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Senior Evaluator SoCha LLC

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Company background:

SoCha (a portmanteau of Social and Change) is an independent Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (ME&L) firm that provides bespoke solutions to social challenges. Since our inception in 2010, we have grown into a fully-fledged MEL services firm specializing in advancing innovative methodologies and changing the way donors find solutions to social problems.

Activity background:

USAID/Zambia has a diverse portfolio with programs in the following areas: Health (HIV/AIDS, Maternal and Child Health, Family Planning and Reproductive Health, Water Supply and Sanitation, Nutrition, Malaria, Tuberculosis); Education (basic education and early child development); Economic growth (Agriculture policy support, private sector, economic opportunity, energy, environment, global climate change, wildlife conservation, energy); and Democracy, Right and Governance (the rule of law and human rights, good governance, political environment, and consensus-building, civil society).USAID/Zambia’s new Performance Management Plan (PMP) is fully aligned to its new CDCS.

For the purpose of this activity, USAID/Zambia Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Platform (Z-MELP) is defined as an implementing mechanism that gives the mission access to technical and advisory services to design and carry out specialized multiple, third-party, MEL tasks including practices, processes, and requirements that support Program Cycle implementation.

Overview of the role:

The Senior Evaluator will ensure the coherent and high-quality integration of the following additional analysis components:


  • Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA);
  • Outcome Harvesting (OH) and other qualitative data components, and
  • Qualitative Impact Assessment Protocol (QuIP)

In addition to overseeing and implementing the components, the Senior Evaluator will build relevant capacity among the local team through learning-by-doing.

Responsibilities

To successfully meet the objectives outlined above, the Senior Evaluator will:

  • Review all relevant EDGE activity and evaluation documentation;
  • Provide oversight for QCA, OH, other qualitative data components;
  • Assess the value of QuIP for the evaluation and oversee component if deemed valuable;
  • Support co-creation of QCA model and instruments for relevant analysis components;
  • Deliver analysis for evaluation components and integrate local staff into the implementation of analysis components to allow for learning-by-doing;
  • Participate and present findings in client meetings and meetings with other stakeholders as needed;
  • Draft evaluation report sections for analysis component and ensure their coherent integration of into and support overall report, and
  • Provide senior-level technical evaluation guidance as needed.

A local team of enumerators will support the consultant for data collection and transcription.

Qualifications

  • An advanced degree;
  • A minimum of three years of experience of working on USAID-funded activities or directly with the Mission;
  • A minimum of seven years of experience in MEL working on international development programs;
  • Experience with USAID’s program cycle;
  • Extensive expertise in evaluations and at least two of the following disciplines:  performance management/monitoring; data management; CLA; and knowledge
  • Familiar with ADS 201 MEL-related requirements, incl. latest revisions;
  • Experience in training and organizational capacity building, particularly in the disciplines above;
  • Experience designing or delivering utilization-focused performance or impact evaluations;
  • Experience with EMMPs;
  • An understanding of how to select optimal mixed methods during evaluation design;
  • English language proficiency, and
  • Fully paid-up member of Zambia Monitoring and Evaluation Association (ZAMEA);

Submit your CV and Application on Company Website : Click Here

Closing Date : 7th July, 2021.

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