Assignment Title: Senior Evaluation Expert, Mali
Technical Point of Contact: Evaluation Team Leader
Participate in a mid-term performance evaluation to assess the activities implemented under USAID’s Selective Integrated Reading Activity (SIRA) Project. The mid-term evaluation of SIRA will investigate questions in three broad categories: 1) implementation progress, 2) project management, 3) lessons learned and the sustainability of results. Note that the questions below are illustrative and will need to be further developed in collaboration with USAID prior to the finalization of the evaluation design. Field work for this evaluation is expected to be conducted in June or July of 2019. THIS POSITION IS CONTINGENT UPON AWARD BY USAID/Mali.
Tasks could include, but not be limited to:
Scope of Work:
- Working with a team of at minimum six (6) professionals, design an evaluation and conduct field research to answer the following questions, which includes but is not limited to:
- To what extent has the Activity made progress in achieving its intended objectives and results and what have been the factors facilitating or impeding the achievement of these results
- What has been the contribution of SIRA implementation approaches to the achievement of SIRA results? Which approaches are making a difference and why? Which ones are not working and need to be changed?
- What are the prospects for sustainability of SIRA at mid-implementation? Which approaches are showing positive results in terms of promoting long-term sustainability and how can they be strengthened?
- To what extent community participation activities have contributed to improved reading and increased school enrolment and retention of girls?
- Supervising the quality of the evaluation design and execution, including qualitative data collection and analysis, identifying and disseminating findings, lessons learned, and evidence from evaluations;
- Provide support in presenting findings to the USAID Mission and relevant stakeholders;
- Other duties as assigned.
Serve in the above consultant capacity to support the IBTCI technical practices of Crisis, Conflict & Governance, Agriculture & Food Security & Economic, Education & Growth and Global Health and/or Business Development divisions.
- This position does not authorize/require the consultant to directly communicate with IBTCI clients.
- This position does not authorize/require the consultant to have decision making authority on final work product.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Experience managing or conducting educational evaluation in sub-Saharan African context preferred;
- Knowledge of USAID projects and requirements;
- Relevant experience in ethnographic research preferred.
- Minimum 7 years of experience managing and conducting qualitative and mixed methods evaluations, and conducting qualitative research, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa;
- Master’s degree and 12 years of relevant work experience.
- Understanding of USAID evaluation principles, methods (quantitative and qualitative), and tool development;
- Proven ability in writing evaluation reports, delivering presentations tailored to different stakeholders, and the ability to use research findings to evaluate program implementation and operations;
- Experience conducting site visits, key informant interviews and focus group discussions;
- Knowledge of USAID’s M&E policies and reporting requirements;
- Fluent oral and written communication skills in English and French.
Education: Master’s degree or higher in sociology, anthropology, education or a related field.
Supervisory Responsibilities: This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.
Travel: Travel to and around Mali is required and may include travel to fragile or conflict prone zones.
No phone calls please. All candidates will be acknowledged, but only final candidates for particular activities will be contacted.
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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, agriculture and food security, governance, economic growth, education, environment, and global health.