Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

The Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) is a training and education grant awarded to the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  It aims to develop or expand and enhance models of medical education through the Enhancing Training, Research Capacity and Expertise in HIV Care (ENTREE) programme. 

The three broad aims of MEPI are to:

  1. Increase the number of Health care workers trained
  2. Retain Health care workers in the public sector over time and in areas where they are most needed
  3. Support regionally relevant research

The UKZN ENTREE Programme has a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary strategy that has centred all its MEPI activities around the three aims and the programme has a dual focus on

  1. undergraduate students in medicine, nursing and pharmacy
  2. UKZN faculty and all cadres of health care workers within the healthcare system in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN)

Monitoring and evaluation of the MEPI grant will be crucial to the successful design, implementation and control of all the ENTREE programme activities. The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist employed by MEPI will have responsibility for designing, and implementing M&E activities on a range of MEPI activities, setting up systems at various levels for tracking of the progress of the programme and the achievement of the grant aims and objectives. The Specialist will set up tools and systems to monitor project activities in the field, and supervise the systematic collection, analysis and reporting of data. He/she will also take the lead in designing and implementing specific formative and/or operational research studies and assessments and reporting the study results.

The successful incumbent will be required to commence duties by no later than 1 July 2012.

Key Responsibilities:

Key responsibilities will include but not be confined to the following:

  • In consultation with the MEPI Management team, develop a strategy and project plan for the implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities of the ENTREE programme interventions
  • Work with the management, staff and the various subcomponents in developing appropriate indicators and establishing baselines
  • Ensure the successful implementation and alignment of monitoring and evaluation activities for the MEPI UKZN ENTREE programme
  • Advise on the design, implementation, analysis and interpretation of surveys and other evaluation studies to assess if MEPI UKZN ENTREE activities have achieved their objectives, as well as, to ascertain the reach and impact thereof
  • Supervise the collection, analysis and reporting of the study results.
  • Provide technical guidance for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programme activities for the accomplishment of project objectives.
  • Conduct epidemiological and statistical analyses on data collected to evaluate such interventions
  • Set up internal data quality assurance systems and develop and implement systems to address gaps both internally and with all the MEPI subcomponents
  • Disseminate results from evaluation studies
  • Participate in the monitoring and evaluation processes with the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the UKZN MEPI Coordinating Center from George Washington University
  • Develop and implement an in-house training programme to build M&E capacity amongst staff.
  • Other assignments as related to monitoring and evaluating the quality and performance of the ENTREE programme efforts

Key Requirements:

  • A post graduate degree or an equivalent qualification in research, public health or epidemiology
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation of health related projects and programmes
  • Experience in quantitative research in a health related field
  • Experience in data analysis of health related data using appropriate software such as SPSS or STATA
  • Experience managing budgets and finances 
  • Sound knowledge of public health
  • Sound project management skills and understanding of project management processes and methodologies
  • Able to analyse and evaluate data and information
  • Excellent report writing skills and experience with producing technical reports required
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Understanding of statistical software and data management required.
  • Willingness to travel nationally and occasionally internationally.

Other requirements:

  • The absence of a criminal record
  • Proficiency in the English language
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Independent thinker and highly-motivated team member
  • Ability to work with scientists from other disciplines.

Applicants are required to submit the following by close of business on 30 June 2012:

  • A covering letter stating your motivation for applying for the position
  • A certified copy of your ID document. Certification should be within the last 3 months.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) detailing qualifications, employment history and relevant experience, not exceeding 2 pages. A valid contact phone number must be included.

Failure to supply any of the required information will result in your application being disqualified.

The remuneration package will depend on both skills and experience.

Please forward all information to Makhosi Cebekhulu at Cebekhulu1@ukzn.ac.za, 031 260 4570

Owing to the large number of applications expected, if you have not been contacted within 4 weeks of the closing date, please consider of your application unsuccessful.

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