State Data Systems Strengthening Advisors

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State Data Systems Strengthening Advisor (SDSSA) – Malaria - Nigeria

Tropical Health LLP is an international consultancy company specialising in the M&E of health and disease control programmes in Africa and Asia. We contribute in a unique way to the cost effectiveness and sustainability of development aid in the health sector by improving the availability, quality and use of evidence for strategic and operational planning and programme implementation. We offer a variety of services in the M&E field including independent evaluations & reviews, health research studies, comprehensive programme M&E design and solutions and health surveillance & information systems. We firmly believe in the principles of developing local capacity and transferring skills and knowledge.

Tropical Health is seeking experienced State Data Systems Strengthening Advisor’s (SDSSA) as part of a large donor malaria programme that will operate in five Northern (Katsina, Jigawa, Yobe, Kano, Kaduna) and one Southern (Lagos) State in Nigeria.  The positions will be based in the capital city of the programme supported States with extensive travel within the State. The position will have a dual role of and building capacity of state malaria elimination programme (SMEP) M&E teams and coordinating and implementing state-level programme Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Operations Research (OR) activities. The SDSSA’s will be line managed by the State Team Leader’s, with the technical oversight from Abuja based Specialists.

The SDSSA’s should hold a Bachelor’s degree in research methods, public health, epidemiology, surveillance or other relevant subjects and at least 5 year’s proven experience in a relevant context.  We are looking for someone with with experience of coordinating and implementing state-level M&E activities, with a good understanding of Nigeria’s malaria response and health system and the challenges it faces.  The right candidate will have a working background of M&E, experience of building capacity amongst staff and partners and previous experience developing and delivering training.  Ideally our SDSSA’s will have excellent computer skills including Excel and data/statistics softwares, with a good level of written English and used to working using both English and Hausa (spoken) will be essential, if working in Northern Nigerian States. Nigerian nationals are encouraged to apply.

The advert and full job description can be found on our website (www.trophealth.com). The closing date for applications is Monday 19th  March 2018.

Send a motivation letter and up to date CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm (in Nigeria) on Monday 19th March 2018.  The title of your email should be the full job title and preferred State for posting.

Interviews will be held between the 3rd and 4th April 2018; only candidates selected for the interview stage will be contacted. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in working with us.

Job Description

 State Data Systems Strengthening Advisor

 Role title:             State Data Systems Strengthening Advisor

Location:              Capital city of programme supported States, Nigeria

Contract type:      Fixed Term, 2 years with possible extension

Salary:                   Negotiable and commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience

Introduction

Tropical Health is seeking an experienced State Data Systems Strengthening Advisor as part of a large donor malaria programme that will operate in five Northern and one Southern States in Nigeria.  The position will be based in the capital city of the programme supported States with extensive travel within the State. The position will have a dual role of and building capacity of state malaria elimination programme (SMEP) M&E teams and coordinating and implementing state-level programme Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Operations Research (OR) activities. The State Data Systems Strengthening Advisor will be line managed by the State Team Leader, with the technical oversight from Abuja based Specialists.

Responsibilities

The State Data Systems Strengthening Advisor will be responsible for:

  • Building capacity of SMEP M&E team’s in quality data collection processes, analysis and use of M&E data.
  • Performing monitoring visits with SMEP M&E team and providing technical support or training to address identified M&E capacity gaps.
  • Coordinating state-level programme M&E and OR activities
  • Collecting and analysing state level programme M&E and OR data.
  • Reporting on state programme performance and strengthening programme information system at state level.
  • Inputting into development of draft M&E reports required by the core programme team.
  • Attending state-level technical meetings, as well as meetings with programme stakeholders, as required.
  • Liaise regularly with programme state-level staff regarding M&E processes and programme performance.

Person specification

  • Bachelor’s degree in research methods, public health, epidemiology, surveillance or other relevant qualification.
  • Experience of co-ordinating and implementing state-level M&E activities.
  • Good understanding and knowledge of health system dynamics and challenges in relation to Nigeria’s response to malaria.
  • Good understanding and knowledge of M&E systems in Nigeria.
  • Experience building capacity, supervising and mentoring staff and partners, including facilitating training.
  • Good understanding of the health, political, social and cultural context of Nigeria.
  • Experience working effectively with Government and donors.
  • Excellent computer skills, including in Excel; knowledge of other data software an advantage
  • Good level of spoken and written English.
  • Good level of spoken and written Hausa, if working in Northern States