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Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Advisor, Ipas South Africa

Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Advisor, Ipas South Africa

Job ID 
# Positions 
Experience (Years) 
Posted Date 
Research and Evaluation
Education Requirement 
Master's or Equivalent
Relocation Eligible 
Position Type 
Regular Full-Time

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Ipas is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortion. Through local, national and global partnerships, Ipas works to ensure that women and girls can enhance their sexual and reproductive health via affordable, safe, respectful and comprehensive abortion and contraceptive care. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (RM&E) Advisor, to be located in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (RM&E) Advisor provides technical and managerial oversight for the research, monitoring and evaluation of the Ipas South Africa program, including generation of information through research projects to increase knowledge of and access to women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights services. This position is responsible for ensuring the appropriate measurement of results of different projects and for generating indicators that correspond to their in-country interventions. Additionally, this position ensures data quality by overseeing the completion and verification of data and statistical analysis. The RM&E Advisor also supports the preparation of accurate donor and government reports by ensuring data is collected, entered, and cleaned properly.


· Conducts special studies and research activities in South Africa and provides technical and administrative support to the design, data collection, statistical analysis and reporting of these projects

· Ensures that relevant data across all areas of programs is collected, entered in appropriate tools, and analyzed in order to share data trends with local programs staff and Ipas Global and influence decision making on program planning

· Participates in the creation of initial drafts of project reports, timelines, plans of work, and other related documents, and tracks deadlines

· Maintains regular communication with RM&E staff in Ipas Global to stay up-to-date on RM&E objectives and guidelines, make sure their in-country results align, and M&E standards are being achieved

· Spearheads the development and revision of data collection tools and reporting formats and forms

· Oversees the implementation of M&E systems and databases with guidance from RM&E staff in Ipas Global

· Oversees completion and verification of data collected on Ipas supported facilities, service sites and interventions to ensure data quality

· Aids in the dissemination and presentation of study and research results and lessons learned. Shares M&E results and research findings to partners and external audiences, facilitating utilization of findings for program assessment and decision making on process and impact indicators of plans and programs by headquarters staff

· Collaborates with other Ipas units and country programs to achieve overall agency objectives

· Communicates feedback to Ipas Global RM&E staff on M&E implementation issues in their country-office, supporting the implementation of Ipas’s global M&E database (Terra)

· Assists in writing reports and proposals for donors and government offices

· Reviews and develops expense reports, requests checks and receipts, and collaborates with the Finance unit

· May oversee the work of M&E consultants and manage contracts with RM&E consulting firms

· Performs other duties as assigned


Internal & External Customers / Suppliers as well as Third Parties

· Communicates with RM&E staff in Ipas Global in reference to data queries, data collection/analysis, technical decisions about research, M&E and technical issues, and validation of data included in proposals and reports

· Reports to Programs and in-country Managers and Directors in reference to project follow-ups, overall program implementation, RM&E related issues, and program management and related issues

· Collaborates with Finance staff in reference to RM&E budgets and finance issues

· Communicates with Technical Excellence team in reference to sharing data/information, problems in the field, and program related issues

· Works with policy staff in reference to tracking policy events/activities and media articles

· Manages relationships with partner organizations, external research agencies and technical support providers


· Advanced degree in statistics, demography, public health, or other relevant field

· 5 - 7 years of related experience required

· 5 or more years of experience in research and evaluation required, preferably in reproductive health

· 2 or more years of extensive experience in high level data analysis required

· 2 or more years experience supervising data collection systems

· Availability to travel 25%


Preferred Requirements

· Strong verbal and written communication skills in English

· Working knowledge of spreadsheets, word processing and presentation software required (MS Office Suite)

· Working knowledge of high level computer software packages for data analyses, as well as data interpretation and presentation, Stata preferable

· Strong project management skills and the ability to track multiple projects and meet deadlines

· Ability to work successfully in a cross-cultural, team-based, global environment

Commitment to Diversity

Ipas is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, genetic information, marital status, or any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination.