USAID Hay Tao Report Writing Consultant

  • Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 10 March 2020
  • Madagascar
  • Closing on 9 April 2020
  • Current

Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Department

Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

The Reporting Consultant will be responsible for drafting quarterly and annual reports for the USAID Hay Tao Activity.

In Madagascar, Pact is the lead organization implementing the USAID Hay Tao Activity, which is part of the USAID/Madagascar Conservation and Communities Project (CCP), aiming to conserve biodiversity and secure natural resources while promoting resilient livelihoods. The primary goal is to improve and strengthen local outcomes by creating a supportive and enabling environment based on strong policy and legal frameworks, competent and accountable government agencies, and effective participation of CSOs and communities.

This individual will have reporting and deliverable design management responsibilities, to be carried out in coordination with the programmatic team. Coordination will be particularly important in succinctly synthesizing and presenting the outcomes and accomplishments as they contribute to the activity objectives at the end of each reporting period.

Initially, this is a four-month long assignment with the possibility to extend based on performance. The consultant must be available to work with the program staff (remotely or in Madagascar), have strong connectivity to the internet, speak both French and English fluently and have impeccable translation skills.

Key Responsibilities

Reporting to the Deputy Chief of Party, this position will collaborate with the USAID Hay Tao programming team to:

  • Lead the writing of responsive, high-quality reports in accordance with Pact and donor requirements.
  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting to include assuring data completeness and accuracy, as well as translating reports:
    • The FY20 Q2 report (January – March 2020) is due by April 25, 2020.
    • The FY20 Q3 report (April – June 2020) is due by July 25, 2020.
  • Facilitate/support brainstorming sessions to gather programmatic information, to successfully develop the quarterly deliverable reports in a timely manner:
    • The reports should be a maximum of 40 pages, before annexes.
    • The outcomes and accomplishments of the reporting period, not the process, must be succinctly synthesized and presented.
  • Work closely with the Deputy Chief of Party and Strategic Approach leads (programmatic team) on data completeness and accuracy as well as other reporting issues.
  • Ensure that reports are supplemented by photographs or other visual material which will increase its interest and accessibility, as needed.

Basic Requirements

  • The candidate must be residing/living in Madagascar.
  • Bachelor’s degree and four years’ experience in donor reporting writing.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with various team members, country office staff, consortium staff and local partners.
  • Strong sense of responsibility, personal initiative, and follow-through.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, multi-task environment with both national and international staff.
  • Must be fluent in English and French.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Communications or story telling experience.
  • Experience in the natural resource management technical area and / or in Madagascar.
  • Experience preparing USAID deliverables.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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