MERLA Specialist (Neglected Tropical Diseases) at RTI International

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Job Position: MERLA Specialist (Neglected Tropical Diseases)

Location: Abuja


  • Ensure quality data collection, analysis, and reporting in Nigeria under the USAID-funded Act to End NTDs | East program.
  • She/he will oversee the monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of program performance and results for country-led activities and assist in facilitating learning using those results.
  • This role requires regular program data analysis and identifying areas for additional support.
  • The MERLA Specialist will liaise with (COP/Program Manager/RTI-HQ MERLA Staff) to identify how results will be used for program improvement through programmatic adaptation implementation in Nigeria.
  • This position may be expected to support additional projects if awarded.
  • The successful candidate will have robust data analysis expertise, excellent data management skills, strong attention to detail, and comfort working with large amounts of data at the same time.
  • They will also be adept at utilizing data and other information for learning and adapting program activities for continual improvement.
  • This individual is expected to collaborate respectfully with multiple team members from diverse backgrounds.
  • Data collection, monitoring, and reporting
  • Leads MERLA activities and ensure that all MERLA activities are implemented in accordance with approved work plan and budget.
  • Review data reported from specific program activities (e.g. surveys, mass drug administration, training) to ensure data accuracy and completeness.
  • During routine and ongoing data review, communicate any problems with data quality to the relevant program person to ensure accurate data collection and reporting.
  • Provide accurate and timely responses to ad hoc data requests.
  • Support various field activities to ensure high quality data collection and reporting, identifying any challenges and providing on-the-spot solutions.
  • Survey development, implementation, and analysis

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  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or other Analytics field, plus 3 year of experience
  • or Bachelor’s Degree plus 6 years of experience in global health/ governance/ nutrition/ environment programs is required.
  • Experience in quantitatively analyzing M&E data and synthesizing findings for programmatic use is required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel (required) and at least one other statistical package such as: R, SAS, STATA, or SPSS (preferred).
  • Experience in designing and implementing qualitative studies, analyzing qualitative data and generating learning for programmatic use (preferred).
  • Prior USAID experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of MERLA methods and approaches, as learned through coursework, internship, or work experience is required.
  • Experience managing electronic data capture and working with real-time monitoring of data (preferred)
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines under pressure
  • Capacity to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Hard-working
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team-oriented setting while also taking initiative to complete assigned tasks with high quality and within tight timelines
  • Technical content experience in one or more of the following areas preferable: health systems strengthening, infectious diseases, NTDs, HIV, maternal and child health, nutrition or gender.
  • High level of integrity
  • Ability to communicate respectfully in a multi-cultural environment
  • An understanding of development issues
  • Competency in English (required)

How to Apply for MERLA Specialist (Neglected Tropical Diseases) at RTI International

Qualified candidates should send their Application Letter and CV as one MS WORD document to: [email protected] using the job position and location as the subject of the email.

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