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Placement Organization: Dignitas International
Placement Location:
Zomba, Malawi
Eligible Citizenship:
Malawian

About: Dignitas International (DI) is a medical humanitarian organization that develops solutions for global health.  We envision a world in which healthcare is available to all, regardless of wealth, gender or geography.  By working in partnership with patients, health workers, researchers and policymakers, we aim to realize this vision by tackling the barriers to health care in resource-limited communities.

In 2004, in response to the severe health crisis in Malawi linked to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, DI opened Tisungane HIV/AIDS Clinic at Zomba Central Hospital in partnership with the Malawi Ministry of Health (MoH), dramatically increasing access to HIV treatment and care in Zomba District.  Today, close to 20,000 patients have been placed on life-saving ART at Tisungane and staff receive referrals from across the South East Health Zone (3.1 million people).  To address limited access to HIV-related services in rural communities, DI has worked to strengthen the decentralized health system. Through decentralizing care, DI has expanded training and mentoring frontline health workers, streamlining patient referrals and providing rigorous laboratory and pharmacy oversight to improve the quality and reach of HIV-related services to almost 150 health centers across the South East.

In partnership with the Malawi Ministry of Health and other collaborators, DI engages in operations research, which aims to shed light on factors that can hamper effective health programming, giving rise to new and more effective approaches to health care delivery.

Position Overview:  The Monitoring & Evaluation Officer will work as part of the M&E Unit of DI’s Medical Program Department.  In close collaboration with the Data Management and Research teams, the M&E Officer will contribute to effective monitoring and reporting.  Through the execution of core responsibilities the fellow will contribute to strengthening data management, improving the quality and timeliness of reports, increasing the utilization of routine monitoring data by the Medical and Research teams, and assisting in building the capacity of supervisors and frontline MOH staff to utilize their data.

Responsibilities:

Improve data management through efficient organization, retrieval and delivery of data

  • In collaboration with the Data teams, extract/source data for the Medical Program and Research Departments
  • Ensure accurate sorting of files at data entry
  • Control data quality through ensuring that data is clean and checked for accuracy
  • Transfer data across platforms, checking for consistency and data conversion errors
  • Contribute to finding solutions for problems related to data management
  • Participate in database modification and development
  • Actively participate in data management meetings
  • Implement DI’s protocols on data privacy, data security, and backups in the context of data management and M&E

Strengthen internal and external reporting by contributing the production of timely, quality program reports

  • Contribute to the development of M&E plans, including reporting schedules and logical frameworks
  • Work with the Data Management Teams on improvements to the reporting system
  • Support routine internal reporting processes related to data collection (data collection systems, reporting forms and reporting systems)
  • Synthesize and format data as required for reporting purposes
  • Contribute to compiling medical program data and reports as periodically required by MoH and funding organizations, in particular USAID
  • Assist in developing templates for reporting

Increase the utilization of M&E data by the medical program and other users through improved sharing and presentation of trends and results

  • Participate in the integration of monitoring data into program planning cycles
  • Actively contribute to the compilation, sharing and presentation of program findings, trends and results with decision makers in the organization
  • Support the development of program and research grant proposals, publications and conference presentations through providing internal and external statistical information
  • Participate in program-related quality improvement projects requiring monitoring and evaluation as requested
  • Actively participate in M&E meetings

Build capacity of supervisory and frontline health workers to collect and utilize data in DI’s operational areas through periodic mentoring visits and meetings

  • Assist in conducting trainings with district-level Ministry of Health staff
  • Participate in District Quarterly M&E performance review and feedback meetings as requested
  • Provide mentoring/capacity building to frontline health workers to collect routine HIV-related data
  • Provide periodic feedback visits to health facilities to share reports based on data collected by health workers


Required Skills and Experience:

  • University Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Health Informatics or in related/relevant field
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize data and producing reports
  • Demonstrated ability to use data management software e.g. Access
  • Proficiency in Excel
  • Ability to manage tight timelines and potentially stressful, shifting priorities and deadlines
  • Knowledge of health sector M&E gained through academic and/or professional experience
  • Capacity to work both independently and collaboratively within a team environment
  • Ability to function well in a cross-cultural work environment
  • Willingness to occasionally travel to remote health facilities with poor road conditions
  • Excellent oral, written communication and interpersonal skills


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Demonstrated ability to develop database applications
  • Training, mentoring and presentation skills
  • Familiarity with HIV Program M&E frameworks and indicators


Living Conditions:
Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of $650/month. Fellows will also receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included. Zomba is an urban area with many housing options and apartments available with basic amenities (electricity, hot water, etc.).  There are several supermarkets and home goods stores with all the necessary items.