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 three 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, conflict and crisis, democracy and governance, economic growth, education, environment, and global health.
Job Title: Senior Evaluator – Food Security, Livelihoods and Agriculture
Reports To: Senior Management
Type: Regular Full-Time
Classification: This is an exempt level position and is not eligible for overtime pay.
Overview: IBTCI is seeking a Senior Evaluator – Food Security, Livelihoods and Agriculture for a proposed World Food Programme (WFP) evaluation in China. The purpose of this evaluation is to review WFP’s Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for China in order to provide evidence and learning on WFP’s performance and to provide accountability to WFP stakeholders, including the Government of China, United Nations agencies, the World Bank’s IBRD, the private sector, and civil society in China.
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The WFP’s CSP in China supports four strategic outcomes:
SO1: Malnutrition rates among children in targeted “poverty counties” reduced in line with national norms by 2020.
SO2: Year-round livelihoods among smallholder farmers in frequent need of food assistance in areas such as Anhui, Gansu, Guangxi, Hainan and Hunan provinces are enhanced.
SO3: Populations regularly affected by natural disasters in Anhui, Gansu and Guangxi provinces and other poor disaster-prone areas better able to withstand and respond to shocks all year round.
SO4: Selected developing countries assisted in enhancing food security and nutrition in line with their prioritized SDG2 targets by 2030.
SO5: Work to enhance food security and nutrition in targeted “poverty counties” and selected developing countries supported year-round by increased private-sector resources and public-private partnerships.
The evaluation will cover WFP’s activities from 2017 to April 2020 to contribute to the CSP strategic outcomes, establishing plausible causal relations between the outputs of WFP activities, the implementation process, the operational environment and changes observed at the outcome level, including any unintended consequences, positive or negative. The evaluation will analyze if and how gender equality and women’s empowerment were considered in the CSP design and implementation guided by the WFP Gender Policy, identifying any gaps, and proposing areas for improvement. The evaluation will also analyze the WFP partnership strategy in China.
The first phase of this evaluation is conducted by WFP. The second phase of this evaluation, the inception report, will be done remotely. Phase 3, fieldwork, is anticipated to be done in-country later this year provided that conditions related to COVID-19 permit. Otherwise, phase 3 activities will be done remotely.
Essential Duties/Tasks and Responsibilities:
- Conduct an in-depth evaluability assessment and critically assess data availability, quality and gaps to inform its choice of evaluation methods. This will include an analysis of the results framework and related indicators.
- Develop the evaluation matrix and data collection strategy; identifying alternative approaches for data collection and designing a strong methodology to analyze data rigorously.
- Conduct field research including data collection and analysis.
- Participate in exit debriefing and briefings with WFP home office staff.
- Prepare written and oral reports on all matters within the consultant’s area of expertise as directed by the Team Leader and the home office project director.
- Other duties as assigned.
- At least ten (10) years’ experience in conducting evaluations and/or assessments in the area of international development, with a focus on food security, livelihoods, and agriculture.
- Prior experience conducting research and/or evaluations in China on related topics.
- Demonstrated experience in indicator development, data collection and analysis, data quality assessments, and/or performance monitoring and reporting.
- Strong research skills in both qualitative and qualitative research methodologies.
- Experience in designing and field-testing surveys and other data collection instruments.
- Demonstrated strong project management skills.
- Strong written and oral communication and excellent interpersonal skills.
- Oral and written fluency in English required.
Education: Master’s degree in the social sciences, in particular: statistics, economics, public policy, agriculture or other relevant field; Ph.D. preferred.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Prior experience conducting WFP Country Strategic Plan Evaluations is preferred.
- Fluency in Mandarin and proficiency in other dialects is preferred.
- Experience in and knowledge of gender aspects relevant to food security and livelihoods is preferred.
Working Environment: Work is typically performed in an office environment, with short-term periods for data collection in the field.
Physical Requirements: This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 20 lbs.
Supervisory Responsibility: This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.
Travel: International travel may be required of COVID-19 conditions permit.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
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