Liberia: Team Members, Higher Education Performance Evaluation, Liberia

Organization: Social Impact
Country: Liberia
Closing date: 10 Mar 2017

Team Members, Higher Education Performance Evaluation, Liberia

Social Impact (SI) is a Washington, DC-area international development management consulting firm. SI’s mission is to improve the effectiveness of international development programs in improving people’s lives. We provide a full range of management consulting, technical assistance, and training services to strengthen international development programs, organizations, and policies.

In Liberia, SI implements the Liberia Strategic Analysis (LSA) activity which provides USAID/Liberia with analytical and advisory services in support of strategic planning, project and activity design, performance monitoring and evaluation, and learning and adapting. LSA’s services cross-cut all development sectors including democracy and governance, health, education, the environment, and economic growth.

Project Objective:

USAID/Liberia has engaged LSA to conduct an external final performance evaluation of a higher education sector activity. The objective of this activity is to build regionally recognized and competitive academic Centers of Excellence that produce graduates who become leading professionals and entrepreneurs in the fields of engineering and agriculture in Liberia. Implementation targets the development of students, engagement with university leadership, and engagement with the private sector.

The purpose of this final performance evaluation is to document progress, identify lessons learned, and inform the design of follow-on activities. The primary audiences are USAID/Liberia and the Liberian Ministry of Education.

Position Descriptions:

SI is looking to fill these positions on the evaluation team:

  • Senior Evaluation Specialist/Team Leader: should have at least ten (10) years of experience in the administration of multi-faceted education projects in developing countries, preferably in West Africa. S/he should have experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams and developing and conducting qualitative and/or performance evaluations, preferably of USAID projects. It is essential that the candidate has the ability to conceptualize and structure evaluation activities and produce high quality evaluation reports in English. An MA or PhD in education administration, planning, economics of education or similar field is required. Experience working in and/or conducting evaluations post-conflict and transition settings is preferred. Strong interpersonal skills are required.

  • Tertiary Education Specialist: should have at least ten (10) years of experience working with educational projects in developing countries, preferably in post-conflict environments. The candidate will be responsible for assessing governance issues in higher education, including transparency and accountability in financing and managing higher education; institutional arrangements within university partners, including working relations between the implementing partner and the partner institutions. S/he will provide expert technical advice on evaluation of higher education projects to the evaluation team. The Tertiary Education Specialist should hold an advanced degree in Higher Education Administration, Public Administration, Educational Research and/or Statistics and have extensive experience in evaluating tertiary education programs. Strong interpersonal skills and American English language speaking and writing skills also essential.

  • Liberia Education Context Specialist: should have at least five (5) years of experience in the higher education context in Liberia, particularly on youth, workforce development and literacy and numeracy programs. Must have strong gender and social analytical skills, specifically in designing and evaluating education programs. The incumbent must be able to conduct interviews and focus group discussion and analyze the resulting data. Ability to conduct interviews and discussions in at least one local Liberian language. Strong American English language speaking and writing skills also essential.

  • Evaluation Specialist: should have at least five (5) years relevant experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection methods. The consultant must have experience evaluating education programs, specifically analyzing quantitative data, and have demonstrated logistics and planning skills. Ability to communicate clearly in American English.

Necessary Qualification (All candidates must meet the below qualifications):

  • Experience in the administration of multi-faceted evaluation projects in developing countries.
  • Participated and/ or led the conduct of qualitative and/or performance evaluations.
  • Ability to conceptualize and structure evaluation activities and write clearly and concisely

Evaluation Skills (Candidates must have experience in at least one of the following):

  • Qualitative research skills (Key informant interviews, focus group discussions, direct observation etc.).
  • Transforming qualitative data.
  • Analyzing quantitative data and producing data visualization in an easily digestible format.

Project Timeline:

The entire evaluation would be carried out over 10 – 13 weeks, with 2 weeks of preparatory time, 4 weeks in the field, 2 weeks of analysis and 2 weeks of report writing and editing. The approximate start date is early April 2017. The evaluation team should work six-day work weeks in Liberia. Travel to the field is required.

Come join our energetic and innovative team! We offer you the opportunity to play a leading role in the growth of our company, work as part of a creative and committed team, and make a difference in the well-being of our world.

To learn more about Social Impact, please visit our website: http://www.socialimpact.com

SI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls.

How to apply:

http://chp.tbe.taleo.net/chp02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=SOCIIMPA2&cws=1&rid=1414

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