Job Vacancies Concern Worldwide
Position: Associate Project Director, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation
Location: United States of America ( The ), New York
Closing Date: Sunday, 15 July 2012
Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental international humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working toward the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries. Concern’s Innovations for maternal, newborn, & child health is an initiative that seeks to identify, support, and field test bold, innovative ways to overcome barriers to delivering proven solutions to women and children in, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Concern Worldwide US, which manages this project, is seeking an Associate Project Director, Research, Monitoring & Evaluation (RME) for the central project management team.
The Associate Project Director, RME is the central figure in ensuring that Innovations’ activities and pilot projects are technically sound and state-of-the-art from an RME perspective. Ideas generated by the Innovations project have been rigorously reviewed and the most promising have been developed into action research pilot projects that are being implemented at district-level in each target country. The Associate Project Director, RME provides expert leadership on all aspects of research design, data gathering, analysis, and data use pertaining to the Innovations Project on a global level, and also provides expert advice while guiding and overseeing all research, monitoring and evaluation efforts within the project’s countries of operation and for all the interventions being pilot tested.
The Associate Project Director, RME will work as part of the Innovations Central Management Team (CMT) and will report to the Project Director. S/he will work closely with all members of the CMT in particular, the Associate Project Director, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) and the Policy & Learning Specialist. This position is based in New York and will require frequent travel (30-40 %) to the countries of operation. More information on the Innovations Project can be found on its website (www.innovationsformnch.org).
Monitoring & Evaluation:
Provide specialized expertise on research (both qualitative and quantitative) in all the Innovation pilot projects;
Review, strengthen and support the M&E frameworks and research plans to guide research and M&E activities pertaining to each pilot project;
Develop a set of key performance indicators and means of assessment against these indicators for the Innovations Project and the ideas identified and selected for implementation;
Identify, select and assess suitable human resources including: consultants and institutions to undertake key monitoring and evaluation assignments, reviews, and final evaluations of the projects being implemented;
Develop and/or adapt practical monitoring and reporting tools with country teams; and
Liaise with UNICEF (Innovations project strategic partner) and other Innovations staff on a regular basis to ensure that high standards of research, monitoring and evaluation are developed and maintained.
Be familiar with the research and analysis of MNCH service delivery problems/barriers that have been conducted and priorities established;
Oversee the action research related to innovative MNCH solutions and pilot projects;
Integrate, synthesize, interpret, draft dissemination papers/articles on evaluation data and operation research findings;
Provide and/or source technical support to country teams and local research partners with respect to evaluation and operations research issues;
Manage multiple agencies and partners in the execution of monitoring and evaluation and operation research agreements;
Keep abreast of and disseminate new research findings related to MNCH, health system strengthening and fostering innovation;
Participate in relevant research activities within UNICEF’s Knowledge Management unit; and
Author and co-author technical papers and publications (including submission to peer-reviewed journals) and support communications staff in writing and editing non-technical publications and tools.
At least 10 years of senior experience in conducting and managing monitoring, evaluation and operation research processes;
At least a Masters-level degree (Ph.D. preferred) in public health or a related field, with specializations in epidemiology, biostatistics, demography, or applied research;
The ability and reputation to build relationships with global and regional M&E specialists, both individual and institutional;
Experience in monitoring and evaluating health programs in developing countries, with a strong preference for extended work experience in at least one developing country;
Extensive experience managing multi-site research and the M&E of multi-country initiatives;
Demonstrated expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods;
Very strong analytical skills, with expert knowledge of common statistical software packages (e.g. SPSS, SAS, STATA, EPI Info);
Excellent writing skills and the ability to document clearly and succinctly for internal and external audiences;
Familiarity and experience with real-time management information systems and knowledge management platforms;
Demonstrated experience in working within teams and meeting short deadlines; and
Commitment to the core values and vision of Concern Worldwide
Currently authorized to work in the U.S.
SALARY Commensurate with experience and salary history.
How to apply:
E-mail cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, with Associate Project Director, RME in the subject line. The deadline for applications is 15 July 2012. No phone calls please.
Concern Worldwide US is an equal opportunity employer.
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