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Abt Associates Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Lead - LHSS East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya


Abt Associates seeks a qualified Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Lead (M&E TL) for the Local Health System Sustainability Project’s East Africa Cross-Border Health Activity (LHSS/East Africa), focusing on the following countries in the region: Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The LHSS Project is USAID’s flagship initiative in integrated health systems strengthening, with a goal to help low- and middle- income countries transition to sustainable, self-financed health systems as a means to support universal health coverage. LHSS/East Africa in particular will work in partnership with USAID Kenya and East Africa (KEA) Mission, bilateral Missions of the focus countries, regional intergovernmental organizations (RIGOs), national governments, private sector stakeholders, and relevant civil society organizations (CSOs) to improve the health of vulnerable and mobile populations that cross borders. At the end of two years, LHSS/East Africa will have increased access to and use of affordable and continuous quality health care in cross-border areas for this target population.

This is a full-time position based in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel to focus countries depending on COVID-19 contexts.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

The M&E Technical Lead will have the following specific duties and responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with regional stakeholders and partners in East Africa to finalize the Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Plan, indicators, and learning agenda;

  • Collaborate with the LHSS Home Office MEL team to ensure alignment with project-wide MEL processes and reporting requirements;

  • Manage a rigorous approach towards M&E to measure performance on specific goals and objectives, including timely data collection using quantitative, qualitative, and participatory methodologies;

  • Design data collection tools, schedules, and analysis methods in line with the project-wide work plan management and monitoring system and interactive platform;

  • Collect data at the health facility level in cross-border areas, including from the Activity-supported digitized health information system (HIS);

  • Ensure data accuracy for reporting indicators across the Activity, and timely reporting on indicators against expected results;

  • Drive the Activity’s overall learning agenda to derive lessons learned and best practices from implementation;

  • Lead efforts to strengthen a culture of learning at the cross-border level with local stakeholders;

  • Support the interpretation of MEL findings for project planning, decision-making, course-correction, and communication of successes;

  • Provide MEL guidance and mentorship to LHSS/East Africa Cross-Border Health Officers on data collection methods, procedures, and data extraction from the HIS; and

  • Serve as the field focal person to coordinate the design, customization, testing, and scale-up of an interoperable digital health information system in cross-border sites in line with national HIS platforms.

The M&E TL will report to the LHSS/East Africa Chief of Party, and be supported by the LHSS Home Office-based MEL Advisor.


  • Master’s degree in statistics, social science, development economics, or a related field, and 8 to 10 years of experience in data management and analysis for M&E, learning, and adaptive management

  • Demonstrated experience designing and implementing MEL systems on complex donor-funded development projects. Experience implementing MEL activities on health system strengthening projects and/or projects that integrate health care for vulnerable populations is desirable

  • Demonstrated expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and experience conducting statistical analysis

  • Competency in qualitative and quantitative analytical methods, data collection and analysis, and establishing MEL systems

  • Demonstrated ability to lead baseline data collection and analyses

  • Knowledge of and experience with M&E frameworks and reporting systems

  • Expertise in adaptive management, organizational learning/development, systems mapping, development of Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA)-related tools, CLA thought-leadership, and providing inputs on how CLA may lead to improved development outcomes

  • Proficiency in Excel, Word, and other MS Office software; data analysis software, (e.g. SPSS, Stata, Nivo), data visualization software, and DHIS2

  • Experience managing MEL for USAID programs is desirable

  • Practical experience in design, testing and scale-up of interoperable digital platform will have an added value

  • Demonstrated experience in working in partnership with multiple host country governments/ government entities, donors, local partners, and other stakeholders

  • Proven record of excellent management, leadership, decision-making, and interpersonal skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English are required

  • Writing and speaking in Swahili and/or French is an added advantage

  • Kenyan nationals and residents are encouraged to apply

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree + Twelve years of relevant experience, or Master’s Degree + Ten years of relevant experience, or PhD+ Eight years of relevant experience

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer: Abt Associates will never ask candidates for money in exchange for an offer of employment.