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.