United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

USAID Project Management Specialist (Monitoring & Evaluation)

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United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is recruiting for Full time USAID Project Management Specialist (Monitoring & Evaluation)

Job Description

The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking offers from qualified persons to provide personal services under contract 

GENERAL INFORMATION

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 72062020R10006

2. ISSUANCE DATE: January 28, 2020

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: February 18, 2020

4. POINT OF CONTACT: EXO/HR, e-mail at abujahr@usaid.gov

5. POSITION TITLE: USAID Project Management Specialist (Monitoring & Evaluation)

6. MARKET VALUE: N15,052,605 to N22,670,299 equivalent to FSN-11 in accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of United States Mission, Nigeria. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Five (5) years renewable, estimated to start o/a October2020.

8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Abuja, Nigeria with possible travel as stated in the

Statement of Duties.

9. ELIGIBLE OFFERORS: Open to Cooperating Country National (Nigerians only).

10. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: CCNPSC Clearance.

11. STATEMENT OF DUTIES

1. General Statement of Purpose of the Contract

The USAID Project Management Specialist Monitoring and Evaluation (PMS M&E) provides expert technical leadership to help ensure accountability and effectiveness of Health, Population, and Nutrition (HPN) portfolio activities. S/he provides detailed technical advice on M&E to HPN staff and implementing partners (IPs), and maintains required M&E documentation in conjunction with the Program Office. The job holder provides expert technical support for design and monitoring of activities including national surveys, health management information systems (HMIS), knowledge management and operational research. S/he advises the Mission, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), donors and other stakeholders on best practices in M&E and HMIS.

The specialist serves as a Contracting/Agreement Officer’s Representative (COR/AOR), alternate COR/AOR and/or Activity Manager as assigned; and is required to perform work-related travel.

Statement of Duties to be Performed:

a. Technical Leadership and Performance Management (55%):

The PMS M&E provides expert technical leadership and support to senior management and technical staff of the HPN Office, and Program Office M&E staff, to strengthen M&E and knowledge management throughout all HPN activities, with special emphasis on implementing best practices in Nigeria. S/he advises on the formulation of performance management plans (and/or monitoring, evaluation and learning plans) for all HPN activities in order to more effectively track milestones and report on selected standard performance indicators, as well as custom indicators. S/he helps to ensure that appropriate data collection procedures are used and supports the implementation of regular data quality checks. The specialist proactively ensures awareness and inclusion of internationally recognized best practices in M&E across the HPN portfolio. The job holder assists senior staff within the Mission in representing USAID to implementing partners (IPs), NGOs, Government of Nigeria (GON) agencies and other national and international groups and bodies in order to develop effective M&E strategies and plans for health activities that meet national and international standards. S/he collaborates with HPN staff and IPs in the preparation and presentation of M&E reports according to USAID requirements and international standards. The specialist assists in preparing scopes of work for assessments and evaluations in collaboration with HPN staff; participates in selecting contractors for those assessments; reviews assessment reports; and coordinates the process of providing written comments/feedback on draft reports to contractors.

The PMS M&E ensures that adequate resources are allocated in project and activity designs to conduct robust monitoring and evaluation activities. S/he advises on and oversees the warehousing and analysis of monitoring and evaluation data. S/he serves as a member of activity design teams, providing expert technical advice on developing monitoring and evaluation plans, results frameworks, log frames, indicators and baseline and target results.

In collaboration with HPN Office AORs, CORs and Activity Managers, the specialist ensures that M&E plans formulated by IPs for each activity contain a performance monitoring framework with clear-cut goals, outcomes, outputs, inputs, processes, indicators, data needs and sources, and reporting formats for effective monitoring and evaluation. The incumbent assists with the preparation and analysis of performance data for quarterly monitoring and semi-annual portfolio reviews in order for activity managers, office management and Mission management to regularly and accurately understand the progress of each activity in the HPN portfolio. The specialist ensures that Agency/Mission/Congressional reporting requirements are being met in a timely manner.

The PMS M&E works closely with relevant managers of malaria activities to ensure that implementing partners receiving malaria funding are compliant with the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) regulations; and with managers overseeing family planning (FP) activities to ensure that IPs receiving FP funding are compliant with U.S. Government FP policies. 

b. Reporting, Support and Representation (25%):

The PMS M&E maintains the HPN Performance Monitoring Plan on a regular and timely basis in conjunction with the Program Office. S/he participates in activity reviews, data calls and presentations. S/he assists the HPN Office with preparation and analysis of performance data for Mission portfolio reviews. The specialist mentors and supports all levels of staff in the HPN

Office with regard to M&E-related matters. S/he attends external meetings, committees and task teams, including GON-facilitated technical working groups, as needed to represent the HPN Office. S/he develops and presents research publications and abstracts for national and international conferences and symposiums. The job holder presents USAID program performance results, research results and M&E plans to USAID/Washington, USAID/Nigeria and to internal and external stakeholders that include other development partners, private sector partners, GON, U.S. government counterparts from other countries and USAID IPs.

c. Project Management (20%):

The PMS M&E serves as an Activity Manager for agreements and contracts focusing on monitoring, evaluation and/or research, including those supporting program evaluations, special studies and HMIS strengthening at the national and sub-national levels.

