Targeted States High Impact Project in Nigeria (TSHIP)

Job Description: Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) is implementing the Targeted States High Impact Project in Nigeria (TSHIP). TSHIP is a USAID-funded five-year program focused on the improvement of primary health care in two states in Northern Nigeria (Bauchi and Sokoto).

Main Purpose of the Job: Oversee the design and daily management of the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities of TSHIP including: maintaining a comprehensive plan for M&E implementation; planning and implementing project data collection, management, and analysis; planning and implementing M&E-related capacity-building activities for TSHIP partners in order to improve statewide M&E-related practices; and overseeing and managing an M&E team to ensure the project's data, reporting, and capacity-building needs are met. This is a full-time, senior management-level position, based in Bauchi, Nigeria.


  • Serve as the key senior-level M&E resource on TSHIP, working in conjunction with other members of the TSHIP senior management team to provide and maintain the project's overall strategic vision;
  • Guide the team in implementation of the project's 5-year Performance Monitoring Plan;
  • Supervise the day-to-day work of the M&E staff;
  • Monitor the quality and completeness of TSHIP data for documenting project performance, ensure data use within the project for evidence-based decision making, and solve data problems if and when they arise;
  • Compile and analyze data from each of the project technical areas and support the project technical team in presenting recommendations to the Chief of Party for improvements in implementation on a quarterly basis;
  • Plan and draft project baseline, midline and final evaluation reports;
  • Oversee development and maintenance of TSHIP's database(s) and ensure timely data entry;
  • Provide TA and support to Bauchi and Sokoto states to build macro-level capacity for leading and coordinating state-level M&E, including HMIS, and supporting Local Government Authorities (LGA), health facilities, and communities to strengthen M&E systems;
  • Support the states to develop effective liaison and coordination mechanisms for ongoing involvement and participation of partners in M&E activities;
  • Support the states to work with partners including TSHIP to maintain necessary effective linkages with relevant federal agencies and programs;
  • Represent the project's M&E interests at meetings with stakeholders, including government partners, USAID, and other agencies;
  • Disseminate and assist TSHIP staff to disseminate data on project progress and results;
  • Develop Terms of Reference for M&E technical consultants, support their recruitment and ensure proper monitoring of their work in the area of qualitative and quantitative data collection, database design, and other relevant activities.

The Senior M&E Specialist will have the responsibility for overall coordination of all TSHIP M&E activities. He/she must work well as part of a team that includes TSHIP, MoH, and USAID staff as well as subpartner M&E staff, Boston JSI M&E staff, and selected consultants. The Senior M&E Specialist will supervise all TSHIP M&E staff and work under the supervision of the Chief of Party to implement and achieve project M&E activities, but is expected to work independently and to ensure the ongoing quality and timeliness of reporting on project activities.


  • Masters degree in public health, development, statistics or related field and 5-8 years work experience in international public health programs
  • Familiarity with the principles and current approaches to M&E in health programs
  • Experience supporting public health projects with a maternal and child health focus
  • Prior management and supervision experience
  • Experience in the design, conduct and analysis of research studies (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Ability to contribute to capacity-building efforts and work with colleagues in diverse cultures
  • Ability to work independently and to manage various projects on a daily basis with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with other staff, USAID, consultants, MOH, and international organizations
  • Computer literacy with demonstrated use of word processing, database and presentation software (Word, Excel, Power Point). Experience with database development and management in Access a plus. Experience using mapping (e.g., Arc-GIS, Health Mapper, etc), and statistical analysis software (SPSS, EPI-INFO, STATA, SAS or similar) also a plus
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills and strong attention to detail
  • Excellent writing and communications skills in English required
Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications

Salary commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letters online.

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