Data Quality Assessment Consultant

Posted on 14 June 2018

Job Description

Overview:

International Business and Technical Consultants Incorporated (IBTCI) is seeking a Data Quality Assessment (DQA) Consultant. He or she will be responsible for a number of activities to ensure that the USAID/EA/Somalia Office is aware of 1) the strengths and weakness of data collected by the Office from its implementing partners; 2) the extent to which the data can be trusted to influence management decisions.

This position is based in Nairobi, Kenya and requires short trips throughout Somalia. The estimated start date is October /November 2018 and the position will continue intermittently until February 2019.

Essential Duties/Tasks and Responsibilities:

The Data Quality Assessment (DQA) Consultant must:

  • Review documentation, including past DQAs, the USAID/Somalia Performance Management Plan, and Implementing Partner (IP) Activity Monitoring & Evaluation Plans.
  • Communicate with IPs such that they are adequately prepared for the DQA.
  • Train IPs using a mix of teaching techniques such as lectures, discussions and practice exercises to ensure that trainees are able to internalize information provided and apply their learning.
  • Ensure that all necessary information is collected during meetings with IPs and site visits; travel to the sites and report findings.
  • Review each indicator against the quality standards and complete a DQA checklist and where appropriate a System Assessment Protocol at the USAID, IP and IP sub-contractors level (as appropriate); based on this review, and identify actionable recommendations to address any emerging data quality issues.
  • Facilitate a series of validation and findings dissemination workshops with each IP and their COR/AOR.
  • Submit a detailed DQA report to IBTCI/SPSS.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Extensive experience in conducting rigorous and evidence-based DQAs;
  • Strong understanding of stabilization, electoral systems, and democracy and governance programming;
  • Proven ability to review and update training materials and conduct trainings, findings dissemination sessions using DQA findings;
  • Knowledge of USAID requirements on DQAs; and
  • In-depth understanding of USAID performance management standards and guidelines.

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least eight years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, preferably with experience working on USAID projects;
  • Extensive experience in conducting rigorous and evidence-based DQAs;
  • Willingness and ability to travel to Somalia; and
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.

Education:

Graduate degree in a relevant field preferred.

Working Environment: Work is typically performed in an office environment.

Physical Requirements: This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 20 lbs.

Supervisory Responsibility: This position does have supervisory responsibilities.

Travel: International travel to Somalia is required.

No phone calls please. All candidates will be acknowledged, but only final candidates for particular activities will be contacted.

About the Organization

International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a U.S. based international development consulting company established in 1987, has worked in over one hundred countries and implemented over two hundred projects. IBTCI serves government agencies, private sector companies and several donor agencies. IBTCI specializes in Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) across many sectors including, but not limited to, conflict and crisis, democracy and governance, economic growth, education, environment, and global health.

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