USAID Jalin: MELA Specialist

The Jalin Project

Scope of Work
MELA Specialist

The USAID Jalin Project (hereafter referred to as “Jalin” or the “Project”) is a five-year initiative implemented by DAI Global, LLC and its consortium of partners – IntraHealth, Vital Strategies, and Market Share Associates. USAID/Indonesia’s Jalin Project will support the Ministry of Health (MOH) to achieve an accelerated reduction in maternal and newborn deaths – a priority recently reconfirmed by the President of Indonesia.  The maternal and newborn mortality rates are among the highest in the region; are far above Indonesia’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets; and have stagnated in recent years. The overarching problem that Jalin strives to resolve is that the quality of care accessible to mothers and newborns is uneven across the country in both public and private facilities and at both primary and secondary levels of care.

In June 2019, USAID issued a Request for Proposal to modify the USAID Jalin Project’s total estimated cost and scope of work. This request resulted in shifts to Jalin’s technical approach, focused on working towards two results: 1) Improved maternal and newborn health (MNH) quality of care in public and private, and primary and secondary facilities, at scale; and 2) Improved efficiency and effectiveness of the emergency referral system at community and facility levels, at scale.

Jalin’s revised Theory of Change is as follows: if we strengthen both the use of evidence and reporting and accountability systems to inform targeted 'whole-of-market' responses relating to maternal and newborn deaths, AND IF in particular, we strengthen public and private facilities to provide high quality MNH services including identifying and treating obstetric and newborn complications, THEN the emergency referral systems and the quality of care for mothers and newborns will improve and the number of deaths will drop. 


The MELA Unit has a wide scope and provides significant support to the regional teams and technical team based in Jakarta. Supports the MELA Director in the development and implementation of Jalin’s MELA plan and will support in specific areas including reporting, developing M&E plans for specific Jalin solutions, and data management.


The MELA Specialist will conduct the following:

·       Support the MELA Director and/or oversee the provision of M&E services to the Ministry of Health. Services to be defined, but not limited to: supporting the MOH to develop and roll out an M&E system for a mentoring program; developing M&E frameworks for national policies, etc.

·       Overseeing, and quality controling, the development of M&E plans, and other documentation, for local solutions and other significant Jalin activities.

·       Support in the establishment and implementation of monitoring systems to collect and collate information related to Jalin’s MELA plan indicators (includes the development of tools, guidelines, delivering training, MIS development, etc.);

·       Support the MELA team in rolling out the USAID Jalin MELA plan e.g. data collection, training, analysis, presentation.

·       Support the development, quality control and preparation of reports to USAID and MOH.

·       Conduct rapid assessments/evaluations of USAID Jalin’s local solutions; conducting and/ or overseeing independent reviews/evaluations of Jalin activities where applicable.

·       Supporting the promotion of Jalin as a learning organization and the documentation and dissemination of lessons.

·       Other duties as assigned by the MELA Director that are consistent with the purpose of the work.

Period of Performance

Up to six months, between 1 April – 30 September 2020.  


Up to 20 days per month


This position is based in Jakarta.  The MELA Specialist may occasionally work remotely, subject to approval by his/ her Supervisor. Periodic visits to Provinces where Jalin has a presence are expected.


Deliverables will include:

·       Assessment/ evaluation reports and/ or briefs

·       M&E Plans, tools – as required by MOH

·       Outputs from the compilation and analysis of monitoring data

·       Monthly status report on activity assignments


The MELA Specialist will report to the MELA Director.

Interested and qualified applicants could send the cover letter and CV at the latest on March 16, 2020 at 05.00 PM Jakarta Time to with “MELA Specialist " in the subject line and specify the availability date in the CV. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted directly.

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