Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

Director of Monitoring & Evaluation and Learning (Integrated Health Activity)

Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

Job Description

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is seeking a Director, Monitoring & Evaluation and Learning (MEL) for a potential five-year integrated health program supporting malaria and reproductive health/Family Planning activities in Angola. The purpose of the program is twofold: 1) to reduce malaria-related mortality, and 2) reduce reproductive health-related maternal and Child Mortality. Malaria continues to be the primary health concern in Angola and is the principal cause of morbidity and mortality. As such, one of the main objectives of this program is to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity, particularly among children less than five years of age and pregnant women. Additionally, many Angolan adolescents have sexual and reproductive behaviors that put them at risk of suffering multiple reproductive health problems. These behaviors pose a threat to the well-being of Angolan youth, particularly girls. This program aims to address these concerns by reducing maternal and child mortality by increasing access to family planning (FP) information, services, and commodities.

This position is subject to project award and funding.


The Director, MEL will oversee the monitoring and evaluation and learning system for reporting progress and ensuring availability and use of quality data for adaptive management, and maintain reporting procedures and guidelines in compliance with USAID systems. The Director, MEL will be expected to develop a strong monitoring and evaluation and learning system and plan consistent with the USAID results framework, coordinate the collection of data including conducting field visits for data validation, monitor the quality of data sets, contribute to the adaptive management of the program, oversee the development, maintenance and use of the project technical information management system, and document project performance against established outputs and indicators. S/he will also be responsible for building the capacity of the Government of Angola Ministry of Health (MOH) and other stakeholders in the collection, utilization, and dissemination of data as well as ensuring that all monitoring and Data Collection activities are harmonized and information is shared. S/he will also assist the MOH to monitor programs and assess the robustness of implementing organizations’ data collection and MEL mechanisms.


  • Design and implement the Project’s MEL system, including the development of indicators, setting targets, monitoring project progress, ensuring timely data collection, writing quarterly and annual reports, and liaising with the project financial team to track the budget in relation to all project results and outcomes.
  • Provide technical inputs to the technical team in order to assist in developing program goals and objectives as well as MEL tools and strategies and provide monitoring data to strategically inform the decisions on project performance and future direction to the project, for enhanced adaptive management.
  • Oversee the development, maintenance and use of the project technical information management system, and its interoperability with the national Health Information management system.Support the MOH to develop a Health Sector MEL framework and monitor health system strengthening interventions.
  • Provide regularly updated reports on the status of implementation against the project goals and objectives to the Chief of Party, USAID and other program managers as required.
  • Collaborate with the project team in identifying project activities, processes and/or outcomes that are worthy of documentation, and design a system for capturing lessons learned and best practices.
  • Adhere to MSH procurement integrity and institutional standards and procedures in all project management responsibilities.

  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline and at least 8 years of demonstrated experience designing, and implementing monitoring and evaluation activities and special studies for complex programs in developing countries.
  • Excellent command of monitoring and evaluation methodologies.
  • Knowledge of issues related to integrated Health Services and support programs.
  • Previous experience implementing and managing a rigorous MEL system including developing performance monitoring plans that track performance as sub-results/results and by funding stream.
  • Knowledge of data collection protocols to ensure accurate data collection and verification is essential, as well as an ability to identify data trends and communicate this information to allow for changes in program implementation.
  • MEL experience in the health sector desired, particularly in Health Systems strengthening.
  • Operations research experience is desired.
  • Past experience leading and building the capacity of MEL officers, including remote, field-based staff, to meet program needs and deliverables is desired.
  • Proven expertise in the management / supervision of health management information systems.
  • Extraordinary organizational, verbal and written communication skills to manage project communications and disseminate project information are required.
  • Excellent skills in MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and DHIS2.
  • Experience with USAID programs/projects strongly preferred.
  • Strong written and oral presentation skills in Portuguese and general professional proficiency in English required.
  • Local candidates strongly preferred.
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