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Job Title: Monitoring & Evaluation Program Specialist
Job Number: 315000
Organization: Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, JHU
Posted: 6/14/2017
Type: Full-Time
Classification: International Health
Industry: Academic Institutions
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Baltimore,  MD    USA
Compensation: $43,011 - $59,217 annually
Position Description: Advance Family Planning (AFP) is an evidence-based advocacy initiative that aims to increase resources and political commitment for quality family planning programs, contributing to the achievement of the vision of the July 2012 London Summit on Family Planning. AFP is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The AFP consortium is led by the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health (Gates Institute), Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. AFP’s goal is to improve access to and use of family planning services, information, and supplies by increasing funds, decreasing policy barriers, and increasing the importance of family planning among policymakers at global, regional, national, and sub-national levels. It builds on past investments and ongoing activities in reproductive health advocacy, skills development, knowledge generation, and innovative service delivery. AFP’s success depends on effectively working with family planning providers, advocates, and international donors and agencies, such as USAID, DFID, and UNFPA.

AFP seeks a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Program Specialist who will support AFP’s M&E Program Officer in the oversight of all reporting systems, tracking and analyses of relevant data, measurement of progress against indicators of effectiveness, presentation of results and lessons learned, and refinement of the AFP approach based on evaluation learnings.

The position will support AFP advocacy activities with technical, programmatic, and administrative assistance. The M&E Program Specialist will serve as a liaison between AFP partners located throughout Africa and Asia to the Baltimore head office, and will provide technical input (writing, editing, and training), and coordination of M&E activities and reporting.

This position will include Francophone Africa in its portfolio and therefore program experience within the region, as well as strong French language skills, are desirable.

Specific responsibilities include the following:

Provide technical assistance to field offices and programs, both in-country and from Baltimore, including the development of country strategies and work plans with aligned M&E plans.

Assist in identifying data sources within each focus country and from international organizations to monitor progress.

Follow-up on the implementation of country M&E plans and other partner reporting requirements

Provide M&E technical support and guidance to in- country partners in the use of AFP M&E tools and preparation of M&E reports/deliverables.

Provide training (as needed) in AFP’s Results Cascade monitoring tool, assist in case study development, and support the diffusion of the AFP SMART approach to advocacy.

Coordinate technical M&E trainings between in- country staff with Baltimore.

Write, edit, facilitate, or assist with development of M&E training materials, documentation of the AFP approach and its results, and updating relevant website information.

Maintain frequent, open, ongoing communication with advocacy teams for each country (including AFP Baltimore staff).

Some travel internationally to provide technical assistance in areas of needed expertise.

Build and maintain professional relationships with colleagues at other implementing agencies, as well as representatives and staff of donor organizations, including the FP2020, USAID, DfID, and other public and private sector donors.

Provide data analysis support to AFP program staff as needed.

Program Management Support:

Provide backstop and M&E support to AFP’s M&E Program Officer.

Support and participate in all areas of project reporting, including annual reports to foundations.

Coordinate with Baltimore HQ staff in providing updated materials on M&E best practices, etc. to AFP partners.

Attend and present on AFP M&E activities at various stakeholder meetings.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required. Two years of related experience required. Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Formal training in M&E – through graduate coursework – and/or demonstrated experience in M&E of health advocacy projects required. Program experience in Francophone Africa and French language skills preferred. Strong data analysis, comprehensive computer skills, and keen attention to detail are required. Solid professional experience in supporting or managing an international programs/projects portfolio required. Ability to translate research into policy and advocacy materials. Demonstrated international experience with familiarity with protocol and social conventions required to be effective in an international setting. Ability to travel frequently to Africa and Asia.

Master's degree (MPH, MHS, or related field preferred).

JHU Equivalency Formula:18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non- related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

Organization Description: OUR VISION The Future We Strive For -- We envision a world where population-based science and evidence are discovered, developed and translated to improve the lives of all through universal and equitable access to family planning and reproductive health. GI believes that the only way to achieve sustainable progress in FP and RH – progress that actually translates into empowerment and choice for women – is through evidence-informed practice and policy that is driven at the country level. We envision an evidence driven world where all persons can make informed reproductive health decisions and have access to services to realize their choices.

OUR MISSION The Contribution of the Gates Institute -- The Gates Institute conducts and facilitates cutting- edge research in family planning, reproductive health, and population dynamics and translates science into evidence-informed policies, programs, and practice. The Institute works as an innovator, partner, advocate, and convener to bridge the gap between knowledge and implementation and promote access to universal reproductive health and family planning for all. GI is uniquely positioned to contribute to the global advancement and understanding of FP, RH and population issues. Our position within JHSPH allows the institute to have strong academic rigor that informs our research, positioning GI as a credible partner, advocate and convener. Going forward, GI will continue to conduct cutting-edge research with key institutions in countries where universal access to FP and RH services is still a distant goal. Equally, we will leverage our academic expertise, in-country partnerships and global convening power to maximize the impact of new evidence and knowledge to ensure critical research informs change in a sustainable way. Ultimately, GI aims to be the knowledge leader on research and evidence-informed practice and policy change on our core issues at the global and country levels.

OUR PILLARS Each individual pillar makes a specific contribution to the achievement of our goals, yet all four are synergistically intertwined, overlapping and building upon one another. This strategy will allow us to show impact at multiple levels: individual, institutional, national and global. We believe this comprehensive approach to be essential for achieving long-term, systemic change, particularly in light of a new development framework to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Closing Date: 9/14/2017
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Linh Nguyen,  Monitoring & Evaluation Program Officer
Contact Location:

Baltimore   MD  21205
United States
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  Baltimore   MD  21205
  United States
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How to Apply: Email your resume and cover letter to Linh Nguyen, M&E Program Officer, at and submit your online application at: reqId=315000&postId=15601

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