The specialist provides review and approval of work plans, budgets, performance monitoring plans, quarterly and annual performance reports, and other key documents for assigned USAIDsupported activities. S/he provides guidance on new program initiatives and drafts program documents to secure funding and implement activities. S/he employs skills and expertise in financial and program management to provide oversight and ensure that USAID-supported programs achieve anticipated results; are linked to and enhance attainment of HPN objectives, which are aligned with Government of Nigeria priorities; and are implemented within the framework of U.S. Government foreign assistance policies. S/he conducts regular site visits to monitor progress of activities and provide technical and programmatic recommendations.

The contractor is eligible for temporary duty (TDY) travel to the U.S., or to other Missions abroad, to participate in the "Foreign Service National" Fellowship Program, in accordance with USAID policy.

3. Supervisory Relationship:

The PMS M&E works under the direct supervision of the Health Systems and Strategic Information Team Leader who provides overall objectives and results to be achieved. Assignments are made orally and in writing. Achievements are regularly evaluated for conformance with USAID policies and objectives, as well as individual work objectives, with feedback provided.

4. Supervisory Controls:

 None.

12. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work requested does not involve undue physical demands

Job Requirements
Minimum years of experience

5

Qualifications
MS /MPH
Desired Course
Statistics /Demography
Other Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

a. Education: Master’s degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Statistics, Demographics, or Health Sciences is required.

b. Prior Work Experience: A minimum of five to seven years of progressively responsible professional experience working in monitoring, evaluation and research in the public health sector in Nigeria is required. At least four of these years must be with international organizations. Demonstrated experience successfully monitoring, evaluating and reporting for public health activities is required.

c. Post Entry Training: Training in USAID-specific procedures, regulations, and methods, and orientation to working from a donor-Agency perspective, will be provided. On-the-job training will be provided relating to USAID and USAID M&E policies, procedures, and regulations; the Automated Directives System (ADS); Mission Orders; and, planning and reporting databases. Training to maintain professional capability in the field, and other courses offered for professional development of USAID staff, will be provided as needed and subject to availability of funds. Mandatory USAID trainings will include Introduction to Program Cycle (IPC); Project Design (PD). For Contracting Officer Representatives (COR) and Agreement Office Representatives (AOR), Acquisition and Assistance Management training will be provided.

d. Language Proficiency: Level IV fluency in English for speaking, reading and writing is required.

e. Job Knowledge: Expert knowledge of M&E for health systems and public health programs (family planning, malaria, maternal and child health, nutrition, and health systems strengthening) in Nigeria is required, including technical, social, and cultural aspects. Stateof-the-art, specialized knowledge of the public health aspects of managing M&E programs, and evidence-based practices and policies (for M&E management in particular) are required. A demonstrated knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques, and practices of the Government of Nigeria (GON) programs in the health sector is required. Knowledge of the history and practice of development assistance, particularly with regard to public health, including trends in health indicators, is required.

f. Skills and Abilities: The job holder must have the ability to plan, organize, manage, monitor and evaluate all activities in the HPN Office portfolio. S/he must have expert skills and abilities to manipulate and analyze large data sets; to adapt to continuously changing guidelines and requirements from USAID; and to work under pressure with tight deadlines.

S/he must have strong verbal communication skills and diplomatic skills in order to form good working relations with implementing partner staff, high level national and local government officials, other development partners and external stakeholders. Expert oral communication skills are required to explain complex data analyses and interpret USAID attitudes, priorities, and concerns to partners and government counterparts. Expert writing skills to prepare and edit regular and ad-hoc reports that clearly translate highly technical information into actionable information, in keeping with Agency standards, are required. The job holder must have advanced ability to use IT software specific to health programs and statistics; and must be expert in Microsoft Excel as well as proficient in PowerPoint, Word and email platforms and their Google equivalents. S/he must have strong capacity to manage activity goals and  achievements, both technical and financial; must have skills in project programming and strategy development; and must be able to work effectively in a team environment to achieve consensus on policy, project and administrative matters. The job holder must have the ability to acquire knowledge of USAID programming policies, procedures, regulations and documentation, and of the objectives and methodology of assigned activities.

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About United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the United States Government agency which is primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid.President John F. Kennedy created USAID from its predecessor agencies in 1961 by Executive Order. USAID's programs are authorized by the Congress in the Foreign Assistance Act, which the Congress supplements through directions in annual funding appropriation acts and other legislation. Although it is technically an independent...
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Job Summary
Published
February 6, 2020
Offer Type
Full time
Experience
Minimum of 5years
Location
Abuja Federal Capital Territory
Deadline
February 18, 2020
Specialization
Medical/ Health /Project Management
Industries
Government /NGO / Non-Profit / International Agencies
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