Retrospective Evaluation Team Lead

  • Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 11 May 2021

Job Description

The Cloudburst Group is conducting a Retrospective of USAID Response to Pandemic-Related Democratic Backsliding. The goal of the study is to derive lessons learned from adapting to pandemic- enabled democratic backsliding by authoritarian actors. These include lessons both about the process of adapting and about achieving outcomes of countering pandemic-related democratic backsliding. Dissemination and post-retrospective activities will aim to ensure that those lessons learned inform USAID’s backsliding response more generally. The retrospective team will use a mixed-methods approach to explore USAID adaptation processes to confront democratic backsliding from the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 through to the present, including: a survey of relevant Missions, analysis of secondary data (e.g. V-Dem), general key informant interviews, and case studies for in-depth analysis.

The team lead will oversee and delegate, as appropriate, the components of the retrospective including designing and conducting surveys, key informant interviews and guides, and analysis/interpretation of secondary data.

Period of Performance: approximately May 2021- November 2021

Minimum Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • At least 7 years of experience in successfully leading evaluation and research teams in producing well-supported and well-written reporting.
  • Extensive evaluation and research qualifications, including strong quantitative and qualitative skills.
  • Excellent communication, both verbal and written.
  • Experience with USAID processes and CLA.
  • Familiarity with the democratic backsliding comparative analysis.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.

The work that Cloudburst engages in is guided by a mission to improve economic, social, and environmental resilience. To this end, many of the populations and communities we work with focus on addressing structural and institutional racism that disproportionately impacts Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Cloudburst believes that effective services and solutions are created with communities historically impacted by the systems we are attempting to transform. We strongly encourage applications from people who are representative of the culturally and ethnically diverse communities we work with.

About the Organization


The Cloudburst Group is a small consulting business with its main office in Landover, MD. Cloudburst is considered a leader in optimizing the effectiveness and sustainability of public/private programs that target underserved populations and support communities domestically and internationally. Our services include research, evaluation, planning, management consulting and technical assistance, communications and performance measurement.

The Cloudburst Group is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or genetics, or any other protected class. Cloudburst will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

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