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Director Research Monitoring Evaluation Research and Learning, Zambia – ZAM Health

Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning, Zambia , Zambia Accessible Markets for Health (ZAM-Health)

Society for Family Health is recruiting for the position of Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning, Zambia Accessible Markets for Health (ZAM – HEALTH) to be based in Lusaka under an anticipated $35-38m USAID-funded project in Zambia. The project will improve health outcomes for Zambians by increasing the use of essential health products and services among priority audiences through expanded availability and accessibility of quality health products and services in the private sector.

The Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning will be in charge of the monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning components of the activity. The position will be responsible for developing monitoring, evaluation, and reporting (MER) systems that include appropriate indicators, baseline data, targets, and a plan to evaluate performance. He or she will also develop a research agenda for the activity and ensure methodological rigor of research undertaken. The MERL Director also oversees the development and submission of timely, accurate, and complete reporting.

Project Overview:

USAID /Zambia intends to grant a five year, $35 to $38 million cooperative agreement to improve health outcomes for Zambians by increasing the use of essential health products and services among priority audiences. The Zambia Accessible Markets for Health (ZAM-Health) activity will accomplish this by sustainably expanding the availability and accessibility of quality health products and services in the private sector, improving health knowledge, and increasing the adoption of healthy and health-seeking behaviors. Within the framework of a total market approach (IMA), the activity will employ private sector approaches such as social marketing, social franchising, and partnerships with commercial and for-profit entities to achieve these outcomes.

USAID defines the Journey to Self-Reliance as a country’s ability to plan, finance, and implement solutions to solve its own development challenges. As outlined in USAID’s recently released Private Sector Engagement Policy (available at: https://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/private-sectorengagement/ policy), the private sector has an important role to play on this journey as countries seek to mobilize additional resources to address development challenges. Through the ZAM-Health activity, USAID /Zambia intends to strengthen Zambia’s private sector healthcare delivery platforms to improve the sustainable provision of quality products and services and to reach underserved audiences with quality healthcare. ‘Private sector’ refers to both commercial, for-profit entities and nonprofit, non-governmental organizations including faith based organizations and social marketing organizations. The term ‘private sector healthcare providers’ includes private hospitals, private clinics, pharmacies, and health shops.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A Master’s Degree or higher in statistics, evaluation, public health, international development, social sciences, or relevant field.
  • A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible experience working in monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning on public health programs in sub-
  • Saharan Africa or other resource-limited settings.
  • Documented hands-on practical experience setting up and managing MER systems for health programs in developing countries, including data quality assurance.
  • Demonstrated expertise in rigorous quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Familiarity with market data (collection and interpretation), and measurement of total market approaches preferred.
  • Proven ability to produce professional quality English-language documents such as
  • Progress reports, case studies, and research protocols.
  • References will be required.

Other skills and attributes:

  • Analytical skills
  • Coaching/mentoring skills
  • Training and facilitation skills
  • Change management skills
  • Problem solving skills

How to Apply

This position is contingent upon funding

Please email application and CV.

Clearly indicate in the subject line of the email “Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning – ZAM Health”.

To apply for this job email your details to

Application deadline
16 Aug 15:00
Email applications to
contact@sfh.org.zm
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