Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises (ABADE) Final Performance Evaluation
Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises (ABADE) is a five-year USAID activity which began on October 16, 2012 and completed in July 31, 2018. The activity was designed to support enterprise development and job creation by assisting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to grow their businesses with: a) additional capital, b) adequate planning, c) appropriate equipment and technologies, d) better management skills and know-how, e) strong, innovative for-profit and not-for-profit supporting institutions, and f) a business environment that is more conducive to the specific needs of supported ABADE’s enterprises.
The purpose of this evaluation is to understand the extent to which ABADE achieved its intended results and was implemented effectively. In addition, OEG would like to know the challenges SMEs faced in production, access to raw materials, and access to electricity. The results of this evaluation will be used to inform OEG’s new strategy and new activity designs that are focused on working with the Afghan private sector to increase jobs and exports in specific value chains.
The Evaluation Team will consist of two expatriates and two Afghan specialists (1 M&E & 1 Technical (SME)). The overall period-of-performance is approximately 50 work days, of which 35 are in Afghanistan. Travel outside of Kabul to Mazar, Herat, Kandahar and Jalalabad for data collection may be required. The anticipated start date is o/a July 1st.
Evaluation Team Leader The Team Leader shall be an evaluation expert with excellent analytical skills and experience evaluating economic growth strategies. At least ten (10) years of program evaluation experience is required, preferably with USAID-funded SME supported programs with a (USAID - firm) partnership component. The Team Leader shall possess at least a Master’s degree, PhD preferred, in economics, finance, SME development, international development, social science, or a related discipline. The Team Lead should be able to write a high quality, standard, accurate and concise report in English. Afghanistan or regional country experience is preferred.
Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist The M&E Specialist shall possess at least five years of experience in program evaluations, and excellent qualitative analytical skills. The M&E Specialists shall possess a university degree in economics or related fields, preferably with a Master’s degree in public administration or the social sciences. Experience in socio-economic field survey and participatory appraisal, designing the tools, sampling and survey methods (e.g. key informant interviews and focus group discussions) are required.
About the Organization
Checchi and Company Consulting, Inc. (Checchi) has worked in international development for over 40 years. The company has operated in more than 140 countries, including a number of fragile states and post-conflict zones, and has implemented nearly 300 long-term contracts. Checchi’s principal areas of specialization include rule of law, anticorruption and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Since launching one of the first international rule of law practices in the late 1980s, Checchi has provided technical assistance and training in the core areas of improving access to justice; court systems administration; legislative and policy reform; judicial training and legal education; public legal awareness; and security sector reform. The company has implemented a number of long- and short-term activities focused exclusively on anticorruption. In addition, many of Checchi’s rule of law projects have included significant anticorruption components and activities. Checchi’s M&E work encompasses projects in more than 50 countries and spans the spectrum of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches to managing and evaluating performance.