Team Leader, Ex-Post Evaluation of the USAID/Ghana WASH-UP Activity, Washington, DC

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Management Systems International
Washington, United States
Apply by 18 July 2018
Senior-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 18 June 2018

Job Description

Team Leader, Ex-Post Evaluation of the USAID/Ghana WASH-UP Activity, Washington, DC


Company Profile:

MSI, a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, DC metro area international development firm with a 35-year history of delivering development results across the world. Our core expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), institutional development, public sector management, governance and anti-corruption. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Jordan, Kenya, Indonesia, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Colombia, and Mexico. As one of the leading companies in our field, MSI has partnered with organizations across all sectors of international development to support clients ranging from large bilateral and multilateral donors such as USAID, the World Bank and the UNDP to national and local governments, NGOs, think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at www.msiworldwide.com.

Project Summary:

MSI, in partnership with the Palladium Group, implements USAID’s E3 Analytics and Evaluation Project, which supports the design and implementation of rigorous evaluations for USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3). Under this Project, MSI is collaborating with a team from USAID’s Management Support and Technical Assistance Services (MSTAS) activity to conduct an ex-post evaluation that will examine the sustainability of the USAID/Ghana Water Access, Sanitation and Hygiene for Urban Poor (WASH-UP) program, which sought to increase equitable access to improved water supply and basic sanitation for poor urban communities in Ghana. The ex-post evaluation will focus on the sustainability of interventions implemented during the first phase of WASH-UP, implemented from 2009-2015 in communities in the Accra Municipal Assembly (AMA) and the Sekondi-Takoradi Municipal Assembly (STMA).

Position Summary:

MSI is seeking a team leader to oversee design, implementation, and reporting activities for the WASH-UP ex-post evaluation in close collaboration with the MSI team as well as Pragma (which is the lead implementer of MSTAS). The team leader will have extensive experience leading evaluation teams in field-based qualitative data collection and analysis and designing and implementing mixed-methods evaluations for USAID or similar international donor agencies, ideally in Ghana. As USAID staff are also expected to participate in evaluation activities, the team leader should have experience leading internal evaluations for USAID or working with mixed external-internal teams. It is preferred that the team leader also have expertise in assessing the sustainability of development programs to improve water supply systems, sanitation facilities, and hygiene behavior change, as well as enhance the capacity of public and private actors in the water and sanitation sectors.

***Qualified local candidates are encouraged to apply***


Responsibilities:

  • Lead the design and implementation of all evaluation activities based on the approved evaluation design proposal.
  • Participate in the identification and selection of evaluation team members.
  • Supervise evaluation team members, including participating USAID staff, in carrying out required design, data collection, and analysis tasks.
  • Ensure that evaluation processes and products meet the requirements and quality standards of MSI and USAID.
  • Oversee and conduct desk research and provide inputs to inform required evaluation design documents.
  • Lead the drafting and finalization of the evaluation design proposal including: data collection instruments, data collection and analysis plans, work plans, sampling plans, and other relevant sections.
  • Conduct an in-briefing for USAID/Ghana staff.
  • Carry out and oversee research and analysis based on the approved evaluation design and methodology. This may include reviewing and analyzing secondary documents, conducting key informant interviews in person in Ghana and remotely, conducting structured observations of water schemes and sanitation facilities in Ghana, facilitating group discussions in Ghana, supervising data collection activities of other team members in multiple areas of Ghana where WASH-UP was implemented, analyzing WASH-UP implementation data, and other approaches to collect and analyze data, including ensuring necessary mechanisms for data quality assurance.
  • Lead an internal findings/conclusions/recommendations workshop with the MSI team prior to drafting the evaluation report.
  • Serve as lead author for drafting and finalizing the draft and final evaluation report; including responding to comments from Project team and USAID.
  • Lead presentations to USAID regarding findings, conclusions, and recommendations from the evaluation.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field of study.
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant experience, including at least five (5) years of experience conducting evaluations of donor-funded projects in Africa.
  • Demonstrated expertise with qualitative research methods for data collection and analysis and extensive experience conducting key informant interviews and structured observations.
  • Familiarity with conducting water quality tests is a plus.
  • Extensive experience leading and managing evaluation teams, including directly overseeing data collection teams.
  • Outstanding report writing skills including extensive experience as lead author of evaluation reports for USAID or similar donors.
  • Sound knowledge of USAID program cycle and extensive familiarity with USAID evaluation policy and relevant Agency guidance.
  • Experience utilizing and combining quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Prior experience working in Ghana, preferred.
  • Native or near-native fluency in English including speaking, writing, and reading.
  • Outstanding analytical and report writing skills.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.

To apply: Please visit our website, www.msiworldwide.com

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About the Organization

Tetra Tech is a global, leading consulting firm providing practical and sustainable international development services. From promoting peace, stability, rule of law, and economic growth, to health and education, to improved natural resource management, Tetra Tech brings an integrated approach that is focused on building the capacity of communities and individuals to create strong, healthy, and resilient societies. With over 16,000 employees in over 400 offices across the globe, Tetra Tech’s capabilities encompass the full life cycle of solutions. Tetra Tech is committed to diversity and gender equality in all of its operations, both in the US and overseas. We strive to reflect these goals in our global mission and in our workforce. We encourage applications from women and underrepresented ethnic, racial, and cultural groups. Tetra Tech is proud to be an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

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