Senior Political Economist, Economic Analysis and Performance Evaluation of MCC Senegal Roads Rehabilitation Activity, Senegal

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 29 June 2018

Job Description

Senior Political Economist, Economic Analysis and Performance Evaluation of MCC Senegal Roads Rehabilitation Activity, Senegal

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.

Proposal Objective:

SI is pursuing an anticipated evaluation for MCC to provide Economic Analysis and Performance Evaluation for Roads Rehabilitation Activities in Senegal. The objective of this evaluation is to conduct an economic analysis (HDM-4/RED) and performance evaluation (maintenance/transport sector work) of the MCC Senegal Roads Rehabilitation Activity. Given the importance of road maintenance for ensuring that roads reach their expected lifespan, MCC has requested that a full political economy analysis of the factors contributing to and/or hindering the proper implementation of road maintenance be conducted as a part of the evaluation.

Position Description:

SI is seeking a senior political economist to lead the political economy analysis (PEA) of Senegal Roads Rehabilitation Activity. This will be a short-term opportunity over the period of performance, which is approximately 18 months from contract award.


  • Lead the PEA of road maintenance.
  • Design and lead data collection (desk review, interviews, focus groups) for the PEA of road maintenance.
  • Primary author of the PEA portions of deliverables and provide input into other portions of deliverables.


  • Master’s degree in political economy, political science, economics or similar discipline.
  • 10 years’ experience providing technical and methodological leadership of PEA in the road maintenance sector.
  • Demonstrated experience in political economy analysis, preferably in the road maintenance sector and/or in Senegal.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess competing political/economic pressures and to assess the difference between policy and actual implementation.
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating with developing country governments, ministries and/or local NGOs/CBOs for the design and implementation of evaluations, including addressing weaknesses as needed.
  • Experience with MCC is a plus.
  • Fluency in oral and written English required, proficiency in French a plus.
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout Senegal

Come join our energetic and innovative team! We offer you the opportunity to play a leading role in the growth of our company, work as part of a creative and committed team, and make a difference in the well-being of our world.

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About the Organization

SI was founded upon the growing global desire-and pressure—to make international development more effective in improving people's lives. The world's most pressing challenges-widespread poverty, HIV/AIDS, environmental degradation, civil war and conflict-call for new ways to manage societies and social and economic change. Foreign aid is increasingly a catalyst for development, and is helping to create conditions to remove people from poverty. Better policies in developing countries, improvements in aid allocation with the end of the Cold War, and learning about aid effectiveness and participation, make aid more effective today at reducing poverty than ever before. Social Impact's mission is to create dramatic improvements in the performance of organizations and programs working to enhance the social and economic wellbeing of people around the world. SI's unique approach-drawn from global "best practices" in managing positive social change—harnesses the participation, collective knowledge and commitment of diverse groups to accomplish measurable and enduring development results. SI provides a full range of innovative management consulting, technical assistance and training services to strengthen international development programs, organizations and policies. SI works across sectors to reduce poverty; improve health, education and the lives of women and children; promote peace and democratic governance; strengthen civil society; foster economic growth; and protect the environment. SI's clients include public and private aid agencies, civil society organizations and governments at various levels.

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