Senior Advisor, Health Management Information System and Monitoring & Evaluation Job DSM at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) | August, 2018

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Senior Advisor, Health Management Information System and Monitoring & Evaluation Job DSM at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) | August, 2018
Management Sciences for Health (MSH) saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 30 country offices and our Arlington, Virginia and Medford, Massachusetts US headquarters, our staff from 65 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health. We live our mission to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.

In 2016 Management Sciences for Health (MSH) was awarded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide technical assistance to the Tanzanian Ministry of Health Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC) and public health institutions (PHIs). Through this CDC-funded Technical Support Services Project (TSSP), MSH supports the MOHCDGEC and PHIs to continuously improve the health system required to achieve and sustain HIV epidemic control in Tanzania. TSSP provides support in four areas including: Health Management Information System (HMIS) with Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E); Client-level Data Systems (CLDS); Human Resources for Health (HRH); and Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement (QA/QI).
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The aim of the HMIS/M&E area is to improve quality of health systems, data, analysis, dissemination and use of data to enhance evidence-based decision making at various government administrative levels.

The Senior HMIS/M&E Advisor will lead the project M&E activities including systems development and implementation, strategy and guidance document development, capacity building, quantitative and qualitative data analyses, program evaluation, and routine program monitoring activities, to provide the needed advisory and capacity building support to the MOHCDGEC and PHIs and to meet the CDC development assistance goals in Tanzania.

S/he will also maximize synergy and integration of HMIS/M&E with the other project’s work streams (Client-Level Data Systems; Human Resources for Health; and Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement).

Specific Responsibilities
  • Lead the design and oversee the implementation of internal TSSP M&E frameworks, plans and indicators to assess project performance and impact, and report progress towards the project’s objectives.
  • Collaborate with CDC, the MOHCDGEC, and other stakeholders via M&E technical working groups and other relevant bodies to ensure that the TSSP project M&E plans align with national systems and priorities
  • Collaborate with the MSH Home Office, to lead the development and oversee implementation of project evaluations, including process and outcome evaluations
  • Lead the development and targeted M&E and Learning activities for specific TSSP interventions
  • Support the MOHCDGEC and PHIs in carrying out quantitative and qualitative analyses of HIV and other priority data
  • Conduct capacity strengthening workshops in the areas of data analysis and use and program monitoring and evaluation.
  • Mentor PHI staff on monitoring and evaluation methodologies and practices
  • Support the MOHCDGEC in the operationalization in the field of policy decisions (e.g., through trainings, presentations, analyses)
  • Support the MOHCDGEC and PHIs in the development, revision and operationalization of the National Data Demand and Use (DDU) strategy and the National M&E Strengthening Initiative (MESI).
  • Complete other duties and special assignments, as requested by the Project Director

Qualifications and Experience
  • Advanced degree in epidemiology, public health, or related health, medical, or social science discipline; doctoral-level degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience including provision of technical assistance to government agencies and/or to large international NGOs in developing and strengthening health systems, senior-level strategic information (including M&E and HMIS) expertise, and responsibilities on international HIV or other health projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with senior-level colleagues, particularly interacting productively, proactively, and comfortably with government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, CDC and other donor organizations.
  • Proven track record of fostering team collaboration in order to achieve goals, meet milestones, and produce on time high quality written qualitative, quantitative, and narrative deliverables.
  • Proven capacity in designing and establishing M&E and data quality improvement systems, developing and implementing Performance Monitoring Plans, development of quantitative and qualitative research instruments, designing and conducting program evaluations, conducting data analysis and use, and M&E capacity strengthening workshops.
  • Advanced statistical analysis and data management skills using Excel and presentation skills.
  • Good understanding of the Tanzania Health System, the National Health Management Information system, PEPFAR program requirements, and the supporting electronic platforms such as DHIS 2 and PEPFAR’s Data for Accountability Transparency and Impact (DATIM) online platform.
  • Sound knowledge of DHIS 2, with capacity to assist the MOHCDGEC to strengthen its DHIS2 national instance and HIV specific strategic information. Experience designing or working with dashboards and other web based health program data management and presentation tools.
  • Experience in working in the fight against HIV/AIDS, especially working with the National Aids Control Program (NACP), and knowledge of the HIV CTC information systems, is a plus.
  • Experience working with the MOHCDGEC and the Tanzania government.

Background Information
Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

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Job Summary
Reports To Project Director
Grade J
Job ID 13-10144
Location Tanzania-Dar es Salaam
# of Positions 1
Group/Office HPG
Dept/Unit GEN (General)
Project/Program A504 - TSSP