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Position Name: Value Chain/Agriculture Technical Specialist

Position Type: Short Term

Position Location: DRC

Summary:

Project: USAID SVC - Strengthening Value Chains

The project will focus on improving agricultural livelihoods and household capacity to respond to shocks and stresses and take advantage of economic opportunities, by strengthening inclusive value chains and markets in DRC.

Agriculture/VC Technical Specialist Agriculture/Value Chain Specialist: Experience promoting agricultural value chains, preferably coffee, soybean, bean, and/or horticulture commodities. Experience in Africa, preferably DRC, required. S/he will be responsible for ensuring technically precise information and analysis throughout the planning, data gathering and reporting processes. S/he will ensure that the data gathered adequately addresses the agriculture and value chain aspects required in the evaluation design. S/he will take the lead in explaining all agriculture and value chain processes to the team members and ensuring they understand how these processes and their relation to the evaluation.

From his/her location, and supported virtually by the PEEL Team and Research Assistant, the Agriculture/VC Technical Specialist would be responsible for successful technical support, execution and completion of the following deliverables for the DRC PE and activities delegated by the Team Lead:

  • Act as the lead for all technical aspects of the DRC Evaluation, specifically for data collection
  • Work with the TL in preparation of a Agriculture/VC PE Concept Note and Evaluation Protocol for review and approval by USAID, as described in the WA
  • Contribute to the creation and review of KII and FGD evaluation instruments; receive training in use of the instruments; participate in pilot testing of the instruments
  • Conduct KIIs and FGDs (in French) in DRC and in safe activity areas of Kinshasa
  • Conduct phone interviews with beneficiaries and stakeholders as needed
  • Take complete KII and FGD notes as needed
  • Participate in training, interviewers/research firm or locals from insecure areas, if security issues prohibit travel.
  • Participate in presentation of preliminary findings to USAID DRC Mission and stakeholders, as needed
  • Assist in the coding of transcripts, if there are any coding issues
  • Write technical portions of the draft report delegated by the TL
  • Revise and review up to 3 drafts of the Evaluation Report

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a master's degree in a field relevant for the evaluations (agriculture, agribusiness, agricultural economics, or a related field.)
  • At least 5 years' experience agricultural value chains activities
  • Experience in coffee marketing, processing, and/or production, or related fields
  • A minimum of 5 years working on development activities or evaluations in Africa, preferably in DRC
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in the evaluation of development programs preferably including:
  • Designing qualitative and quantitative data collection tools and protocols
  • Collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data
  • Analyzing sustainability and gender issues in agricultural settings in Africa
  • Presenting to a stakeholder audience and training data collectors
  • Proficiency in French

All applications and CVs must be submitted in English.

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