Monitoring & Evaluation Consultant for the Program Management Unit (PMU) for the Health Resilience Fund (HRF) : UNICEF

  • Harare


DUE : 25 NOV 2022

UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting applications for a Monitoring & Evaluation Consultant for the Program Management Unit (PMU) for the Health Resilience Fund (HRF) in the Ministry of Health and Child Care – Open to nationals of Zimbabwe Only

The HRF 2022-2025 is a pooled health fund that is continuing to build on the gains obtained through the Health Development Fund (HDF) 2016-2021, with thanks to the support of the European Union (EU), UK Department for International Development (DFID) now Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), Government of Ireland and The Global Alliance for Vaccines (Gavi). The programme aims to support the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in the context of the National Health Strategy (NHS) 2021-2025 to achieve its goal of improving the quality of life of its citizens, through contributing to access to comprehensive and effective health systems and structures for appropriate services in the country. The HRF will mainly focus on primary health care (PHC) in rural areas. The purpose of the HRF is to safeguard gains achieved through the Health Transition Fund/ Integrated Support Programme for Sexual Reproductive Health (HTF/ISP) and HDF. The HRF will invest strategically to End Preventable Deaths; consolidate the country’s Global Health Security, health systems strengthening while embracing the humanitarian/development nexus in line with hazards faced by the country. The programme will take targeted health system strengthening actions while advocating for enhanced allocative and operational efficiency, and mainstreaming climate change, gender, women and girls’ empowerment, human rights, disability, and safeguarding approaches.

UNICEF is recruiting for the PMU for the role of Monitoring & Evaluation Officer. This position is therefore not a UNICEF country office position.

The Health Resilience Fund’s (HRF) Programme Management Unit (PMU) Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will be responsible for working with the 1st Tier implementing partners (IPs) to design, coordinate and implement a harmonised HRF monitoring, evaluation, research and learning framework. This post is accountable to effective delivery of the HRF MEL and results framework. He or she will provide professional expertise and assistance in HRF information/data needs and collection, statistics and data analysis, monitoring & evaluation (M&E), preparation of reports, communication, and partnership, and in implementing training programmes for IPs, monitoring, evaluation, and research capacity building with special attention to the interest, concern, and participation.

Within the delegated authority and under the PMU set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

1. Integrated Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Planning (IMEP) : Provide technical support to ensure there is a well-prioritised and realistic plan of research, monitoring and evaluation activities that will provide the most relevant and strategic information to manage the programme, including tracking and assessing HRF contributory story.
2. Situation Monitoring and Assessment : Provide technical support to ensure timely and accurate measurement of change in conditions in the country or region, including monitoring of socio-economic trends and the country’s wider policy, economic or institutional context, to facilitate planning and to draw conclusions about the impact of programmes or policies.
3. Programme Performance Monitoring: Provide technical support to ensure that the HRF programme has quality information, data, and evidence to assess progress towards expected results established results framework and in annual work plans.
Lead implementation of the HRF results framework ensuring milestones/targets are updated from reliable data sources against baseline values.
Compile monitoring and evaluation information/ data and make them available to programme/planning sections.
Provide technical support as necessary to identify and adjust a set of programme performance indicators, in the context of the multi-year and annual IMEPs, the Annual Management Plan and Annual Work Plans, as outlined in the HRF programme document
Provide technical support to ensure that monitoring systems are in place and that key annual programme indicators are tracked and analysed, to guide programme and management decisions.
Carry out data collection and analysis from field visits, standardising them across the HRF pillars, to feed into programme performance monitoring.
Keep track of follow-up action based on decisions resulting from performance monitoring and evaluation.
Contribute to the preparation of management reports (e.g., relevant sections of the annual reports), drawing on monitoring and analysis of key management indicators.
Work with the Unit Strategic Information and Reporting Officer to prepare statistical reports and provide technical support that meet the HRF reporting requirements.
Assist in the preparation of reports on systemic issues, good practices or any other analysis or data related to programme implementation and/or evaluation, including programme’s performance, relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability, as well as good practices in partnerships and collaborative relationships.
b. Link the monitoring and evaluation data to the management decisions. Through work with an independent M&E provider who will analyse monitoring data and undertake verification where required. Key data sources will include:

Management of the Health Information System (HIS) (including the District Health Information System 2 (DHIS2) for the HMIS and health trackers).
Regular surveys such as the quarterly Vital Medicines Availability and Health Services Survey (VMAHS) building on experience from the Health Transition Fund (HTF) and Health Development Fund (HDF)
Consulting Community Health Committees and community groups; consolidating and disseminating feedback to the Fund Administrator and Funding Partners
Make strategic use of periodic household survey such as the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS)
Consolidating evidence from routine data, surveys, consultations, programme field visits (Joint Review Mission, Annual Review Missions), and ensuring data and evidence is used to influence programme direction.
Collaborate with IMEA to perform programme results management monitoring and evaluations.

4. Evaluation : Provide technical support to ensure that HRF programme evaluation is designed and carried out with quality process and products and that evaluation results are useful to the intended audience.
5. M&E Capacity Building : Provide technical support to ensure that the monitoring and evaluation capacities are strengthened enabling them to increasingly engage in and lead monitoring and evaluation processes.
6. Communication and Partnerships : Provide technical support to ensure that all the above tasks are carried out and accomplished through effective communication and partnerships

Education: Advanced University degree M&E, Statistics, Operations Research, social sciences, development planning, or related
Experience: At least 5 years professional experience required in a similar position
Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:
Knowledge of Project and Activity Evaluation.
Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Data Collection, Evaluation Process Management, Dissemination of M&E results.
Technical knowledge on M&E methodologies, theories, standards and models, quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods, validity/reliability testing of data, data analysis and interpretation, and statistical inference methods.
Experience working in a multi stakeholder environment and under tight deadlines
Languages : Fluency in English is required.
Knowledge of main local languages (Shona and Ndebele) is an asset.

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