Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Advisor
Delivering Innovation in Self-Care (DISC)
Job title: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Advisor
Reports to: DISC Evidence & Learning Lead
Travel: Could include up to 25% travel
Who we are
Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We are a diverse group of over 5,000 entrepreneurial development professionals located in over 40 countries committed to making it easier for all people to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire. PSI is using it’s global presence and 50+ years of experience to help reimagine healthcare. We are working to shape market systems, shift policy and funding, and strengthen global capacity to better support consumer empowered healthcare.
PSI’s Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Department supports programs in 37 countries (and counting) to deliver high-quality family planning and safe abortion services to women and girls. We seek an energetic, skilled, and creative candidate to lead the monitoring, evaluation, and learning workstream for a $18-million five-year investment called Delivering Innovation in Self-Care (DISC), made possible with generous support from the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).
The DISC project is working with consumers, healthcare providers, governments and health systems in Nigeria and Uganda to expand consumer knowledge and catalyze demand for self-care, including but not limited to DMPA-SC self-injectable contraceptives, medication abortion, and HIV self-testing. The investment aims to generate evidence-based innovations to catalyze demand for self-care interventions, and innovate to fill identified market gaps for scale-up by global self-care partners.
We are looking for a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Advisor who can:
The MEL Advisor will be expected to play a core role in the monitoring and learning aspects of the DISC team’s structured yet adaptive implementation phase, focused primarily on the project’s self-injectable contraceptive portfolio. Experience with multi-country projects emphasizing data use for adaptation and learning; work across public and private sectors, sexual and reproductive health technical areas, and ethics in data monitoring and research, will all be parts of this position. Candidates with flexibility to work on evidence agendas that span social marketing-, routine service delivery-, and research-based evidence will be highly valued.
We’re looking for someone who loves to dig deep into the data, who thinks expansively about how a project’s cross-country data connects and dialogues with global and partner data, and who is laser focused on helping teams to shed light on the technical ‘ahas!’, ‘so whats’, and calls for adaptation that are hidden within project evidence. We want someone who brings clarity, and facilitates (and joins their colleagues in) a dynamic learning journey. This position reports to the DISC Evidence and Learning Lead.
Sound like you? Read on.
You will work closely with country-level programmatic and M&E teams in Uganda and Nigeria, and consult with core team and donor counterparts to ensure the DISC EME framework, Learning Agenda, and routine analytical learning and performance review cycles are:
This position will require close coordination and collaboration with the DISC core and country teams, as well as with PSI’s Strategic Insights and Learning department.
A) Maintain and execute the DISC evidence frameworks and plans
B) Capacity building of DISC Evidence & Learning teams
C) Evidence use strengthening at country level
D) Internal learning and sharing
What are we looking for?
The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:
Results Oriented: You use evidence to make decisions and guide your work to achieving measurable results. You set clear goalposts in advance and explain clearly if you need to move them.
Pragmatism: You’ll strive to deliver the best possible result with the resources available. You won’t be paralyzed by a need to make things perfect.
Honesty: You own your mistakes and are open about your shortcomings – you know it’s the only way you’ll learn and improve.
Collaboration: You’ll quickly establish a mental map of whom you can rely on for what, on your team, at headquarters, and in our country offices – if you try to do it all yourself, you won’t succeed.
Trust: You accept limits to your sphere of control and give colleagues the benefit of the doubt
What would get us excited?
Researcher. You are exceptionally well-versed using qualitative and quantitative research methods to generate high-quality data that answers the project’s core research questions and present the findings compellingly to both internal and external audiences.
Social Marketing Aficionado. You bring deep expertise in social marketing and social behavior change for public health, including an ability to develop and implement strategies to catalyze women’s knowledge of, interest in, and motivation to use modern contraceptive products.
Self-Care Advocate. You are passionate about making women’s healthcare experience as ‘frictionless’ as possible by equipping them with everything they need to meet their own healthcare needs, thereby empowering users and reducing strain on formal healthcare systems. You are also enthusiastic about promoting safe abortion as a core sexual and reproductive health service.
Capacity Builder. You are eager to share your ME&L skills and technical knowledge with others, and have a track record of working with project team members, government staff, and others to build capacity in M&E. You know not only how to set-up and manage M&E for projects on your own, but how to set-up systems and processes to enables others to do it as well.
Pragmatic: You have deep experience with M&E and with a focus on practical, cost-effective, and creative solutions to collecting data in challenging circumstances and presenting it in ways that allow programmers to use it to guide decisions.
Capacity Builder. You are eager to share your MEL skills and technical knowledge with others, and have a track record of working with project team members, government staff, and others to build capacity in M&E. You know not only how to set up and manage M&E for projects on your own, but how to set-up systems and processes to enables others to do it as well.
User-centered Mindset. You embrace user-centered design processes, always keeping the end user’s needs and desires top of mind.
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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.