Lead Evaluator, ALME Developmental Evaluation of USAID/Philippines’ Marawi Response Program, Philippines
SI is responding to a Task Order under the USAID/Asia Learning and Monitoring and Evaluation (ALME) contract to provide a developmental evaluation (DE) of the USAID/Philippines’ Marawi Response Program (MRP). The overall goal of MRP is to increase opportunities for individuals and communities affected by the Marawi siege to actively contribute to advancing durable solutions in a manner that reduces the threat of violent extremism. The purpose of the DE is to facilitate evidence-based adaptive management. The DE will support necessary and appropriate modifications to programming with rigorous data collection and analysis, presented in timely and user-friendly manners. The DE will be responsive to the changing needs of various stakeholder groups, always endeavoring to develop information and deliverables that are useful and used by these stakeholders.
The period of performance is two years with an estimated start date between October and December 2018.
SI is seeking a Lead Evaluator to serve as the primary person responsible for designing and carrying out the DE. This position will be based in Mindanao throughout the two-year duration of the contract. Travel includes two one-week domestic trips per quarter (16 per year) to attend meetings.
The Lead Evaluator will have overall responsibility for the design and implementation of the DE and ensuring its quality. He/she will be responsible for the following:
- Facilitate an Acculturation Workshop for MRP stakeholders which will help to collaboratively conceptualize and develop the DE design and approach (learning framework, methodology, work plans, reporting, etc.).
- Develop a living work plan for the DE, including an agreed set of deliverables (which may change over time, depending on the needs of the program).
- Oversee the establishment of an system that the DE team will use to track and organize data collected for the DE.
- With support from SI, manage and mentor a team of local (part-time) evaluators that will support the DE.
- Provide responses to all research questions by designing an evaluation approach to each question and carrying out the approach by delegating data collection and analysis on specific components to the other local team members.
- Regularly collect high quality information to program, USAID staff, and key partners on the program’s progress that can inform timely and data-driven decision-making; regularly record decision-making, program changes and/or changes in the environment in report log.
- Facilitate regular meetings with program leadership and M&E staff to collect necessary data (while avoiding duplication of efforts) and communicate findings back to stakeholders in a timely fashion.
- Provide quality assurance of all deliverables, including regular report logs (that track details of DE and document all events that occur i.e. planned and unplanned and associated outcomes) and the final report of the evaluation.
- Conduct analysis of the data collected and present digestible analysis regularly to program staff and key partners through data-review process and other participatory meetings.
- Support the Implementing Partner in reporting on changes and adaptations made to the TOC, Work Plan, and related MEL System(s) by providing existing adaptation data already generated by the DE.
- A Master’s in a relevant field and 12 years of related experience or a PhD in a relevant field and 8 years of related experience.
- Programming and/or evaluation experience in international development, particularly peace and conflict.
- Extensive technical knowledge, skills and expertise in evaluation design, concepts, and approaches, and evaluating complexity, in particular.
- Facilitation skills, particularly related to programmatic and organizational learning.
- Strong analytical skills to support both qualitative and quantitative research.
- Excellent oral and written communication and report writing skills in English.
- Keen attention to detail, especially related to documenting data and associated processes.
- Experience managing and mentoring local teams.
- Graduate degree in Social Science, International Development, or related focus.
- Familiarity with Developmental Evaluation, including skills such as; ○ Respect for local stakeholders and partners, ethical research (maintains confidentiality and anonymity when required), flexibility, energy, humility, willingness to learn on the go, and ability to resolve conflicts.
- Leadership and strategic thinking skills.
- Active listening, proactive learning, and time management skills with readiness to be in a learning role.
- Previous experience and comfort with working for multiple stakeholders with competing priorities/interests.
- Conflict resolution skills.
- Experience working on large, complex development programs.
- Familiarity with USAID organizational structure/context.
- Experience living and/or working in Philippines, particularly Mindanao.
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