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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Technical Support Lead - Research, Monitoring and Evaluation at The Challenge Initiative

The Challenge Initiative - A New Model for Urban Reproductive Health. The Initiative represents an exciting new approach to
providing life-saving reproductive health and family planning information and services to individuals, families and communities, building on the demonstrated success of the Gates Foundation’s Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (URHI).
Supervisor: TCI State Program Coordinator

  • The Challenge Initiative (TCI) supports Nigeria to accelerate and scale-up the positive changes in reproductive health with focus on family planning that six cities experienced under the Nigeria Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) Project implemented since 2009. ThChallenge Initiative in Nigeria envisions“A true FP movement in Nigeria where new states, governments, and partners ask for technical and financial assistance in implementing successful FP programming to match their own investments”
  • The underlying goal of TCI is to increase modern contraceptive use particularly among the urban poor. The Initiative which is scheduled to run from 2016-2021 is currently implemented with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 5 states (Kano, Ogun, Niger, Bauchi and Delta) with plans to expand to 5 new states (Plateau, Anambra, Abia, Rivers and Taraba).
Job Description
  • The Technical Support Lead - Research, Monitoring and Evaluation will provide technical support to the state family planning team in ensuring proper implementing of their proposal with focus on Research, Monitoring and Evaluation.
  • S/he will work closely with and provide feedback to the supervisor on this thematic area.
  • The key outcomes of the consultant include: documentation and monitoring of family planning services/activities across the advocacy, demand generation and supervision provision.
  • More so, the consultant will also ensure the collection of high quality data and build capacity on database management, data demand and use.
Scope of Work
The Technical Support Lead - Research, Monitoring and Evaluation will:
  • Engage high-level stakeholders including the Executives (Governors, Commissioners, etc), House of Assembly, Traditional and Community Leaders, etc, to promote the broad health and family planning agenda
  • Work with the State Ministry of Health, Primary Healthcare Development Agency, other relevant Department and Agencies, as well as other implementing partners to use data for decision making.
  • Monitor and track the supply of commodities, consumables, procurement, distribution, and utilization of family planning equipment in the state.
  • Support state in tracking outreach and in-reach programs across the selected sites.
  • Support other consultants in facilitating the conduct of field visits and learning tours, data collection and quality assurance.
  • Domesticate and implement TCI Monitoring and Evaluation strategy in the States and help identify opportunities to get partners to support the states on family planning. This may include conduct of routine monitoring and performance review.
  • Support the state in conducting needs assessment including baseline survey, desk review, secondary analysis and data use meeting. This support will also include the establishment and operationalization of database management system
  • Facilitate the strengthening of routine monitoring, implementation research including research, monitoring and evaluation at facility and state levels
  • Conduct routine and periodic surveys to assess the impact of demand generation, advocacy and service delivery interventions in the states.
  • Facilitate capacity strengthening interventions under the TCI University and support the roll-out of the in-country Community of Practice and capacity transfer processes for effective replication of NURHI model.
  • Prepare and submit activity plans and reports, monthly activity updates and quarterly as may be required under the initiative result framework.
  • Co-facilitate meetings, training, workshop and transfer of knowledge process on service delivery to TCI-supported States.
  • In addition to attending periodic planning meeting with the TCI team in Abuja, the consultant may be required to travel to project locations within the state up to 40% and out of the state (up to 25%) as the need arises.
Skills & Competencies
  • Bachelor's Degree from a recognized university or higher institution of learning in a Public Health, Statistics, Population Health, behavior or other social science related field.
  • Skills and knowledge of surveys design and administration for qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Computer literate in Word, Excel, (experience in electronic surveys designs and deployment with some mobile data collections apps will be an added advantage).
  • Experience in data analysis and report writing (knowledge of SPSS, STATA or other statistical package is an advantage)
  • At least 5 years of experience in M&E (specific experience in commodities distribution, project supply chain, medical commodities and work in the health sector directly with the MoH, and major stakeholders is an advantage).
  • Ability to perform under lean, self-paced and flexible working conditions
  • Demonstrate experience of having undertaken similar assignments
  • Good basic financial reporting, analytical and documentation skills
  • Excellent presentation, communication and facilitation skills especially with the use of data and evidence to influence action
  • Excellent command of oral and written English
  • Thorough understanding of the local context, cultural awareness and sensitivity to gender issue
  • Understanding of the local language is an added advantage
Applicants should send their Applications and CV's to: using Name, Position and location as email subject.

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