• Deputy Chief of Party/Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

    Posted Date 1 month ago(2/11/2019 12:50 PM)
    Location
    Iraq
    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 three 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.

     

    Job Title:                        Deputy Chief of Party/Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
    Department/Location:      Baghdad, Iraq
    Reports To:                     Chief of Party
    Type:                             Regular Full-Time
    Classification:                 This is a managerial, exempt-level position
     
    Overview:
    International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a US-based international development consulting company, is seeking an experienced Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)/M&E Specialist for the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and Office of Food for Peace (FFP) Iraq’s Monitoring and Evaluation Program (IMEP). The OFDA and FFP aim to deliver rapid humanitarian relief in conflict-affected areas in Iraq addressing urgent, complex needs such as Shelter, WASH, Protection, Health, and Food.  Through IMEP, USAID seeks to collect accurate and timely data to track the performance of current programs in providing humanitarian relief and improve future program decisions.  The DCOP will support IMEP by designing the monitoring plan and providing technical leadership to the project team on best monitoring and evaluation practices.  

    Responsibilities

    Essential Duties/Tasks and Responsibilities:  

    • Oversee quality and accuracy of monitoring data, provide strong management oversight of the Third-Party Monitoring (TPM) subcontractors, to ensure high quality monitoring and accurate and verifiable reporting of all activities under the IMEP contract.
    • Leads the development, finalization and revision (as / when needed) of IMEP contract technical deliverables (Monitoring Plan, Monitoring Schedule, Site Visit Questionnaires and Protocols, Training Materials, IP Workshops, Lessons Learned Report and Final Report)
    • Lead the training of IMEP’s TPM subcontractor staff in the overall goals of the IMEP contract, tools used for monitoring and verification of activities, and professional etiquette for monitoring. Ensure the monitors are well equipped to carry out their monitoring and verification tasks throughout all regions of Iraq as required by the IMEP contract. 
    • Train and supervise the IMEP Program Coordinator to guide prioritization of field monitoring tasks to ensure accuracy of monitoring data collected by IMEP subcontractors and oversee the proper use of IMEP monitoring and verification site visit forms.  Provide management and technical guidance to assist the Program Coordinator to quickly trouble shoot issues that arise and review joint monitoring visit reports written by the Program Coordinator; provide feedback and suggestions for future visits.
    • Review incoming subcontractor Site Visit reports for accuracy, quality, reliability and relevance. Provide each subcontractor with detailed feedback on each report and an overall summary report regarding data quality review and adherence to IMEP protocols.
    • Contribute to the data quality review of the IMEP Monthly Monitoring Reports.
    • Contribute to the IMEP Lessons Learned Report and the Final Presentation.
    • Present the IP workshop findings and facilitate the workshop discussions. 
    • Design, pilot and revise data collection tools based on client and field needs.
    • Collaborate with the COP to manage program resources, technical implementation, and completion of workplan activities and program deliverables.
    • Conduct quantitative and qualitative field research as needed.
    • Together with the COP, oversee and collaborate the program inputs of STTA Technical Specialists relative to IMEP monitoring and evaluation activities and deliverables.
    • Periodic travel to provinces within Iraq to conduct monitoring visits as/when needed for the purpose of management oversight of local subcontractors, and to augment IBTCI’s monitoring and evaluation efforts.
    • Other duties as assigned.
    • Ability and willingness to safely enter and exit a larger, armored SUV vehicle that is several feet off the ground without assistance, while wearing body armor and/or a heavy flak jacket.
    • In case of an emergency situation, must be able and willing to “duck and seek cover”, which may require the individual to exit the vehicle, unaided, and hurriedly seek shelter elsewhere, as needed, in the event of a roadside emergency.

    Qualifications

    Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative field research using document review, direct observation, focus groups, Key Informant Interviews, and small and large scale surveys.
    • Previous experience implementing, monitoring, or evaluating humanitarian programs in: WASH, health, logistics and relief commodities, shelter, protection, and food assistance.
    • Strong understanding of local context and conflict zone challenges.
    • Proven ability to manage a team to ensure timely and quality submission of project deliverables. 

     

    Minimum Requirements:

    • At least seven years of experience in M&E plan design, data collection, and conducting qualitative and quantitative field research.
    • At least two years of experience in team management and/or Deputy Chief of Party responsibilities.
    • Previous experience providing technical support to third party monitoring projects, M&E support projects, or large-scale evaluations.
    • Must have managed and be familiar with USAID humanitarian assistance programs in Iraq.
    • Oral and written fluency in English required. Proficiency in Arabic and/or other local languages preferred.
    • Ability and willingness to be mobile and agile at a moment’s notice in case of an emergency required.
    • Ability and willingness to work for extended periods in insecure and diverse environments.
    • Ability and willingness to safely enter and exit a larger, armored SUV vehicle that is several feet off the ground without assistance, while wearing body armor and/or a heavy flak jacket.
    • In case of an emergency situation, must be able and willing to “duck and seek cover”, which may require the individual to exit the vehicle, unaided, and hurriedly seek shelter elsewhere, as needed, in the event of a roadside emergency.
    • Oral and written fluency in English required.

    Education: Bachelor’s degree in international affairs, social science, or a related field. A master’s degree in international affairs, social science, statistics or a related field highly desirable.  

     

    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.  This position requires the incumbent to be mobile and agile at a moment’s notice in case of an emergency.

     

    Supervisory Responsibility:  This position does have supervisory responsibilities.

     

    Travel:  Regional travel within Iraq is required.  Must be willing to conduct monitoring visits as / when needed for the purpose of management oversight of local subcontractors, and to augment and support IBTCI’s monitoring and evaluation efforts under the IMEP contract.

     

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

     

     

     

    IBTCI is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or any other classification protected by applicable anti-discrimination laws.  We prohibit and do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment.

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