Organization:European Management Solutions
The USAID/West Africa Analytical Support Services and our client is seeking the services of a Knowledge Management Expert based in the United States to support the USAID West Africa Peace and Governance Office (RPGO) on a short-term assignment. The assignment will be home-based at the individual’s location and no travel is required. The expect is intended to start in October 2018 with a maximum duration period of 15 days with a possible extension of 5 days with justification.
The outcome of this assignment will support a newly developed integrated development program which will be launched in September 2018 and will focus on the areas of Niger and Burkina Faso that have most directly suffered the adverse effects of cross-border instability.
In September 2018, USAID will launch a two-year, integrated development program focused on the areas of Niger and Burkina Faso that have most directly suffered the adverse effects of cross-border instability. USAID intends to demonstrate within two years that it can help halt the spread of violent extremist groups, avert costly humanitarian crises, and stem the flow of destabilizing migration. Activities will build the capacity of governments and local communities, promote self-reliance, galvanize other donor support, and diminish the need for long-term assistance. The effort will bring together a variety of USAID funded objectives into the Niger-Burkina Faso border region that are implementing diverse activities with the overall objective of making the region more resilient to violent extremists and other shocks caused by climate, economic, political and social factors.
To test a hypothesis that numerous coordinated development efforts can make a region more resilient to both security and development challenges, USAID requires a knowledge management system that allows program managers to view and track project activity information and results in a user-friendly manner. Having a system that complements and pulls from existing knowledge management systems (currently housed in disparate databases and mapping systems) that provides a comprehensive dashboard of information will allow program managers to better assess performance and provide direction to partners. In order to achieve this, USAID seeks the service of a consultant to interview stakeholders engaged in project implementation, and make recommendations to USAID on the appropriate direction and specifications for a system to track and manage performance.
· Desk Review: the consultant will research relevant literature, reports, data and other relevant documents with the objective of collecting adequate information regarding this assignment.
· Engage stakeholders involved in the development of the integrated development program to determine the data and information required in order to understand performance management for the new program.
· Determine and review specifications of diverse knowledge management portals, data dashboards as well as any qualitative and quantitative (including GIS) data sources that exist at the project and donor level to assess performance and how they might feed into the program knowledge management portal, including how information can be kept current.
· In coordination with the integrated development program M&E team, review the findings of the review and make recommendations for next steps.
· Research cloud-based tools (including data visualizations and mapping) that are accessible from USAID operating systems Develop specifications (procurement ready) for a knowledge management portal based upon the direction of the M&E team and document the requirements for regular maintenance of this tool within the 2-year time-frame.
The Consultant is responsible for producing deliverables that meet the expectations of USAID/WA RPGO as high-quality deliverables. The determination of whether the deliverable meets their quality expectations is at the discretion of USAID/WA RPGO Director. If RPGO determines that revisions are required for the deliverable to meet quality expectations, the Consultant will be expected to improve the deliverable within the originally contracted Level of Effort (LOE/number of days) and should not anticipate that additional days will be approved for producing a deliverable of accepted quality within the initial scope. The specific deliverables are:
· Stakeholder questionnaire on performance management needs.
· Stakeholder interview and systems review results on available data sources.
· Procurement ready specifications for a knowledge management portal (format to be developed with RPGO staff).
· A report that presents the procurement specifications and recommendation note on the maintenance of the system and data.
Timeframe and Level of Effort:
The candidate must be available to begin immediately (October 2018). The initial duration of the task will be 15 working days, with an extension of 5 days based upon justification for further stakeholder consultations, refinement of a procurement document, and/or a change in recommendations requiring a significant revision of prior deliverables.
The ideal candidate should have professional experience in as a knowledge management business analyst or otherwise designing or developing knowledge management resources. They should understand international development monitoring and evaluation methods. The candidate should also have an ability to translate complex information management tools to teams of varying literacy of information technology, portals, and mapping.
- U.S. citizenship
- Fluent in English
- Undergraduate Diploma (B.A. or B.S.)
- 4 years of experience with knowledge management systems and databases
- 2 years of experience with international development monitoring and evaluation methods
The expert should have a computer, internet and telephone connection to enable him/her to undertake this assignment. The client will not provide/purchase new equipment for this contract.
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