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Savannah Informatics - Director, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL)

Role: Director, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL)

Location:  Nairobi, Kenya with frequent domestic travel

Duration: Contract-based (5 years)

Salary Range: Salary commensurate with experience.

*Position is contingent upon USAID award of the project to Savannah Informatics. Kenyan citizens are strongly encouraged to apply.

Savannah Informatics is seeking candidates for the role of Director, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) for the anticipated (5) five-year, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Digital Health Ecosystems program in Kenya. 

About the Project

The project’s main objectives are strengthening digital health governance, enhancing interoperability and expansion of existing health information systems in support of UHC and enhancing strategic partnerships through a $18-25 million 5-year USAID investment. The program will build on and strengthen local capacity in digital health technologies’ adoption to promote the use of an integrated and comprehensive digital health ecosystem, lead systems evolution management, and sustain health system outcomes of equity, quality, and resource optimization with broad-based partners from the private sector, technology firms and academia.

About the Role

The Director-MEL will be accountable for designing, executing, and maintaining systems to track, report, assess, and monitor progress towards the Digital Health Ecosystem project’s outputs/performance targets, objectives, and goals. You will have primary responsibility for ensuring high-quality and accurate data compilation, verification, validation, and reporting on project outputs that are responsive to US Government reporting and learning requirements. You will coordinate with the Deputy Chief of Party and project staff to ensure high-quality service delivery, reporting to the Chief of Party and may have additional matrixed reporting lines and will also supervise project’s MEL staff.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic Work Plan Development and Execution:

  • Lead the drafting of MEL-related sections of project work plans and reports.

  • Oversee implementation of MEL-related activities according to approved work plans and budget constraints, ensuring adherence to deadlines and financial parameters.

Design and Management of MEL System:

  • Lead the creation, execution, and refinement of the project's Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) system.

  • Develop and put into action data collection processes to meet both project-specific and donor-mandated indicators.

  • Establish and track project targets, ensuring the timely and accurate collection of data.

Data Reporting Oversight:

  • Generate all necessary project data reports, including submissions for quarterly/annual reports.

  • Compile and submit monthly reports to donors and project stakeholders, facilitating the sharing of interim and final data for various reports and project updates.

  • Drive data analysis to inform discussions on project performance monitoring.

Performance Monitoring and Analysis:

  • Frequently and accurately monitor progress against key project indicators and objectives of the project.

  • Conduct thorough analysis and present findings to project leadership, identifying areas for improvement, risk areas or potential challenges.

Facilitation of Learning Initiatives:

  • Collaborate with project leadership and technical staff to craft a comprehensive project learning agenda.

  • Develop and deploy tools and materials to gather data and insights that address learning objectives.

  • Assist in analyzing data to draw meaningful conclusions and share findings through various mediums such as briefs, presentations, and publications.

Collaboration & Capacity Building

  • Provide technical guidance and capacity building to project sub-awardees, ensuring consistent and effective use of data collection and reporting protocols.

  • Lead regular data quality audits of sub-awardee data and offer support for participation in donor or government audits.

  • Act as the project's representative in MEL/data-related forums and meetings, fostering alignment with government reporting standards.

  • Maintain strong collaborative ties with other technical team members to address data-related requirements effectively.

  • Assist the project in fulfilling miscellaneous internal and external data requests on time.


  • Graduate degree (Master’s or higher) in public health evaluation, public health, epidemiology, statistics, demography, or related field.

  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in MEL of USAID-funded programs of similar scope and size, with at least 4 years in a senior/coordination role.

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining data collection systems in Kenya at health facility and community levels, including providing technical assistance to community and facility-based health providers on data compilation and reporting.

  • Proven ability to develop and implement quality assurance and project performance monitoring systems, with demonstrated experience applying analytical skills to use data to identify and inform shifts in project implementation for improved quality and impact.

  • Proven experience leveraging new technologies and software to strengthen MEL.

  • Excellent proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel; PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Outlook) required; experience with DHIS2, Tableau and/or other database or data visualization software strongly preferred.

  • Experience working in Kenya is preferred.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with full proficiency in English.

Why Join Us?

Savannah Informatics is at the forefront of transforming healthcare through digital technology. We offer a vibrant culture, opportunities for professional growth, and the chance to make a significant impact on healthcare outcomes in Kenya and beyond. We provide competitive compensation and benefits, along with a supportive environment that values diversity and inclusivity.


Application Process

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application, including a resume and a cover letter detailing your suitability and vision for the role. Please click here to apply.

Deadline for Application: Open until position is filled

Savannah Informatics is an equal-opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.Savannah Informatics does not discriminate based on race, age, colour, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. Savannah is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we may conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history.

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