malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea;
- Nutrition; and
- Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
Malaria Consortium has recently received grant from the Good Ventres to implement SMC in three West African countries including Nigeria. In Nigeria, malaria consortium has decided to use the fund to continue SMC implementation in the 4 states it has been supporting since 2013 with UNITAID (Sokoto and Zamfara), DFID (Katsina and Jigawa) and BMSMC (Katsina) funds.
Under this new funding and any anticipated additional funding, all malaria consortium SMC activities in county will be consolidated into a single project and managed by senior project manager who will report to the country programme manager. A state coordinator will head each of the state.
- The M&E Officer will serve as the main focal person for all Research, MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) activity which include data validation, DQA, coordination meetings, capacity building in data quality and supportive supervisory visit to strengthen health management information system in SMC project in the state.
- S/he will assist and report to the state project manager / State technical officer regarding the monitoring and evaluation of project activities.
- Scope of workm - The incumbent will work as part of the project team under the direct supervision and guidance of the state coordinator (Sokoto, Zamfara and Jigawa / Katsina states) and indirectly through the SMC project manager for the attainment of the project goal.
- Key working relationships - The officer working under the line-management of the State Coordinator and in close collaboration with the state, LGA, community actors, stakeholders and partners would deliver aspects of the project as per the specified job tasks and expected deliverables.
Key Accountabilities (percent of time spent on each area)
Technical contributions 50%:
- Plan and implement M&E activities related to ACCESS SMC in the approved work plan under the guidance of the Project Manager
- Serve as the focal person for all monitoring and evaluation related work for the project within the state.
- Ensure high quality data are available on a regular and timely basis for programmatic decision making
- Manage the information-gathering process for results and performance reports, in addition to other briefings, summaries, papers, presentations, etc. for various audiences as needed. (I suggest ‘manage the data collection and management processes before, during and after each round of mass SMC drug administration, including sentinel site monitoring)
- Coordinate the documentation of ACCESS SMC activities in form of reports and ensure proper archiving of such for easy access and reference
- Assist program and project manager to develop robust monitoring plans for quantitative and qualitative reporting on project performance indicators.
- Adapt and maintain a high quality database for the project in line with the regional standards.
- Contribute to work plans, sub agreements, budgets, pipelines, technical reports, and deliverables.
- Routinely monitor project performance against targets and prepare periodic reports on M&E activities for ACCESS SMC Project.
- Participate in project assessments, evaluations and design including development of survey protocols
Program Management (10%):
- Support SMoH staff with coordinating program management activities, by ensuring that the recommended coordination meetings hold at the LGA and state levels.
- Work with the state and LGA Ministry of Health staff to ensure that reports are obtained from all health facilities within the state through appropriate state-specific mechanisms.
- Participate in regular monitoring and supervisory visits to the GF-supported health facilities, and ensure that action plans are developed for identified gaps.
- Support health facilities with ensuring that all items in the action plans are addressed and all outstanding gaps are closed.
- Support programming staff to engage key populations in monitoring and evaluating program’s performance and to incorporate participatory methods into M&E systems in Nigeria.
- Orient program staff and partners on the basic principles and practices of beneficiary accountability in Nigeria.
- Support the development and implementation of feedback and response channels to reflect the preferences of community members and beneficiaries.
- Ensure that beneficiary feedback is adequately documented, addressed, analyzed, and utilized by program teams.
Knowledge Management and Learning (20%):
- Ensure that state M&E and program teams regularly review and accordingly adjust M&E plans and tools in the light of changes and needs in the field context based on monitoring data and reflection sessions.
- Support learning-to-action events and reflection sessions to systematically analyze data for programmatic use for the state, and to document and incorporate lessons learned into program design and implementation.
- Conduct regular data review and analysis for feedback to states for program improvement, and for updates to national level (MC and government).
- Support program staff in key activities including development of a learning agenda, organizing regular learning events, supporting operations research, and reflecting, documentation, and communication of learning initiatives.
- Support knowledge management systems and practices to gather, document and share best practices with project team, MC country office, government and technical partners. Collaborate with M&E and program staff to develop learning briefs, project bulletins and other materials for dissemination.
- Promote adoption of the best practices in knowledge management by other project staff and government partners.
- Liaise with technical counterparts in the State Ministry of Health, and other local stakeholders engaged in malaria activities in Nigeria.
- Participate in events/ meetings related to Monitoring, Evaluation and research, including quarterly Principal Recipient and Sub-recipients quarterly review meetings.
- Actively participate in the M&E Community of Practice and government M&E staff.