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The QED Group, under the SIMPLE monitoring and evaluation project with USAID/Egypt, is seeking to engage the services of a consultant specialized in water and wastewater with experience to serve as a Local leader of an evaluation team to design and conduct a performance evaluation of water and wastewater small scale construction and job creation activities. The evaluation is expected to start in by February 2019 with an estimated level of effort of up to 60 work days, including approximately 45 work days in-country on a 6-day work week and approximately 15 days outside Egypt for a desk review of documentation before arrival and completion of the final report after departure.
The original objective of the Egypt Utilities Management (EUM) Assistance Agreement was to improve access to water and sanitation through addressing three program elements: safe water access, basic sanitation, and water and sanitation policy and governance. In 2006, a new component was added to the project to fund Small Scale Infrastructure and Sectoral Reform Activities. An agreement was reached with Ministry of International Cooperation (MIC) that allowed residual funds from the large infrastructure activities to be transferred to the Small-Scale Infrastructure and Sectoral Reform Activities component.
Following the events of January 2011, short-term job creation was identified as one of the highest priorities for the use of foreign assistance funding to help Egyptians weather the rapidly worsening condition of the Egyptian economy. The Mission increased funding to the small-scale infrastructure project to stimulate short-term job creation in the water and wastewater sector as this was an implementation mechanism that could be expanded quickly, had a proven track record, used labour intensive construction methods, and could provide immediate short-term employment in parts of the country that were badly hurt by the economic downturn. It is expected that the evaluation will answer the following questions: (1) To what extent were these projects considered a critical need to the beneficiaries? (2) Did the projects deliver the planned outcomes as per the program design? (3) How are the facilities currently operating and maintained with the existence of qualified staff and maintenance plan? and (4) To what extent have the water companies have benefited in investment management through the design, procurement and implementation phases of the program?
The primary audience of the evaluation report will be USAID/Egypt, specifically the Office of Economic Growth (OEG). Secondary audiences include the Government of Egypt Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW) and its subsidiary water companies that directly implemented the program. USAID/Egypt will review and share the executive summary, final report and recommendations with the HCWW, and the public via the Development Education Clearinghouse (DEC).
The Services to Improve Performance Management, Enhance Learning and Evaluation (SIMPLE) Project of the QED Group, LLC is seeking to engage the service of a consultant specialized in water and wastewater utilities with experience to serve as a local leader of an evaluation team to design and undertake an end-of-project performance evaluation of the water and wastewater small scale construction program, and the job creation activities through Essential Services Delivery in Upper Egypt under the Egypt Utilities Management (EUM) Assistance Agreement. The consultant will serve as team leader and evaluator for the overall evaluation reporting to the locally-based SIMPLE Senior Evaluation Specialist or his designate. The consultant will collaborate in designing and refining the mixed methods performance evaluation tools, analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, ensure that sound methodological and quality assurance practices are applied, incorporate generally accepted evaluation best practices, and use the evaluation’s findings to construct a comprehensive report as per USAID guidance.
The evaluation is expected to start by February 2019 with an estimated level of effort of up to 60 work days, including approximately 45 work days in-country on a 6-day work week and approximately 15 days outside Egypt for a desk review of documentation before arrival and completion of the final report after departure.
Qualified candidates submit a summary of qualifications statement, resume and completed USAID 1420 Biographical Data Form through the QED website: https://careers-qedgroupllc.icims.com/jobs using Internet Explorer