Local LG and Decentralization Specialist, USAID-Ukraine Local Governance Project (LGP) Whole-of-Project-Evaluation (WOPE), Ukraine
Social Impact (SI) is a global development management consulting firm. We provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness. We work across all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and economic growth. Since 1997 we have worked in over 100 countries for clients such as U.S. government agencies, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and nonprofits.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Ukraine Local Governance Project (LGP) was designed in 2015 to respond to the momentum for decentralization reform created after the Revolution of Dignity and 2014 Presidential and Parliamentary elections. The design was informed by USAID’s 2014 Local Governance Assessment, which found widespread public support and political will for decentralization in Ukraine at the time, as well as USAID’s significant experience supporting decentralization reform in Ukraine. The Ukrainian government hopes decentralization can be a powerful tool for countering Kremlin influence and pro-separatist sentiments in the east by activating and institutionalizing democratic interactions in thousands of localities around the country and incorporating the views of Ukraine’s diverse communities into decision making while transferring authority and resources to the community level.
The problem that the LGP sought to address was of Ukraine’s ineffective self-government at the local and regional level, which was unresponsive to local needs, underfunded and disempowered by an overly centralized system, and weakened by rampant corruption. SI has been contracted to conduct a Whole-of-Project Evaluation (WOPE) to examine the soundness of the LGP theory of change, evaluate collaboration among USAID implementing mechanisms, and identify adjustments to USAID’s approach that would more effectively strengthen local governance.
*** Please note: This is a local position. Only Ukrainian residents will be considered. ***
SI is seeking an individual to fulfill the role of a Local Governance (LG) and Decentralization Specialist on this evaluation. The Local LG and Decentralization Specialist will provide technical inputs into the evaluation methodology, help develop the data collection strategy, instruments, and protocols; participate in data collection and compilation; participate in key informant interviews and focus group discussions; conduct data analysis; and contribute to draft and final reports. The expected start date will be in March 2019 and we anticipate this position will require 60 days of LOE with about 4 weeks of field work in Ukraine. This is a part-time position reporting to the U.S.-based SI Project Director and working closely with the SI management team/headquarters (HQ), as well as two other evaluation team members with local governance and decentralization and/or performance evaluation expertise.
- Contribute to a desk review of documents relevant to local governance and decentralization programming.
- Provide technical input into the development and finalization of the evaluation design and data collection instruments.
- Support the administration of key informant interviews (KIIs) with internal and external project stakeholders in Ukraine.
- Support the organization and implementation of focus group discussions (FGDs) and/or surveys of local governance and decentralization partners and beneficiaries in Ukraine.
- Support the collection, cleaning, storage, and management both qualitative and quantitative data.
- Contribute to the development of the data analysis and drafting of findings, conclusions, and recommendations matrix.
- Contribute to the development and finalization of project deliverables, including the inception report, draft report, final report, policy brief, and presentations.
- Support the presentation of project results to key stakeholders (USAID, project staff, etc.), other relevant development partners, and LGP subgrantees in Ukraine.
- Ensure quality work in all deliverables; implement SI quality assurance processes.
- Work closely with SI HQ team and communicate in a timely and effective manner with all project personnel.
- Master’s Degree in degree in political science, international relations, social sciences, economics or any other relevant field, or a Bachelor’s Degree with not less than seven years of experience in lieu of the Master’s Degree.
- Minimum five years of experience in designing and conducting performance evaluations, although some exceptions could be made provided adequate alternative and similar research experience
- Knowledge of Ukraine LG and decentralization issues and Government of Ukraine operations
- Detailed knowledge of Ukraine’s development context, key stakeholders and actors, and other information relevant to the success of the LG WOPE
- Strong understanding of data collection and analysis methodologies
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, are required
- Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to work independently to meet deadlines and adhere to high quality standards
- Strong professional written and verbal proficiency in the English language
- Must be based in Ukraine and willing to travel for fieldwork
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About the Organization
Social Impact is a global development management consulting firm. We provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness. We work across all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and economic growth. Since 1997 we have worked in over 100 countries for clients such as US government agencies, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and nonprofits.