Title:  Evaluation Team Lead #2 - USAID/OTI M&E Support Proposal

Location:  To Be Decided (TBD), Central Africa/Lake Chad Basin area

Start date: TBD, Period of Performance: Position involves various STTAs to be completed during June 2019 – June 2020

The Mitchell Group (TMG), an international development consulting firm based in Washington, DC, is currently seeking applications from qualified Evaluation Team Lead candidates to provide adaptable short-term monitoring and evaluation services for USAID/OTI. Please note, this opportunity is in the pre-proposal stage and will only be considered for the proposal stage and successful award of the contract.

The purpose of this activity is to provide adaptable short-term monitoring and evaluation services in response to rapid programs implementation in complex environment; often with incomplete information. USAID/OTI primarily implements its programming through small, “quick-impact” activities that are intended to address specific opportunities or challenges based on the program’s theory of change. USAID/OTI programs use small activities to target assistance and to pilot varied approaches that can be adapted as the political environment changes or as USAID/OTI’s understanding of contextual dynamics improves. By using small activities, USAID/OTI is able to experiment and employ untested theories of change through activities, use ongoing monitoring and evaluation to assess immediate results, and then adapt programming accordingly. 

If selected, applicant will deliver monitoring and evaluation and support services within the conflict prevention and resolution, democracy and governance, countering violent extremism, and media and communications sectors.

Responsibilities:

The Evaluation Team Lead will be responsible for coordinating the activities, assign tasks to team members and supervise performance. S/he will be the main point of contact between the client and the evaluation teams. The candidate will review all plans and outputs and be responsible for submitting quality products. The Evaluation Team Lead may undertake the following tasks:

  • Oversee all task order services and personnel, including evaluation teams;
  • Serve as subject-matter expert on monitoring and evaluation in conflict and transition environments;
  • Provide high-level technical support for ongoing evaluations, research, trainings, or other M&E related activities and tasks;
  • Serve as key interlocutor with the client on the overall M&E service strategy.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Master's degree in development studies, international development, democracy and governance, applied research or related fields.
  • Minimum eight (8) years progressive international experience in governance, monitoring and evaluation systems and processes and programs in Central Africa/Lake Chad Basin region or similar settings.
  • Must have played significant role designing, managing or executing a minimum of seven evaluations.
  • Expert knowledge and understanding of the following areas:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E);
    • Programming for At-Risk Youth (desirable); and
    • Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)
  • Professional experience in political programming in complex environment;
  • Skills in quantitative and qualitative evaluation design and methods.
  • Experience in conflict, post-conflict, and/or countries in political transition.
  • Fluent in English (required), proficient in French (required); Arabic or other languages, (desired).
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Multiple country work experience is required.

Skills:

  • Ability to work positively in a diverse work environment and under difficult environmental conditions
  • Ability to bring out the best in a diverse, multidisciplinary project team
  • Strong critical thinking skills, organizational skills and ability to prioritize appropriately
  • Strong understanding of the principles and processes of M&E, democracy and governance; and communications particularly in relation to USAID programming
  • Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills
  • Strong demonstrated reporting skills
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to communicate complex concepts in a clear and simple manner

Details:

Location:  TBD

The client has programs throughout the world, and new programs will be started throughout this Task Order. As relevant for a given activity and security permitting, The candidate shall be expected to travel to all locations where USAID/OTI develops and implements its activities. Expectations for travel will be communicated in each activity SOW.

Anticipated Start Date: TBD

Period of Performance:  June 2019 – June 2020

Required Application Materials:

  • CV in English
  • Biodata form (dated & signed). Form can be obtained at http://www.usaid.gov/forms (Go to 1420-17 Biographical Data form.)
  • Three (3) professional references
  • A separate form/letter stating;
    • Geographic experience (regions and countries);
    • Background and years of experience in Strategic Communications and Media
    • Expertise in each sector (and ranked according to expertise if the applicant possess experience in multiple sector): conflict prevention and resolution, democracy and governance, countering violent extremism, and media and communications sectors.
    • Years and experience developing country programs and projects, designing and implementing performance measurement and evaluation systems for management decision-making, designing research framework for applied evaluation studies, implementing developmental, formative and summative evaluation studies, and preparing the application of both qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods.

How to Apply:  Please send relevant CV/resumes and application materials, outlined above, to linda.aines@internationalink.net. In the subject line, please indicate “Evaluation Team Lead#2 - USAID/OTI / (Last Name)”. CV/resumes will be reviewed as they are received. To avoid delays, early and a complete set of application documents is encouraged.

Deadline for Application:  March 25, 2019

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