Evaluation Manager, Philippines (PEMS - Consultant)

  • Mid-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 6 November 2019
  • Metropolitan Manila, Philippines
  • Closing on 6 December 2019
  • Current

Job Description

EnCompass LLC is seeking a Philippines Evaluation Manager to provide technical and administrative support for a performance evaluation of the Program to End Modern Slavery (PEMS), with an emphasis on qualitative research methods. This position is a part-time consultancy from October 2019 to September 2020, with a total expected commitment of 60 days.

The Program to End Modern Slavery—which is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office)—features a series of programs and projects designed to substantially reduce the prevalence of human trafficking/modern slavery among key targeted populations, including in parts of the Philippines. In September 2019, the TIP Office contracted EnCompass to conduct a mixed methods and multi-country performance evaluation of the first tranche of PEMS funding (“PEMS 1”). This evaluation will use both qualitative and quantitative methods to (1) understand the process used by the implementing partner (to date) to measure the prevalence of modern slavery, including strengths, challenges, and best practices; and (2) assess how early sub-grant activities have served human trafficking victims or individuals vulnerable to trafficking in priority countries, including how related research has influenced these activities. In the Philippines, the evaluation will focus on awards and sub-awards to reduce migration-related trafficking. Evaluation findings will therefore provide insight into lessons learned, programmatic performance to date, and recommendations for future efforts under PEMS.

The Philippines Evaluation Manager will head the local evaluation team and lead PEMS evaluation activities within the Philippines, including overseeing data collection and analysis. The evaluation manager will also contribute to the overall multi-country evaluation design and methodology to ensure that Philippines-specific and industry-specific contexts are taken into account. This position will be supported by local evaluation data associates, as well as local subject-matter experts in trafficking and selected industries relevant to PEMS.

We are looking for a collaborative leader who is experienced in qualitative data collection, highly organized, detail-oriented, proactive, and has experience in both managing a dispersed team of researchers and collaborating to conduct research across diverse contexts. The ideal candidate would have existing interest and/or experience in the field of human trafficking and modern slavery, migration, or other complex, sensitive topics.

The position is based in Manila. The Evaluation Manager will be expected to travel to data collection sites across the Philippines as needed, with primary data collection.

This position is a local position. Only candidates residing in the Philippines and with existing work authorization will be considered.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

Essential functions:

Technical:

  • Oversee and coordinate evaluation data collection efforts at project sites across the Philippines, including direct management of a small team of qualitative data collectors
  • Contribute to Philippines-related sections of an early desk and document review
  • Provide input into the overall PEMS evaluation design—including data collection methods, tools, and sampling—to ensure that it is tailored appropriately to the Philippine trafficking context
  • Manage the process of obtaining timely Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval within the Philippines for data collection
  • Participate in training of trainers (TOT) on data collection, EnCompass’ approach, and use of relevant toolkits and interview guides
  • Coordinate and conduct onboarding/training of the Philippine data collection team, including piloting of qualitative data collection tools to model data collection
  • Directly conduct interviews and focus groups with high-ranking officials or those requiring your expertise for success
  • Manage all data collected by the Philippine data collection team and ensure that they adhere to standards
  • Ensure transcripts from data collectors are translated and cleaned in a timely manner; upload all cleaned transcripts in electronic form
  • Provide input into synthesized evaluation findings, recommendations, and final report

Administrative:

  • Work with EnCompass to hire and supervise local data collectors who will be responsible for preparing for, conducting, and transcribing interviews and focus groups
  • Conduct and coordinate travel within the Philippines as needed for data collection and to meet key stakeholders, with the potential for some regional travel (within Asia) for training
  • Participate in regular EnCompass evaluation team meetings, including frequent and timely meetings during project orientation and start-up
  • Coordinate and meet with Philippines-based implementing partner staff for EnCompass evaluation activities
  • Set up and maintain systems to ensure timely delivery of tasks and track overall evaluation progress in the Philippines
  • Serve as local point-of-contact for administrative and logistical support for the evaluation (e.g. organizing meeting spaces, local travel)

Other:

  • Other duties as assigned
Position Requirements

Qualifications

Academic Qualifications

  • At a minimum, a master’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of experience in program evaluation, human trafficking or human rights, migration, humanitarian or international development, social work, or a related field

Experience and Skills

  • Strong technical and general writing skills
  • Experience working with civil society organizations, government officials, and intergovernmental bodies
  • Proven track record of successful teamwork, collaborative leadership and team management experience
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to interact with individuals at all levels
  • Work experience in counter-trafficking or modern slavery, migration, humanitarian or human rights, social work, or related fields in the Philippines
  • Strong analytical skills to support qualitative research, including experience in conducting and managing interviews and focus groups
  • Experience with Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval processes and protocols in the Philippines, preferably for research with vulnerable populations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Keen attention to detail and a proactive attitude
  • Ability to think strategically and integrate diverse information from varied sources
  • Written and oral fluency in English and Filipino
  • Ability to organize, manage, prioritize, and follow through on multiple tasks in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge of the field of human trafficking/modern slavery in the Philippines, including the landscape of key actors
  • Experience conducting qualitative data collection with vulnerable or sensitive populations
  • Experience in or knowledge of applying appreciative inquiry and participatory approaches to qualitative data gathering and workshop designs

How to Apply

Please complete the application and submit CV and cover letter through: https://encompassworld.com/careers-and-consulting/#op-359050-evaluation-manager-philippines-pems-consultant

The employer will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified.

The incumbent must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle and prioritize multiple, competing tasks and demands and to seek supervisory assistance as appropriate.

About the Organization

EnCompass is a women-owned business offering innovative and customized solutions for leadership, capacity strengthening, technical assistance, and monitoring and evaluation. We have experience in more than 70 countries and a team of more than 100 staff and 1,200 experts around the globe.

We partner with government and multilateral agencies, nonprofit organizations, and corporations around the world, offering thought leadership, rich diversity, and technical expertise in global health, inclusive development, education, human rights, and food security.

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