STOP Spillover is a USAID-funded project launched in October 2020 to anticipate and address threats posed by emerging zoonotic diseases that move from animals to humans. Over the next 5 years, the project will work in ten countries across Africa and Asia. A Tufts-led international consortium will support countries to build capacity to directly reduce outbreaks from known zoonotic viruses. The consortium will work with USAID to develop and institutionalize innovative, country-specific, and sustainable approaches to decrease the risk of viral spillover from animals to humans and reduce amplification and spread of viruses among humans. STOP Spillover will focus on strengthening national capacity in a number of targeted countries to 1) understand the factors that contribute to the risk of spillover of pathogens from wildlife to humans; 2) develop, assess, and implement early risk-reduction interventions that will reduce spillover and spread of priority pathogens; and, 3) recognize and respond rapidly to zoonotic spillover events.
The Tufts University team includes faculty members from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Feinstein International Center, School of Engineering and the School of Medicine. The Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health (IDGH) at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine hosts a number of project faculty and applies a multidisciplinary approach to advancing the health and well-being of animals, people, and our global ecosystem. Expertise includes Infectious Diseases, International Veterinary Medicine, Conservation Medicine, Wildlife Medicine and Public Health programs. Emerging zoonotic infectious diseases are a priority. In addition, the Tufts-led consortium works with private sector partners, One Health university networks in Africa and Asia, University of Glasgow, University of Washington, UCLA, the Broad Institute, University of Nebraska, conservation organizations and others.
DESCRIPTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Project Manager for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) will coordinate monitoring and evaluation activities across all Stop Spillover countries, including managing the MEL Plan and will serve as the primary point of contact at Tufts with USAIDs M&E Coordinator. In partnership with three MEL Technical Advisors and the Senior MEL Technical Lead, the MEL Project Manager will ensure that the MEL Plan successfully captures project performance and results.
Stop Spillover is implementing a global online M&E platform to actively monitor project activities in real-time, therefore the MEL Project Manager will use this platform to access quantitative and qualitative data for purposes of routine reporting to the funder. As such, the MEL Project Manager will be responsible for MEL data management at the global level, sharing knowledge and learning internally and externally, and providing M&E updates to technical staff at global and country levels to ensure workplans adapt based on M&E indicators and targets. This staff member will liaise with in-country teams, allocate MEL team member time for in-country and global project technical needs, and organize trainings, workshops, and annual Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) meetings. Additionally, the MEL Project Manager will provide support to MEL Technical Advisors who will be planning and implementing global, regional, and country-based evaluations.