Team Leader/Evaluation Value Chain Expert

Lebanon
Apply by 30 May 2018
Senior-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 30 April 2018

Job Description

Project Introduction

Through PMSPL II, Social Impact supplements the monitoring and program management efforts of USAID/Lebanon staff and verifies, monitors, and supports USAID program performance in Lebanon. The period of performance of the PMSPL II project is September 2015 – September 2020.

The Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development (LIVCD) is a $42.18 million program that began in 2012 and will run through January 2019. The objective of the project is to strengthen the agriculture and agro-processing sectors through technical support to targeted value chains. It does so by enhancing access to finance for rural small businesses and by stimulating innovation and private sector investment. Supported value chains include olives, honey, grapes, avocados, cherries and apples. In addition, LIVCD supports food processing, a wide range of artisanal products and rural basket products—including thyme and pine nuts—as well as rural tourism activities to enhance economic benefits for rural communities. LIVCD uses a market-driven approach and coordinates with private sector and farmer cooperative partners to tailor business development services, allowing them to meet the demands of the market while creating sustainable linkages among input suppliers, producers, processors, traders, and consumers. Public-private partnerships and co-investments initiated by LIVCD help to increase incomes of rural beneficiaries.

A mid-term evaluation was conducted for LIVCD in April 2016, it evaluated the diverse interventions under the selected value chains and provided recommendations for project improvement during the remaining timeframe and proposed different scenarios for an exit strategy.

The objective of this final LIVCD evaluation is to document critical successes as well as shortcomings of the project in order to provide the Mission, the USG, and the wider donor-community with usable lessons learned for adaptation under USAID’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) framework. It should provide the audience with input on the approach and activities implemented under LIVCD in terms of achieving outputs as well as outcomes and the sustainability of its interventions. It will also provide the Mission with a background, conclusions and recommendations package to be able to better plan for future activities and follow-on activities.

Period of Performance

The LIVCD evaluation is anticipated to occur from August 2018 to December 2018. The Team Leader is expected to have ~48 days of LOE.

Qualifications

The Team Leader/Evaluation Value Chain Expert with a professional background in international development and strong working knowledge of value chain approach, evaluation methodologies, agri-business development, etc. The expert should preferably have work experience in development projects design and delivery in developing countries. Experience working on issues related to gender in the context of economic development is preferable. This person shall be responsible for coordinating and directing the overall evaluation, including preparation and submission of the draft and final evaluation report. He/she should have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the design, implementation, and/or evaluation of foreign assistance programs including USAID-related value chain programs. He/she should have an advanced degree in agricultural economics, international development, agribusiness or related field. The team leader should have excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Previous overseas experience in the region is desirable.

Responsibilities

The Team Leader’s responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide technical expertise and lead efforts in mid-term performance evaluation design, methodology and data collection instruments;
  • Conduct interviews, surveys, site visits, document review and focus group discussions;
  • Lead the preparation and presentation of the key findings and recommendations to USAID/Lebanon;
  • Provide leadership for the team and coordinate activities as necessary;
  • The Team Leader, together with the USAID team, is responsible for analyzing information collected through desk reviews, field interviews, and other proposed methods preparing periodic (bi-weekly) interim findings and presenting these to USAID/Lebanon;
  • Taking into consideration feedback from interim findings presentations, the Team Leader is responsible for writing the draft assessment report and presenting main findings to USAID/Lebanon;
  • The Team Leader is responsible for responding to USAID comments on the draft report and submitting a final report to USAID/Lebanon;
  • Other responsibilities, as assigned by the PMSPL II Chief of Party.

To learn more about Social Impact, please visit our website: http://www.socialimpact.com

SI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

About the Organization

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.

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