Assignment Title: Team Leader, Advisor for Public Policy, DRC
Department/Location: Crisis, Conflict & Governance/DRC
Technical Point of Contact: COP/DRC
MECC is a five-year contract implemented by IBTCI and its subcontractor, Management Systems International (MSI), to provide monitoring, evaluation, analytic, and research services to the USAID Mission’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS), and the USAID/DFID joint education program (ACCELERE!). At the request of USAID, MECC will undertake an assessment of the current policy environment in the DRC in order to identify possible points of engagement over the next two to five years. The assessment will develop recommendations based on activities including reviews of studies and assessments, interviews, and facilitated learning events among internal and external collaborators (including USAID staff, government officials, the private sector, NGOs, donors, journalists, and experts).
The consultant will provide advisory support to USAID in the preparation of a national policy forum. IBTCI is seeking a U.S Expatriate Team Leader to lead a targeted team and members of the MECC staff in the design and conduct of this assessment. This is a short-term position to be carried out in Kinshasa and other relevant in-country locations as required, and remotely.
The period of performance for this consultancy is about 6 months and will start on/or July 15 until on/or about December 15, 2019 for an estimated LOE of 90 days.
Using your expertise and subject matter skills, contribute tasks on specific task orders and/or contracts. Tasks could include but not be limited to:
Scope of Work:
- Provide Overall coordination of the assessment team and final products.
- Finalize the assessment design, including key questions and methods.
- Design the data collection tools and data analysis plan.
- Coordinate assessment activities, including learning events, in line with agreed workplan.
- Analyze collected data.
- Draft Assessment report and incorporate client feedback for final report.
- Prepare and present key assessment findings and recommendations to the USAID team and other stakeholders, as appropriate.
- Advise on preperation of a national policy forum.
- Other technical or administrative tasks as assigned by the COP or her delegate.
- 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:
- Cultural sensitivity and ability to work in a cross-cultural team;
- Demonstrated expertise in the use of social science qualitative and/or quantitative research methods in the collection and analysis of data.
- Demonstrated ability to produce and edit reports and technical documents.
- Significant experience working with international donor-funded activities, particularly in USG strategic and activity planning.
- Five (5) years of demonstrated experience in policy programming, research and/or evaluation in developing countries.
- Experience leading assessments/analyses of public policy, including design, implementation, and analysis.
- Experience working with high level officials in sub-Saharan Africa on public policy issues.
- Experience representing U.S. Government interests to outside stakeholders, including implementing partners, the private sector, foreign donor organizations, and host-government officials.
- Fluent verbal and written communication skills in English, and professional proficiency in French.
Education: Master’s degree or equivalent work experience in Public Policy, International Development, Political Science, International Relations, or related field.
Supervisory Responsibilities: This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.
Physical Requirements: This position requires the incumbent to be mobile and agile at a moment’s notice in case of an emergency. This is a largely sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 20 lbs.
Travel: Travel to Kinshasa, DRC is required. Travel to additional provinces in the DRC is possible.
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 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.