End-of-Term Performance Evaluation of the Sustainable Investment in Tourism in Egypt (SITE) Project
The QED Group, under the SIMPLE monitoring and evaluation project with USAID/Egypt, is seeking to engage the services of two local consultants specialized in conservation, preservation and management of Pharaonic (First Dynasty and New Kingdom) and Coptic Christian (300-500 AD) sites to serve as members of an evaluation team responsible for the design and implementation of an end-of-term performance evaluation of the USAID/Egypt Sustainable Investment in Tourism in Egypt (SITE) project. The evaluation is expected to take place from early May through early July 2018 with an estimated level of effort of approximately 55 work days based on a six-day work week.
The Tourism Team of the Economic Growth Office at USAID/Egypt is planning an end-of-project performance evaluation of the Sustainable Investment in Tourism in Egypt (SITE) project. The evaluation will examine the effectiveness of two cooperative agreements, the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) and Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA). The Evaluation team will specifically focus on evaluating conservation, training, job creation, community awareness and site management interventions in cultural heritage sites in Luxor, Sohag and the Memphis/Sakarra area.
ARCE activities to be evaluated include: 1) conservation, 2) training, 3) job creation, and 4) site management at Pharaonic sites in Luxor (Theban Tomb 110, Dra Abu ‘l-Naga, Qurnet Maraj, Khonsu Temple) and Sohag (Red Monastery) as well as multi-disciplinary capacity building courses in Cairo and Upper Egypt.
AERA activities to be evaluated focus on the establishment of a tourist walking trail referred to as the “Memphis Circuit” in the remains of the Pharaonic city of Memphis (3000 BC). Activity components included 1) cleaning, 2) stabilization of elements, 3) enhancement of local capacity, and 4) outreach activities with stakeholder involvement throughout the process. The activity offered employment opportunities to local workers while cleaning and preparing the sites, as well as training on cultural heritage management.
The evaluation topics for activities implemented by both grantees include 1) the physical changes at the sites, 2) achievements in making sites more accessible to tourists, 3) training. 4) gender, 5) sustainability and 6) impact of temporary employment.
Findings of this evaluation are intended to assist USAID in determining the human development and economic impact the interventions have had at the selected sites, and inform future decision-making in the tourism sector. Findings will also help USAID determine if the interventions were effective in promoting better management of cultural heritage resources and enhancing the sites’ cultural tourism potential. USAID/Egypt will review and share the executive summary, final report and recommendations with both implementing partners, the Ministry of Antiquities, the Ministry of Tourism and the public through posting on USAID Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC) Web site.
The consultants will collaborate with the team as cultural heritage subject matter specialists in the design and implementation of a mixed methods performance evaluation of the effectiveness of the conservation and preservation of the Pharaonic and Coptic Christian intervention sites. Said collaboration will involve a) a desk review of debriefing materials, b) the development of quantitative and qualitative data collection tools, c) the analysis of both primary and secondary quantitative and qualitative data, d) preliminary report writing, and e) 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 consultants will report to the Evaluation Team Leader, the SIMPLE Evaluation Manager and the SIMPLE Senior Evaluation Specialist.
From the perspective of the consultant’s subject matter expertise:
Qualified candidates submit a summary of qualifications statement and resume to email@example.com for more information. A completed USAID 1420 Biographical Data Form and references and other backup documentation will be required for short-listed candidates. Candidates are also encouraged to apply through the QED website, using Internet Explorer, at https://careers-qedgroupllc.icims/jobs