The STAR program is a newly-awarded 18-month, UNITAID-funded global HIV program that supports countries to distribute HIV self-tests effectively, ethically and efficiently through provision of strategic technical assistance.
In Nigeria, STAR will support the Government of Nigeria to develop and adapt policy guidelines for the adoption of HIV self-testing and support for the integration of HIV self-testing within the existing health care systems.
The Strategic Information (SI) Advisor for STAR will provide technical leadership and guidance in planning and implementing appropriate SI / M&E systems, activities and technical assistance for STAR / Nigeria.
Responsibilities : Leadership
Provide leadership and direction on SI / M&E activities to ensure technical and financial integrity to achieve STAR goals, objectives and targets
Lead development of project monitoring framework, indicators and tools related to data management, collection, aggregation and data quality assessment and QA / QI to guide state level activities
Lead the process of establishing an instance of DHIS2 that will warehouse STAR community and facility-level data
Oversee real-time data use including monthly and quarterly data review meetings; implement remediation efforts that address identified gaps and challenges for project overall and at state level
Oversee the development of data analytics to monitor cascades of care, programmatic pivoting, and key and priority populations.
Analyze progress to target continuously to ensure activities are on track
Support in the development of SI / M&E frameworks for different distribution models based on tools developed under STAR
Strengthen the use of data at state, facility, and community level for program monitoring and improvement
Support the provision of training, supervision and mentorship to strengthen for M&E / SI and data quality improvement
Support the process of validation and triangulation of data between multiple data sources
Oversee timely, accurate and appropriate reporting of project activities and results to UNITAID, including narrative progress reports and monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual quantitative results.
Support and guide capacity building through trainings, mentorship and supervision on M&E / SI activities
Promote and support knowledge management and sharing efforts
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Trouble shoot issues that arise and provide immediate solutions
Master’s degree in epidemiology, demography, public health, or related health, medical, or social science discipline; doctoral-level degree preferred.
Required Qualifications :
7 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation of large-scale international HIV projects with proven capacity in working with a diverse team of technical and support staff
Demonstrated experience working with UNITAID programs and strong familiarity with UNITAID reporting requirements preferred.
Experience in HIV care and treatment and prevention programs
Familiarity with Nigeria’s health management information system and other national M&E systems
Demonstrated experience in facilitating the dissemination and use of data for decision-making.
Demonstrated experience in data quality assurance and implementation plans to improve data quality
Excellent skills in facilitation, team building and coordination
Strong data management and analysis skills and advanced knowledge of PowerBI, DHIS2, and electronic medical records
Strong technical skills, including ability to process and analyze data using one or more statistical software packages, including at least two of the following : SPSS, Epi-Info, Stata
Excellent writing and communications skills, including demonstrated technical writing skills for publication
Ability to work effectively with diverse international teams
Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform
Ability to travel frequently to project implementation states