The Director of the Strategic Information for Impact (SII) Unit is responsible for managing the SII unit and for leading the PCI MLE strategy aimed at amplifying PCI’s global impact by enhancing program quality and implementation, driving innovation, informing policy, and increasing funding to reach 20 million lives and beyond. This position requires high engagement in professional networking in the Washington DC area of Strategic Information for Impact (SI&I) international PVO/NGO environment. In addition, it provides support to program staff at the International Office (IO) and in the field in monitoring, learning, evaluation and reporting. S/he will serve as the primary PCI representative and liaison with field teams. Priority areas of focus include supporting the implementation and monitoring of strategic information systems to improve programmatic quality, documentation, and program development efforts organization-wide. Provides technical assistance in MLE system design and rollout for start-up countries and new programs, monitors implementation of MLE plans and provides technical assistance and capacity building as needed. Supports the coordination, design and implementation of selected project evaluations, including baseline assessments and special studies. Provides technical assistance and capacity building to field and IO staff in reporting skills, conducts report reviews and coordinates complex report writing processes as needed. Contributes to the development of proposals and the preparation of abstracts for conference presentation and of manuscripts for publication as needed. Contributes to the measurement and documentation of achievements under PCI’s Strategic Plan; maintaining collaborative working relationships and efficient communication among all professional and community partners.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
1. Support Senior Management and Organizational Positioning (10%)
•Serve as a member of TSU, which collectively identify, resolve, and address key issues at regular management meetings. •Serve as the primary SII point of contact with country teams and other key stakeholders. •Build synergies with other PCI departments, units and field teams through high-level advice and counsel on all MLE areas.
2. Support PCI outreach strategy and leverage professional networks (10%)
•Support efforts to identify and facilitate access to financial, material, organizational (partnerships) and individual (consultants, interns, volunteers) resources both internally and externally for effective implementation of the SI&I strategy, and growth and development of this technical area within the organization. •Support efforts to increase PCI’s visibility, recognition and positioning, in accordance with the Strategic Plan priorities •Through technical and sectoral networks in the Washington DC area, bring to PCI the state-of-the-art thinking and practices within the SI&I field •Provide MLE PCI presence at the hub of USAID, PEPFAR funding, USDA and other funders •Network within SI&I community globally and within intl. NGO/PVO community in Washington DC to build and strengthen resource sharing and partnership opportunities •Participate in relevant SI&I Working Groups, SI&I conferences, “list serves”, and other effective networking mechanisms.
3. Manage the SII Unit: (30%)
•Oversee SII unit communications, including coordination of weekly SII team meetings and individual staff check-ins. •Resolve SII unit level issues that arise with staff, field teams and donors by offering and implementing constructive and practical solutions. •Manage the allocation of time and responsibilities for supervised personnel. •Conduct performance reviews of supervised personnel and provides feedback through informal and formal mechanisms, including regular team meetings, individual meetings, and annual performance reviews. •Provide mentorship to SII Unit members and strive to maintain a high level of staff retention through staff development, career growth opportunities, and staff loyalty. •Maintain effective coordination with IO, field MLE focal points, operations and other members of the SII Unit on reporting as needed for relevant programs. •Ensures the SII Unit’s effective implementation of MLE standards, compliance with donor requirements, MLE strategies, systems development, project-level monitoring and verification, data quality assessments, MLE capacity building, assessments and project design, mid- and final performance evaluations, and impact evaluations.
4. Lead efforts to design and implement an effective organization-wide MLE strategy (10%):
•Lead the review and updating of organizational MLE materials, building upon previously designed strategy documents and previously implemented activities. •Strengthen the organizational capacity through the application of state of the art MLE methods and techniques, including program/project/study design. •Lead the development and implementation of a global MLE capacity building agenda.
5. Provide MLE technical support to the field: (20%):
•Provide on-site and remote technical assistance in MLE system design and rollout for start-up countries and new programs. •Monitor implementation of MLE plans and provide technical assistance as needed. •Support the coordination, design and implementation of project evaluations, including baseline assessments and special studies. •Provide technical review and editing of drafts and/or write section reports, as needed. •Maintain effective coordination and/or provision of technical assistance on reporting as needed for relevant programs. •Ensure timely submission of reports; contribute to the enhancement of quality of the reports as needed for relevant programs.
6. Development of new and/or expanded programs, including proposal preparation, program design and planning as assigned (15%):
•Collaborate and support proposal preparation for new and/or expanded programs •Provide technical assistance in writing, developing, and/or reviewing project proposals and detailed implementation plans. •Provide assistance on design of programs, projects, and studies, including review and provision of feedback on selected program/project/study designs, survey methodology and findings, performance monitoring plans, evaluation methodology and findings.
7. Support the identification, documentation and sharing, both within PCI and externally, of best and promising practices in support of and in coordination with a broader knowledge management effort (5%):
•Support the development of effective systems for documentation and sharing of results both within and outside of PCI. •Support the identification of opportunities and provide support to share PCI’s promising practices with donors, other international PVO/NGOs and other relevant entities. •Provide support on the preparation and submission of abstracts to priority conferences. •Provide support on the development of manuscripts for publication, including adaptation of conference or resource materials, and generation of original content. •Monitor list-serves and other sources of SOTA information and share within PCI.