Senior Consultant Strategic Information – ZAM-Health Project Activity

LOCATION: Lusaka, Zambia 

DEPARTMENT/UNIT: Strategic Information (SI)


REPORTS TO: Senior Advisor, Boston office

POSTING DATE: 03/01/2023

DEADLINE DATE: 03/21/2023


JSI is a non-profit public health research and consulting organization dedicated to advancing the health of
individuals and communities. We strive to be an organization where belonging thrives and are committed
to creating an equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist culture at JSI/WEI. We are seeking to add a Senior
Consultant to support a portfolio of projects focused on private sector engagement in Zambia. This
position will be associated with the Boston office.


The USAID Zambia Accessible Markets for Health (ZAM-Health) Activity is a five-year project to
expand the availability and accessibility of high-quality health products and services in the private sector,
improve health knowledge, and increase the adoption of healthy and health-seeking behaviors. The
program will employ private sector approaches such as marketing, social franchising, and partnerships
with for-profit entities to achieve these outcomes. USAID ZAM-Health is implemented by John Snow
Health Zambia (JSH) in partnership with JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), Media 365,
Mopani Mine, and PharmAccess



    The SI Senior Consultant will assist the SI team in all the monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning
    activities for ZAM-Health. This will include, when applicable, the development of SI monitoring,
    evaluation, and reporting systems and processes; and ensuring all required indicators are being tracked
    and measured to produce timely, accurate, and complete reporting. The Consultant is expected to work
    across the project technical teams to ensure coordination.
    This 3- months consultancy, with possibility of renewal, is based in the Lusaka office. The Consultant is
    hired by JSI and reports to the Boston-based JSI Senior Advisor (SA). However, they are accountable to
    the JSH-led ZAM-Health Project, which is led by the Chief of Party (COP) and will work under the
    COP’s day-to-day technical and management guidance. Frequent consultation and communication
    between the Consultant, the COP, the SA and the Boston-based ZAM-Health SI Advisor will ensure a
    synchronized vision, workplan and agreement on timelines for deliverables.


    • Ensure periodic and ad-hoc data summaries, monitoring reports and presentations are developed
      and submitted on time, support the COP and SI team to ensure that all data collection is
      high-quality, adheres to ethical standards, and complies with USAID and PEPFAR data reporting
      requirements in accordance with PEPFAR, OHA, BOB, and USAID timelines;
    •  Provide oversight and technical assistance in the production of quality quarterly reports, and other
      relevant reports’ production, as well as participate in various internal and external meetings, as
      needed, in accordance with PEPFAR, OHA, BOB, HFR and USAID timelines and as requested
      by project leadership and/or USAID;
    • Optimize the current data collection systems to ensure standard operating procedures for data
      collection in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Data collection should be designed to support
      national data systems, and optimizing digital solutions is encouraged;
    •  Maintain partnerships with collaborating organizations, stakeholders, and clients/funders, as
    •  Provide coaching, mentoring, and learning opportunities for the SI Team, to support their
      professional growth and foster innovative ways of thinking, as requested;
    •  Support the use and optimization of the ZAM-Heath internal dashboard. Work with SI team to
      provide technical assistance, and feedback loops to all ZAM-Health functional teams, and project
    • Facilitate and lead regular data review meetings with the technical teams, to review progress
      against targets, and flag achievements and pain points.


    •  Masters degree, PhD in a relevant discipline, and/or equivalent experience and at least 8 years of
      post masters degree relevant experience;
    • Strong track record of effectively directing or managing work in research, and/or program
    •  Progressive experience in mid/senior positions as monitoring, evaluation, and research (MER) in
      the public health field or of large, complex markets;
    •  Demonstrated hands-on practical experience setting up and managing MER systems for health
      programs, preferably within PEPFAR-funded projects;
    •  Detailed knowledge of Zambia’s national Health Management Information Systems;
    •  Strong oral and written communication skills as demonstrated by clear presentations, organized
      written deliverables, prior publications, and/or ability to tailor writing to different audiences;
    •  Proven skills in knowledge management and dissemination of research or evaluation findings;
    •  Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Power Point, and Google products (Drive, Calendar, Documents,
    •  Experience teaching and mentoring in previous positions;
    • Expertise with online meeting and collaboration tools and techniques; and
    • Proficiency in qualitative software (e.g., NVivo), survey platforms (e.g., SurveyGizmo), and
      statistical applications (e.g., SAS and SPSS).


    Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and CV with three references and full addresses and contact information via the application form through the following link.

    Please note that you do not need to apply if you don’t meet the minimum requirements. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks after the closing date, kindly assume that your application was not successful.

    Closing Date: March 21, 2022

    JSH is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer committed to workplace diversity. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, gender, disability, marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual preference, genetic information or political affiliation.