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Project Overview : This CDC-funded cooperative agreement aims to support implementation of HIV surveillance and program evaluation activities to enhance access to key epidemiologic and surveillance data needed for ongoing program improvements and decision-making in Cote d’Ivoire, supporting the Ivoirian Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene (MSHP) and PEPFAR implementing partners (IPs).
Activities to be implemented include : a robust assessment and identification of priority epidemiologic and surveillance data gaps needed to address the highest priority strategies for meeting epidemic control;
develop and / or update national surveillance plan; support for program evaluation activities to examine health outcomes from implementation of innovative;
implementation of capacity building activities to improve timely development of quality scientific abstracts, publications, and presentations;
and technical assistance (TA) and training to promote information sharing and exchange of best practices of surveillance and program evaluation findings among national stakeholders.
Roles and Responsibilities : The Monitoring and Evaluation Lead / Technical Advisor will work closely with the Principal Investigator and other senior advisors to develop assessment and program evaluation strategies and methodologies across surveillance and program evaluation project components to assess Cote d’Ivoire’s program outcomes and innovative interventions to meet HIV / AIDS epidemic control.
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following :
With Principal Investigator and other technical advisors, oversee design and implementation of project activities, including supporting program evaluation activities and developing and implementing technical assistance strategies and plans across project components.
Support development of high level priority program evaluation questions, focused on the key PEPFAR and national priorities for target subpopulations in each of the three UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets, mapping existing surveillance and epidemiologic data, identifying existing data gaps, and providing technical guidance on methodologies, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and dissemination of surveillance and evaluation results.
Coordinate with other senior advisors, MSHP and PEPFAR partners to identify and design priority program evaluations of key efforts to examine health outcomes from implementation of innovative strategies and interventions to meet HIV / AIDS epidemic control, with a focus on the M&E methodology components required.
Examples of innovative care and treatment strategies for evaluation may include differentiated service delivery models, multi-month scripting, transition to TLD and PreP
Oversee development and refinement of all required survey, evaluation and assessment methodologies and tools
Provide technical support and assistance to build capacity within MSHP and PEPFAR partners to improve timely development of quality abstracts, publications and scientific presentations and increase promotion of information sharing of surveillance and program evaluation findings and exchange of best practices among national stakeholders.
Provision of technical assistance to MSHP and PEPFAR partners across project components
Provide technical oversight and supervision for internal project M&E and reporting requirements.
Identify needs for STTA from sub-awardees and technical partners
Required and Preferred Qualifications :
Minimum of a Masters Degree or equivalent in a relevant field, such as public health, demography, biostatistics, epidemiology, etc.
At least 8 years of high level experience providing technical guidance and assistance to donor-funded and other development programs related to HIV program evaluation and M&E.
Demonstrated expertise designing and implementing surveillance and / or program evaluation activities across the UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets, including high level knowledge of M&E and program evaluation methodologies and tools.
Knowledge and prior work experience in West Africa, and preferably in Cote d’Ivoire, designing and providing technical assistance and capacity building around monitoring and evaluating innovative HIV strategies and interventions.
Strong diagnostic, analytical and problem-solving skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Possess strong project management and interpersonal skills.
Proven working knowledge and fluency in written and oral English and French required.