The Regional MER Advisor will be a member of HKI’s Regional Management Team and will report to the Vice President for Africa. S/he will work closely with colleagues at all levels of the the organization including global management. technical advisors and program managers at both the Africa regional office and the US headquarters, as well as with Country and Deputy Country Directors (CDs and DCDs) and program teams in the 12 HKI countries in Africa. The position periodically plays a supervisory role with regard to researchers, fellows and interns.
External collaboration includes working with representatives of governmental, international, university and non-governmental organizations, as well as some donors. The Regional MER Advisor will also represent HKI at relevant regional and global meetings.
HKI has a matrixed reporting structure that respects both the line management and authority within geographical hierarchies; and the accountability and oversight duties of subject matter experts and multi-country program managers wherever they are located. Regular communication and a spirit of teamwork among colleagues, both hierarchically and laterally, are essential to make this structure thrive.
The Regional MER Advisor will lead the design and implementation of HKI’s M&E work in Africa in a manner that conforms to HKI’s global M&E standards, and will also provide advice on research studies, as relevant.
The focus will be on multi-country regional programs and country-specific projects and programs to ensure alignment and capacity to implement a consistent M&E approach, including program design and quality assurance measures. The MER Advisor assists the RDs, CDs, and other regional staff with recruitment and technical supervision of program staff and provides training, guidance and mentorship to country office M&E staff to strengthen their capacity to deliver quality M&E and research work. In the context of designing new programs, s/he also plays a role in HKI’s business development function. In practice, the role has been heavily focused on supporting nutrition programming in the region, but the Regional MER Advisor will be expected to support HKI’s work in NTDs, especially as new initiatives in NTDs come on board, and is expected to stay well informed of HKI’s NTD work in the region.
This position will contribute to HKI’s global M&E Community of Practice, and will contribute to the ongoing development and implementation of HKI’s minimum program standards (MPSs) related to M&E. S/he will be the lead within the region to support MER elements of HKI’s Strategic Plan. The position will be based in the HKI Africa Regional Office (AFRO) in Dakar and requires at least 30 percent travel, primarily in Africa.