Population Services International

  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Coordinator, Bangladesh

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(5/9/2018 9:36 AM)
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    Asia & Eastern Europe
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    Job title Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Coordinator

    Department Asia and Eastern Europe

    Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh - National Hire Position

    Reports to the AUHC Director of MERL with dotted-line reporting to PSI’s Senior Advisor in country


    Who we are

    With over 45 years of experience, working in over 60 countries, Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. PSI is reimagining healthcare, by putting the consumer at the center, and wherever possible – bringing care to the front door. We are working to fix market failures, shape future health markets and shift policy and funding to better support consumer empowered healthcare.


    There are over 8,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. All with unique skills that we bring to the critically important work that we do.


    Join us!

    Led by Chemonics International Inc., PSI and a team of international and local partners are implementing the USAID-funded Advancing UHC in Bangladesh (AUHC) project to transform the world’s largest NGO network of maternal and health clinics across 63 districts in Bangladesh into a sustainable, pro-poor social enterprise, the Surjer Hashi Network (SHN), to advance the country’s progress toward universal health coverage.


    To prepare for this transition, and through-out the life of the project, there are assessments, research studies and other activities that will generate a significant amount of data and information. This data will be used to inform this transition as well as guide SHN programmatically. The MERL Coordinator will work across the AUHC technical teams to assist with structuring MERL activities so that USAID requirement on the indicators, data quality assessments, research and learning activities are well performed. This includes but is not limited to developing ME plan, develop formative research plan, and generating learning agenda.  This position will report to the AUHC Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) with dotted-line reporting to PSI’s Senior Advisor in country.


    Sound like you?  Read on!


    Your contribution

    In this role you will lead the following key activities: 

    • Support and contribute to development of monitoring and evaluation plans, data quality assessments, research and learning agenda for all AUHC activities;
    • Analyze the AUHC project data requirements reviewing the PMP and reconciling the PMP with existing M&E indicator reporting system;
    • Implement of M&E systems and ensure their timeliness, accuracy, and compliance with USAID requirements;
    • Play a key role in the development of M&E tools updating program indicators, and maintenance of the project's M&E database;
    • Collaborate with the Systems Design team to develop a user-friendly, online based database management system for SHN to manage data flow, reporting from clinic level to network level for business needs analysis and funder and government reporting requirements;
    • Collaborate with Government Directorates to feed into SHN appropriate indicators data into the national DHIS2 platform;
    • Coordinate and participate in data quality checks on certain AUHC research, survey and assessment activities;
    • Provide input to AUHC progress reports, work plans and other deliverables as required; 
    • Contribute to AUHC’s capacity for documentation and dissemination, including writing success stories, learning briefs, abstracts and peer-reviewed publications;
    • Enter all training activities into the USAID system and maintain M&E database; and 
    • Other duties as assigned by the MERL Director and PSI’s Senior Advisor in country.


    What are we looking for?

    • Master’s degree in relevant discipline, preferably in information systems and management, statistics, or social sciences;
    • At least five years professional experience in research, learning, monitoring and evaluation, preferably in USAID-project environments;
    • Knowledge of health service delivery in Bangladesh and familiarity with USAID data requirements preferred;
    • Experience working with performance indicator selection and results-based planning approaches;
    • Experience with quantitative analytical techniques;
    • Experience in essential computer software for database management and analysis (MS Excel, MS Access and SPSS/STATA, SQL is preferred);
    • Experience on the USAID’s online systems for Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) framework;
    • Demonstrated written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills and a passion for capacity building, documentation and dissemination;
    • Has strong coordination and organizational skills;
    • English fluency required; and
    • References will be required.

    PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.


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