Career Opportunity – Consultancy to Support Development of Monitoring & Evaluation Plan

Surveillance and Response to Avian and Pandemic Influenza in Jamaica Project

Consultancy to Support Development of Monitoring & Evaluation Plan

 

Background

The Government of Jamaica, Ministry of Health is in receipt of a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) towards the “Surveillance and Response to Avian and Pandemic Influenza in Jamaica.” The project seeks to support routine influenza surveillance and build capacity of the system to detect, respond to and monitor changes in the influenza viruses with special emphasis on capacity building and sustainability after the life of the grant.

The project seeks to achieve:

  • Improved knowledge in: core functional requirements for an optimal and functional influenza surveillance system
  • Improved data management including: design of data management system; documentation of core functional requirements for optimal & functional influenza surveillance system
  • Improved design and functionality of sentinel Acute Respiratory Illness (ARI)/ Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) surveillance system
  • Reviewed and revised case definitions: standardize and clarify the SARI/ARI case definitions in accordance with the global definitions and SOP’s
  • Improved understanding and design of health information management system needs
  • Improved influenza-case detection, sampling and reporting
  • Improved skills in: viability of specimens; detection and characterization of influenza and other respiratory viruses
  • Improved collaboration in reporting to WHO FluNet
  • Improved rapid containment team response
  • Evidence-based strategies for sustainability including optimal set and scale of interventions identified to continue long term impact

 

Job Purpose

The Surveillance and Response to Avian and Pandemic Influenza in Jamaica Project of the National Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health is seeking the services of a Consultant Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist to develop the M&E systems and processes for a results-oriented project and conduct training on M&E framework for project team.

 

Key Responsibilities

The consultant will be expected to undertake the following activities:

  • Develop a M&E Framework for the Surveillance and Response to Avian and Pandemic Influenza in Jamaica Project including
    • indicators
    • targets
    • monitoring schedule
    • strategies and tools for data collection, data quality monitoring, analysis, and regular reporting on approved indicators
  • Conduct training with Project Team on M&E Framework.

 

Key Outputs

  • Work Plan
  • Production of First Draft of M&E Framework
  • Production of Final Draft of M&E Framework
  • Organize and conduct training sessions on M&E Framework with Project Team
  • Consultancy Report

 

Schedule of Deliverables

Deliverables Proposed Timelines Payment Schedule
Work Plan May 18, 2018 5%
Production of First Draft of M&E Framework May 25, 2018

 

35%
Production of Final Draft of M&E Framework June 1, 2018 30%
Organize and conduct training sessions on M&E Framework with Project Team June 8, 2018 15%
Consultancy Report May 29, 2018 15%

 

Education

  • Master’s level degree required, in social sciences, such as statistics, public policy, economics or a related field, and/or specialized training/certification in monitoring & evaluation.

or

  • A Bachelor’s degree with five additional years of relevant work experience can substitute for a Master’s degree.

 

Work Experience:

  • At least five years of progressively responsible experience in the monitoring & evaluation of donor-funded international development projects.
  • Experience designing and implementing Monitoring and Evaluation Plans, rigorous impact evaluation design, and working with external consultants for third party evaluations;
  • Understanding of impact evaluation methodology and research methodology strongly preferred; and

 

Skills:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skill in English is required;
  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet (preferably Microsoft Access and Excel), and presentation software (Microsoft PowerPoint);
  • Ability to deliver within the stipulated timeframe
  • Excellent analytical and training skills

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Interested persons may apply in writing accompanied by resumes. Applications must be submitted no later than Thursday, July 19, 2018 to:
Director
Human Resource Management & Development
Ministry of Health
10A Chelsea Avenue
Kingston 10
jobs@moh.gov.jm

Please note that responses will be sent to short-listed applicants only.