Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor

2 weeks ago(1/2/2018 12:19 PM)
Kenya
Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a U.S. based international development consulting company established in 1987, has worked in over one hundred countries and implemented over two hundred projects.  IBTCI serves government agencies, private sector companies and several donor agencies.  IBTCI specializes in Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) across many sectors including, but not limited to, conflict and crisis, democracy and governance, economic growth, education, environment, and global health.

Overview:

IBTCI is seeking a Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor for its ESPS project.  This position serves as the lead analyst for interpreting the results of evaluations, surveys, assessments and other field data collection efforts, as well as ensuring the quality of all ESPS Task Order technical deliverables related to M&E.

Responsibilities

Technical Responsibilities (General)

  • Serve as the technical lead and provide strategic direction for programming and planning purposes.
  • Serve consultant teams implementing project task orders focused on the implementation of evaluations, surveys, assessments, data quality assessments and other studies.
  • Assist in the design of performance management systems and evaluation methodologies and tools for all Task Orders under the ESPS contract.
  • Provide technical assistance to teams on the analysis plans for evaluation-related task orders.
  • Develop, implement and update the ESPS Capacity Building Plan based on USAID’s needs and guidance.
  • Assist with the implementation of project-related Data Quality Assessments.
  • Provide M&E training services upon request from USAID

Performance Monitoring

  • Oversee the annual review of the Mission or USAID/Washington Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP); develop M&E Plan guidelines; review (internal) project0level M&E plans (PMEPs), provide M&E technical assistance to Mission and implementing partner staff.
  • Advise and train USAID COR, USAID technical offices and implementing partners on effective M&E methodologies, approaches and techniques.
  • Responsible for the design and delivery of performance management training as needed for both Mission and implementing partner staff.
  • Provide independent verification of performance data reported by implementing partners through monitoring, assessment and evaluation of USAID/Kenya and East Africa.
  • Review and offer recommendations for an improved USAID client performance management system that reflects Agency standards and best practices in areas such as data and indicator quality, baselines, targets and performance targeting.

Evaluation

  • Responsible for the design, quality, development and completion of all evaluations and ensure they are compliant with USAID Evaluation Policy and guidelines.
  • Review all technical deliverables of evaluation teams, specifically inception reports, evaluation design and work plans, draft and final evaluation reports. Also responsible for the technical integrity to ensure all deliverables meet the expectations of the client and are contractually compliant.
  • Ensure all evaluation reports produced by ESPS follow the format delineated in the USAID Checklist for Reviewers of evaluation reports.
  • Ensure that the short-term technical experts and evaluation team members recruited under this contract are of a high caliber and possess the required technical expertise.
  • Make recommendations to replace hired consultants if they are unable to conduct high quality evaluations per USAID Evaluation Policy guidance.
  • Actively participate in evaluations and assessments throughout the life of the contract, as appropriate.
  • Lead and coordinate recruitment and oversee the selection and management of evaluation teams.
  • Contribute substantively to the design and field testing of the evaluation methodology, participatory data collection methods and protocols, data verification techniques and other technical evaluation and analytical tasks conducted under the ESPS contract.
  • Supervise Evaluation Team Leaders and mentor as appropriate.
  • Ensure that project data collection methodologies are standardized and used effectively in the field; supervise data collection techniques and perform data quality control.

 

General/Other Management

  • Serve as the M&E technical point of contact for USAID Mission and/or COR providing management and technical advice on the implementation of the performance monitoring plan, including periodic evaluations and assessments.
  • Develop in conjunction with the USAID client a forward-looking annual M&E plan.
  • Use performance management best practices and the data collected through monitoring, assessments and evaluations to develop and maintain a simple knowledge and performance management systems that enhances the Mission’s capacity to respond in a timely fashion to diverse information requests from internal and external stakeholders, including Mission management, USAID/Washington, local host country government organizations and nationals and audit agencies.
  • Provide M&E technical assistance and training to help raise the profile and understanding of USAID Evaluation Policy and the principle of “Managing for Results” to improve program implementation and programmatic and resource decision-making.
  • Manage technical resources during project implementation.
  • Monitor the timely submission of all project technical deliverables. Develop and routinely maintain an electronic system for monitoring these deliverables which is shared with the COP.
  • Develop and maintain databases for consultants, collaborating firms and institutions. Solicit the support of software specialist(s) to develop an interactive, web-based consultant database.  Once operational, be responsible for the routine review and maintenance of the databases and/or solicit support needed.
  • Review and update ESPS Standard Operating Procedures on a quarterly basis, such as the Evaluation & Special Studies Quality Management Guide, Evaluations Processes, etc.
  • Continually recruit new talent for active and future Task Orders including reviewing CVs and interviewing prospective consultants.
  • Spearhead project efforts for knowledge sharing and dissemination through M&E user groups or other type of project/program users’ group mechanism.
  • Ensure the on time delivery of high quality project technical deliverables related to M&E and performance management.
  • Supervise and mentor other M&E staff as assigned.
  • Function as Office in Charge (OIC) and project representative in the absence of the COP or Project Director.

 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Project management skills desirable.
  • Previous experience working in insecure, transitional (or high threat) environments preferred.
  • Previous experience working on and/or leading a field evaluation team.
  • Technical expertise in evaluation design, including experimental and quasi-experimental methods.
  • Design and field testing of surveys, questionnaires and /or other data collection instruments, M&E training design and delivery.
  • Technical expertise in the design and implementation of evaluations of development interventions.
  • Experience leveraging performance monitoring data, including the use of routine health data from DHIS2, for the improvement of ongoing project management.
  • Experience creating and managing performance tracking systems.
  • Demonstrated experience providing guidance to technical teams in the development and updating of performance management plans (PMPs).
  • Proven ability with indicator development, data collection and analysis, data quality assessments and/or performance monitoring and reporting.

Qualifications

Minimum Requirements:

  • Familiarity with USAID policies related to evaluation and performance management is required.
  • Familiarity with database management and statistical analysis and a thorough understanding of M&E and direct experience with external evaluations and routine monitoring required.
  • Oral and written fluency in English required.

 

Education: Post graduate degree in public health, evaluation, international relations, economics, statistics or other relevant field required.

 

Working Environment:  Work is typically performed in an office environment.

 

Physical Requirements:  This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 20 lbs.

Supervisory Responsibility:  This position does have supervisory responsibilities.

 

Travel: International travel required.

 

 

No phone calls please. Applications will be acknowledged, but only final candidates for particular activities will be contacted.

 

We are an equal opportunity employer. Prospective employees will receive consideration without discrimination of race, creed, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. We are an E-verify employer.  

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