Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

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Project Description

Five Peace Corps Response Volunteers are needed with a Master’s degree in public health, monitoring and evaluation skills, and at least three years of experience in public health or HIV programs to support the improvement of health systems in South Africa. The Response Volunteer will be working with one of the three following organizations: Aurum Health Research, MatCH (Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health), and Anova Health Institute. These projects are aligned with PEPFAR’s aim to support South Africa’s National Strategic Plan for HIV and TB and the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals to end AIDS, through direct service and indirect service support driving to achieve the 90-90-90 targets for epidemic control, wherein 90% of people living with HIV/TB are diagnosed, 90% are initiated on antiretroviral therapy (ART) or TB treatment and 90% are virally suppressed/TB cured - as well as the strengthening of health systems that serve as a foundation for service delivery in support of 90-90-90. These collaborative efforts will contribute to South Africa’s vision of an additional two million people beginning HIV treatment by 2020. Capacity and skills in high-performance M&E is crucially undersupplied in South Africa and these partner organizations have challenges in this particular facet of their programs. Additional capacity building and support and mentoring is required at the district level to support program implementers and direct service delivery staff including data capturers to M&E coordinators and managers. Critical to the projects’ success is the implementation of robust M&E systems throughout the projects and all activities. These are very complex projects and additional support and mentoring is required in the M&E division for staff at all levels, from data capturers to M&E coordinators and managers.

The Peace Corps Response Volunteer will provide support and strengthen the monitoring and evaluation practices of the local organizations. The Volunteer will also work alongside their counterpart to conduct site visit to review on-site practices in the M&E of testing, ARV initiation, patient retention and data quality to inform process improvement initiatives, as well as, train M&E officers and operational managers on M&E tools. The overall goal of this project is to develop a systematic approach for operational data analysis and usage at site level to guide programmatic decision-making.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in South Africa together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Aurum Health Institute (Funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC), Maternal, Adolescent & Child Health Institute (MatCH), Anova Health Institute (Anova)

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Master’s degree in public health with an emphasis on epidemiology, data analytics or M&E
• 2-3 years’ experience in project management and coordination
• 3-5 years implementation experience
• Monitoring and evaluation skills
• Excellent presentation and skills transfer abilities
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Team player
• Computer literate: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, and relevant data analytics
• Willingness to travel

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Serving in South Africa

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Medical Considerations

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