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RA – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning officer (MEL)-187170

Position Type Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)
Department Carolina Population Center-631100
Working Title RA – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning officer (MEL)
Appointment Type EHRA Non-Faculty Research
Position Posting Category Research Professionals
Salary Range $59,000 – $69,000
Full Time/Part Time? Full-Time Permanent
Hours per Week 40
Vacancy ID NF0004707
Position ID 20021019
Posting Open Date 01/12/2021
Application Deadline 01/25/2021
Open Until Filled No
Proposed Start Date 02/01/2021
Position Summary

Carolina Population Center (CPC) at the University of North Carolina is one of the Centers for Research under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. CPC has over 300 people who are affiliated with the Carolina Population Center, including more than 65 faculty fellows who sit across 16 academic departments. They are actively engaged in research ranging from technical demography to evaluating family planning programs and other policy interventions to measuring and disentangling the sources of health disparities in the United States. CPC has managed large awards from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) since 1991. Across the USAID awards housed in CPC, the average annual revenues are roughly $60 million per year. To manage large projects successfully, CPC has developed flexible systems that provide stability and agility. Our customized financial and technical management information system enables us to track complex project structures with granular reporting on donor investment across multiple countries, offices, congressional initiatives, objectives, and scopes of work.

The Measure Program is housed within CPC. Currently the Measure Program includes the MEASURE Evaluation project, ending in September 2020, as well as three Associate Awards (AAs) under the MEASURE Evaluation project that continue through at least September 2023. Many of our staff are faculty in UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Measure Program projects evaluate and strengthen health data systems, build human and institutional capacity, and manage complex projects across the globe. Country governments and agencies can call on our skills for disease surveillance, data generation, data analysis and use, curriculum development, complex quantitative and qualitative evaluation, spatial data analysis, health informatics, and more.

The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer will be responsible for managing MEL functions for one or more AAs of the MEASURE Evaluation project. These AAs are focused on global public health evaluation, tuberculosis data systems, and malaria surveillance, monitoring and evaluation systems around the world. The MEL Officer is responsible for developing and implementing project MEL plans and related systems to track, collect, and review project level performance monitoring data and evaluation analysis. General responsibilities include developing project result indicators; providing technical leadership and assistance to project partners and staff to implement MEL plans; developing information systems for reporting and retrieving project accomplishments and indicator achievements; managing or assisting in annual work plan development; tracking activity progress and project results; developing guidance documents and accompanying training materials for activity and results reporting; and preparing routine and ad hoc project reports and associated materials required by the funding agency. This may include participation in other monitoring and evaluation research and technical assistance activities of the project both in the U.S. and overseas. The MEL Officer will work under the guidance of and report to the Measure Program Associate Director for Program Management but will also take direction from the various AA directors.

Educational Requirements

Masters degree in Public Health required, plus one year experience preferred; for candidates demonstrating comparable independent research productivity, will accept a Bachelors degree in Public Health, Health Administration, International Relations or similar field and 3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution.

Qualifications and Experience

Basic understanding of M&E principles required. Demonstrated skills in M&E frameworks, indicator development, systems development and report writing preferred. Experience working with donor agencies preferred (including, but not limited to, USAID). Proven ability to work effectively with both funding agencies and with national and local personnel. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Experience in developing countries preferred. Availability and interest in traveling internationally (up to 10% annually). Fluent in English required, fluency in French preferred.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Instructions

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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