John Snow Inc. (JSI) New Job Vacancy

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4 Oct, 2018

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Executive Jobs in South Africa

John Snow Inc. (JSI), a leader in global health, seeks a highly experienced candidate for  an anticipated five-year CDC-funded project in South Africa called Strengthening Capacity of South African Department of Health and Implementing Partners to Deliver Quality Differentiated, Advanced Clinical Care for Unstable HIV and TB/HIV Patients in the Republic of South Africa Project (ACC).  This position is contingent upon an award from CDC and the anticipated start date is September 30, 2019.

Job Title: Director: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) position
Job Location: Pretoria

The Director of MEL is a full-time position based in the Pretoria, South Africa office and will be filled by a local South African national. The Director will serve as the focal point for monitoring and evaluation (M&E), research, and program learning in support of ACC efforts to improve treatment retention and VL suppression of HIV and TB/HIV co-infected patients through the use of innovative capacity building approaches for health service providers to better manage complicated and unstable HIV and TB/HIV co-infected patients.

He/she will work with project staff, partners, and local stakeholders to ensure the proper design and implementation of all monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities—which includes indicator development and tracking, development of metrics to assess improvements in program outcomes, project targets/benchmarks, data quality assurance approaches, capacity building, and ensuring data is used to inform future programming and continuous program quality improvement.

He/she will provide capacity building in MEL to local stakeholders. She/he will apply relevant skills and experience to support monitoring and evaluation of the project and the national response to implement innovative capacity building approaches to improve treatment retention and VL suppression in South Africa. The Director of MEL will be a member of the project’s Senior Management Team and will work closely with all project staff to ensure the integration of MEL across all programmatic activities. The Director of MEL will report to the Chief of Party for the project.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages development and implementation of project evaluation and performance measurement, including the project’s evaluation and performance measurement plan, routine monitoring and evaluation, research, information systems, and the design and implementation of research and evaluation studies (including implantation of data collecting exercise);
  • Develop and apply standards and mechanisms to ensure overall technical quality of evidence-related activities including: strategic planning, project planning, performance monitoring plans, performance monitoring, assessments, research, and evaluation;
  • Ensure project has well defined results and reporting systems that include, key PEPFAR-related, high-level performance indicators, baseline data and targets to measure progress and outcomes for evaluation/program learning/continuous quality improvement;
  • Coordinates standardization and streamlining of data collection and reporting, making sure tools and information products are accepted by and owned by local institutions;
  • Develops reporting systems, training, and improved enabling environments, as well as indicators for the expected results;
  • Promotes the most efficient use of data to inform national and local leaders of best practices;
  • Ensure project related data is captured, documented and reported to CDC and other partners and that performance reports are prepared and submitted to CDC in a timely fashion;
  • Oversee development and refine data collection/storage systems that optimize analytical use;
  • Oversee the project’s learning component, ensuring research and evaluation findings are used for future programming and planning, drive strategic discussions, and foster continuous quality improvement;
  • Supervise and mentor a local team of M&E, research, and communications staff;
  • Ensure that all data collection is high-quality and adheres to ethical standards;
  • Facilitate coordination and collaboration across project staff to ensure data is being used to drive the programmatic agenda and to influence future activities.


  • Master’s Degree in public health, statistics, information systems, demography, sociology, epidemiology, biostatistics, or a related field is required
  • At least three years of experience with management of M&E systems for CDC or PEPFAR HIV-related programming and at least five years of experience in two or more of the following areas: information systems, epidemiology, statistics, and research related to large-scale health development projects
  • Demonstrated experience in with HIV/AIDs and TB/HIV programming setting targets and reporting
  • Excellent knowledge of HIV data collection protocols for quality data collection and verification
  • Exceptional ability to analyze multiple sources of data to identify data trends and provide recommendations on project implementation
  • Experience working with stakeholders to successfully design, manage, and implement information systems and monitoring and evaluation plans
  • Experience developing indicators captured through applied technology is required
  • Advanced working knowledge of excel and data dashboards, google drive and Salesforce is strongly desired
  • Excellent time management and execution skills and ability to prioritize and meet deadlines and work on multiple requests from CDC
  • Ability to build consensus on complex areas around generation and management of strategic information
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work successfully with teams/units across the project and organization
  • Demonstrated experience leading and building the capacity of M&E staff, to meet project needs and deliverables is strongly desired

This is a local hire position with no expatriate’s benefits calling for applicants who are eligible to work in South Africa.

JSI is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer committed to workplace diversity. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. 

Closing Date for Applications8th October 2018. Submit applications via email (Specify on the Subject Line: Application for Director: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) – ACC) to [email protected]

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you do not receive a response 30 day after the advert closing date, please consider your application as being unsuccessful. We take this opportunity to thank you for your application and your interest in JSI.

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