Director: Surveillance Monitoring | Evaluation & Research (SMER) at Jhpiego | April 2024

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Job Description

Job ID 2024-6016


Jhpiego seeks a Director Surveillance Monitoring, Evaluation & Research (SMER) who will provide technical leadership and project oversight around Surveillance Monitoring, Evaluation and Research for an upcoming five-year $30,000,000 million USAID Usalama wa Afya Duniani (USAID Global Health Security (GHS)) activity in Tanzania. The activity aims to support the Government of Tanzania to improve their health system to prevent, detect and respond to emerging infectious diseases (EID) through building and strengthening measurable, sustainable capacity while helping to develop and adopt evidence-based and innovative solutions to prevent, rapidly detect, effectively respond to, and ultimately recover from EID – whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate.

The SMER Director will lead, establish and enhance surveillance, monitoring, evaluation and research systems strengthening interventions to impact global health security in collaboration and coordination with key stakeholders including the Ministry of Health, Presidents’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG) and Prime Minister’s Office.

This position is contingent upon award from USAID. All qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Reporting to: Chief of Party

Positions supervises: Zonal SMER Managers

This position will be closed on April 23 2024


  • Working in collaboration with the Technical Director provide leadership and strategic inputs and direction to ensure programmatic integrity and technical guidance to the project on the design and implementation of project activities to reach project goals, in event and indicator-based surveillance design, implementation, and evaluation, and provide inputs in the design, development or strengthening of data systems and digital solutions that support national and subnational emergency responses.
  • Ensure a robust working knowledge of the local epidemiological context, to quickly analyze epidemiological trends, including drawing upon global data and trends, identify gaps, and develop responsive action plans.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with local and national government counterparts and engage in local level planning.
  • Foster a culture of data for decision making across all project teams, partners and local stakeholders; Ensure all activities are evidence-based, adapted to local context, and reflect state-of-the-art knowledge and best practices.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with USAID and Government of Tanzania, departments and related ministries (including those in the One Health space e.g. animal health/dairy, agriculture, environment); public health partners, and local research institutions to share knowledge, maximize resources and avoid duplication of effort.
  • Provide guidance and support for capacity strengthening efforts for national government counterparts.
  • Improve capacity of local government health authorities to conduct evidence-based and epidemiological analysis of local health systems for decision-making to inform strategic and programmatic direction.
  • Work with Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation staff to develop M&E frameworks and effectively track data/results.
  • Mentor, supervise and manage performance of a team of technical professionals, ensuring high-quality implementation of all project activities, and ensure timely feedback.
  • Ensure project activities are aligned with the project goal and objectives and national policies and frameworks.
  • Work with the Deputy Chief of Party on annual work planning and provide strategic inputs including on the Performance monitoring plan.
  • Work closely with zonal SMEAR leads to analyze data, adjust implementation, and put in place course corrections.
  • Represent the project in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations and act as an active member of relevant technical groups.
  • Work with project and financial staff to prepare and track progress of project and activity budgets.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in epidemiology, statistics, implementation science or similar
  • At least 9 years’ and above experience implementing in monitoring and evaluating progress towards target in infectious diseases.
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing surveillance monitoring and evaluation systems and training others in their usage and implementation.
  • Skilled in at least two or more of the following technical areas: indicator-based surveillance, event-based surveillance, monitoring and evaluation of service delivery projects, or implementation science, geospatial mapping.
  • At least 7 years of relevant experience with USAID or other USG or donor-funded health programs. Professional experience interacting with host country governments and counterparts; international donor organizations; civil society; and the private sector.
  • Demonstrated strong management, coordination, teamwork, and planning skills with proven ability to function effectively with multiple host-country counterparts in both the public, NGO and private sector.
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID, host-country counterparts, and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking, organizational, team-building, and representational skills Excellent skills in facilitation, team building, and coordination.
  • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills Proficiency in Microsoft Office365 operations.
  • Ability to travel nationally as needed.

Jhpiego offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive employee benefits package.

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Applicants must submit a single document for upload to include cover letter, resume, references, copies of academic certificates and salary history.

For further information about Jhpiego, visit our website at

Note: The successful candidate selected for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation.

Jhpiego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer


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