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:Evaluation Specialist/Expert
Location:Worldwide, with five weeks field work in Ghana and Nigeria
Reports To: PELA Research Director
Type: Short Term Consultancy
Overview: IBTCI seeks an Evaluation Expert to carry out a midline performance evaluation of a USAID/West Africa program that aims to build the capacity and effectiveness of ECOWAS’ early warning system for conflict. This evaluation is being funded by USAID West Africa’s Peace through Evaluation, Learning and Adapting (PELA) Activity. The purpose of this activity is to support USAID/West Africa to be a more effective, efficient and adaptable operating unit in achieving the development objective of strengthening systems of non-violent conflict management in West Africa. This is a three-month consultancy beginning on or about April 1, 2019. This position is contingent on USAID funding.
Tasks include, but are not be limited to:
· Demonstrates the expertise and communications skills necessary to guide, coordinate, and successfully execute a performance evaluation. The evaluation team includes the Evaluation Specialist/Expert, a subject matter specialist (SMS), a logistics coordinator, and a qualitative analyst
· Provides technical guidance for all aspects of the performance evaluation
· Leads and conducts a document review of pertinent reports and other documents relevant to the performance evaluation
· Finalizes the evaluation tools (interview and focus group protocols) and work plan
· Performs interviews and focus groups with senior officials from ECOWAS and other stakeholders in Accra, Ghana and Abuja, Nigeria. Performs remote or in-person interviews with stakeholders in Washington DC.
· Ensures that the data collected in the field are of the highest possible quality and are recorded and stored in a manner that meets human subjects ethics and USAID regulations
· Ensures that transcripts and/or notes of each key informant interview (KII) and focus group discussion (FGD) are typed and made available to the PELA team within 48 hours of the KIIs or FGDs
· Reviews the evaluation data analysis to ensure the data are of the highest-quality, responds to the evaluation questions, and follows the methodology outlined in the statement of work (SOW) and inception report
· Coordinates the process of assembling the evaluation findings and recommendations
· Drafts a high-quality 40-50 page midline evaluation report with clearly stated, well-grounded findings, corresponding conclusions and actionable recommendations
· Briefs PELA and USAID on the evaluation progress on at least a weekly basis, either in person (when in Accra) or by electronic communication (when in Abuja or remote)
· Communicates any delays or complications to PELA to allow quick resolution and to minimize any disruptions to the evaluation
· Identifies and discusses emerging opportunities to strengthen the evaluation as they arise
· Ensures that all deliverables outlined in the SOW are completed and submitted within the given timeframe
· Addresses PELA comments in draft deliverables prior to USAID submission
· Reviews USAID comments in the draft and revises the draft accordingly
· Implements the performance evaluation as stipulated in the SOW
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
· Familiarity in one or more of the following subjects is strongly preferred: ECOWAS, early warning conflict systems, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, governance, and/or democracy
· Past experience working in West Africa
· Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
· Ability to communicate well through written work with diverse stakeholders, including donors, beneficiaries, and local officials
· Ability to translate qualitative findings into clear and actionable recommendations for the client
· Past experience and demonstrated success in leading a cross-cultural evaluation team
· 7+ years of conducting evaluations for USAID or other international development agencies
· 5+ years of experience conducting Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) and Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) with senior officials, preferably in West Africa
· Ability to meet tight deadlines
· Strong communication and inter-personal skills required for working with multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-ethnic teams
· Oral and written fluency in French is required. Professional-level oral and written communication in English
Education: Master’s degree in international relations, politics and governance, peacebuilding, security studies, international development, or related field required.
Supervisory Responsibility: This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.
Travel: Travel to Ghana and Nigeria is required.
This position does not authorize/require the consultant to directly communicate with IBTCI clients.
This position does not authorize/require the consultant to have decision making authority on final work product.
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.