Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Organization: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs – One Community Project
Location: Blantyre, Malawi
Eligible Citizenship: Malawi
Application Code: M08-Nat
Job Function: Database Management / Data Analysis / Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation / Quality Improvement
Issue Area: HIV / AIDS


The One Community project of the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs is USAID’s flagship community-based response to Malawi’s HIV epidemic. The primary objective of One Community is to mitigate the impact of HIV and prevent new infections among priority populations. One Community’s strategic approach focuses on building strong HIV-competent communities, families and individuals. It is based on a socio-ecological model that links the actions of individual children, adolescents and adults to the actions of families and communities, the services available to them, and the norms, policies and social structures that govern them. One Community’s approach combines direct referrals, case management, and connecting people to services, with social and behavior change communication and capacity strengthening of local institutions.

The project began in December of 2015 and will run until December of 2020. For the 2017-2018 fellowship year, the project will be fully up and running and implementing at a high intensity.

Position Overview

Reporting directly to the Senior Adviser for Research, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (STA RMEL), the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will work on issues related to quality assurance, data analysis, presentation, dissemination, and quality improvement. The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will work out of the One Community headquarters office in Blantyre, Malawi, and travel frequently to seven districts across southern Malawi to support project activities. The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will work closely with the STA RMEL, Documentation and Knowledge Management Officer, Monitoring and Evaluation Officers, and Data Clerks to ensure high quality data collection, transform collected data into compelling visuals, graphics, presentations, and reports, and improve the quality of data collection and support learning.  

The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will work with data collected through One Community’s paper and digital referral systems, the project’s activity monitoring system, as well as formative qualitative research data.


Quality Assurance

  • Build on existing One Community quality assurance standards to ensure validity, integrity, precision, reliability, and timeliness of One Community data
  • Travel to district offices to assess and ensure compliance with Quality Assurance procedures and data assessments
  • Develop plans for data quality improvement and work with district Monitoring and Evaluation officers to strategize on implementation 
  • Ensure proper storage and cataloguing of data at the district offices

Data Analysis and Presentation

  • Work with the STA RMEL to identify key findings from One Community monitoring data
  • Conduct sub-analysis of data by sub-populations, district, and health facility catchment area to capture nuance of One Community program implementation
  • Work with the Documentation and Knowledge Management officer (DKMO) to develop visual representations of the aforementioned findings to be included in communication and dissemination materials
  • Develop dissemination plan for key messages by target audience (with DKMO)

Quality Improvement

  • Develop plan for use of program data for continuous learning (for central and district staff and government partners) and program quality improvement
  • Identify key quality improvement learnings for each target audience and share these messages in a tailored and appropriate way
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Desired Skills and Experience

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required
  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, public health, statistics, or related field*
    • Preferred: Master’s degree in above fields
  • Excellence in excel and proficiency with statistical software (SPSS, STATA) as well as familiarity with basic statistical tests and concepts*
  • Three years of experience working in data management, data analysis, and/or quality improvement/quality assurance* 
  • Ability to visually present findings from program monitoring data in a compelling and accessible format*
  • Excellent skills speaking and writing in English

Fellowship Logistics

During the fellowship year, all fellows are provided with:

  • A living stipend of $650/month
  • Housing and utilities
  • Health insurance
  • A professional development grant of $600
  • An award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year
  • Travel costs covered to and from placement site, training and retreats

*Note: The living stipend and the completion award may be paid out in USD or local currency, as determined by the placement organization.

Living and Working in Malawi: Fellows are provided with basic housing and a utilities stipend during the fellowship year. GHC coordinates housing for fellows in shared apartments or houses that meet GHC's safety standards. Fellows at One Community will be housed in Blantyre, an urban city in Malawi. National fellows have the option to remain in their own housing and receive a supplemental housing stipend.

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