M&E Technical Advisor for the NSHPD at Clinton Health Access Initiative- Rwanda (CHAI): (Deadline 8 October 2022)
Title: M&E Technical Advisor for the NSHPD
Program: Human Resource for Health (HRH)
Job Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Start date: October 2022
The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org
CHAI Health Workforce Background:
A skilled health workforce is the backbone of every health system and therefore an essential precondition for progress toward universal health coverage (UHC). However, WHO estimates a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers by 2030, mostly in low- and lower-middle income countries. The chronic under-investment in education and training of health workers in some countries and the mismatch between education and employment strategies in relation to health systems and population needs are contributing to continuous shortages. These are compounded by difficulties in deploying health workers to rural, remote, and underserved areas. CHAI assists governments to develop their health workforce by enhancing their capacity to train highly qualified health workers and by strengthening national systems to finance, deploy, and manage those health workers.
CHAI’s approach to national heath workforce strengthening emphasizes three strategies:
(i) improving the quality and strategically increasing the scale of education for health workers,
(ii) expanding and optimizing health workforce financing, and (iii) providing technical assistance to governments to strengthen their overall health workforce planning and management systems.
Two key principles guide CHAI’s approach to workforce development. The first is focusing on the right kind of health workers—from community health workers to midwives, nurses, health managers, general physicians, and medical specialists—based on national need and service delivery objectives. CHAI’s approach also emphasizes sustainability by building the institutional capacity of the schools and universities where health workers are trained, training new generations of health professions educators, and developing systems and individual capabilities within governments to better plan and manage their own health workforce.
CHAI’s health workforce programs vary by country, as they reflect the major barriers and opportunities to workforce development in that specific context, as well as the priorities of the host government. Currently, CHAI is focused on health workforce programming in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The government of Rwanda has developed the National Strategy for Health Professions Development (NSHPD) 2020-2030, a 10-year plan to strengthen and expand the Rwandan health workforce though improved and expanded pre-service training. The strategy outlines national health workforce targets for 37 cadres of providers, and the necessary inputs to training institutions to scale up enrollment and graduation to meet those targets. The government has created a Human Resources for Health Secretariat (HRHS) to manage implementation of the strategy. The HRH Secretariat works in close collaboration with the College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CHMS) across its five schools at the University of Rwanda (UR), the private universities, the clinical teaching sites, and the professional councils to implement the strategy. The HRH Secretariat has requested CHAI’s support in the implementation of the NSHPD and that in different areas.
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding technical skills to assist the Deputy Executive Secretary of the HRHS in the implementation of the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan of the NSHPD. The technical advisor should have excellent planning, management, writing, analytical, organizational, communication and cultural sensitivity skills.
The desired candidate has a background in monitoring and evaluation systems design and study management, as well as demonstrated experience leading a large and complex work stream. Although categorized as a “technical adviser,” this role is not limited to advising and will be responsible for co-producing many of the deliverables related to the implementation of the M&E system, including collecting and analyzing data, and writing reports and developing presentations as needed. Successful candidates must have a passion for results, a commitment to excellence, and a demonstrated capacity to work effectively in high pressure situations and able to adapt to fast paced and changing environments internally and externally.
This position will work in direct support of the Deputy Executive Secretary of the HRHS while formally reporting to the CHAI Rwanda Health Workforce program manager. This position is based at the office of the HRHS in Kigali, Rwanda with some national travels.
- In close collaboration with the deputy Executive Secretary, co-manage the implementation of the National Strategy for Health Professions Development (NSHPD) monitoring and evaluation plan:
- Support the deputy Executive Secretary to identify priority M&E indicators from the finalized M&E plan for immediate data collection and analysis;
- Work with the University of Rwanda, other training institutions, health facilities and professional councils to gather available data on prioritized M&E indicators;
- Support the deputy Executive Secretary to analyze and develop report on prioritized indicators;
- Support the deputy Executive Secretary to develop a broader plan for routine data reporting and use in consultation with UR, other relevant training institutions, professionals councils and health facilities;
- Operationalize systems for data collection, verification, analysis, reporting, and use; including training (as needed) and supporting teaching institutions to manage and report on necessary data;
- In close collaboration with the deputy Executive Secretary oversee the NSHPD program’s routine monitoring systems and ensure monitoring data is available and presented in an effective way to inform programmatic decision-making ;
- Analyze, synthesize, and present M&E data on an ongoing basis to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, and make corresponding recommendations to NSHPD program management;
- In collaboration with the deputy Executive Secretary, identify and design additional evaluations or studies as appropriate.
- Support the deputy Executive Secretary to conduct an appraisal of existing centralized HRH Information Systems (HRHIS) and tools in use in Rwanda.
- In consultation with the deputy Executive Secretary and with support of relevant stakeholders, develop a proposed model for routine data collection and consolidation into information system.
- Support the deputy Executive Secretary to develop a costed roadmap for implementation of the HRHIS.
- Support the deputy Es to mobilize resource for the implementation of the HRHIS.
- Master’s degree in data sciences, biostatistics, or other relevant subjects.
- A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience.
- Previous roles developing and implementing M&E systems for large, complex programs.
- Demonstrated experience providing technical assistance to government institutions and preferably higher learning institutions and teaching hospitals would be considered as an advantage.
- Experience working in Rwanda.
Other Skills and Competencies
- Understanding of the rationale for program monitoring and evaluation and can anticipate and mitigate challenges in implementing M&E systems.
- Extensive theoretical understanding of evaluation and research design.
- Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and work collaboratively and effectively and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and an ability to collaborate effectively with a wide range of partners and stakeholders.
- Excellent project management skills, specifically demonstrated experience in delivering complex projects with extended timescales:
- Proven track record in managing challenging multi-stakeholder situations to achieve intended results
- Demonstrated quantitative and qualitative analysis skills with proficiency in relevant software/coding packages.
- Excellent problem-solving skills.
- Ability to effectively synthesize large amounts of information and potentially complex analyses for consumption by a wide audience.
- High attention to detail
- Fluent in English and Kinyarwanda.
Interested candidates should send their applications to:
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.