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Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Job Profile

Drug-resistant infections pose a grave threat to health and wellbeing across the globe. Bacterial causes of infection are becoming resistant to an increasing number of antibiotics, with consequent reductions in the effectiveness of treatment. Estimates indicate that up to 10 million people could die each year from illnesses that are resistant to antimicrobials by 2050. The UK Government is playing a leading global role in addressing this problem and has launched the Fleming Fund as a major component of the UK’s response.

The aim of the Fleming Fund is to address critical gaps in surveillance of antimicrobial resistant bacteria in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Countries in these areas are set to bear the highest burden of antibiotic resistant infections. Led by the UK, political action against the problem has resulted in a roadmap for global response - the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).This is the blueprint for a multi-stakeholder global response to averting the burden of AMR.

The Fleming Fund Grants Programme is designed to align with the objectives of the Global Action Plan and to support the Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (GLASS). The objectives of the Fleming Fund Grants Programme are:
Laboratory infrastructure enhancement
Human resource strengthening and work force reforms
Surveillance systems strengthening
Greater alignment between human and animal surveillance systems
Building foundations for AMR surveillance data use
Promoting rational use of antimicrobial medicines in humans, animals and crops
To provide value for money in grant funding

The Fleming Fund Grants Programme will assist LMICs by providing the technical support, grant funding and other support necessary to improve surveillance and use of data on antibiotic resistance. A number of funding streams will be delivered in selected countries and regions in Africa and Asia. The majority of funds will be invested to support the implementation of individual countries’ National Action Plans for antimicrobial resistance to ensure country ownership, alignment of approach with stakeholders, and sustainability.

The Fleming Fund will use a One Health approach by promoting cross-sectoral approaches to surveillance of resistant organisms and the drivers of resistance development (e.g. use of antibiotics in agriculture, animal health, and in human medicine). Additional funding will be available for the Fleming Fellowship Scheme to provide professional development and improved awareness and advocacy. This will be complemented by funding streams to provide Regional Grants to improve surveillance and the use of data, operational research, online learning, and for strategic investments in collaboration with other donors.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate, and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture.

Job Description

The position holder will be responsible for leading on M&E matters in relation to Fleming Fund country and regional grants awarded within the region. The position is for an M&E expert based within the Regional Team who will be predominantly responsible for monitoring and managing grant achievements and results.
The entire Fleming Fund Grants Programme will be evaluated by an independent evaluation team, who have been appointed by the UK Department of Health. The successful candidate will have grant /programme evaluation experience to inform monitoring practice and application that feeds into the ongoing development of a strong monitoring system, that is relevant for evaluation needs.

Primarily, this position will be responsible for ensuring grantees are supported adequately to be compliant with programme M&E needs. This will involve working closely with grantees, ensuring they understand the requirements and have the capacity to fulfil them. The position is also to support the regional and core HQ management teams in the end-to-end process of grant management. The role will help to ensure the highest quality professional standards in the conduct and implementation of the Fleming Fund Grants Programme.
This will entail working as part of a team, with support from experts in the regional office and HQ level. There will likely be high-level liaison with partners in the region, from grantees to national governments, and agencies such as: WHO, FAO and OIE.

The role will include regular travel to multiple countries within the region for on-site verification and partner liaison.
  • Participate in application review process, with responsibility for reviewing robustness of applications for: activities against objectives; target and milestone logic; initial country selection of indicators; and completeness of baseline data.
  • To work with grantees to develop a grant log frame (includes agreed indicators; milestones, and verification of baselines as much as possible etc.)
  • Participate in the orientation and training of grantees for routine reporting, including indicator calculation with use of indicator dictionary.
  • To monitor routine grant reporting for all approved grants within the region (country grants + Fellowships). This includes: completeness, timeliness, internal consistency and accuracy, and trends over time.
  • To ensure regular data verification + quality assurance checks are conducted at the country level.
    This will include the commissioning + oversight of expert technical assistance (TA), as well as on-site visits, as relevant.
  • In conjunction with the regional team, ensure timely identification of grantee TA needs.
    Where appropriate, be responsible for the sourcing and oversight of TA support.
  • To ensure quarterly grantee reports are centrally logged in a timely manner on programme software.
  • To lead the writing of a quarterly synthesis report (M&E) on all awarded Regional Grants, in accordance with agreed guidelines /template.
  • To be the M&E focal point for regional grantees.
  • To engage in routine grant review meetings /communication with the HQ team.
  • To support the requirements from the independent evaluators, as advised by the Regional Coordinator and /or HQ.
  • Participate in regional grantee meetings, as appropriate.

Candidate Specification

Higher Education (post-graduate) degree in related discipline: e.g. public health; veterinary, laboratory science; development studies.
Relevant courses in M&E technical areas
experience working in grant /programme implementation in low- and middle-income settings
Experience in monitoring
evaluating programmes, particularly multi-site but preferably multi-country programmes.
Experience developing results frameworks (e.g. log frames or similar results tracking tools)
Experience working with multiple stakeholders at a senior level
Demonstrated ability to work within teams in a multi-disciplinary, multi-country environment, including ease working in multi-cultural, multi-lingual working environments.
Country based experience relevant to the regional location of this position
Strong problem-solving skills and ability to analyse problems and select remedies and opportunities
Ability to review and analyse data findings and results
Excellent written communication and report writing skills, including providing data summary syntheses and recommendations
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively: communicating, building relationships, and influencing effectively with colleagues, clients, and stakeholders
Excellent verbal and interpersonal and teamwork skills
Able to multi-task, work to deadlines, and maintain a critical overview of interrelated tasks, projects, and issues, ensuring delivery according to targets and timelines
Demonstrated experience of situating programme results within a broader implementation context (e.g. against expenditure and budget frameworks)
Excellent written and oral English language skills
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