International Team Leader for Agribusiness Evaluation

EG
Category
Monitoring and Evaluation
Type
Contract
Close Date
1/15/2018

Overview

The QED Group, under the SIMPLE monitoring and evaluation project with USAID/Egypt, is seeking to engage the services of an international consultant specialized in monitoring and evaluation with experience in agriculture, agribusiness agricultural school training projects to serve as leader of an evaluation team responsible for the design and implementation of an end-of-term performance evaluation of the USAID/Egypt Agribusiness for Rural Development and Increasing Incomes (ARDII) project. The evaluation is expected to take place from second half of January 2018 through March 2018 with an estimated level of effort of up to 60 work days (up to 45 days in Egypt) based on a six-day work week.

 

Project Background

Agriculture is the largest employer of all economic sectors in Egypt, providing more than 24% of total employment and 40% of total female employment in 2015 according to CAPMAS. Consequently, agriculture is the most important source of income and employment to the rural poor.

 

Increasing smallholder farmers’ productivity and income is a critical need if agriculture is to reach its full potential. The vast majority of Egyptian smallholder farmers follow traditional cropping patterns that have been used for decades and remain focused on local food crop production. In recent years, substantial USAID/Egypt resources have been allocated toward increasing the volume of high value horticultural crop production for both the local and export markets.

The goals of the Agribusiness for Rural Development and Increasing Incomes (ARDII) project, under which both activities are authorized, are to contribute to the USAID economic growth objective aimed to a) increase incomes of smallholder farmers in Upper Egypt through sustainably intensifying agricultural productivity, b) increasing the efficiency of post-harvest processes, c) improving the marketing of these goods, and improving the nutritional status of women and children. The ARDII Project focuses on bringing targeted beneficiaries into environmentally appropriate high value commercial horticulture value chains.  At the same time, work has been undertaken to address complementary, cross-cutting sector support such as extension services, irrigation infrastructure (delivery), irrigation efficiency, infrastructure and research that affect the sector generally and contribute to improving value chains specifically.  As a result of the five-year project interventions, smallholder beneficiaries should exhibit significantly higher sustained incomes in comparison to the baseline data of farmers who grow more traditional, natural resource exploitive, crops.

Responsibilities

Position Description

The Services to Improve Performance Management, Enhance Learning and Evaluation (SIMPLE) Project of the QED Group, LLC is seeking to engage the services of an international evaluation consultant specialized in monitoring and evaluating agriculture, agribusiness agricultural school training projects to serve as an evaluation team leader responsible for leading a team of specialist in the design and implementation of an end-of-term performance evaluation of USAID/Egypt’s Agribusiness for Rural Development and Increasing Incomes (ARDII) project. The consultant will report to the SIMPLE Evaluation Manager and the SIMPLE Senior Evaluation Specialist.

The consultant will lead and work with a team of subject matter experts to collaborate on the design and implementation of a mixed methods performance evaluation involving a desk review of debriefing materials, the development of quantitative and qualitative data collection tools, the analysis of both primary and secondary quantitative and qualitative data, preliminary report writing and preparation of oral debrief presentation materials. S/he will ensure that internationally recognized methodological and quality assurance best practices are applied throughout the evaluation process.

The evaluation is expected to take place from second half of January 2018 through March 2018 with an estimated level of effort of up to 60 work days (up to 45 days in Egypt) based on a six-day work week.

 

 

Responsibilities

  • Conduct a desk review and provide technical guidance to the team to produce a preliminary table of findings based on a comprehensive review of project-related debriefing materials and secondary data.
  • Provide guidance to team on the mixed methods to be used in the evaluation.
  • Develop with assistance from the team, a detailed work plan, site visit schedule, data analysis plan and quality assurance plan for USAID approval prior to conducting fieldwork.
  • Lead team to and conduct data collection activities as per the USAID approved data collection tools, work plan, data analysis plan and quality assurance plan. 
  • Lead and participate in the detailed analysis of primary and secondary qualitative information and quantitative data collected in order to respond to the evaluation questions.
  • Write a skeletal report of the evaluation and an executive summary, and prepare presentation materials that summarize the salient findings, conclusions and actionable recommendations to USAID and other relevant stakeholders within the approved timeline, before leaving Egypt.  Team members will contribute to this effort as required by team leader.
  • Prepare the draft and final evaluation report including executive summary and, as appropriate, any statement of differences in response to comments from relevant USAID and key stakeholder reviewers.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree, PhD is preferable, in in agricultural economics, agronomy social sciences or related field.
  • 10 years demonstrated experience designing and implementing evaluations in agriculture, agribusiness, agricultural value-chains, horticultural export promotion, agricultural extension or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience developing structured key informant protocols, group discussion protocols and paper and pencil/on-line survey instruments.
  • Demonstrated experience analyzing mid and/or large survey data sets using standard software statistics packages.
  • Demonstrated experience writing technical reports and producing PowerPoint presentations.
  • Demonstrated data visualization skills highly desirable. 
  • Demonstrated experience in agriculture/agribusiness and related workforce development including capacity building of farmers to implement good agriculture practice, increase productivity and establish ties between farmers and markets is 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.
  • Native speaker of English with demonstrated high degree of proficiency in technical report writing.

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.

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

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