Program M&E Coordinator (Kimberley)

The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) assists governments to promote high quality health care. CHAI teams work in partnership with the government, partners, and other major stakeholders to identify the key obstacles to access and scale-up of essential health services, and to develop sustainable strategies to overcome them. In South Africa, CHAI is supporting the National Department of Health and the South Africa National AIDS Council (SANAC) in its scaling up of HIV and TB services.  The Government and its partners have been preparing the health system to handle the increase in patient volume by training nurses, helping public health facilities to begin offering treatment, procuring necessary commodities, securing funding and implementing a standardised ART Monitoring system. With the expected influx of clients, it is essential to have timely and accurate data from facilities to monitor the HIV/ART Programmes, to inform service delivery and to assess overall strategy at the national level. To strengthen capacity at the provincial level, CHAI is recruiting an M&E Coordinator who will support the Provincial Information Officer and the HAST teams to carry out this function.

The Provincial M&E Coordinator will focus on strengthening ART M&E as well as assisting other M&E needs of the HIV/ART programme as required.  They will support both the provincial Information Management and HIV/ART programme to ensure continuous data is available, support the continued roll out of the 3 Tiered ART monitoring system whilst also working to strengthen data use to inform programme management ensuring routine feedback to both the programme and the districts.  The Coordinator will work with the districts to establish district monitoring and evaluation forums to routinely monitor patient retention and management and measure patient outcomes against NSP targets. The Coordinator and the ART programme will work hand-in-hand to interpret data to inform decision making, programme and patient management.

An important aspect of the job is to provide a coordinating role between the district development partners and district and provincial government staff ensuring health system strengthening activities are aligned to the National priorities.   Where training is required or where data analysis identifies data challenges the Coordinator will bring to the attention of the district partners and district information management staff and assist where required.

The Coordinator will act as a bridge between the data management and programme activities. They will identify challenges and resource needs and proactively communicate these to the province.  They will also identify and recommend follow-up actions to the provincial and national M&E team, they will assist in the preparation of the M&E component of regular progress reports and updates as required by stakeholders.

Responsibilities

  • Strong understanding of ART M&E SOP and DHMIS Policy and entrench its use in strengthening data management and strengthening all levels of accountability in supporting the two policies and data and programme management
  • Ensure all ART data is complete within DHIS (monthly and quarterly) and where challenges are experienced remedial action plans developed in conjunction with districts according to the SOPs
  • Routinely analyse monthly and quarterly data and supply analysis to ART programme staff to inform programme management
  • Work with the district implementation teams (DIT) to establish monitoring and evaluation forums to analyse the data and use this to inform district level activities
  • Monitor training needs and coordinate trainings where required
  • Offer support for government and other staff and offer technical troubleshooting as needed
  • Conduct several random facility visits in each quarter, rotating through each of the districts throughout the year

Essential Job Functions

  • Provide a coordination function between provincial and district information and programme staff as well as district support partners.  Additional coordination may be required down to the facility level
  • Routine analysis of monthly and quarterly data with ability to develop strategies to strengthen data reporting and working with (to be established) district monitoring and evaluation forums to strengthen data quality and data use
  • Re-enforce the ART M&E SOPs use at all levels
  • Liaise with facilities, district and sub-district information officers and Provincial HAST team to provide day-to-day support in data management and analysis
  • Inform DOH and facility staff on national expectations for M&E processes and data collection
  • Participate in project reviews and data quality audits quarterly
  • Perform other duties as required
  • Draft technical documents and background papers as identified

Qualifications

Ideal candidate has excellent organizational skills and experience. He/she must be able to work at a rapid pace, be resourceful, flexible, and result-oriented.

  • Bachelors degree required
  • Minimum 4 years work experience required and 1 year work experience in data handling
  • Previous work experience in the South African public health system and understanding of all components of the 3-Tiered ART Monitoring Strategy a plus
  • Proficient in using TIER.Net, DHIS, MS Office (especially Excel and Access) and conducting internet research is essential; SPSS and SAS, or other statistical software package, knowledge a plus
  • Ability to work in a team, excellent oral and written skills in English (and preferably local language in the Province) is required.
  • Proficient in using MS Office (especially excel) and conducting internet research is essential; SPSS and SAS knowledge a plus

Location: Kimberley, South Africa

Please apply directly online

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