International Evaluation Team Leader – Business and Workforce Development - Egypt

EG
Category
Monitoring and Evaluation
Type
Contract
Close Date
9/30/2017

Overview

QED Company Profile 

The QED Group, LLC, is a full-service international consulting firm committed to solving complex global challenges through innovative solutions. The QED Group is determined to provide its clients with best-value services so they increase their efficiency, learning capacity, and accountability to the public in an ever more complex and interconnected world. For more information on The QED Group LLC, please visit its website at the following hyperlink:  http:// http://www.qedgroupllc.com/

 

The USAID/Egypt Mission has contracted The QED Group LLC to field a technical support team, referred to as SIMPLE (Services to Improve Performance Management, Enhance Learning and Evaluation), to execute a host of services to improve the efficiency of programs implemented by the Mission’s Technical Offices. These services include activity/project designs, assessments, evaluations, management information and reporting. In addition, technical assistance is to be provided to the Program Office to collect and disseminate public information and enhance the quality of data.

 

WISE Project Summary

The USAID/WISE activity is part of a larger project that promotes inclusive economic growth and helps improve the competitiveness of the private sector in Egypt through the development of micro, small and medium enterprises, entrepreneurship, and workforce skills. More specifically, the purpose of the WISE activity is to improve skills, labor productivity, and employability of beneficiaries, especially youth and women; promote innovation and improved performance of technical secondary education; and support policy and regulatory reforms related to human capital development.

 

There are three sub-components of WISE in development of business and workforce in Egypt intended to produce the following results: A) Upgraded technical secondary education to meet the needs of the market in selected governorates and sectors, B) Improved workforce skills and productivity in selected sectors and governorates, and C) Improved labor market efficiency and advocacy for workforce development. 

 

Beneficiaries of the Activity

WISE beneficiaries include technical school students, teachers, administrators, out-of-school job seekers, business owners and managers, and the ministries involved in technical training. The implementing partner has selected four sectors for their intervention: 1) ready-made garments, 2) food processing, 3) tourism, and 4) furniture making.   These sectors were identified in a labor market analysis as in high demand for skilled workers and offer growth potential in the evolving Egyptian economy.  These beneficiaries are located in 10 governorates that have adequate job opportunities in the identified sectors in factories, industrial zones, or free zones.

 

Evaluation Purpose

The mid-term evaluation will focus on progress to date, identifying what is working as well as problems/issues, and discuss possible project reorientation options as necessary.  The purpose of this evaluation is to:

  • Review, analyze, and evaluate the effectiveness of the USAID-funded WISE activities to date in achieving targeted objectives and completing deliverables focusing on each of the three sub-component activities that constitute WISE.
  • Provide specific recommendations and lessons learned for improving WISE performance and/or redirecting certain activities as needed/applicable based on evidence-based findings and conclusions provided through rigorous analysis of high quality field data collected by the evaluation team.

Audience and Intended Uses

The audience of the evaluation report will be USAID/Egypt Mission, specifically the Office of Economic Growth, and the GOE represented by the Ministry of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (MTVET), the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Small and Medium Enterprises (MITSMEs), and other stakeholders as identified by USAID Egypt.

USAID/Egypt will review and share the final report and stand-alone executive summary with stakeholders and the general public via the Development Education Clearinghouse (DEC)

Responsibilities

QED is seeking to engage the services of a senior international consultant specialized in evaluating business and workforce development to serve as team leader, collaborating with the QED SIMPLE evaluation team to design and conduct a midterm performance evaluation of USAID/Egypt’s Workforce Improvement and Skills Enhancement (WISE) Project. The consultant will serve as team leader and evaluator for the overall evaluation reporting to the locally-based SIMPLE Senior Evaluation Specialist or his designate.

The senior international consultant will collaborate in designing and refining the mixed methods performance evaluation tools, analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, ensure that sound methodological and quality assurance practices are applied, incorporate generally accepted evaluation best practices, and use the evaluation’s findings to construct a comprehensive report as per USAID guidance.

The evaluation is expected to take place from mid-October 2017 to mid-January 2018 with an estimated level of effort of 75 work days (based on a six-day work week in Egypt) with 60 work days in Egypt.

 

Responsibilities

  • Conduct a desk review and provide technical guidance to the team on the mixed methods to be used in the midterm performance evaluation.
  • Collaborate on the development and finalization of midterm performance evaluation design documents including: evaluation work plan with data collection and analysis plan, data quality assurance plans, analysis plan and other relevant design documents.
  • Lead the evaluation team in the development and finalization of the midterm performance evaluation work plan including the identification of key stakeholders as well as developing/presenting data collection tools and field data collection plan to USAID for approval.
  • Conduct data collection activities as per the USAID approved data collection tools and work plan. 
  • Lead the qualitative and quantitative analysis of all information/data collected within the USAID approved timeline.
  • Supervise the work of evaluation team members throughout the contract period.
  • Lead the preparation and presentation of findings, conclusions and recommendations for debriefing relevant USAID Program Office and Office of Economic Growth staff.
  • Prepare the draft and final results report, expanded executive summary and, as appropriate, any statement of differences in response to comments from relevant USAID and key stakeholder reviewers.

Qualifications

  • A master’s degree, PhD is preferable, in Social Sciences or equivalent.
  • 10 years of demonstrated experience designing and implementing evaluations in general and specifically that of workforce development.
  • Demonstrated experience developing structured key informant protocols, group discussion protocols and paper and pencil based survey instruments.
  • Demonstrated experience analyzing mid and/or large survey data sets using SPSS, STATA, or alternative standardized software.
  • Demonstrated experience preparing final results reports and PowerPoint presentations of key findings, conclusions and recommendations of field research.
  • Demonstrated data visualization skills highly desirable. 
  • Demonstrated experience in textiles, ready-made garments, food industry, tourism, or furniture sectors highly desirable.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively in a multi-cultural environment. 
  • Ability to be flexible and work well under pressure, dealing with competing priorities, in a fast-paced team environment. 
  • Demonstrated experience evaluating USAID projects is required.
  • Fluency in English.

How to Apply

It is requested that qualified candidates submit their resumes and completed USAID 1420 Biographical data Forms through the QED website: https://careers-qedgroupllc.icims.com/jobs

Only candidates who have been short listed will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

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