Job Title: Surveillance and M&E Officer
Department: Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases
Location: Lubumbashi, DRC
PATH is a global nonprofit dedicated to achieving health equity. With more than 40 years of experience forging multisector partnerships and with expertise in science, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales up innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing heath challenges.
PATH works with national malaria control programs in Africa to scale up interventions to reduce the burden of malaria, as well as to generate evidence and support planning for new strategies to accelerate elimination. The focus is on improving the collection, reporting and use of malaria surveillance data to enable rapid, accurate and rational decision-making to maximize the impact of interventions.
As part of its support to the Ministry of Public Health through its growing malaria portfolio in DRC, PATH is currently recruiting a Surveillance, M&E Officer who will be part of the MACEPA team. S/He will support the coordination, technical and implementation of surveillance and M&E activities related to the DRC MACEPA at Haut-Katanga province. The Surveillance and M&E Officere will work under the direct supervision of the Provincial Surveillance and M&E Advisor based at Lubumbashi (Haut-Katanga).
This position aims to support the reinforcement of the provincial and health zone’s malaria interventions and data culture through MACEPA 5’s scope.
- Provide technical support to NMCP and HMIS thematic group meetings related to epidemiological surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, case management and specific interventions (SMC and CCM) in collaboration with NMCP partners,
- Support in the coordination frameworks of the malaria control around the provincial NMCP, including to strengthen NMCPs capacity to implement a comprehensive Malaria Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation activities plan,
- Provide technical support to provincial MoH to strengthen staff capacity at the provincial, health zone and health facility levels in malaria data management,
- Support the provincial NMCP and HMIS in the implementation of malaria RDQA,
- Support the provincial NMCP surveillance, monitoring and evaluation’s capacity assessment and develop/implement the capacity building roadmap,
- Build data analysis and use capacity at provincial and health zone levels and monitor associated competencies,
- Test innovative tools to build data culture at provincial and health zone levels,
- Develop annual provincial malaria technical update briefs,
- Provide technical support to the monthly monitoring meetings at health area level,
- Support the capacity building of provincial NMCP’s data manager and health zone data managers on the data life-cycle management,
- Support the implementation of innovative approaches to reinforce the malaria data culture at sub-national level (provincial, health zone and health area levels),
- Support the rapid and monthly check of malaria case and death,
- Support provincial NMCP and HMIS, and the 27 health zone management teams with time consistency analysis of malaria case and death data, with strategies for investigating outliers in malaria case and death data, and documentation of the root-causes of discrepancies,
- Support the health zone management team in the implementation of the monthly accuracy review of malaria data encoded in DHIS2 and the follow-up of data correction in DHIS2, if necessary,
- Support the provincial MoH/NMCP in the implementation of malaria data champion’s initiative and documentation of the process,
- Support the NMCP’s efforts to decentralize the use of malaria Dashboard at provincial and health zone levels,
- Support the reinforcement of the provincial malaria data analysis and review existing platforms,
- Support any other tasks.
- Bachelors in Epidemiologic, Nursing, Statistics, Information Management, Demography, Social Sciences, or related field.
- Minimum 3 years’ experience in Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation of infectious diseases.
- Prior capacity building experiences
- Understanding of DRC health information system
- Familiarity with the national DHIS2
- Experience in health data life-cycle management
- Experience in health data quality assurance’s management
- Knowledge in project performance’s measurement and management
- Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills.
- Fluency in French,
- Ability to work with minimum supervision.
Leadership and Management:
- Support the provincial MoH (NMCP and HMIS),
- Strengthen the synergy of actions and collaboration between malaria technical partners at the provincial level,
- Assist the SM&E Advisor to prepare the provincial work plans, activity budgets and monitor work plan performance,
- Ensure timely project issue log updating,
- Support the documentation of project implementation (risk, challenges and best practices).
Preferred knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to advocate, negotiate with the provincial and health zone management teams,
- Prior experience working in health malaria program/project, disease surveillance or health information systems,
- Excellent problem-solving skills with ability to analyze situations, identify existing or potential problems and recommend solutions,
- Knowledge/experience in implementing M&E systems,
- Knowledge in performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, database management, and developing M&E and performance monitoring plans,
- Experience in using data collection and reporting tools,
- Knowledge/experience in data quality management,
- Team player with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment,
- Ability to be flexible to handle multiple priorities and to work limited overtime as necessary,
- Outstanding professionalism in providing support, including ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, tact, and diplomacy,
- Superior interpersonal skills including courtesy, professionalism, and a cooperative attitude,
- Proficiency in MS Office package (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel) and Knowledge of one of statistical software Epi Info, Stata, R or Tableau Software.
PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.
PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment.
PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, caste, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
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