United States of America: USPSC Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 20 Oct 2017

As a member of the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team, the successful candidate will be responsible to provide M&E technical support to a geographic region. The primary purpose of the technical support is to enhance and strengthen Food for Peace (FFP) and its awardees’ technical capacity to monitor and evaluate the performance of development and emergency food security programs, working closely with Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) and Public International Organizations (PIOs). The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist will support the effective management of FFP resources by providing technical assistance and training to ensure effective development and implementation of monitoring systems for food security programs. The PSC will take direction from the FFP M&E Team Leader and be assigned to the Monitoring and Evaluation Team of the Policy and Technical Division.

The work of the M&E Specialist requires teamwork and personal responsibility. The incumbent must have demonstrated initiative and ability to manage competing work priorities and work independently when required. The incumbent must be able to coordinate with a range of technical experts, management and program staff, and liaise with other agency members.

Under the direct supervision of the Team Leader or his/her designee, the M&E Specialist will perform the following duties:

At the GS-12 level:

  • Provide technical assistance to FFP and Mission staff for the design and implementation of monitoring systems; review M&E plans and provide constructive feedback; review monitoring and evaluation reporting documents and project proposals;

  • Participate and co-facilitate M&E workshops for the new awardees in-country; provide technical assistance to further refine theories of change, logic models, and indicators; review M&E documents, surveys, and evaluation Scopes of Work (SOWs);

  • Participate in the baseline and final evaluation survey design, workshop, and in-country training; monitor contractor’s field work by reviewing instruments, manuals, data tables, and draft reports;

  • Assess technical capacity of the implementing partners’ M&E staff and FFP staff, plus arrange/provide appropriate training for them;

  • Update guidance and regulations for monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of FFP-funded programs, in coordination with the FFP M&E team members based in the region as well as in Washington, D.C.;

  • Review development and emergency projects’ quarterly and annual reports; as well as identify challenges and lessons learned, then share them within and across FFP;

  • a) Analyze baseline/end-line surveys, and annual monitoring data to improve FFP’s knowledge about the pathways to achieve food and nutritional security outcomes, b) contribute to FFP learning agenda and reporting needs, tracking FFP strategic results framework; and c) use innovative approaches/strategies to improve data utilization for decision making;

  • Periodically participate in evaluations, technical review and/or assessments;

  • Coordinate with the other members of the M&E team, markets team, learning team, geo regional teams, training team, communication team, FFP technical team, and project staff [Technical and Operations Performance Support (TOPS) program, Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III Project (FANTA III), Humanitarian Assistance Support Contract (HASC), and Evelyn] for technical support, training, data utilization, knowledge capture and sharing;

  • Advise FFP Officers in USAID Missions on M&E-related policies, procedures, and guidance to improve effectiveness of FFP programming;

  • As needed, serve on short-term assignments with other USAID offices or bureaus in direct support of FFP programs. These placements shall not exceed three months.

At the GS-13 level:

  • Provide technical assistance to FFP and Mission staff for the design and implementation of monitoring systems; review M&E plans and provide constructive feedback; review monitoring and evaluation reporting documents and project proposals;

  • Participate in and co-facilitate M&E workshops for the new awardees in-country; provide technical assistance to further refine theories of change, logic models, and indicators; review M&E documents, and survey and evaluation Scopes of Work (SOWs);

  • Participate in the baseline and final evaluation survey design, workshop, and in-country training; and monitor contractor’s field work; review instruments, manuals, data tables, and draft reports;

  • Assess technical capacity of the implementing partners’ M&E staff and FFP staff and arrange/provide appropriate training for them;

  • Update guidance and regulations for monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of FFP-funded programs, in coordination with the FFP M&E team members based in the region as well as in Washington D.C.;

  • Review development and emergency projects’ quarterly and annual reports; as well as identify challenges and lessons learned, then share them within and across FFP;

  • a) Analyze baseline/end-line surveys, and annual monitoring data to improve FFP’s knowledge about the pathways to achieve food and nutritional security outcomes, b) contribute to FFP learning agenda and reporting needs, tracking FFP strategic results framework; and c) use innovative approaches/strategies to improve data utilization for decision making;

  • Periodically participate in evaluations, technical review and/or assessments;

  • Develop checklists and other tools for FFP Officers in the field to improve objectivity in field visits;

  • Standardize FFP quarterly and annual project reporting and associated processes, in consultation with implementing partners, field staff, contractors, and consultants;

  • Liaise with key USAID partners, including Global Health, and the Bureau of Food Security, on food and nutrition security-related indicators, ensuring complementarity between FFP and BFS indicators and that FFP results are captured in the Feed the Future (FTF) monitoring system to the extent possible;

  • Coordinate with the other members of the M&E team, markets team, learning team, geo regional teams, training team, communication team, FFP technical team, and project staff [Technical and Operations Performance Support (TOPS) program, Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III Project (FANTA III), Humanitarian Assistance Support Contract (HASC), and Evelyn] for technical support, training, data utilization, knowledge capture and sharing;

  • Advise FFP Officers in USAID Missions on M&E- related policies, procedures, and guidance to improve effectiveness of FFP programming;

  • As needed, serve on short-term assignments with other USAID offices or bureaus in direct support of FFP programs. These placements shall not exceed three months.

How to apply:

As specified in the cover letter of the solicitation, applications must be received by 4:00 PM on October 20, 2017, as specified in the cover letter via email: ffprecruitmentteam@usaid.gov.

The full solicitation, including the cover letter with resume details and the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs), is found on www.ffpjobs.com.

Qualified individuals are required to submit:

1. Complete and current resume. See cover page for resume requirements.

2. Supplemental document specifically addressing the QRFs shown in the solicitation.

3. USPSC Application form AID 302-3. Applicants are required to complete sections A through I. This form must be physically signed. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

Additional documents submitted will not be accepted.

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