OBJECTIVE of MECC
USAID/Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) intends to solicit and award a contract to provide coordination, monitoring, evaluation, analytic, and research services for the Mission’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) and a Joint Education Program between the USAID/DRC and the United Kingdom Government (represented by the U.K. Department for International Development [DFID]). For the purpose of this SOW, the Contractor will provide to USAID performance management services to monitor, evaluate, and assess implementation of the Mission’s CDCS. The Contractor will also provide coordination, monitoring, evaluation, analytic, and research services for the USAID/ DFID Joint Education Program.
The DRC is a strategic priority for the U.S. Government (USG) due to its large size and regional importance. Despite its tremendous economic potential, it is among the world's least developed countries. Since problematic national elections in 2011, the DRC has been mired in political turmoil, characterized by a perception of state illegitimacy. The presence of numerous insurgent groups across eastern DRC gives rise to large human displacements. These events have destabilized the Great Lakes region, which is a major priority of the United Nations (UN) and the United States. Staff are required to focus on monitoring partner security and program effectiveness in active conflict zones. The November 2013 defeat of the M23 rebels, by the Armed Forces of the DRC and UN forces, and the subsequent easing of the USG travel ban to North Kivu in March 2014, resulted in more opportunities to complete limited site visits and to meet implementing partners in their Goma offices. Despite this easing of restrictions, travel throughout the Congo remains difficult due to poor or non-existent roads and airlines with the world's worst air safety records. Major security concerns, for implementing partners and Congolese counterparts, in parts of the country make achieving program results particularly challenging.
USAID/DRC is a rapidly growing Mission and projected to grow further. USAID/DRC’s Fiscal Year (FY)
2015 Foreign Assistance Budget request is $246 million (including all of USAID managed President’s
Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief funding), with an anticipated additional $100 million in humanitarian assistance programmed in FY 2015 (FY 2014 humanitarian assistance was $123 million). The Mission's complex bilateral program includes major activities in eight different areas: education; stabilization and conflict mitigation; democracy, human rights, and governance; health; social protection; economic growth; and food security and humanitarian assistance.
USAID/DRC is dedicated to advancing the broader Agency organizational learning and development policy effort called Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA), whereby the causal pathways to desired outcomes are continuously assessed so that activities can be adjusted as necessary to yield the most effective course of action. Achievement of the development goal, and related development and transition objectives, will require rigorous implementation of monitoring, evaluation, learning and adaptation tools, methods and processes at each step in the program cycle. This will be accomplished through participatory processes, partially supported by this contract, that engage a broad set of stakeholders and sources of information. This learning will then be fed back, in appropriate forms, to USAID technical staff and other partners as appropriate. The goal of CLA is to increase the effectiveness and relevance of programs; to catalyze learning and capacity building among local actors to support country-led development; and to sustain an optimal fit between programs and the broader context even as country conditions change. The CLA process will enable USAID/DRC to become a more adaptive, modern and effective development enterprise – CLA is a central component of the Mission’s strategy and thus an integral element of the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Coordination Contract (MECC).
The M&E Specialist is a full-time, multi-year position based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that will require travel to field sites. The M&E Specialist will provide donor and Implementing Partners (IPs) with high-level, demand-driven technical, analytical, advisory, training and related support services for performance and impact measurement, performance-based communication and information management, monitoring and evaluation.
Education: Bachelor's degree in relevant field.
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 may be required.
Work Authorization: Must be authorized to work in the DRC.
No phone calls please. All candidates will be acknowledged, but only final candidates for particular activities will be contacted.
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