John Snow India Private Limited JSIPL
Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Lead
Consultant, Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research
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Full Time

Closing Date

Jul 27 2021


John Snow India Private Limited (JSIPL) Job Description


Position Name:

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Lead 

Position Type: 



JSIPL/ COVID Vaccination Project

Reporting to: 

Project Director


New Delhi



John Snow India Private Limited (JSIPL) is a subsidiary of John Snow, Inc. (JSI), a health care consulting and research organization dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities in the U.S. and around the world. Our mission is to improve the health of underserved people and communities and provide a place where people of passion and commitment can pursue this cause. For more than 40 years, Boston-headquartered JSI and its affiliates have provided highquality technical and managerial assistance to public health programs worldwide. 


JSI has implemented projects in 106 countries and currently operates from eight US and 81 international offices, with more than 500 US-based professionals and 2,700 host country staff. In India, JSIPL implements and manages several public health projects in maternal, child, and newborn health, supply chain logistics; immunization; digital health; and HIV. Please visit our website at www.jsi.comto find out more about our work.


The Project


Under a USAID grant, JSI has been mandated to provide technical assistance to the Government of India and State governments of several states to identify challenges and facilitate feasible solutions to address them to rapidly ramp up COVID vaccination in the country, aligned with the prevalent Government of India policy. JSIPL will be the lead partner to aggregate, coordinate, and support the

National and State Governments with the technical assistance required to facilitate the scale-up of COVID vaccination in the population, supported by several sub-partners. The interventions will support demand and supply-side acceleration at the national, state, and sub-state levels. The technical assistance areas will be flexible and depend upon the needs expressed by the national and respective state governments and include but are not limited to supply chain, digital health and technology support, last-mile delivery, micro-planning, demand generation, data analysis, workforce expansion, and other areas. 


Job Brief


Reporting to the Project Director, JSIPL is URGENTLY looking for a Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) lead to spearhead the MERL agenda of the project aimed at providing technical assistance to the states to plan and monitor the COVID vaccine delivery.The incumbent will, besides providing leadership to the MERL team, provide expert advice to the state governments and NGO partners on developing program monitoring strategies for the COVID vaccine delivery and promote the collection, visualization and use of data for decision making with the program managers at national, state and sub-state level. The incumbent will be responsible for designing the overall monitoring, evaluation and learning strategy of the project to support various Governments to accelerate COVID vaccine deployment, consistent with the donor requirements. 


The incumbent will lead the research and evaluation design/methodologies, supporting performance monitoring, analysis, and data collection efforts for the project activities. S/he will provide assistance and oversight in all aspects of data management, data quality and provide feedback for improvement.   S/he will, working closely with the NGO partners in the project & other partners on the ground, help the states to further strengthen the monitoring efforts in the COVID vaccination program, identifying challnges and suggest ways to address them.   S/he will plan and oversee the compilation and analysis of data received from various states in the project and prepare anaytical reports demonstrating the progress in the program. S/he will be asked to prepare policy documents, fact sheets and reports in line with the requirements from central and state governments.   This is a full-time position, and will be a member of the Senior management team, based in New Delhi.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provde leadership to the project as a resource and expert on advanced M&E approaches and methods for the project, including but not limited to:

  • Process and impact evaluation designs including population based, health facility, and other surveys

  • Methods for systemic inquiry and situational analysis such as literature reviews, conceptual frameworks, development of evaluation questions, rationalizing evaluation processes. 

  • Diagnostics and analysis of qualitative data collected, provide guidance on how to present interpret and infer from the results

  • Provide guidance and oversight to Covid Vaccination Project team for performance monitoring, M&E plan development, data gathering, data quality improvement, trend analysis and reporting, development of tools including databases and data management protocols.

  • Lead the design of evaluations, operations research, implementation research and other special studies to advance the learning agenda. 

  • Lead and provide needs based technical assistance to the central and state governments in planning monitoring strategies, health information systems, supporting the development of data processing and analysis plans.

  • Provide guidance in the development and implementation of action plans for dissemination and use of information for decision making in a large multi-stakeholder environment including central and state government partners, project teams at national and state level, donors, partner NGOs, Home Office and other actors.

  • Develop M&E guidance, reports and publications of results, as required, in consultation with Project team. 

  • Conduct literature searches and collate available scientific evidence on Covid 19 Vaccination policy and programmatic issues as part of the team’s research activities to strengthen evidence based decision for rapidly improving coverage, reduce vaccine hesitancy, gender gap and other challenges.  

  • Keep up-to-date with the latest scientific evidence on Covid 19 Vaccination by regularly reviewing national and international evidence and update the team.

  • Line management and supervision of other staff in the MEL team of the project.  

Qualification, Experience & Skills

  • MA/MSc or PhD required in Statistics, Biostatistics, Public Health, social sciences, demography, epidemiology or related areas of study.

  • Minimum 10 years relevant experience in leading Monitoring and Evaluation of large-scale health and health service delivery and systems strengthening programs. Leading MERL teams in vaccination programs will be highly advantageous. 

  • Familiarity with the principles and current approaches to monitoring and evaluation.

  • Experience in the design, conduct and analysis of research studies (qualitative and quantitative).

  • Experience with data management systems (MS Access, MS Excel, and/or online data collection tools, e.g., ODK) will be helpful.

  • Excellent data analysis skills and proficiency in data analysis tools (e.g., MS Excel, SPSS, Stata, R, and/or SAS).

  • Proficiency in the use of data visualization tools (e.g., Datawrapper, R, MS Power BI, or Tableau) will be useful.

  • Demonstrated experience in collaborating with various types of government partners.

How to Apply:


Please review the detailed Position Description and submit your application at the following link (please copy and paste the link in your browser):


Your application should consist if the following:

  • Detailed Resume

  • Suitability Statement (max. 500 words) describing your specific past experience in similar assignments. 

  • Minimum Notice Period  

JSI India subscribes to a policy of equal opportunity. Applicants for employment will not be discriminated against on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, caste, ancestry, creed, religion, gender, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual preference, genetic information, political affiliation, or military status (special disabled veterans or veteran status) in any employment decisions.  


This is an urgent requirement and those who can join early will be preferred. 


Please note that the last date of applying for this position is July 27, 2021 and only the shortlisted candidates will be called for the interview.