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PATH is launching a new three-year initiative in Uganda to coordinate and monitor scale-up of contraceptive self-injection in alignment with the country’s national plan, which aims to complete scale-up in the context of informed choice across all sectors by end of December 2021. PATH will work with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and partners on scaling the practice through existing in-country partner networks (USAID bilaterals, DFID global awards, and bilaterals,UNFPA) and to monitor implementation and uptake. A key outcome of the work is strong coordination mechanisms to facilitate DMPA-SC and self-injection service delivery data use in policies, decisions, and actions that reinforce quality of care in family planning programs.
Self-injection data is in the early stages of being integrated into Uganda’s national health management information system (HMIS) and gathering routine self-injection monitoring data at scale is a priority of this project. PATH, in partnership with the MOH, will design and implement a consultative process to prioritize indicators and data collection approaches to be supported through this investment, and ultimately integrated into the HMIS by the end of the project. To supplement the routine monitoring and data work,
PATH will also conduct Rapid Assessments of Progress to help the MOH, partners and district stakeholders understand what steps may be needed to accelerate scale up and ensure quality delivery. This scope will be implemented in close coordination with the parallel PATH-JSI multi-country DMPA-SC Access Collaborative initiative. Both efforts support country governments and partners to realize self-injection scale-up goals and monitor progress, as well as apply data on self-injection scale-up and uptake to strengthen availability and accessibility across the global family planning market. Both investments will include dedicated documentation and learning components, as well as expanded collaboration across the global FP community.
PATH is recruiting a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in Uganda. The M&E officer will be responsible for participating in the Uganda Implementation of the DMPA-SC (including Self-Injection) scale up plan activities with a focus on monitoring and evaluation. The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will report to the Uganda Deputy Project Director.
Specific responsibilities and duties include:
- Working with the Deputy Director, partners, and district biostatisticians, lead the timely collection and processing of monitoring data, as follows:
- Develop and conduct training of biostatisticians and implementing partners on systems for recording and reporting self-injection data.
- Conduct site visits for data collection and quality assurance, and work with implementing partners, biostatisticians, Family Planning focal persons and VHTs (as needed) to ensure that reporting forms are completed accurately and in a timely fashion.
- Ensure that data is entered into the database and scale up tracker and conduct data quality assessments.
- Transfer data to PATH/Seattle each quarter and enter Uganda data into the multi-country AC online dashboard.
- Coordinate and resolve issues as they arise, in consultation with project team and partners, to assure effective implementation of monitoring activities.
- Plan and ensure on-going data sharing for decision–making with partners and the MOH. Participate in data review meetings with implementing partners and DHTs to discuss progress with scale up and identify course correction strategies as needed.
- Ensure training data is entered into the MoH iHRIS (integrated Human Resource Information System).
- Work with the Deputy Director to track integration of DMPA-SC Self-injection data into the national systems including product procurement, distribution, and health monitoring and information systems as well as other relevant policies
- Support Deputy Director to implement DMPA-SC country rapid assessment activities, as follows:
- Manage the process of developing and provide technical input into evaluation protocols, data collection instruments, consent forms, and SOPs, and manage translation of research materials into local languages.
- Conduct field work, training, and supervise study staff and data collection.
- Participate in the coordination of activities of any subcontracted organization(s), as needed (including organizing & co-facilitating trainings, monitoring quality of data collection and addressing problems/challenges with data collection as they arise, overseeing data entry).
- Participate in data analysis, in close collaboration with full project M&E team.
- Participate in-country data dissemination plan and ensure on-going data sharing for decision-making with partners.
- Coordinate and resolve issues as they arise, in consultation with project team, to assure effective implementation of rapid activities
- Participate in overall project and team planning, implementation, documentation, and dissemination activities, working closely with Uganda project leadership to coordinate relationship building with governmental and non-governmental partners both at the national and district levels.
- Master’s degree in public health, demography, epidemiology, statistics, or related field preferred.
- A minimum of 5 years’ experience in project monitoring and evaluation
- Knowledge of standard data quality indicators and how to calculate them for a given dataset.
- Experience with oversight of data collection and management of health information system data.
- Knowledge of data systems in Uganda (DHIS2)
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and expertise using Excel.
- Ability to translate data and research findings for lay audiences.
- Proven ability to nurture effective and positive relationships with national and district governmental stakeholders, NGO partners, and donor representatives.
- Proven ability to work collaboratively with local and international project management team to effectively oversee project implementation, and to work harmoniously as a team member
- Strong interpersonal skills as well as written and oral presentation skills are a must.
- Demonstrated success working effectively while under deadlines.
- Experience applying qualitative analysis methods and software (NVivo or Atlas.ti).
- Understanding of and proficiency in a range of qualitative and quantitative performance analytic methods, including statistical methods
- Experienced user of a statistical software package (SPSS, EPI-INFO, STATA, SAS, R or similar), including biostatistics training.
- Understanding of database design principles, including tables, keys, and table relationships.
- Familiarity with responsible data use practices and data privacy/security concerns.
- Experience with a human subject review application process.
- Experience with Family planning work.
Must have legal authorization to work in Uganda.
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