Management Sciences for Health MEL Advisor in Arlington, Virginia

This position will manage and support a variety of projects under the direction of the Principal and Senior MER Advisors on a variety of projects. Support would include M&E, DHIS 2, research, proposal development and knowledge management to MSH projects in collaboration with other MER technical staff.

The M&E advisor is responsible for providing technical assistance to field teams in the areas of monitoring, evaluation and research. The M&E advisor also conducts data analysis and executes general MER activities as requested by project and research initiatives. The position reports to the Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research Advisor. The position is also expected to follow a matrixed reporting format based on the various work streams they will be managing.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Project Support (General MER support, Data Analytics, Performance Metrics, and evaluation of results) (50%)

  • Contribute to project monitoring, evaluation, analytics, and research support to MSH projects as assigned.

  • Provide staff and projects with data analytics, data interpretation, and data visualization expertise for reporting, presentations, and publications.

  • Review project and technical reports as required (e.g. quarterly, baseline, etc.) for accuracy and completeness.

  • Develop metrics and research data collection instruments and capacity building materials in collaboration with colleagues and project staff.

  • Support projects to use data for decision-making and performance management.

  • Contribute to rigorous evaluation and study design, protocol development, data collection tools, and analysis.

  • Provide internal review statistical analysis and conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis, as requested

  • Conduct sample size calculations and data analysis plans for project evaluations and applied research

  • Offer expertise to MSH projects in writing abstracts and manuscripts for publication.

  • Assist projects in submitting data to the USAID Data Depository Library (DDL) as needed

DHIS 2 Support (20%)

  • Support the development and maintenance of project DREAM@MSH/DHIS 2 instances and as well as entering data, as needed

  • Conduct trainings for corporate and project staff on development, use, and maintenance of DREAM@MSH/DHIS 2

  • Assist projects in accessing and using DHIS 2 data for project decision-making

Support to Business Development (15%)

  • Provide support to project and business development efforts as requested.

  • Collaborate with Business Development, KM, and MER teams to develop and maintain a database of resources for proposals (PMP’s, Indicator menus, and KM and MER narratives, etc).

  • Provide support-- under the direction of Principal and Senior MER Advisors-- to M&E and research content for business development.

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research Organizational Standards and Guidance (15%)

  • Provide support to MSH-wide standards and guidance for monitoring, evaluation and research.

  • Collaboratively design standards, templates, and tools for MSH projects as well as provide management support for piloting of MSH standards and guidance.



  • Bachelor's degree


  • Master's degree in Public Health



Candidates should have at least 6 years of related experience with a BA and 4 years of related experience with a MA in the following areas:

  • Project monitoring, evaluation and research for health-related projects.

  • USAID management and annual/quarterly reporting requirements.

  • Reviewing accuracy of technical documents to ensure accurate and appropriate analysis of data and findings.

  • Writing and contributing to the development of donor proposals, specifically with regard to: PMPs, Indicator Tables, and MEL Plans.

  • Demonstrated experience in project analytics and statistical analysis with a focus on data for decision-making and using data for performance management.

  • Demonstrated experience in assisting teams to rigorously document project results.

  • Demonstrated experience in use of data management software such as DHIS 2, Excel (including Power Pivot), and MS Access.

  • Proven experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis.

  • At least 2 years of experience living and working in developing countries as this is required to understand program context, field realities and technical needs.


  • Proven experience in qualitative analysis (NVivo, etc.)

Knowledge and Skills:


  • Ability to provide monitoring, evaluation, and research support to project teams in sub-Saharan Africa and/or Asia

  • Proven skills in at least one statistical package software for quantitative data analysis (SPSS, STATA, R, etc.)

  • Demonstrated knowledge of DHIS 2 functionality

  • Excellent writing, analytical, organizational and communications skills including organizing, scanning, summarizing and presenting information.

  • Highly organized, detail –oriented, meticulous and consistent in the execution of their work.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and projects at a time.

  • Demonstrated time management skills.

  • Fluency in English (written and oral) required.


  • Proven skills in at least one statistical package software for qualitative data analysis (Nvivo, Atlas.ti, Dedoose, etc).

  • Ability to provide knowledge management support to project teams.

  • Fluency in French (written and oral) highly preferred.


  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with professional colleagues from multiple units and within various socio-cultural contexts.

  • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment and working under tight deadlines.

  • Demonstrated competence to assess priorities and solve problems using innovative, evidence-based solutions.

  • Enjoys learning; a team player and a self-starter who can use her/his own initiative to identify useful contributions.

Physical Demands:

  • Travel requirements: 15-20%

  • Keyboard use, pulling drawers, lifting papers <10 lbs.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

Senior MER Advisor

ID: 13-10406

Group/Office: TEG (Technical Excellence Group)

Dept/Unit: TEGGEN - Technical Excellence Group

Project/Program: A000 - None Specified

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