Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Advisor

Posted Date 4 months ago(12/16/2019 12:54 PM)
Location
Mali
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.

 

Job Title:                                             Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Advisor

Department/Location:                  Crisis, Conflict and Governance, Bamako, Mali

Reports To:                                     Chief of Party

Type:                                                Regular Full-Time

Classification:                                This is a managerial, exempt level position and is not eligible for overtime pay.

 

Overview:  IBTCI is currently seeking a Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Advisor for a proposal for the five-year Mali Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) “PLATFORM” to support the USAID/Mali’s management information capacity building needs, facilitate program management decisions, and shape long-term strategic direction and decision-making. The primary objective of the contract is to establish and implement an M&E platform that will provide USAID/Mali with continued services in performance monitoring, verification, and impact and performance evaluations. Additionally, the contractor will conduct assessments, special studies, and surveys that will help inform the design of individual activities and/or larger projects.

 

This position is contingent on an award.

Responsibilities

Essential Duties/Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, refine, and implement a robust learning agenda/framework for continuous learning, collaborating, and adapting for project staff, partners, donors, host country government counterparts and other stakeholders;
  • Build capacity of staff, government counterparts, and other stakeholders in program monitoring and evaluation, data collection and management, and CLA methods as necessary;
  • Facilitate collaborative planning sessions to finalize learning activities that address learning questions of relevance to USAID/Mali, the Government of Mali (GOM), inter-regional organizations in West Africa (RIGOs) and other key stakeholders.
  • Coordinate knowledge capturing, sharing and strategic learning to speed innovation and bring new innovations to the program.
  • Develop and expand the network of professionals and institutions that collaborate on performance management and evaluation tasks for the contract.
  • Synthesize the findings from evaluations, assessments, special studies, and other sources for use in USAID project designs, communications, stakeholder coordination, and reporting.
  • Oversee the compilation and dissemination of information from both quantitative and qualitative data on successful and promising approaches, lessons learned and other program results to local, national and regional-level intergovernmental bodies, donors, partners and other stakeholders.
  • Promote forums which facilitate collaboration, learning and action as a result of this information among these actors;
  • Lead training tasks, and efforts to ensure evaluation findings and recommendations are systematically documented, transparent and distributed to key stakeholders in Mali and West Africa. Monitor the documentation and transfer of project best practices and lessons learned to ongoing and new USAID-funded projects and regional initiatives.
  • Provide capacity building to USAID/Mali staff, RIGOs, inter-agency stakeholders, and implementing partners, on knowledge management, actionable learning and adaptive management approaches.
  • Ability and willingness to work for extended periods in insecure and diverse environments.
  • Ability and willingness to safely enter and exit a large, 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong background in evaluation and analysis of development programs, preferably initiatives funded by USAID.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in knowledge management, organizational learning and/or strategic learning, preferably in an international development context.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks in a fast-paced and changing environment.
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in facilitating groups, meetings, and events (both online and in-person), resulting in collaborative decision-making, agreed upon action items/priorities, and strong outcomes;
  • Expertise in working with a variety of stakeholders including host country government personnel, NGO partners, international donor agencies and other stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated experience in qualitative data collection, and experienced in using key informant interviews, focus groups, and interactive tools to generate qualitative information and learning from the data;
  • Prior experience with USAID activities, including strong conceptual knowledge of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) and how that ties into USAID’s CLA framework;
  • Prior experience working in Mali a plus

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be able and willing to work and travel throughout Mali and West Africa.
  • Experience in strategic planning, project design, institutional learning and/or knowledge management.
  • Previous experience working in Mali and/or West Africa under USAID or other international donor programs.
  • Ability and willingness to work for extended periods in insecure and diverse environments.
  • Ability and willingness to safely enter and exit a large, 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.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal, analytical, and training skills.
  • Oral and written fluency in French, proficient in English.

 

Education:  Master’s degree in organizational learning, knowledge management, or other related area of expertise.

 

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.  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.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  This position does have supervisory responsibilities.

 

Travel:  Domestic and international travel may be required and may include travel to fragile and/or conflict-prone zones.

 

 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

 

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.  We are an E-Verify Employer.  VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

 

If you are an applicant with a disability that requires a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process or are limited in the ability, or unable to use the online application system and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact Human Resources at 703-749-0100.

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