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PATH works with national malaria control programs in Africa to scale up interventions to reduce the burden of malaria, as well as to generate evidence and support planning for new strategies to accelerate elimination. The focus is on improving the collection, reporting and use of malaria surveillance data to enable rapid, accurate and rational decision-making to maximize the impact of interventions.
Position: Provincial Surveillance, Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor – Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases
As part of its support to the Ministry of Public Health through its growing malaria portfolio in DRC, PATH is currently recruiting a provincial surveillance, M&E Advisor who will be part of the DRC PATH M&E Team. S/He will lead the implementation of surveillance and M&E activities related to the PATH DRC Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases program at Haut-Katanga level. The provincial Surveillance and M&E Advisor will work under the direct supervision of the malaria M&E Manager based at Kinshasa, with strategic coordination of Malaria program lead based at Kinshasa and PATH regional director based at Lubumbashi.
This position aims to reinforce the provincial coordination of PNLP and HMIS, and the health zones management teams in leadership, and malaria surveillance and monitoring & evaluation’s interventions through MACEPA IV’s scope.
Essential duties/Tasks and Responsibilities:
- Coordinate MACEPA activities at provincial level,
- Represent PATH DRC malaria program in strategic and coordination meetings organized by provincial health authorities and ensure that PATH’s monitoring activities assist in decision making,
- Represent the PATH-DRC malaria program in technical and strategic malaria control meetings or workshops in Haut-Katanga,
- Based on the evidence, strengthen the institutional capacity of the PNLP’s provincial coordination and the central health zone offices,
- Support the PNLP’s provincial coordination in strengthening collaboration and synergy of action between malaria technical partners
- Participate and provide technical inputs to PNLP and HMIS thematic group meetings related to epidemiological surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, case management and specific interventions (SMC, CCM, cross border entomological surveillance) in collaboration with PNLP partners,
- Support the interventions to strengthen malaria management at the community level : needs assessment, training/briefing on updated guidelines and tools, documentation…
- Participate in the coordination mechanism of the malaria control around the provincial PNLP, including to strengthen PNLP and health zones capacity to implement a comprehensive Malaria Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation’s activities,
- Reinforce the capacities of provincial PNLP and health zones management teams in malaria data life cycle (data collection/capture, quality, analysis, reporting and use).
- Support the provincial PNLP and HMIS department to effectively implement the complete cycle of malaria r-DQA with the decentralized approach (including the r-DQA’s action plan implementation)
- Strengthen the provincial PNLP’s capacity to manage large quantities of data, ensure data quality, undertake analyses, and prepare targeted reports at different audiences, including monthly analyses, quarterly and annual reports.
- Coordinate the implementation of the project SME innovative approaches at provincial level.
- Manage the MACEPA’s activity monitoring tools at the provincial level (Issue log, feedback management, …)
- Support and document all malaria data validation and analysis’s process at provincial and health zone levels.
- Support the effective use of malaria data at provincial and health zone levels. And, document the lessons learned,
- Manage lessons learned and develop case studies to capture qualitative outputs of the project.
- Contribute to the designing of new approaches,
- document the process and the change achieved with the implementation of the project scope,
- Support any others tasks
Leadership and Management:
- Support the provincial MoH
- Strengthen the capacities of the staff under his supervision.
- Ensure timely project reporting and participation in relevant project meetings
- Engage with provincial key stakeholders on Surveillance, M&E related aspects: Represent the project in the provincial level as needed, Coordinate with local representations of the MoH and other technical organizations for efficient technical assistance and leveraging limited resources, Develop and maintain trusting, professional and cordial relationships with SME stakeholders to promote a culture of collaboration, coordination, communication, and learning and Contribute to other partner-led activities that advance the province’s malaria strategic goals and objectives
Preferred knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Ability to advocate, negotiate with high level health authority.
- Ability to coordinate effectively with the provincial MoH departments and other technical organizations.
- Prior experience working in malaria program, disease surveillance or health information systems
- Prior experience working in malaria area
- Excellent problem-solving skills with ability to analyze situations, identify existing or potential problems and recommend solutions
- Knowledge in designing malaria M&E systems designing and experience in implementing M&E systems .
- Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, database management, and developing M&E and performance monitoring plans.
- Knowledge of the major evaluation methodologies (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method, or impact) and data collection and analysis methodologies.
- Knowledge in planning and managing surveys.
- Experience in developing and refining data collection tools.
- Experience with data quality assessments and oversight.
- Team player with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment
- Ability to be flexible to handle multiple priorities and to work limited overtime as necessary
- Outstanding professionalism in providing support, including ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, tact, and diplomacy
- Superior interpersonal skills including courtesy, professionalism, and a cooperative attitude
- Proficiency in MS Office package (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel) and at least intermediate level of one of statistical software Epi Info, Stata, R or Tableau Software.
- Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Public Health, Medicine, Statistics, Information Management, Demography, Social Sciences, or related field.
- Minimum of 2 years’ experience in health project/program management.
- Minimum of 6 years’ experience in Surveillance, M&E of infectious diseases (especially malaria) or other health programs.
- Prior capacity building experiences
- Mid-level professional with at least five years of relevant experience in the implementation and management of health projects focused on malaria control, including at least five years on technical assistance, innovation, or high-level consultancy projects in favor of specialized Directorates or programs of the Ministry of Health, preferably the PNLP in the field of epidemiological surveillance and/or monitoring and evaluation. Experience in malaria operational research would be an asset.
- Understanding of DRC health information system
- Strong experience with DRC HMIS/DHIS2
- Strong experience in health data life-cycle management
- Strong experience in data quality assurance and assessment
- Excellent experience in project performance’s measurement and management
- Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills.
- Fluency in French, and intermediate level in English
- Ability to work with minimum supervision.
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