Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning and Adapting (MERLA) Specialist – USAID Health Financing Activity 130 views

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Job Location: This is a full-time position based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Reports to: ThinkWell Chief of Party (COP) for HFA 

The Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning and Adapting (MERLA) Specialist will provide technical leadership and strategic direction to the HFA for MERLA activities, including their design and implementation, to drive performance management and build local capacity in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning related to sustainable health financing.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Developing the overarching learning agenda and facilitating learning exchange and training activities;
  • Developing and updating the HF Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan (AMELP) to adequately measure and track progress and outcomes of tasks in the HFA work plan, in consultation with USAID/Indonesia and HFA partners
  • Developing a complementary Data Management Plan detailing the collection, handling, storage and dissemination of data, including gender-related indicators and geographically tagged indicators on the location or geographic scale of the activity’s performance and/or impact
  • Lead the production of all contractual reporting: monthly, quarterly, biannual, BAST; and any reports required by USAID or the Ministry of Health. This includes facilitating team meetings, synthesizing qualitative and quantitative results, and producing high quality reports, and success stories. Ensure key reports are posted to USAID’S Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC).
  • Lead HFA’s compliance with USAID’s Development Information Solution (DIS), the agency’s web-based portfolio management system.
  • Providing support, in collaboration with the Strategic Health Purchasing Specialist, to strengthen the existing Health Policy Network and convert into a vibrant knowledge exchange platform
  • Conduct detailed review of draft annual work plans and budgets submitted by Activity Managers from subcontractors and ThinkWell technical staff. Review feasibility, cost-efficiency, link with results framework, consistency between activities and deliverables, and alignment of activity narrative with budget assumptions. Conduct meetings with Activity Managers to provide feedback in a productive and positive manner and facilitate delivery of high-quality work plan and budget.
  • Serve as the Activity Manager for selected HFA activities as needed, including conceptualization, work planning, client discussions, recruiting local experts, and supervising execution of all tasks and production of all deliverables.


  • At least a masters level degree in public health, health economics, health policy, health financing or equivalent
  • 8+ years of professional experience in monitoring, evaluation, research for a health system strengthening project of similar size and complexity, preferably in the area of health financing and preferably in Indonesia and/or South East Asia
  • Experience in developing result-based monitoring and evaluation frameworks for a health system project.
  • Expertise in health financing preferred
  • Demonstrate knowledge and practice of design and roll out of a robust participatory MERLA plan
  • Strong abilities in developing theories of change and results frameworks, qualitative and quantitative analysis skills, designing monitoring tools, evidence generation, knowledge diffusion and policy advocacy, as well as knowledge of local data system
  • Demonstrated ability to build a community of practice and command extensive partnership dialogue
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English and Indonesian
  • In depth understanding of current and emerging health financing policy reforms in Indonesia
  • Skilled in building the capacity of local institutions in MERLA
  • Capacity to communicate and dialogue with local institutions, academics, researchers, and policy makers at a national and sub-national level

How to Apply

Thinkwell has established an electronic application management system. For more information about this position and apply on line click here Overview and Application.

Closing Date : 14  May 2021 – COB


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