Monitoring and Evaluation Lead

Last date of application
 10-Oct-21 23:59 HR

JOB DESCRIPTION
Monitoring and Evaluation Lead
Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) India, New Delhi

1. POSITIONS VACANT: Monitoring and Evaluation Lead, Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) India, New Delhi

2. ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND:
Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), the global alliance for diagnostics, seeks to ensure equitable access to reliable diagnosis around the world. FIND connects countries and communities, funders, decision makers, healthcare providers and developers to spur diagnostic innovation and make testing an integral part of sustainable, resilient health systems. FIND is working to save 1 million lives through accessible, quality diagnosis, and save US$1 billion in healthcare costs to patients and health systems. FIND is co-convener of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator diagnostics pillar, and a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Laboratory Strengthening and Diagnostic Technology Evaluation.

FIND India, with its office in New Delhi, is an independent non-profit organization created under Section 8 of the Indian Companies Act, 2013. The organization is dedicated to activities focused on introducing and expanding quality assured, rapid, accurate and accessible diagnostic solutions for several infectious and non-communicable diseases. FIND India has undertaken several projects focused on TB, viral hepatitis C, COVID-19, and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

For more information about the organization, please visit http://www.finddx.org/ 

BACKGROUND:
The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic continues to ravage the World and India in 2021 and is a great threat to global public health. As of August 16, 2021, 205 million cases and >4.3 million deaths have been confirmed globally. In India, ~32 million confirmed cases have been reported so far  with a rapid increase in the number of new cases during the “second wave” in the last few months. Daily cases touched highs of >300K, the highest in the World, during the last wave with delays noticed in every part of the care continuum including massive delays in testing. The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic highlights huge gaps in the testing capacity - a key element for timely isolation of infected persons and prevention of infection propagation in the community. Current testing challenges include sub-optimal capacity and utilization of COVID-19 testing network, scarcity of efficient models for enhancing lab capacity, inefficiencies within laboratories to facilitate rapid turnaround of quality tests, lack of coordination between public and private sectors to amplify and optimize India’s laboratory capacity and shortage of trained manpower at the COVID-19 labs. This makes delays in diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infections a critical point of failure in the COVID-19 strategic preparedness and response plan.

PROJECT GOAL:
FIND
proposes to provide a comprehensive package of activities as part of the USAID supported Project RISE to systematically address gaps in diagnostic capacity, availability, access, and quality of testing as well as implementation of current genome sequencing guidance as issued by the INSACOG.

Project approaches include:
(1) Conduct situational analysis to identify key diagnostic needs and gaps including a capacity assessment of the states identified under the project;
(2) Technical assistance for effective implementation of ICMR testing guidance around operationalization of ICMR laboratory guidance, including development of documentation and reporting tools, capacity building, implementation of testing, optimization of lab supplies/ testing kits and quality assurance (QA) strategies;
(3) Capacity building via a mix of on-site/ assisted and online methods for training:
(a) Online Learning: training site staff via online courses allowing the project to circumvent effects of COVID-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions. Approaches include assisted e-training, webinars and panel discussions;
(b) Onsite/ assisted training to supplement the online content with a focus around specific aspects of testing, reporting, troubleshooting, preventive maintenance, biosafety, sequencing guidelines/implementation etc. as identified as during situational analysis- target learners are the master trainers at the RISE hubs.

(4) Deploy digital solutions to support automation of testing processes and data management for rapid antigen tests (RAT) testing. These will be through open-source digital applications that can be easily transitioned to states.
(5) Undertake advocacy activities for continued testing, private sector engagement approaches and cross-sharing of learning.

OBJECTIVE AND PRIMARY OUTCOME:

Against the background and rationale stated above, FIND as SR to JHPIEGO, will use various technical assistance approaches to implement activities identified under the project. The project will deploy a learning laboratory approach in three intervention states and further propagate learning and best practices to remaining states covered by USAID’s Reaching Impact, Saturation, and Epidemic Control (RISE) project.

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Monitoring and Evaluation Lead shall be responsible for the following:

Key Responsibilities:
(1) Create and manage all M&E initiatives for the project, including monitoring data quality and tracking the progress of activities;

(2) Provide technical leadership in the design of monitoring and evaluation tools;
(3) Manage M&E system and process development, creating a framework and procedures for monitoring and evaluation of project activities in line with both project requirement and established FIND M&E systems and structures;
(4) Define and implement key project performance indicators (KPI) as well as their monitoring throughout the duration of the projects; Design KPI reporting framework and knowledge management;
(5) Plan and oversee the execution of periodic assessments;
(6) Develop process, output and outcome indicators for project evaluation in consultation with relevant stakeholders;
(7) Lead the collection, compilation and analysis of program data to publish periodic reports;
(8) Identify, manage partner organizations and/ or contractors to conduct data collection and analysis where needed; Coordinate all data collection activities across relevant states and districts;
(9) Produce regular monitoring and evaluation reports for FIND;
(10) Synthesize, communicate important findings and other conclusions through technical working groups, meetings in a way that these serve as helpful input for the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare;
(11) Develop, oversee implementation methods for analysis to assess performance and impact that are in line with the project requirements well as FIND overall impact framework;
(12) Review M&E data regularly with program staff at the state and national level to ensure that the program is accomplishing its objectives and flag necessary corrective actions if required;
(13) Establish robust recording and reporting systems from the field to the national level while ensuring adherence to pre-decided timelines;(14) Review and analyse the reports for identify the root causes of potential bottlenecks in project implementation and enhance quality of reporting;
(15) Capacity building of the implementing agency and field-based teams in M&E requirements and data management;
(16) Any other project related activities.

4. QUALIFICATION, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE: 
     

Qualifications:

Applicant must have MBA/ MPH/ MSW/ Master’s in rural development/ social development or related fields from reputed Institutions.

Experience:
(1) Minimum eight years of relevant experience in the areas of MIS, Monitoring and Evaluation;
(2) In-depth understanding of health systems in India;
(3) Prior experience in leading M&E activities at a national/ state level;
(4) Strong understanding of M&E frameworks and methodologies.

Skills and Competencies:

(1) Should have conceptual understanding of problem tree, theory of change and log-frame;
(2) Good command of English (both spoken and written);
(3) Familiar with computer software applications, especially Microsoft Excel;
(4) Proficiency in data management tools like SPSS, R etc.;
(5) Proven skills in data analysis and reporting is a must for this position;
(6) Willing to travel approximately 25% of the time;

5. COMPENSATION OFFERED:
The gross remuneration budgeted for the position is attractive and shall be commensurate with the qualifications, experience, and salary history, of the selected candidate.

6. NUMBER OF VACANCIES AND DUTY STATION(S):

New Delhi (One vacancy)

7. CONTRACT TYPE AND PERIOD:

The selected candidate shall be initially offered a fixed term employment contract for 13 months.

8. REFERENCE: MEL-FIND

9. CONTACT INFORMATION:
Team SAMS
Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.
1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar
New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025
Phone Nos.: 2684 2162; 4165 3612

10. APPLICATION PROCESS:

Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested to apply online to https://recruitment.samshrm.com/JOBS/FIND by or before October 10, 2021.