While a staff member of The World Bank, Joe Valadez was the Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for the Global HIV/AIDS Programme and the Malaria Booster Program for Africa, and provided M&E support to other areas of health sector.
He is a community epidemiologist who has worked in more than 50 countries, including Kenya, where he was Director of Projects for the African Medical and Research Foundation and Rwanda where he served as Senior Health Officer for UNICEF immediately after the genocide. There he helped the new Rwandan government develop a Ministry of Health and addressed priority health problems during their crisis period.
He has deep practical experience in planning and managing national and sub-national health programs throughout Africa, Latin America, and South and Central Asia.
As an epidemiologist he has advanced the development of rapid and practical programme monitoring and evaluation techniques that adapt quality control statistics as used in industry, for application in community health programmes.
He pioneered the Lot Quality Assurance Sampling method during the mid-1980s while a member of the Harvard faculty. LQAS is now used internationally and recently LQAS has been integrated with cluster sampling for applications in large countries.
Professor Valadez has also been prescient in using epidemiological methods to expedite Health Facility Assessments for quality control of the treatment of sick children, and patients receiving antiretroviral therapy. He is interested in developing Programme M&E techniques that empower local managers to manage their programmes by using results. Currently he is working to successfully develop a tool kit for Programme M&E that local Public Health Officers can use to identify which interventions are priorities and need improvement.
Currently, he is supporting the Government of the Republic of South Sudan establish its national informatics systems. He has been working throughout the South Sudan's 10 states since 2006. He also supports the governments of Bihar and Odisha States in India to implement LQAS methods for monitoring their malaria and maternal and child health programs.
In Uganda he support DFID to evaluate the impact of Results Based Financing in the Acholi and Lango sub-regions, and USAID to institutionalize LQAS nationally. He also supports UNICEF to roll out LQAS methodology throughout sub-Saharan Africa to support its programme for integrated community case management, and to assess the effectiveness of Child Health Days.
He has authored 5 books including Assessing Child Survival Programs in Developing Countries: Testing Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (Harvard Press, 1991), and Monitoring and Evaluation Social Programs in Developing Countries (The World Bank, 1994).
Research Grants (as of May 2018)
Grants (As of May 2018):
- £731,451 (2017) DFID: Monitoring, Evaluation and Operational Research (MEOR)
- $94,474 (2017) UNICEF: Niger. Assessments of preventive nutrition interventions in 17 municipalities and support data use for policy making
- $199,825 (2017) World Vision: Wrote a planning manual for global use of LQAS in World Vision Offices
- $5,898,591 (2009-2018): Support to the Government of South Sudan (through the World Bank) to develop the national Monitoring and Evaluation System (Sept 2017-Feb 2018)
- $433,868 (2015): UNICEF—support child health and nutrition programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. (2015-2016)
- $1,738,603 (2015-2018):Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, India to assess the validity and reliability of the government of Bihar’s M&E systems for MNCH programs and to develop hybrid prevalence estimation.
- $345,062: UNICEF Niger and Sudan to assess the effectiveness of child health days (2015)
- £88,628: Developing LQAS for assessing the quality and use of health services in refugee camps in South Sudan. Donor: Humanitarian Innovation Fund 2015
- £998,969 (2012-2016)Support DFID for operations research of Results Based Financing (Acholi-Lango sub-Regions Uganda.
10.$1,241,446 (2011-2016, UNICEF Uganda) The Community and District Empowerment for Scale up (CODES) to reduce child mortality by improved local health system governance in Uganda.
11.$854,803.36: (2011-2012) Support UNICEF Headquarters develop a rapid monitoring and evaluation system to assess priority programs (e.g., Integrated Community Case Management, EPI).
12.$50,000: (2008-2010) Support the World Bank to develop decentralized monitoring and evaluation systems for malaria, child and maternal health projects in Nigeria, Benin, Lesotho and India.
13.€1 million: (2009-2011: Supports Government of Libya develop its first national HIV/AIDS strategy, and measure HIV seroprevalence in Hard To Reach Populations. (European Commission)
14.£500,000: (2010-2012 DFID) Support Government of India establish M&E systems for decentralized diagnosis and treatment of malaria in Orissa State
15.£1.5 million: (2009-2011 DFID)Support Government of Zimbabwe establish rapid monitoring systems for assessing maternal and new born health care and CBD performance (2009-11, DFID)
16.$3 million: (2009-2013 USAID) Support Government of Uganda institutionalise a national M&E system for HIV/AIDS programme monitoring using the LQAS method