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M & E Specialist for Non-Communicable Disease

Date Posted: Aug 27, 2021

Job Description

Partners in Health (PIH) is a non-profit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Through service delivery, training, advocacy and research, PIH works globally to bring the benefits of modern science to those most in need and to serve as an antidote to despair. PIH has programs in Haiti, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Kazakhstan and Boston.


PIH began working in Malawi in 2007, where today we support the Ministry of Health (MOH) to serve a catchment area of 165,000 through 12 health centers and two hospitals in partnership with our sister organizations. Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (APZU) is in Neno District and we seek to recruit suitably qualified and experienced candidates for the following positions:


Position: Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist for Non-Communicable Disease (NCD)

Reports to:
 Monitoring, Evaluation and Quality Improvement Manager

 Full Time (Monday-Friday)

Working Hours: 
Regular Office Hours (40Hrs/Week)

 CMED – Lilongwe, Malawi

Position Description Overview

APZU seeks a Non-Communicable Disease Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (NCDMES) who will be based at Central Monitoring and Evaluation Division (CMED). The M&E Specialist will be responsible for designing and implementing the M&E activities for NCD work; assisting the program leads in preparing Quarterly/Annual reports on project progress and will monitor the program activities on a regular basis, developing and maintaining M&E activities of the program and will be responsible for the support of NCD DHIS2 work, data collection and analysis of different data in relation to the program activities and coordinating DHIS2 reporting activities.

Responsibilities and Duties

M&E System Design

  • Supporting the development of the M&E System in line with MOH CMED unit, donor requirements and other needs necessary
  • Designing a monitoring and evaluation system for PEN-plus program in Malawi
  • Elaborating, piloting and validating quantitative and qualitative monitoring tools as well as design the corresponding data collection procedures
  • Leading efforts in reviewing existing evaluation approach and to promote more rigorous and impact-oriented evaluation design
  • Supporting and engaging in the design and management of constructive information feedback loops to inform program design
  • Designing training materials / manuals and guidelines for M&E tools

Monitoring Implementation

  • Supervising and coordinating application of monitoring tools to track program performance in line with the Theory of Change and the M&E Plan
  • Offering leadership and technical support to project staff in the implementation of their monitoring responsibilities to ensure correct and timely collection of monitoring data
  • Managing and conducting qualitative monitoring among program beneficiaries and other stakeholders, such as surveys, focus group discussions, interviews and case studies
  • Establishing an inquisitive learning culture within MoH through leading the capacity building efforts in M&E

Data Management

  • Coordinating analysis of real-time program monitoring data collected on a weekly and termly basis
  • Leading and conducting analysis of quantitative data as well as qualitative data on all program inputs, outputs and outcomes
  • Compiling and publishing quantitative and qualitative monitoring results in visually-attractive Monitoring Reports for internal and external audiences
  • Supporting the Technical Advisor WDF grant to respond to Senior Management or donor data queries in an accurate and timely manner
  • Supporting the design and implementation of new reporting tools in DHIS2
  • Advanced analysis for research and ME studies.
  • Training MOH/APZU and other staff in advanced data analysis using statistical software (R, STATA, SPSS…)
  • Training M&E team for different online platforms like CommCare, Survey CTO, ODK

Impact Evaluation

  • Leading the process of designing, piloting and validating quantitative and qualitative evaluation tools
  • Designing data analysis in line with the projects Theory of Change and conduct impact data analysis on program outcomes
  • Elaborating and designing impact reports based on impact evaluation results according to donor and MOH needs
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Attributes and Experience Required

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Statistics, Computer Science, Health Informatics, Data management or research or other complementary field preferred for M&E specialist position with at least three years working experience in similar position, or Bachelor Degree in the same fields with over 5 years’ experience

Technical Competencies

  • Strong computer skills are required, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word and PowerPoint)
  • Demonstrated understanding of basic statistics and other data analysis skills is required
  • Proficiency with a statistical software package with some scripting (e.g., STATA, R, SPSS…) is strongly preferred
  • Strong written and presentation skills are required, publications, poster design or conference presentations are a plus
  • Experience in designing reporting forms and indicators in DHIS2
  • Experience working with clinical teams and managing small teams desirable
  • Experience working with the Ministry of Health and DHIS2 or other digital health tools and data visualization software (e.g. PowerBI, Tableau) is a plus
  • Medical informatics and/or mobile health experience, especially familiarity with the OpenMRS platform and mobile health applications (e.g., CommCare, SurveyCTO, ODK) is a plus

Behavioural Competencies

  • Fluency in both Chichewa and English (reading, writing and speaking skills) is required
  • Malawian national
  • Demonstrated passion for strengthening the health system in Malawi
  • Demonstrated skills in managing change, achieving results, ensuring quality, and building capacity
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including cultural sensitivity, assertiveness, and negotiating skills
  • Impeccable communication skills and adept at coordinating communication across multiple stakeholders in high stress environments
  • A strong interest in learning social medicine; that is, a willingness to look at diseases of poverty through a wide “biopsychosocial” lens that draws upon knowledge from a wealth of disciplines including clinical medicine, sociology, anthropology and public health.
  • Willingness to live in a remote area and travel to field sites regularly
  • Willingness to work overtime with little notice


The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Benefits & Remuneration

An attractive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidates commensurate with experience and qualifications.

How to apply

Qualified and interested persons should apply to the address below, enclosing their cover letter; copies of relevant certificates and Curriculum Vitae indicating three names of traceable referees with valid telephone numbers and email addresses not later than 3rd September, 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

The Director of Human Resources

Partners In Health/Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (PIH/APZU)

P.O. Box 56



P.O. Box 1774




NB: Partners In Health/Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (PIH/APZU) is is an equal opportunity employer, so, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, tribe, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment.

Partners In Health/Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (PIH/APZU) is committed to safeguarding staff, children and communities with whom we work.

We are committed to ensuring that those who benefit from our work-including our patients, families and community members – as well as our staff are treated with dignity and respect and protected from
sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment. Therefore, any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of applicable background checks.

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