South Africa

Programme Evaluation Specialist

Company NACOSA
Reference # 2021022
Published 19/02/2021
Contract Type Contract
Salary Market Related
Location Century City, Western Cape, South Africa
South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV in the world – over 7 million people. To turn the tide on HIV and AIDS, it is essential to involve all sectors of society and to strengthen community systems to respond to local challenges. NACOSA is a networking organisation that brings communities together to tackle HIV and its impact on key and vulnerable populations. We do this through mobilizing our network of over 2,000 organisations, promoting dialogue between government and affected people, building capacity through accredited training, mentoring and technical assistance and channeling resources to support service delivery on the ground, particularly for children and youth, key populations and women and girls.
Job Functions Monitoring & Evaluation
Industries Ngo / Non-Profit

The Programme Evaluation Specialist role

Duties and Responsibilities
•Lead on the identification, design, and commissioning of external programme evaluations and other operational research studies for the Global Fund Programmes (including (1) AGYW, (2) Sex Work, (3) People Who Inject Drugs, (4) Gender Based Violence, and (5) Community Systems and Responses Programmes).
•Drive a research agenda, including the identification of research opportunities, development of research protocols, oversight of data capture for research projects, and write up of findings for publication.
•Manage all evaluation and research studies for GF programmes, including contract management, oversight and project management of external evaluators and researchers.
•Provide technical input on evaluation design and methodologies, review evaluation deliverables from internal teams as well as external service providers.
•Lead the coordination of relevant evaluation advisory committees to ensure efficient communication between stakeholders and adherence to project governance structures.
•Oversee and manage (together with SANAC and Global Fund) the evaluation plan and budget for NACOSA’s GF programmes.

•Write or contribute to publications and conference papers
•Disseminate research findings internally and externally including presentations at research days and conferences
•Coach and train team members to ensure the acquisition of knowledge and skills required by the organisation
•Lead or contribute to technical components of proposals
•Stay abreast with relevant research findings


Required qualifications, skills and experience
We are looking for an individual with extensive experience and a proven track record of managing and implementing robust programme evaluations, reviews and research studies.

Qualifications and experience
•Post Graduate degree or equivalent in the Public Health or Social Sciences sector (Monitoring and Evaluation qualification preferred)
•Minimum of 5 years’ evaluation and research experience in public health or related field, preferably in HIV and AIDS.
•Demonstrated qualitative and quantitative evaluation skills, including sample design, mixed method designs, and instrument development
•Proven expertise in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methodologies, implementation research approaches, data quality improvement, health management information systems, data visualisation and reporting.
•M&E experience in infection prevention and control, HIV/AIDS, TB, health systems strengthening, disease surveillance.
•Familiarity with South Africa’s health management information system and other national M&E systems
•Experience with bilateral and multilateral donor M&E requirements including experience in maintaining donor relationships and communicating with donors

Skills and attributes:
•Experience in evaluation and research studies in the HIV and AIDS sector and knowledge of the public health landscape in South Africa.
•Demonstrated experience with data analysis software
•Definite inclination to keep abreast of technical developments in the HIV, AIDS and TB fields.
•Strong technical skills regarding evaluations and research with the ability to support colleagues using this expertise and facilitate knowledge transfer
•Strong planning, time management and project management skills
•Analytical thinker who is able to interpret quantitative and qualitative data to share relevant insights for programming and grant performance.
•Experience in working and communicating across all levels, including effective interpersonal communication skills
•Ability to work independently, effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced, high stress environment
•Results-oriented, professional, accountable and proactive. Must be able to work with little supervision and take ownership of the grants
•Proficiency in English and excellent written and report writing skills
•Valid drivers’ license, own reliable vehicle and willingness to travel within South Africa.

•Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. NACOSA reserves the right not to make any appointment in this position.
•NACOSA respects the privacy of its stakeholders and will treat all personal information provided in line with our recruitment policy and in accordance with the Protection of Personal Information Act.
Job Closing Date 28/02/2021
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