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Data Collector of RMNCH+A assessment

Location: Malawi | Job Type: Part-time | Post Date: 01/10/2017
Job Description: 

The RMNCH+A Assessment Coordinator will be responsible for effectively planning, coordinating and implementing data collection to assess quality of RMNCH+A services in selected facilities in Malawi on the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) project. The position will report to the MNCH Technical Unit Lead of USAID ASSIST Project, Chief of Party for USAID ASSIST Malawi Project and Assessment Coordinator

The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) is the QPI’s leading project that is dedicated to improving health, population and nutrition services through technical support to service delivery institutions, country Ministries of Health, USAID country missions, and cooperating agencies. The project carries on the work of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project ( and is focused on building the capacity of host country providers and managers to apply modern quality improvement methods, make essential services accessible to all who need them, and ensure that care is delivered in compliance with standards and client needs, for every client, every time.

An important global objective of the ASSIST Project is knowledge management: to facilitate documentation and sharing of evidence for improvement of specific care processes, based on the work of individual QI teams, large-scale improvement efforts, and/or research, and to make this information readily available through Web technology.

Hours: Eligible for Overtime (total 17 days with possible extension, if required) 

Job Responsibilities: 
  • Get familiar with data collection tools and study protocol
  • Attend study orientation and data collection training
  • Conduct data collection of assessment of quality of RMNCH+A care in selected facilities in Malawi, including but not limited with following:
    • Direct observation on the care and/or observation on simulated clinical case scenarios
    • Provider interviews and skills assessment
    • Patient interviews
    • Medical documentation and statistical report reviews
    • Review of medical infrastructure and inventory
  • Conduct standard data quality procedures
  • Ensure confidentiality and protection of human subjects through implementation of all ethical procedures considered by the study protocol
  • Work collaboratively with assessment coordinator and data collection team
  • Review filled data collection tools to ensure completion and quality of data
  • Pass numbered and filled questionnaires to assessment coordinator after completion of the data collection in each site
  • Provide guidance and clarifications to data entry team regarding collected data as needed


Job Requirements: 
  •  Clinical content expertise and at least 5 years work experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology and/or Pediatrics
  • RMNCH technical content expertise, including knowledge of updated evidence-based recommendations (e.g. WHO) in the area of RMNCH is required
  • Ability and willingness to travel for 2 to 3 weeks on the field
  • Strong time management and organizational skills; demonstrated ability to work well independently and in teams
  • Track record of being able to produce work in a timely manner with flexibility when necessary to adapt to changing work conditions
  • Experience working with mid-to-low resource countries on similar assignments, including data collection and analysis in the area of RMNCH
  • Fluency in English is required
  • Exposure to improvement concepts and tools are helpful

Desired Experience and Qualifications:

  • Experience in assessing quality of RMNCH services in Malawi or other EPCMD country is highly preferred
  • Strong knowledge of global development strategies and monitoring frameworks in the area of RMNCH is highly preferred
  • Exposure to improvement concepts and tools

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