QED Company Profile
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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.
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:
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)
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.
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.