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GCBS Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Officer

Job Profile

Mott MacDonald is a £1.1 billion management, engineering and development consultancy with 16,000 staff and a global reach spanning six continents. Our network of 180 principal offices in 140 countries gives us local market insight backed by world class expertise to deliver excellence for every client.

The role sits within our International Development Services division which operates as three separate portfolios within the international development arena, Environment and Water, Education and Health.

The Government Capacity Building and Support (GCBS) programme with the Department of Social Development (DSD) is being implemented with funding from USAID. This contract seeks to enhance the capacity of the South African Government (SAG), specifically the DSD, in supporting Orphans, Vulnerable Children and Youth (OVCY) and focuses on strengthening DSD’s response in addressing social and structural barriers that increase the vulnerability of OVCY to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and Tuberculosis (TB). It also aims to address specific constraints hampering the health and social development system to achieve better outcomes for OVCY and other vulnerable children (e.g. those affected by poverty, child abuse, neglect and exploitation). Funding for the programme started 6th September 2013 and the programme will be implemented over a five-year period (October 2013 through -September 2018).

Mott MacDonald Technical advisory roles on the GCBS project include the following:
1. Technical leadership for project component 3: Strengthen social and individual behaviour change to prevent HIV infection in children and youth under 18 years.
This includes developing combination prevention programmes for key populations - the design, implementation and monitoring of the flagship YOLO youth prevention programme launched in November 2015; design of the Families Matter programme; and technical advice on the development of prevention programmes targeting sex workers, traditional leaders and young parents.
2. Technical leadership of project Component 5: Support and strengthen the child protection response framework. Activities include increasing access of children and youth to ART, counselling and community based care and support in line with Pepfar3.0 indicators.
3. Technical leadership for component 6: Strengthen the management of the South African social service workforce serving children. Activities include strengthening the institutional capacity of DSD to plan, manage, develop and retain the social service workforce (SSW) serving children

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities
The Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Officer will have the following duties and responsibilities:
- Develop research designs for studies, evaluations and/or surveys
- Design templates and screens for data capture and supervise data entry processes
- Develop and oversee implementation of effective data management systems
- Maintain the GCBS project database and update it accordingly
- Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of overall progress on achievement of results.
- Provide inputs, information and statistics for quarterly, annual and other reports to Project Management Team and PACT for USAID reporting.
- Participate in annual project reviews, technical meetings and planning workshops and assist the M&E Manager in preparing relevant reports.
- Support monitoring and evaluation of the effects and impact of the GCBS project to intended beneficiaries.
- Assist in data management and coordination across all the components of the GCBS Project.
- Participate in the development and/or review of M&E tools and in supporting them in their implementation.
- Keep up to date with project activities and implementation arrangements so as to advise on M & E issues whenever necessary.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the M&E Manager

Measurable Outputs and Performance Indicators
- Research designs for studies, evaluations and/or surveys
- Templates and screens for data capture and supervise data entry processes
- Data analytical frameworks and approaches
- Effective data management systems
- Functional and up-to-date GCBS project database
- Inputs, information and statistics for quarterly, annual and other reports to Project Management Team and PACT for USAID reporting

Candidate Specification

To be successful in this role, your skills and experience will include:
- Advanced data analysis skills both quantitative and qualitative techniques
- Proficiency with tools and software for data analysis: SPSS, STATA, Epiinfo, NVivo, ATLAS.ti, etc.
- Advanced research and evaluation design skills
- Organises and accurately completes multiple tasks by establishing priorities while taking into consideration special assignments, frequent interruptions, deadlines, available resources and multiple reporting relationships.
- Plans, coordinates and organises workload while remaining aware of changing priorities and competing deadlines.
- Establishes, builds and maintains effective working relationships with staff and clients to facilitate the provision of support.
- Excellent communication skills (written and oral): Sensitivity to and responsiveness to all partners, respectful and helpful relations with donors and project staff.
- Ability to handle pressure and meet tight deadlines.
- Strong understanding of budgeting and financial management.
- Ability to work well with all types of individuals to foster cooperation, work as part of a team and to coordinate across departments
- Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, multi-task environment

Required Skills and Experience
The following items are required to be eligible for consideration:
- Post graduate degree in statistics, mathematics or epidemiology
- A qualification in monitoring and evaluation
- Significant experience in designing and managing research and M&E systems for large health projects
- Significant experience of developing M&E frameworks, indicators, data collection tools and reports
- Experience in advanced data analysis using statistical software
- Sector experience includes HIV Prevention, public health, USAID/CDC or SA government
- Computer literate in Word, PowerPoint and advance Excel
- Excellent organisational and written skills
- Good communication skills and team work
- Must be able to work independently
- Previous experience working with vulnerable groups
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