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Ministry Of Health And Sanitation Extension Of Dead Line – 31st March 2017
Mar 20, 2017, 12:02



TITLE:  Monitoring,Evaluation, Accountability & Learning Specialist

LOCATION: Office of the Permanent Secretary, Integrated Health Projects Administration Unit (IHPAU)

REPORTING TO: Fund Management Specialist/Team Lead

CONTRACT DURATION: One year (Renewable annually based on performance and availability of funding)

DIRECT REPORTS:Two  M & E Officers and 1 Assistant



The Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) works with development partners, implementers and various Government Departments to deliver health care services to the Sierra Leonean Population. The transaction costs associated with managing multiple donor funds separately,through different uncoordinated structures, has led to the establishment of the Integrated Health Projects Administration Unit (IHPAU) in the office of the Permanent Secretary.IHPAU intends to integrate all donor-funded projects to be centrally managed by one coherent unit that is integrated within the MOHS structure. The integrated projects are funded by the World Bank, GAVI Alliance, the Global Fund, Africa Development Bank, UK Aid, the EU, UN Agencies and others.  As an integral structure of the MOHS,IHPAU is responsible for ensuring quality financial management, timely procurement of supplies, and efficient monitoring, accountability and learning on all donor-funded projects.



Reporting to the Fund Management Specialist, the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) Specialist will work very closely with the National Health Programmes to ensure accomplishment of programme M&E objectives and results as agreed with the donors, while meeting expected technical quality standards. The incumbent is also tasked with supporting the Directorate of Health Systems, Policy, Planning and Information (DHSPPI) with planning of Monitoring, Evaluation and learning activities and assisting in compiling reports to the donors and senior leadership within MOHS. The MEAL Specialist ensures that results are commensurate with the funds spent in each programme and engage National Health Programmes to develop and implement corrective actions. In addition, the MEAL Specialist will ensure that lessons learned from programme implementation are used to inform annual and other planning efforts.



n      Support National Health Programmes develop results frameworks and to align donor-mandated M & E plans, frameworks and tools with the national M & E system;

n      Provide M & E technical support and guidance to all donor-funded project staff and sub-recipients (DHMTs) ensuring alignment and use of standardized tools;

n      Work with M & E staff from various National Health Programmes to develop Performance Frameworks striking the right balance between ambitious targets and the likelihood of achieving them.

n      Ensure that National Health Programmes reporting is aligned to the Health Information System, working with the relevant Directorates (In particular DHSPPI) to ensure that these systems are up to date and can generate up to date status reports for submission to MOHS leadership and to the donors.

n      Conduct joint monitoring visits with the National Health Programme staff to provide technical support at the project implementation level;

n      Work closely with the DHSPPI to review, revise and/or design tools and templates to collect and collate National Programme data to inform report writing.

n      Produce high quality first drafts of reports and ensure timely submission to the MOHS leadership and donors;

n      Ensure that data quality assessment strategies are implemented on all donor-funded projects to improve reliability of data submitted to MOHS leadership and the donors;

n      Ensure that supportive supervision is implemented and that National Health Programmes follow up on recommended actions following field visits;

n      Encourage the use of innovative solutions including ICT to improve both quality and timeliness of data submitted;

n      Contribute to the overall health service delivery strategy development and implementation within MOHS.

n      In coordination Directorate of Health Systems, Policy, Planning and Information, arrange external audits to ensure that a complete set of  external audit reports is completed from all donor-funded projects  as per audit arrangements and guidelines agreed with the donors.

n      Assist the Fund Management Specialist/Team Lead in formulating official responses to all MEAL-related donor questions/queries, including questions and queries from MOHS top leadership.

n      Support the implementation of the capacity development plan to ensure eventual transition of IHPAU functions to the MOHS structures.




Minimum Education:

•  A Master’s degree in statistics or public health or related areas



•  A minimum of  8 years of experience in M&E in the public health sector

•  Minimum of three-year’ experience in major research studies, including data collection and/or capacity strengthening in these areas;

•  Supervisory responsibilities;

•  Experience developing M & E plans and Results Frameworks;

•  Monitoring and Evaluation experience from working on any of the listed Sierra Leone donors (the Global Fund, UK Aid, EU, GAVI Alliance, UN Agencies etc.);

•  Significant field level experience working with other partners;


Required Skills and Expertise

•  Knowledge of the Sierra Leone public health system and context;

•  Excellent organization, planning and analytical skills;

•  Ability to work to meet deadlines in multiple tasking environments;

•  Attention to quality of programming;

•  Highly organized and detail oriented;

•  Ability to work in and promote a team environment/concept; 

•  Ability to implement new systems and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change;

•  Capacity building skills with a passion for knowledge transfer.

•  Excellent supervisory skills (coaching, mentoring and motivating staff)

•  Strong computer skills (Excel, Word);

•  Excellent knowledge of Results Based Management;

•  Ability to write high quality door reports.

•  Fluency in English with good verbal and written skills.




To apply, please send your application (a mandatory cover letter and an updated CV with at least 3 references)to the following email address: indicate the position title on the subject line of your mail.


Only email applications sent to the above email address will be included in the pool of applicants to be assessed by MOHS. No hand deliveries will be accepted.Please also note that; your CV should contain your full contact details such as residence address, working mobile telephone number, working email address, as well as those of your three referees.


Shortlisted applicants would be contacted and invited for an interview.


    Closing Date is Midnight of the 31ST  March, 2017

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