Evaluation Specialist

US-DC-Washington
Category
Strategic Management Services
Type
Regular Full-Time
Close Date
1/31/2018

Overview

The Development Credit Authority (DCA) Office in USAID is seeking one motivated Junior DCA Partner Trainer/Technical Assistance Specialist to support USAID guarantee projects.   S/he will require building/facility access.

 

The candidate will join a team of investment officers on the Africa Team to further develop the DCA Africa portfolio. The position will be based in Washington DC, and involve travel to sub-Saharan Africa, particularly to francophone Africa. The Evaluation Specialist will specialize in proactive and continuous engagement with financial partners, missions, technical assistance provides and other stakeholders to lead relationship management with these actors. The overarching aim is to improve guarantee implementation monitoring and improve DCA guarantee utilization and impact.

Responsibilities

The Evaluation Specialist’s core responsibilities will be:

 

  • Primary Knowledge Source of Portfolio Activity: Design, innovate, and maintain platforms for measurement, tracking, and presentation of portfolio performance. Maintain a fluent knowledge of historic guarantee portfolio performance and reasons behind success and failure, utilization levels, impacts achieved, etc.

 

  • Regular Communications with Guarantee Implementation Stakeholders: Continuous and proactive communication through call, e-mail, video conference, and in-person meetings to ensure quality, consistency, understanding, and effectiveness with all stakeholders involved in guarantee implementation. Special attention will be required for partners with underperforming guarantees.
  • On-boarding of All New Guarantee Partners: Support on-boarding and introductory process of new guarantee partners to ensure that that DCA process, roles, and responsibilities are understood by all relevant stakeholders. Monitoring Plans are clear, complete, and accurately reflective of expectations and realities of each unique guarantee.
  • In-person Visits to the Field: The Evaluation Specialist is expected to work from the field at least 8-10 weeks per fiscal year to manage field relationships, perform in-person stakeholder meetings, hold DCA training sessions, on-board new partners, deliver advisory and technical assistance services, and support DCA’s knowledge management platforms and communication services.
  • USAID Mission Technical Assistance (TA) Advisory: Create and maintain a TA resource guide and design, innovate, and maintain additional resources/mechanisms to train and advise field missions and implementing partners on both best practices and practical program design for technical assistance interventions as they relate to access-to-finance and guarantee implementation.

 

  • Compliance Unit Collaboration: Hold weekly meetings with the relevant regional Compliance Officer providing compliance management, database management, and portfolio risk management to exchange information regarding the portfolio.

 

  • Thought Contributor: Support the Agency at conferences and workshops on development finance and best practices related to DCA activity. Support ongoing cross-stakeholder engagements and manage networks of guarantors, financial partners, participating implementing partners, and others.

 

Deliverables

  • Lead the design of Monitoring Plans with support from investment officers, the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, and field mission points of contact (POCs) including technical officers, Contracting Officer Representatives (COR), and implementing partners, and ensure they meet federal credit policy requirements.
  • Provide training on key guarantee processes and other critical elements such as understanding key terms and conditions, the claims process, Credit Management System (CMS) reporting, etc. to stakeholders and maintain a current network of all related guarantee POCs to keep continuous contact through stakeholder turnover.
  • Using in-house or contracted expertise, develop and deliver tailored trainings to meet bank needs (e.g. cash flow analysis, risk analysis, market research and loan product development, marketing new products, etc.).
  • Prepare, update, and maintain platforms for measuring and communicating guarantee performance, overall portfolio performance, intervention effectiveness, and lessons learned for internal and external audiences. These may include but will not be limited to presentations, peer reviews, Country Reports, Guarantee Close-Out Reports, Regional Briefers, a guarantor network, and others.
  • Co-lead the design and dissemination of useful communication materials, including training platforms, to stakeholders across the implementation process with the goal of increasing awareness and understanding of process and impact and to encourage improved utilization.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have relevant international development experience and strong financial sector knowledge, relationship management skills set, including:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, 4+ years of experience in development /finance or relevant experience in the financial sector.
  • Experience in supporting development/finance projects in sub-Saharan Africa (and/or other developing regions).
  • An understanding of the opportunities and challenges presented in operating in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Proven business development and client relationship skills.
  • Superior problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and time management skills.
  • An advanced degree in finance, economics, business, international development, or a related field.
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally, sometimes under short notice.
  • High-level proficiency in French is necessary.  

How to Apply

To apply for this position please follow the following steps:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Attach your resume.
  3. Click on the link: Biodata AID1420-17, fill out the form, sign it, and attach/upload it to your application. You may also include other documents such as cover letter and/or a work sample.
  4. Submit your application, resume, completed biodata, and any additional documents.

Please note that applications submitted by other means; or without resume and/or biodata will not be considered.

Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls please.

 

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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