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Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

Management Sciences for Health (MSH)


Position: Director: Monitoring & Evaluation and Learning (MEL)
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Addis Abeba - Ethiopia
Posted date: 1 month ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is seeking a Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) for the anticipated USAID/Ethiopia-funded Health Financing Program follow-on to the current Health Financing Improvement Program. The purpose of this activity is to support the Ethiopian government in its efforts to further strengthen and institutionalize health financing reforms and initiatives that support universal health coverage of quality primary health care (PHC) services for all Ethiopian citizens with reduced financial barriers. The specific objectives of the current Activity include (1) Increased domestic resource mobilization for enhanced provision of quality PHC services; (2) Streamlined risk-sharing/insurance mechanisms for wider access to PHC services with reduced financial barriers; (3) Facilitated strategic purchasing of health services from public and private health providers; and (4) Improved governance, management, and evidence generation for health care financing reforms and health facilities.


The Director, MEL will oversee the monitoring and evaluation and learning system for reporting progress ensuring the availability and use of quality data for adaptive management, and maintaining reporting procedures and guidelines in compliance with USAID systems. The Director, MEL will be expected to develop a strong monitoring and evaluation and learning system and plan consistent with the USAID results framework, coordinate the collection of data including conducting field visits for data validation, monitor the quality of data sets, contribute to the adaptive management of the program, oversee the development, maintenance and use of the project technical information management system, and document project performance against established outputs and indicators. The Director, MEL will also be responsible for building the capacity of the Government of Ethiopia, the Ministry of Health (MOH), and other stakeholders in the collection, utilization, and dissemination of data as well as ensuring that all monitoring and data collection activities are harmonized, and information is shared. The Director, MEL will also assist the MOH to monitor programs and assess the robustness of implementing organizations’ data collection and MEL mechanisms.


  • Design and implement the Project’s MEL system, including the development of indicators, setting targets, monitoring project progress, ensuring timely data collection, writing quarterly and annual reports, and liaising with the project financial team to track the budget about all project results and outcomes.
  • Provide technical inputs to the technical team to assist in developing program goals and objectives as well as MEL tools and strategies and provide monitoring data to strategically inform the decisions on project performance and future direction of the project, for enhanced adaptive management.
  • Oversee the development, maintenance, and use of the project technical information management system, and its interoperability with the national health information management system. Support the MOH to develop a health sector MEL framework and monitor health system strengthening interventions.
  • Provide regularly updated reports on the status of implementation against the project goals and objectives to the Chief of Party, USAID, and other program managers as required.
  • Collaborate with the project team in identifying project activities, processes, and/or outcomes that are worthy of documentation and design a system for capturing lessons learned and best practices.
  • Adhere to MSH procurement integrity and institutional standards and procedures in all project management responsibilities.


  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline and at least 8 years of demonstrated experience designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation activities and special studies for complex programs in developing countries.
  • Excellent command of monitoring and evaluation methodologies.
  • Knowledge of issues related to integrated health services and support programs.
  • Previous experience implementing and managing a rigorous MEL system including developing performance monitoring plans that track performance as sub-results/results and by funding stream.
  • Knowledge of data collection protocols to ensure accurate data collection and verification is essential, as well as an ability to identify data trends and communicate this information to allow for changes in program implementation.
  • MEL experience in the health sector is desired, particularly in health systems strengthening.
  • Operations research experience is desired.
  • Experience leading and building the capacity of MEL officers, including remote, field-based staff, to meet program needs and deliverables is desired.
  • Proven expertise in the management/supervision of health management information systems.
  • Extraordinary organizational, verbal, and written communication skills to manage project communications and disseminate project information are required.
  • Excellent skills in MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and DHIS2.
  • Experience with USAID programs/projects is strongly preferred.
  • Strong written and oral presentation skills in English required. Professional proficiency in Amharic is an advantage.