22 December, 2021

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Officer (Vanuatu)

Abt Associates


Port Vila


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Organisation Description: 

Abt Associates a mission-driven, global leader with a proven track record in complex program implementation in the international development sector. We offer bold solutions and technical excellence in Health, Economic Growth, Governance, Research & Evaluation, Environment & Energy, Gender Equality & Social Inclusion. Working with our many partners, we have driven measurable social impact for more than 55 years, to achieve our mission of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide. We operate in remote and challenging environments and employ more than 3,700 staff in over 50 countries.


Job Desctiption:

About the Program 

Abt Associates is supporting the Ministry of Health to implement the ADB-funded Systems Strengthening for Effective Coverage of New Vaccines in the Pacific project. The project is introducing three new vaccines: HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) to prevent pneumonia and other diseases caused by the pneumococcal bacteria, and RV vaccine to prevent diarrhoea caused by rotavirus (RV). The Project has recently been expanded to include COVID-19 responses.

The introduction of the three new vaccines into Vanuatu's routine immunisation strategy is an important move in preventing disease and promoting health in the Ni-Vanuatu population, as well as supporting Vanuatu's public health response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The position will be located within the Ministry of Health, working closely with counterparts in the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, and UNICEF/WHO.

About the Opportunity

Abt has opportunities available for a Gender and Social Inclusion Officer (GESI), Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL) Officer and Project Officer in the Integrated Project Management (IPM) team in Vanuatu. The positions are available for an immediate start through to November 2023, with a likely extension to 2025. The positions will be locally employed, therefore applicants must have working rights in Vanuatu. Requests for part-time, consultant options will be considered.

The Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL) Officer will work closely with the IPM MERL Specialist, IPM Public Health Officer, IPM Public Health Specialist and key Ministry of Health counterparts to support MOH's ongoing efforts for collating, analysis and sharing of data and development of progress update reports. The MERL Officer is responsible for:

supporting the MOH's immunisation (EPI) program and the data management unit to strengthen and improve data management and reporting tools for the new vaccines, routine immunisation and the COVID-19 vaccines implementation. 
Ensuring practical and time-bound M&E workplan is produced in consultation with key MOH counterparts and MERL Specialist.
Maintaining, updating and reporting against country-specific M&E Framework / Plan for the project.
Coordinating MERL and reporting activities across ministries.
Supporting the MERL Specialist in facilitating and preparing for M&E capacity building activities and learning events.


Selection Criteria:

About You

We are seeking an individual who will bring:

5 years' experience in monitoring and evaluation
Experience in leading activities or programs in M&E
Ability to communicate and write well in Bislama and English and good command of French
Experience in the health system or government
Experience in training or capacity building is an advantage Experience in training or capacity building is an advantage
Familiarity with working on ADB projects will be an advantage
Working rights in Vanuatu




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Fleur Jackson


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