NTD Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer UK DFID Project Jobs – Ministry Of Health

Organization: Ministry Of Health
Kampala, Uganda
Reports To: Head of the Division of
Vector-Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases and to ASCEND Country Lead
the Sustainable Control and Elimination of NTDs (ASCEND) is a £200 million investment
from the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID), to
advance the impact and sustainability of national programmes tackling neglected
tropical diseases (NTDs). To be implemented between September 2019 to March
2022, ASCEND comprises of two lots – one focusing on South Asia, East¬ and
Southern Africa (lot 1) and the other on West¬ and Central Africa (lot 2). ASCEND
lot 1 is implemented by a consortium of technical partners led by Crown Agents,
including Abt Associates, Oriole Global Health and the Royal Tropical Institute.
Central to ASCEND 1’s approach is a close collaboration with National
Governments and other implementing partners, to enhance national approaches to
NTD control and elimination. ASCEND’s goal is to contribute to the global goal
of reducing the burden of targeted NTDs so that they are no longer a public
health problem.
Job Summary:  The MEL officer will be seconded to the NTD –
Division in the Ministry of Health and will oversee and support all the
monitoring, evaluation and learning activities of the NTD division. He/She will
be responsible for implementing the country MEL framework as outlined in the
ASCEND MEL strategy and build the capacity of the MOH staff and partners in all
aspects of MEL.
MEL officer will be reporting to the head of the Division of Vector-Borne and
Neglected Tropical Diseases (DVB&NTD) who also is the National NTD Program
Manager and to ASCEND Country Lead..
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·       Lead all MEL initiatives
for the ASCEND project including development/draft the M&E plan, tracking
the program indicators, collect and report key indictors as required for the
monitoring of the ASCEND logframe and informing staff capacity building
·       Support the
development/review and implementation of monitoring procedures and tools as
required by the MoH and agreed upon by the ASCEND consortium.
·       Identify the training
needs of the MEL and the County health records officers and for all
implementing partners and coach, train and mentor them as needed.
·       In collaboration with
data manager, identify in-country efforts to mainstream NTD reporting into
national and district-level health systems; where need arises include and
monitor NTD indicators among national health indicators;
·       Ensure implementation of
country -level M&E work plans and technical M & E reports that will be
used to inform program strategies.
·       Conduct periodic internal
Routine Data Quality Assessments (RDQA) to assess the validity, reliability,
integrity and timeliness of reported data and, where necessary, to adjust as
per the data audit findings.
·       Guide the process for
identifying key learning questions and parameters for monitoring project
performance and comparing with targets, and spearhead the overall project
learning agenda through quarterly reviews, reflection and planning sessions.
·       Facilitate the project
team to document lessons learned through case studies and other methods such as
most significant change
·       Provide leadership in
sharing lessons learned through workshops, seminars and other forums

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       The ideal candidate must
hold a Bachelors Degree (advanced degree or post graduate diploma preferred)
in: Monitoring and Evaluation, public health, Statistics, or related field from
an accredited university.
·       At least five years’
experience in monitoring an NTD control programme, or Health management
information system including experience in NTD survey activities
(TAS/IA/Coverage surveys).
·       Working knowledge of NTD
diseases is essential; experience in NTD research is preferred.
·       Experience in design and
programming of m-Health surveys and applications, including training of
surveyors is essential.
·       The MEL officer will be
reporting to the head of the Division of Vector-Borne and Neglected Tropical
Diseases (DVB&NTD) who is also the National NTD Program Manager, ASCEND
Country Lead and ASCEND regional MEL manager.
·       Demonstrated experience
in Microsoft Office, including Word, Power Point, and Excel.
·       Demostrated knowledge of
protection, prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation, and the field of
safeguarding is an added advantage.
·       Ability to build strong
working relationships to enable effective management of partnerships and work
collaboratively as part of a global team.
·       Ability to deliver
group-training sessions and build strong M & E capacity in the Uganda NTD
·       People management skills
with a robust diplomatic understanding of culturally and ethnically sensitive
·       Strong communication
skills as proven by past work experience.
·       Willingness to travel
and to conduct regular field visits including in hard to reach areas.
·        English fluency (required)
How to Apply:
suitably qualified candidates should send a covering letter and a copy of your
CV to;  recruitments@ascend.crownagents.com
Deadline: 24th
January 2020

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