Data Quality Assessment International Team Leaders

EG
Category
Monitoring and Evaluation
Type
Contract
Close Date
12/10/2017

Overview

The QED Group, under the SIMPLE monitoring and evaluation contract with USAID/Egypt, is seeking two senior international monitoring and evaluation specialists to serve as international team leaders for a Data Quality Assessment (DQA) for USAID/Egypt. The assignments are anticipated to start by the middle of December and last for a duration of 4 – 6 weeks. The assignments will take place in Cairo and other selected locations in Egypt, where a six-day work week is authorized. The final portion of the assignment will be conducted remotely from the specialists’ homes to finalize and revise reports as required.

 

Assignment Background

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 Description

 

SIMPLE is seeking to engage the services of two senior international consultants specialized in USAID Data Quality Assessments to lead a team that will conduct DQAs for USAID/Egypt.  The assignments are anticipated to start by the middle of December and last for a duration of 4 – 6 weeks. The assignments will take place in Cairo and other selected locations in Egypt, where a six-day work week is authorized. The final portion of the assignments will be conducted remotely from the specialists’ homes to finalize and revise reports as required. The roles and responsibilities of the two positions are the same but one individual be designated as the senior international team leader, with additional LOE for final report writing and revision.

 

QED/SIMPLE has developed data quality assessment checklist and organizational data management documentation which has been field tested on previous DQAs and will make these available to the DQA team. USAID CORs/AORs and local Egyptian M&E consultants will accompany the international team leaders on field visits. The SIMPLE performance management team will provide background documentation for activities and full logistical support.

 


Major Responsibilities and Duties

 

  • Conduct desk review, including USAID project and implementing partner activity reports, M&E plans and previous DQA reports.
  • Train local consultants and ensure that they are prepared for interviews. Maintain overall mentoring as needed.
  • Lead visits to implementing partner offices to interview staff and review documentation.
  • Complete DQA and organizational checklists for indicators and implementing partners and write memoranda with findings and recommendations. Review and update PIRS.
  • Ensure that DQA schedules are kept and that all deliverables are submitted on time.
  • Oversee DQA team, providing coordination and supervision.
  • In accordance with USAID and SIMPLE templates, write draft final DQA report summarizing DQA activities, synthesis showing cross cutting findings, recommendations, lessons learned and success stories.
  • Reviews all documents in preparation, including final review prior to submission to SIMPLE; revise reports as required based upon feedback from USAID.
  • Prepare and make presentations as requested to the USAID/Egypt Mission prior to start of DQA visits and on completion of DQA field activities.

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree plus 8 years of experience in development sector.
  • Minimum of five years of direct work with USAID Performance Management systems.
  • Experience conducting USAID data quality assessments, including conducting site visits for activity verification and data reviews.
  • Understanding of USAID performance management standards and guidelines including ADS Chapters 200 and 203 and related documents.
  • 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. Strong reporting-writing skills.
  • Previous experience in Egypt and knowledge of Egyptian Arabic useful, but not a deciding factor.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should submit a resume and completed USAID 1420 form through the QED website: https://careers-qedgroupllc.icims.com/jobs. The website works best using Internet Explorer – Chrome is not recommended. If problems are encountered at the web site, candidates may write directly to jobssimpleegypt@qedgroupllc.com.

 

Candidates should include a cover letter/email focusing on details of work with DQA and other relevant performance management data in the USAID setting.

 

Accessibility Notice: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to: Recruitment@QEDGroupLLC.com. Reasonable accommodation requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.The QED Group, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. AA//V/D

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