International Evaluation Team Leader – Business and Workforce Development - Egypt

EG
Category
Monitoring and Evaluation
Type
Contract
Close Date
11/15/2017

Overview

The QED Group, under the SIMPLE monitoring and evaluation project with USAId/Egypt, 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 Cairo-based SIMPLE Senior Evaluation Specialist or his designate. The evaluation is expected to take place from mid-November 2017 to late-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.

 

Project Background

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. 

 

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.

Responsibilities

The QED Group, under the SIMPLE monitoring and evaluation project with USAId/Egypt, 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 Cairo-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-November 2017 to late-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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