Reports to:  Deputy Director – Science and Informatics

Location:  Kisumu

Job Objective

Incumbent will lead the development and execution of program level evaluations for activities under the Kenya AIDS Response Program (KARP). S/he will work with central and site teams to help strengthen President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) evaluation by participating in the development and execution of site specific and program wide evaluations. S/he will facilitate collaboration and communication within KARP by serving as the liaison, scientific and technical advisor for all KARP evaluation activities. S/he will continuously improve the organization’s evidence base, measuring global results and progress towards agreed-upon results, produce actionable analyses to strengthen program implementation, diffuse findings to internal and external stakeholders via publications, abstracts and presentations, and contribute to resource mobilization through new grant applications.

Description of Key duties

Lead and track development, implementation, analysis and publication of central and site-specific public health evaluations to assess clinical and prevention services delivered under KCCB KARP program activities.

  • Develop proposals and protocols, coordinate the development of sample size calculations, budgets, and timelines, and solicit funding when needed/appropriate.
  • Draft evaluation-related documents (manual of procedures, CRFs and other data collection tools, SOPs, data monitoring report shells, etc.)
  • Serve as a regulatory advisor to assist KCCB KARP and field sites in regulatory submissions to the donors, ERC and local IRBs.
  • Coordinate with sites and other regulatory and data coordinating support staff in meeting the regulatory, laboratory, data management, and clinical site monitoring needs of protocols.
  • Conduct site assessment visits and assist investigators in evaluation preparation activities, develop and monitor site-strengthening plans, develop protocol-training materials, and conduct protocol-specific training prior to evaluation start as needed/appropriate.
  • Provide formal training and informal mentorship to field sites and program implementers in the design and analysis of evaluations; protocol development; informed consent development; and data monitoring reports.
  •  Review evaluation data as it is generated; assuring quality standards are met and maintained.
  • Participate in monthly data monitoring calls with site evaluation teams and participate in the preparation of data as needed and appropriate.
  • Serve as the lead in the development of evaluation concepts with other technical staff within KARP and external collaborators.
  • Serve as a scientific liaison to the donor submission processes.
  • Provides collaborative assistance to other program personnel that require the incumbent’s expertise.
  • Analyze and evaluate effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of HIV and TB interventions using primary and secondary data, as well as population level data and HMIS data, as required.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a strategy for synthesizing and disseminating key results, programmatic lessons learned, methodologies developed and other evaluation outputs of the program.
  • Collaborate with external institutions and evaluators working on relevant and related evaluation concepts to meet and share evaluation findings, policy implications and best practices.
  • Document and disseminate evaluation findings and translate evaluation findings in to best practices and minimum standards within KARP program and externally. This entails:
  • Overseeing ethical conduct of evaluations;
  • Developing evaluation concepts, tool-kits, training materials and IRB submissions at both international and local levels;
  • Presenting at international conferences and meetings and coordinate conference abstracts to highlight KARP evaluation findings at local, country, regional, and organizational-levels;
  • Developing and disseminating evaluation briefs and publish in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Carry out any other essential tasks related to KARP and General Secretariat’s goals that may reasonably be assigned.

Academic Qualifications and Experience

  •  MBChB or related field with a master’s degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, statistics, behavioral sciences, population studies/demography, or public health.
  • Evidence of publication in peer-reviewed journals preferred;
  •  A minimum of 8+ years professional experience in the design, analysis, dissemination, and management of evaluations pertaining to HIV/AIDS, TB, or other related infectious disease interventions in developing countries; PEPFAR-related experience would be advantageous.
  • Should include experience in qualitative and quantitative evaluation methodologies
  • A minimum of 8+ years professional experience in the design, analysis, dissemination, and management of evaluations pertaining to HIV/AIDS, TB, or other related infectious disease interventions in developing countries; PEPFAR-related experience would be advantageous.

Knowledge and Skills

  •  Public health program implementation in HIV and/or other infectious diseases;
  • Protocol development and understanding of IRB and regulatory systems;
  • Manuscript preparation & budget development
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences;
  • Ability to troubleshoot technical procedures and to work independently;
  • Demonstrated skills in the formulation, design, development and implementation of M&E frameworks and systems;
  • Extensive knowledge and skills in the collection, processing, analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data;
  • High-level computer skills, including strong data management and analysis skills, with ability to rapidly process and analyze data using MS Excel, MS Access, SPSS, STATA and/or SAS, Epi-Info and qualitative analysis software;
  • Demonstrated ability in maintaining close counterpart relationships, both governmental and in the partner community is highly preferred;
  • Good knowledge of Social Teachings of the Church and Ethical Principles

Other Personal Attributes

  • Strong analytical thinking, problem solving and team building skills;
  • Critical thinking:  In reviewing trends, information, and outcomes, s/he will need to be able to deduce reasons for these results and consider alternative possibilities;
  • Understanding of social trends:  S/he will need to have a working knowledge of social trends for the community and patients served by KARP program you are working in.
  • Proven ability to consolidate information from multiple sources and to produce reports and publications targeted at specific audiences;
  •  Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
  • High degree of judgment, maturity, ingenuity and originality to interpret strategy, to analyze, develop and present evaluation findings;
  • Computer literacy in Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Excellent networking skills;
  • Excellent team player;
  • Innovative, intelligent and detail oriented.
  • Good knowledge of Social Teachings of the Church and Ethical Principles

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