Ghana

Evaluation Expert, USAID Ghana MEL

Job Summary

The COP will lead the activity, providing technical guidance to and supervising both project staff and consultants. The COP will be the primary point of contact with USAID staff, including the Contracting Officer and Contracting Officer’s Representation (CO/COR).

  • Minimum Qualification: MBA / MSc
  • Experience Level: Management level
  • Experience Length: 8 years

Job Description/Requirements

EnCompass seeks Evaluation Expert candidates for an anticipated five-year United States Agency for International Development (USAID) monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) program in Ghana. This anticipated project will provide expert MEL services for USAID/Ghana, deliver high quality, demand-driven monitoring and evaluation technical assistance and analytical services to USAID/Ghana staff, implementing partners, and local country stakeholders that advance U.S. foreign policy goals and USAID’s strategic objectives in Ghana.

The Evaluation Expert will have had prior experience as Team Lead for evaluations in Ghana and/or within the region, as well as experience managing a portfolio of simultaneous evaluative activities and management experience ensuring quality of evaluation team members and subcontracting partners.

The Evaluation Expert should possess expertise designing and executing quantitative and qualitative data collection and analytical methods to support evaluation design and implementation, ideally in complex environments. They will oversee evaluation, analyses, and assessments throughout the life of the activity, including data collection, design of evaluation methodologies and participatory data collection methods and protocols, as well as data quality verification techniques. The Evaluation Expert will finalize evaluation reports and facilitate presentations and briefings to disseminate learning among project stakeholders. They may be responsible for leading and/or directing evaluation teams and conducting on-location research. 

They will work with the Chief of Party and other team members to ensure that evaluation information is shared and fully utilized through knowledge sharing and strategic learning processes to speed innovation and improve upon and bring new innovations to the Mission's programmatic work in-country.


Essential functions include:

  • Lead and manage the design, quality, and final deliverables of all evaluation reports and any evaluations, assessments, surveys, and studies including the testing of the development hypotheses, where feasible.

  • Design quantitative and/or qualitative data collection and analytical methods and tools to support evaluation design and implementation
  • Liaise with the Chief of Party to inform the design of each study/evaluative activity and support quality assurance activities throughout each study, including the review of milestone deliverables and final reports prior to submission to USAID.
  • Support the selection and engagement of local partners and experts for activities, and support team development, training, and execution of activities.
  • Manage evaluation and task team leaders and provide quality control in the implementation of evaluations
  • Establish methodological processes and standards that are compliant with USAID Evaluation Policy for MEL staff to adhere to on project monitoring and evaluation activities
  • Other duties as assigned


Position Requirements

Qualifications

  •  A Master’s degree in monitoring and evaluation, agriculture, statistics, economics, or business administration or a related field highly preferred

  • Minimum of eight (8) years of demonstrated experience leading complex portfolios of evaluative and learning activities for improved development outcomes.


Experience and Skills

  •  Experience designing and implementing various types of mixed-methods evaluations (impact, performance, meta, etc.), analyses, and assessments required

  • Demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluation, collaboration, learning, and adapting (CLA) approach
  • Significant data analysis skills including command of statistics, sampling methodologies, statistical analysis software, and data validation techniques
  • Extensive experience drafting and finalizing evaluation reports
  • Understanding of international development including health, education, governance, energy
  • Demonstrated practical experience in using monitoring and evaluation and learning activities to inform activity implementation and results.
  • Experience building evaluative and learning capacities of USAID staff, implementing partners, and government counterparts highly preferred
  • Experience managing complex relationships with a variety of stakeholders
  • Strong familiarity with USAID’s Evaluation Policy and CLA practices
  • Ability to work with host-country governments at different levels
  • Strong communication, supervision, and management skills required
  • Working knowledge of and experience with USG-funded program management, policies, regulations and procedures
  • Familiarity with USAID/Ghana Mission is preferred
  • Superior skills in written and verbal English required
  • Ghanaian citizens are strongly encouraged to apply

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