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Sr Spec/ MEL Advisor, Improved Health & Nutrition Activity

Guatemala City, GuatemalaGuatemala CityGuatemala
Full-time

Save the Children is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Advisor for a five-year USAID-funded Improved Health & Nutrition Activity program in Guatemala. The program focuses on achieving significant and sustainable improvements in nutrition and health outcomes of target select municipalities of the Western Highlands, which will result in reductions of stunted children, and maternal and child morbidity and mortality, and lowering the prevalence of anemia and micronutrient deficiencies. These results will occur by improving service delivery, incorporating digital advanced technology and strengthening health systems, especially of human resources for health (HRH) in Guatemala. Households with pregnant women and children under two years of age (i.e., 1000 days window of opportunity) will be a primary, though not the exclusive, focus of interventions.

 The Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor develops, implements, and continuously improves Monitoring and Evaluation systems for all project activities. S/he incorporates best practices to ensure information collected is accurate, timely and disseminated appropriately in high quality reports.  The Advisor will use these findings to improve the program and inform the strategic direction. S/he will also be actively involved in promoting learning through documentation of lessons learned and developing approaches for community analysis and using data for making decisions.

Areas of Responsibility: 
  • Provide leadership, training and mentoring to develop M&E Plans, M&E tools, survey design, methodology, and data analysis to assess program impact;
  • Develop systems for capturing and documenting data and relevant information on project activities, beneficiaries, outputs, outcomes, and impact;
  • Design methodology and coordinate research activities for project operations and assessments;
  • Effectively rollout M&E collection and reporting systems to all staff and partners through training, site visits, manuals, and other technical support as needed;
  • Capture appropriate cost and financial information to track money indicators, including benchmarking information to analyze program effectiveness and cost effective inputs;
  • Ensure programming is aligned to targets and indicators contained in project proposal, and use the information from the M&E systems and tools to improve the program effectiveness;
  • Collect, analyze and report on social and health statistical data
  • Support all project reviews and evaluation activities, including coordinating mid-term and final evaluations, and supporting donor and external reviews;
  • Provide on-going support to maintain M&E systems; identify skill gaps and build capacity among project team;
  • Prepare high quality, accurate and timely reports for Save the Children, project partners and donors as required.
  • Work closely with Technology and Innovation Advisor to develop and implement new technologies to improve M&E at all levels of the health and nutrition system, including community level.
  • Attend and actively participate in periodic program meetings and ensure a summary of progress and challenges are prepared and presented with follow-up actions as required.
Educational Background: 
Bachelor’s Degree or above in Monitoring and Evaluation, Organizational Development, Political Science, or a related field,
Skills/Experience: 
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in monitoring and evaluation in donor funded projects.
  • Advanced training in quantitative methodologies, including database management; experience in qualitative research techniques a plus;
  • Strong analytical skills and an understanding of monitoring, evaluation and assessment tools to promote evidence-based learning;
  • Experience in collecting, analyzing and reporting on social and health statistical data;
  • Experience in design and implementation of surveys, health status assessments and reporting, including experience with survey instruments, statistical analysis and user-friendly presentations;
  • Prior experience collecting data from low literacy populations.
  • Ability to analyze complex data and summarize it for a range of audiences;
  • Ability to gain support from staff across teams and to build the capacity of others;
  • Sound strategic thinking and planning skills, including ability to think creatively and innovate and to set priorities, manageable work plans and evaluate progress;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in Spanish and knowledge of English preferred.
  • Familiarity with the political, social, and cultural context of Guatemala is preferred

Organization Info

Save the Children US

Overview
Headquarters: 
Fairfield, CT, United States
Annual Budget : 
More than $500M
Founded: 
1964
About Us
Mission: 

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in nearly 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to create immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. in times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Save the Children is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance, a global network of 30 independent Save the Children organizations working to ensure the well-being and protection of children in more than 120 countries.

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Dec 7 2018
Active Until: 
Jan 7 2019
Hiring Organization: 
Save the Children US
industry: 
Nonprofit