Data, monitoring, and research Jobs at Abt Associates, Columbia University among others

Deadline of this Job: 17 October 2022
Job Description
Abt Associates is hiring for the anticipated Zambia Integrated HIV and Health Project (ZIHA) which will be an approximately $100 million activity. ZIHA will work in Copperbelt, North Western, and Central provinces to provide comprehensive HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support services for people living with HIV (PLHIV) and will also integrate support for family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) and maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) services.
The MEL Director will be responsible for the design and implementation of data systems for monitoring and evaluating the project and for creating processes to ensure that project activities are evidence-based and adapted based on iterative project learnings.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:
• With guidance from the COP and Technical DCOP, design and establish a project monitoring, evaluation, and learning system, including defining project indicators and sources of data and developing the project performance monitoring plan;
• Instill a culture of learning and adaptive management across the project and establish systematic processes to ensure that project activities are evidence-based and adapted in line with project monitoring data;
• Lead the project’s operational research as necessary;
• Oversee collection, analysis and reporting of data for the project’s baseline and routine project monitoring;
• Prepare and ensure timely submission of project performance monitoring reports and contribute to annual workplans and other regular project reports;
• Organize and carry out a capacity-building plan to increase the ability of all project staff to identify, collect, analyze and report on high quality performance monitoring data;
• Develop and implement quantitative and qualitative research instruments and research/evaluation protocols as necessary;
• Support the development of success stories and lessons learned in project implementation;
• Present the results of program achievements and outputs in written reports and at conferences and meetings;
• Maintain close working relationships with the M&E colleagues across other implementing partners;
• Coordinate closely with digital leads and partners to inform development of digital data collection systems at community and facility levels;
• Supervise direct reports with particular focus on their key tasks and the quality of project deliverables.

Preferred Qualification:
• Minimum of a Master’s degree in Statistics, Epidemiology, Public Health or other health related field;
• 10+ years of experience monitoring health, HIV, or MNCH/FP programs, particularly designing M&E plans;
• Demonstrated expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods;
• Minimum of 5 years’ practical experience setting up and managing project monitoring and evaluation plans and systems, for USAID-supported projects preferred; and PEPFAR experience highly desirable
• Experience in building capacity of government and/or local partner staff in data collection, analysis, and/or use;
• Ability to independently plan and execute complex tasks while addressing daily management details and remaining organized and focused on long-term deadlines and strategy;
• Possess outstanding professional reputation and have strong demonstrated interpersonal, written, and oral presentation skills;
• Experience with DHIS2 highly preferred;
• Willingness to travel within the country as needed;
• Experience working in Zambia preferred;
• Oral and written English language required
Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree + Fifteen years of relevant experience, or Master’s Degree + Twelve years of relevant experience, or PhD + Ten years of relevant experience

Deadline of this Job: 26 August 2022
ICAP at Columbia University is an international, non-profit organization situated at the Columbia University in New York. ICAP is Empowering Health Around the World and works in over 30 countries, including Zambia. Together with our partners—Ministries of Health, large multilaterals, health care providers, and patients—we support comprehensive, person-centered HIV/TB services and high-performing health system strengthening initiatives that provide quality and affordable health care. And by enhancing health information systems, improving quality, and developing human resources for health, we build capacity and efficiency in the world’s most challenging, resource-limited settings.
ICAP seeks to recruit for the following positions in Zambia

5. Position Title: District Monitoring and Evaluation Manager (15)
Reports to: Regional Medical Advisor/Regional M&E Manager
Location: Various districts in Western and Southern provinces
Position Summary
The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Managers will support monitoring and evaluation as well as data management systems and activities to strengthen HIV/TB prevention, care and treatment in supported districts in Western and Southern provinces in Zambia. They will liaise closely with the DHIO at the District Health Offices within their provinces.

Major Responsibly
• Support and contribute to the strengthening of the M&E and data management systems at DHO and assigned zones
• Provide training in the use of M & E tools, logbooks, clinical files and reporting forms
• Provides ongoing mentoring to DHO and zonal staff in monitoring the appropriate use of register books, clinical files to identify defaulting patients for pick up or consultations, LTFU, eligibility to initiate ART, eligibility for VL testing, partners eligible for HIV testing and patients requiring TB screening
• Provides support to DHO and zonal staff in data collection and reporting procedures, completeness of registers/logbooks and clinical files, and maintenance of up-to-date clinical charts/archives
• Review progress towards targets on key indicators that require remediation
• Encourage the use of data through a detailed review in specific program areas or process indicators
• Conduct triangulation of weekly/monthly data between various data reports
• Conduct ongoing data quality assurance (DQA) activities
• Where SmartCare exists, provide TA to ensure that all patient records are up to date in SmartCare and SmartCare is used for routine monthly reports
• Where there is no SmartCare, provide TA to ensure that paper-based data systems are utilized for patient management and reporting

