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Monitoring and Evaluation Lead

Vitamin Angels (VA) is a global non-profit organization with headquarters in Santa Barbara, California, USA. It promotes and implements evidence-based nutrition interventions among hard-to-reach and underserved populations (those that lack access to national health services), in 65 countries.

Position: Monitoring and Evaluation Lead
Employer: The Vitamin Angel Alliance, Inc. (VA)
Location: Goleta, CA or Remote, USA
 

Vitamin Angels is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We are a dedicated group of individuals who aim to foster a supportive environment where everyone can contribute, thrive, and grow.
 

ROLE OR PURPOSE OF THE POSITION

Vitamin Angels (VA) is a public health nonprofit working to improve nutrition and health outcomes in low-resource settings worldwide. We strengthen, extend, and amplify the impact of our partner organizations working to reach the most nutritionally vulnerable groups – pregnant women, infants, and children – who are underserved by existing systems. We do this by delivering evidence-based interventions and offering technical assistance, including ongoing monitoring and evaluation, to ensure program quality, scale, and impact. Vitamin Angels works with over 2,000 local organizations, including governments, to reach more than 60 million women and children in 65 countries annually.
 

The M&E Lead is a member of Vitamin Angels’ Program Division within the Technical Support team. The role of the M&E Lead is to advance the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the Program Division’s Monitoring and Evaluation strategy through implementation of VA’s M&E framework and theory of change, support and management of data collection tools and activities, and preparation of and contribution to reports on program evaluation, implementation activities and progress toward impact, and dissemination of program learnings.

 

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The main purpose of the position is to:
 

  • Manage data collection activities associated with VA’s Theory of Change pertaining to key performance, output, and outcome indicators,
  • Interpret monitoring data, summarize results, and prepare draft reports on program activities and progress, including recommendations,
  • Contribute to the design, data interpretation, presentation, and dissemination of evaluations, specialized surveys, and implementation science activities, and
  • Support regional and country teams to apply VA’s monitoring and evaluation strategy.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES OF EACH MAJOR DUTY/RESPONSIBILITY ARE OUTLINED BELOW

Manage data collection activities associated with VA’s Theory of Change pertaining to key performance, output, and outcome indicators
 

  • Train international team members to conduct on-site monitoring visits and ensure standardization of data collection across countries.
  • Provide technical input to inform the development of a more efficient, user-friendly digital data collection and management strategy.
  • Make recommendations pertaining to improvement of on-site monitoring and data collection processes and procedures.
  • Perform selected data collection activities pertaining to key performance indicators
  • Conduct monitoring visits to VA program partners in countries where VA does not employ a country lead in Asia, Africa and Latin American & the Caribbean or in any country in which VA needs additional hands-on support to implement routine or specialized data collection.
     

Interpret monitoring data, summarize results, and prepare draft reports on program activities and progress, including recommendations
 

  • Interpretation of data, summary of results, and preparation of draft reports on program activities and progress, including recommendations.
  • Interpretation of monitoring data to the Program Division
  • Propose recommendations to operational and program activities that derive from the interpretation of monitoring data.
     

Contribute to the design, data interpretation, presentation and dissemination of evaluations, specialized surveys, and implementation science activities
 

  • Research and propose evaluation methodologies appropriate for VA as needed
  • Provide administrative support for contractors, such as data collection firms, including   management of contracts and budgets for surveys
  • Contribute to study design and survey development
  • Present results of evaluations internally and externally
  • Support in the preparation of materials for dissemination of results to various audiences (i.e. peer reviewed articles, briefs, etc)
     

Support Regional Teams to apply VA’s monitoring and evaluation strategy within their region/country
 

  • Meet with country teams to support overall strategy, measurement and evaluation of country-specific work
  • Onboard new team members on VA’s Theory of Change and M&E strategy
  • Share M&E training resources/opportunities with team to promote career development and in-country M&E capacity
  • Manage the M&E unit budget in accordance with the annual M&E strategy

 

LEVEL OF DECISION-MAKING

Within the bounds of VA’s mission, values and policies, and sound professional practices, the M&E Lead is free to manage their activities in whatever way will best serve VA clients, partners and employees. Specific authorities associated with this position and their implementation procedures will be determined in conjunction with the Senior Nutrition Scientist.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

VA operates under a collaborative management model. The M&E Lead is supervised by the Senior Nutrition Scientist with respect to overall assignments and performance, and interacts daily with other team members to coordinate their activities. The M&E Lead establishes their own daily work priorities, but does so consistent with the support and mentorship of the Senior Nutrition Scientist, in collaboration with the Data Scientist and Program Division at large.

 

Reports to:

Senior Nutrition Scientist

Supervises:

None at this time, although interns may be engaged and managed

Primary working relationships:

Senior Nutrition Scientist

Data Scientist

Associate Director of Program Operations

Implementation Science Team

Learning Solutions Team

Regional Program Officers

Country Program Advisors

Travel (U.S. + International) required

Yes (roughly 15% time, in accordance with Covid-19 travel restrictions)

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (REQUIRED AND DESIRED)

Required:

  • Master’s degree in public health or similar/relevant discipline from an accredited university plus 3-5 years of experience in a related role. Or, 5-10 years of experience in a related role.
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills (e.g. descriptive and inferential statistics) and demonstrated experience interpreting data sets using statistical software (e.g. R, SPSS, SAS, STATA, etc.)
  • Strong written/oral communications skills, interpersonal skills, organizational skills.
  • Ability to think critically and strategically.
  • Commitment to fostering diverse, equitable and inclusive practices in program monitoring and evaluation.
  • Ability to manage stress, including but not limited to stress resulting from local travel, large crowds, open spaces, shared office space, and daily activities.
  • Ability to remain seated for extended periods of time, including but not limited to prolonged air travel, and general job assignments perform at a desk.

 

Highly desirable:

  • Minimum one year of experience working in a relevant position in a low and middle-income country environment
  • Loves data!
  • Experience using Salesforce.com or other online databases
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation of nutrition programs and/or familiarity with issues pertaining to measurement of nutrition indicators.

 

CHALLENGES OF THE POSITION

The special challenges for the M&E Lead are multi-fold. This person must: i) function effectively in an organization under continuing transformation and growth, ii) recognize and thrive in a non-profit organization driven by an unusual primary revenue generation model – cause marketing promotions in association with retail products and Corporate Social Responsibility programs, iii) be comfortable with an organization that seeks to apply, as feasible, market and business oriented solutions to its non-profit work, iv) function within a working environment that self-initiative and collaboration among many team members both internal and external to VA, and v) possess an ability to work effectively/efficiently and thrive in an environment in which many VA team members both internal and external to the Program Division are situated in multiple time zones and accessible only by phone, email, or videoconferencing software.

 

APPLICATION


To apply, interested persons should submit a cover letter; and a resume or curriculum vitae to: Maureen Boyle, Director of Human Resources.

E-mail: [email protected];

Resumes will be accepted until January 15, 2021, or until a qualified applicant is identified.

 

BENEFITS

Comprehensive benefit package includes: Medical, Dental and Vision Care, Life Insurance, 401(k), Paid Time Off, Holidays, Wellness Program and more.


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