Data Quality Assessment International Team Leader

EG
Category
Monitoring and Evaluation
Type
Contract
Close Date
1/31/2018

Overview

Overview


QED is seeking two Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist to lead a team in a seven-week assignment lasting from November 2017 through the middle of January, 2018 to lead a Data Quality Assessment (DQA) for USAID/Egypt. One of the two individuals will be designated Team Leader, and the other Associate Team Leader. The job requirements are the same for both individuals. The team leader will have one additional week’s worth of work.


The first six weeks of the assignment, roughly November 10, 2016 to December 15,2016 will be conducted in Cairo, Egypt. The final days of the assignment in January, 2017, will be at the specialist’s residence to finalize documents after USAID comments are received.

 

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.

 

One of the most critical functions in performance management and reporting is to ensure that the data reported from implementing partners to USAID, and then on to Washington are of sufficiently good quality that 1) they can be used for management purposes—both for the implementing partner and for USAID staff—and 2) are an accurate representation of the accomplishments of USAID’s program. To meet these criteria, USAID missions are required to conduct data quality assessments (DQAs) of all activity indicator data at least once every three years. More frequent DQAs may be required, particularly if significant problems are found.

 

Responsibilities

Position Summary

 

SIMPLE is seeking to engage the services of a two senior international consultant specialized in USAID Data Quality Assessments to lead a team that will conduct DQAs and field verification on approximately 60 indicators from 20 implementing partners. The task will run November 11, 2017 to December 15, 2017 on a six-day work week basis. There will be an additional 3-7 days in January 2018 for the consultants to work from home on finalizing the documentation. Logistical support will be provided by a two Egyptian field coordinators, who will support the two specialists as needed. One of the two will be designated team leader, who will report to the SIMPLE senior performance management specialist (SPMS). The team leader will manage the overall assignment, and will report to the Senior Performance Management Specialist or his delegate. QED/SIMPLE has designed the forms and approaches to be used, but some changes in approach may be negotiated. Both the TL and the ATL must have near native English speaking, reading and writing language skills

 

QED/SIMPLE has developed organizational data management and data quality assessment checklists that are adapted to the Egypt situation, and will make these available to the team. The SIMPLE performance management team will be available to provide additional input and support as required. SIMPLE will provide a copy editor to review and edit the final documents.


Responsibilities

 

  • Responsible for accomplishment of all deliverables, in form and substance acceptable to USAID and SIMPLE
  • Primary contact between DQA team and SIMPLE Senior Performance Manager: Reports weekly (or more frequently, as required) to SIMPLE
  • Ensures that schedules are kept and that all deliverables are on time.
  • With Deputy, trains all consultants and ensures that they are prepared for interviews. Maintains overall mentoring as needed.
  • Oversees all team work for all team work, coordination and supervision
  • Reviews all documents in preparation, including final review prior to submission to SIMPLE

Qualifications

Qualifications: 

  • Master’s Degree plus 8 years of experience in development sector;
  • Minimum of five years of direct work with USAID Performance Management systems. Individuals who do not meet these criteria should not apply. 
  • Experience conducting USAID data quality assessments;
  • Experience conducting site visits for activity verification and data reviews;
  • Understanding of USAID performance management standards and guidelines including ADS Chapters 200 and 203; (search the internet for ‘ADS 203’), the standard performance management mission order and the PMP Toolkit (2014);
  • Ability to be flexible and work well under pressure, dealing with competing priorities, in a fast-paced team environment;
  • Fluent in spoken and written English. Knowledge of Egyptian Arabic useful, but not a deciding factor.

How to Apply

How to Apply: 

 

Qualified candidates should submit their resumes through the QED website: https://careers-qedgroupllc.icims.com/jobs.

 

In addition to the résumé and USAID Biodata form, candidates must submit a two-page cover letter focusing on details of work with performance management data in the USAID setting.

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