• Minimum University Degree in epidemiology, demography, public health, humanities or related social science discipline

Experience And Skills Required
• Minimum 5 years of relevant experience working in M&E in the health sector in Zambia.
• Experience working with CDC, PEPFAR, U.S. Government or other bi-lateral donors preferable, with strong familiarity with CDC reporting requirements.
• Experience in the use of SmartCare electronic information system.
• Experience working with Statistical packages and Excel for data visualization and management.
• Experience in conducting data quality assurance (DQA) activities.
• Strong data management and analysis skills are required.
• Proven ability to strengthen the M&E and data management systems at facility and district levels.
• Strong data management and analysis skills, and advanced knowledge of electronic health information systems and deployment of database systems for health systems monitoring.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
• Experience working in donor funded projects a Plus
Deadline of this Job: 05 September 2022
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretariat and in collaboration with AGRA and with funding support from the Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (which includes the UK FCDO, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and The Rockefeller Foundation,) is leading the implementation of a digital Regional Food Balance Sheets (RFBS) Project for Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA).
The RFBS project is part of the efforts to strengthen regional agri-food data and information system. The overall objective/purpose of the RFBS is to contribute to improved regional food security, nutrition, and economic growth in ESA. The project strategic objective is to increase the use of near real time information on critical food balance calculations and analytical products to inform decision-making by ESA governments, private sector actors, and development and humanitarian agencies around production support, trade policy, and stock management. The project has the following three Specific Objectives:
Specific Objective 1: To enhance availability of near real-time production, trade, price, stocks, consumption, and related data for ESA region;
Specific Objective 2: To increase availability of specific decision support briefs, reports and analysis tailored to user groups; and
Specific Objective 3: To establish effective governance structure and partnerships that are responsive to and maintains buy-in from key public and private sector stakeholders to guide the evolution and sustainability of the tool over time.
The objectives will be achieved through the development and maintenance of a user-centric, digitally enabled web platform that uses near-real-time data feeds to generate intuitive and value-additive analytics and dynamic visualizations. The platform will be centrally developed and managed to ensure consistency and security and will cover six core modules including the overall balance of a particular location, historical and forecasted production, trade, prices, stocks, and consumption.
The RFBS project is a collaborative and multi-stakeholder engagement, including participation from a range of analytical and technology partners to provide data and forecasts on crop production, cross-border trade, input supply, data aggregation, and platform development.
The project is initially being implemented in six pilot countries, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania and it will be scaled up to other countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.
Implementation of the RFBS initiative envisages direct benefits to farmers/producers, traders/ processors, associations in the agro-industry (e.g., Grain Traders/Millers Associations) food exporters and food aid agencies who will function in a predictable environment that gives them access to national, regional as well as international markets; one that gives them timely and sufficient information enabling them to plan and operate competitively.
And for governments, an environment that provides needed information to take appropriate policy responses that spur rather than stifle investment in value chains and enhances sustainable food and nutrition security. Major agricultural trade related policy bottlenecks will be eliminated or reduced to gain and or maintain regional market access and competitiveness. This will increase regional trade and improve incomes of farmers, staple food exporters and other actors within the agricultural value chains and improve regional food security and enhance regional integration.

The Delivery Analyst has a mandate from COMESA Secretariat to support the RFBS Initiative Lead in coordinating activities across different stages of the Initiative. The Delivery Analyst’s role will begin with an emphasis on leading RFBS convening functions in 2022, including through the launch of the RFBS Minimal Viable Product (MVP). Increasingly, the Delivery Analyst will help assess and build capacity for COMESA Secretariat to take on a larger role in overall ownership and accountability for the RFBS initiative in both project management and in supporting technical implementation of the digital food balance sheet.

