Anticipated Program Role: The Senior Program Advisor for Evaluation shall be responsible foroverall management and functioning of all evaluation and special study activities and staff engaged in such activities. This includes overseeing all aspects of evaluation and special study activities, such as planning and budgeting for each assigned activity, identifying appropriate staffing levels, securing appropriate qualified staff, providing relevant technical guidance, leading consultations with relevant USAID/Bangladesh staff and implementing partners, identifying and executing appropriate agreed upon methodology, field work, research, reporting and deliverables.
Experience Requirements: at least twelve (12) years of experience is preferred in monitoring and evaluation of international development projects, preferably in developing countries; project management; research methods; and project design. Must have experience in conducting project and program evaluations, surveys, assessments, and data analysis. Experience in conducting and managing impact evaluations is required. At least five (5) years of supervisory experience is also required. Experience working in USG M&E projects is desired. Must have working experience in South Asia, preferably Bangladesh.
Specialized Knowledge/Skill: Must have knowledge of international best practices on project design, implementation, evaluation and learning as well as excellent interpersonal, writing and presentation skills. Experience leading the design, implementation, analysis and reporting for an impact evaluation is preferred. Evidence of advanced evaluation design and advanced statistical analysis including multi-level modeling, propensity score matching, conducting power analysis for clustered evaluations and, fluency with a statistical software package. Demonstrated experience in conducting randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental designs.In addition, the capacity to manage activities in a multi-cultural environment and in providing consulting services in helping clients analyze problems, devise and adopt solutions.
About the Organization
OPTIMAL is a leading non-partisan public policy research firm that conducts studies and provides technical assistance on health care, education, welfare, housing, community development, and related subjects. Our mission is to provide policy makers with rigorous and timely studies that enable our clients (including federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as private foundations) to improve public well-being. Optimal is located in College Park, Maryland, approximately 10 miles from Washington, DC. For more information see www.OptimalSolutionsGroup.com.