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Position Type: Consultant (short-term)

Work Location: Niger and Burkina Faso

 

ME&A is recruiting a Team Leader for the Final Performance Evaluation of the USAID funded Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel Enhanced Resilience (REGIS-ER) Activity. REGIS-ER is the flagship multi-sectoral project of USAID's Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE) initiative working to increase the resilience of chronically vulnerable populations in marginal agricultural and agro-pastoral zones in Niger and Burkina Faso. REGIS-ER addresses the root causes of chronic vulnerability by increasing economic well-being, strengthening institutions and governance, and improving health and nutrition status.

The objective of the final evaluation is to help the Mission measure activity results to date and measure the effectiveness of the activity's approach in achieving its stated goals. The evaluation will assess and respond to evaluation questions that align with key aspects of sustainable livelihood resilience including; program impact on chronically vulnerable households, external and environmental contexts and contribution to program performance, nutrition, maternal and child health and WASH, impact on economic and gender inequality, and capacity building of local partners, and key lessons learned. The activity's target zones are located from the southern portion of the Zinder Region in the east, to northeastern Burkina Faso in the west. The targeted population includes local leaders, farmers and livestock groups, youth associations, community-based organizations, civil society organizations, NGOs, micro/small enterprises, water user and water management committees, and other relevant beneficiaries. REGIS-ER operates in a total of 25 communes (10 in Niger and 15 in Burkina Faso).

The anticipated period of performance for the evaluation will be 3-4 months starting in June 2020. However, we expect some flexibility on the task dates for this activity according to the evolving COVID-19 situation in Niger and Burkina Faso.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Team Lead position is responsible for providing overall leadership and management of the final performance evaluation and delivering outputs delineated in the TOR.

Specifically, the TL will:

  • Manage team members and direct their contributions and outputs.
  • Supervise the locally hired experts, coordinators, and enumerators.
  • Ensure that the team members strictly adhere to the evaluation timeline.
  • Throughout the process, demonstrate cultural sensitivity, particularly when interacting with range of stakeholders.
  • Guarantee complete independence and integrity of the performance evaluation.
  • Finalize the evaluation design, coordinate field activities, provide regular field progress reports (oral or written), arrange periodic meetings, consolidate individual input form team members, and coordinate the process of assembling the findings and recommendations into a high-quality document.
  • Responsible for reviewing all relevant documentation, producing a work plan, planning and oversight of data collection efforts, and ensuring the timeliness and quality of deliverables.
  • Will be primary point of contact between USAID and the review team and has the responsibility for submission of all deliverables.
  • Responsible for coordination and collaboration with other points of contacts identified by the client.
  • Develop the draft evaluation report that includes sections on Evaluation Purpose and Questions; Project Background; Evaluation Methods and Limitations; Findings and Conclusions, and Recommendations.
  • Prepare a Power Point presentation outlining key findings and recommendations.
  • Present the findings to client and other stakeholders.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master's degree or higher in a relevant discipline such as Economics, Agriculture, Business Administration, Management and Marketing, Ph.D. preferred.
  • At least 10 years of experience in evaluating projects with focuses on food security, sustainable livelihoods, natural resource governance, and nutrition for USAID or other international development agencies.
  • Strong knowledge and experience of rural development, community resilience, and gender.
  • Knowledge of USAID regulations and systems, performance monitoring and evaluation guidance, evaluation policy, gender policy, annual reporting etc.
  • Experience working in the Sahel region with local communities and partners.
  • Excellent knowledge of evaluation approaches, specifically expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis.
  • Experience using qualitative and quantitative data analysis tools and software; conducting KIIs and FGDs, and supervising data collection.
  • Significant experience in designing questionnaires, focus group discussion guides and interview protocols.
  • Has excellent evaluation report writing skills (in English) that synthesizes input and triangulates data from multiple sources into a high-quality document.
  • Excellent oral communication, presentation, and inter-personal skills in English.
  • Fluency in French preferred.

All applications and CVs must be submitted in English.

ME&A, Inc. is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. ME&A will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. For our EEO Policy Statement and a copy of our EEO Policy Statement and information on your EEO rights under the law.

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