Navigate COMESA and its corresponding networks to assist the COMESA Initiative Lead and the Product and Project Manager in:
• Support coordination of different stakeholders within COMESA for the benefit of the RFBS and helping to refine the long-term internal governance structure for ongoing leadership of the initiative;
• Map internal resource needs and gaps as a basis for resource planning and mobilization;
• Ensure the adequate engagement of a broader set of stakeholders including through operationalization of the RFBS governance structure;
• Ensuring information feedback to the COMESA Committee on Statistical Matters and the technical Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment annual meetings on project progress;
• Analysing RFBS inputs and their eventual outputs and generating targeted reports or briefings to inform policy and support decision-making processes. Supporting the COMESA Initiative Lead in convening policy discussions or workshops which are informed by these outputs;
• Work in close collaboration with the Product and Project Manager to support compilation of Regional Food Balance Sheet (RFBS) and prepare COMESA for long-term ownership of the RFBS initiative;
• Supporting the evolving overall vision of the digital tool and ensuring that the product aligns with both public and private user requirements;
• Liaison with Member States on assessments of national Food Balance sheets and other basic data required for compilation of the same;
• Provision and coordination of any technical assistance to Member States on issues related to national RFBS;
• Supporting development of Food Balance Sheet data sharing guidelines/regulations to ensure data providers are clearly aligned and understand their responsibilities;
• Supporting and later leading the development and implementation of the RFBS communication and advocacy and stakeholder engagement plans;
• Preparing technical materials for RFBS Committee meetings, and later Advisory Committee meetings;
• Structuring internal COMESA capacity building assessments and coordinating capacity improvement efforts to refine the timelines for and ensure success of the long-term handover of PPM and Technical Operations functions; and
• Provision and coordination of capacity building on FBSs for Member States.

Specific Key Activities
• Ensure full alignment with the Product & Project Manager and the donors on the strategic vision, priorities, overall roadmap, and progress, including:
• Participating in, and later leading, bi-weekly implementing partner check-in sessions as part of the project management functions of the RFBS initiative to track progress, de-escalate arising issues, and allocate resources;
• Operationalizing the RFBS Committee and national sub-committee(s) including managing attendance, preparing agenda, detailing key discussion points, and managing action items or follow up so that any feedback is well received and acted upon; and
• Assisting to update KPIs and accountability metrics at first around convening functions and later across multiple roles within the Initiative.
• Support resource mobilization efforts in close collaboration with the PPM, and in an increasing position of leadership beyond the MVP phase. Specific tasks include:
• Tracking the balance of budget needs and funding flows and providing regular updates to key COMESA stakeholders. Assisting in broader Advisory Committee or other stakeholder funding updates;
• Supporting the coordination of donor funding activities both within and outside of the PIATA partnership to cover medium term needs and gaps (2022-2024); and
• Supporting the development of a detailed resource mobilization plan with an emphasis on the long-term (2024 onwards) that outlines funding options, the operational and strategic implications of each, and presents a recommended strategy to sustain the Initiative.
• Collaborate and support the development of the RFBS tool by coordinating resources within COMESA and the wider RFBS imitative, including:
• Supporting the COMESA RFBS Initiative Lead to coordinate COMESA communications, legal, finance, and other teams and resources and managing action items assigned to each;
• Supporting the PPM in the end-to-end output strategy from inception to production through the translating of the product vision (MVP and beyond) into the product development roadmap and maintaining the product backlog through the different development stages (incl., on-going grooming and prioritization following agile development methodologies); and
• Working with the PPM to remain engaged and up to date on the evolving needs of the Analytics Providers and Technical Operations teams. Participate in key update meetings and increasingly (after MVP) take ownership of coordination efforts with these groups.
• Follow-up on required actions and escalate arising dependencies or risks to the relevant decision makers, while negotiating with stakeholders to deliver the most value within timelines and budgets.

Deadline of this Job: 22 August 2022
• Manage multiple delinquent accounts for debt collection efforts
• Keep track of assigned accounts to identify outstanding debts
• Plan a course of action to recover outstanding payments
• Negotiate pay off deadlines or payment plans
• Handle questions or complaints
• Investigate and resolve discrepancies in Payments or accounts
• Stock audits at different warehouses
• Stock and cash reconciliations
• Inspection of warehouses, giving reports on storage conditions
• Prepare debtors reconciliations reports on monthly basis

Skills and Abilities:
• Strong communication skills to work with Accountants and other co-workers
• Excellent attention to details to review large amounts of data and numbers
• Negotiation and conflict resolution skills
• Multitasking and time management Skills
• Attention to details
• Excellent research skills to find all related information needed
• Proficiency in Accounting software and spreadsheets
• Ability to work independently

• Full grade twelve (12) Certificate
• Diploma in Accountancy ( ZICA – CA – Application Level) or Equivalent
• Minimum 1-2 Years experience (Fresh graduates are encouraged to apply)
• Computer Literate
• Valid drivers License