Position Title: Mid-Level Evaluation Specialist STTA
Period of Performance: July 2019 to September 2019
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
DevTech Systems, Inc. (DevTech) is an international consulting firm dedicated to development, with 35 years of experience providing advisory services and technical assistance to government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders in more than 100 countries. We are a data driven organization that specializes in informing policy making by delivering focused data-driven evidence-based analysis products and services. DevTech core practice areas include: Economic and Data analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation, Education and Youth Development, Gender and Inclusive Development, and Public Financial Management.
DevTech is recruiting Mid-Level Evaluation Specialist to lead an Electoral Empowerment of Civil Society Program (EECSP) final evaluation for the Peace, Democracy and Governance office of USAID/Nigeria. The Mid-level Evaluation Specialist will work with M&E experts and MEL Activity staff members to evaluate the final evaluation of over forty key stakeholder organizations across fourteen states including the Federal Capital Territory. The purpose of this evaluation is to evaluate if EECSP has achieved its objectives, if there are specific outcomes, and EECSP challenges affecting its ability to achieve its objectives. The purpose of the evaluation is to use these findings to inform future programming for USAID/Nigeria.
Scope of Work:
The Mid-Level Evaluation Specialist will support the EECSP Evaluation by working closely with the evaluation team to:
- Review available information to identify information gaps and refine data collection tasks accordingly;
- Prepare a presentation for an in-brief with the USAID Peace, Democracy and Governance (PDG) technical office;
- Design data collection instruments for individual interviews and focus group discussions;
- Design discussion guides for stakeholder roundtables;
- Develop a detailed work plan for USAID approval;
- Plan the logistics of the evaluation field work;
- Conduct individual interviews with EECSP activity stakeholders who are identified in the target areas and groups section of this SOW;
- Conduct focus group discussions (roundtable discussion) to answer the evaluation questions and bring together stakeholders involved with the project;
- Debrief PDG on the preliminary findings at the end of field work; and
- Develop the final evaluation report.
Deliverables, Level of Effort, & Schedule:
For this evaluation, the Mid-Level Evaluation Specialist will:
- Participate in a kick-off call with the MEL Activity prior to beginning evaluation work
- Review all background documents and preparation work, as provided by USAID/Nigeria’s Office of Peace Democracy and Governance, prior to development of data collection tools and work plan, and in advance of beginning field work
- Prepare for and attend team planning meetings and in-brief with USAID, including contributing to the development of the in-brief PowerPoint presentation, appropriately formatted to the USAID ADS Style and Format Guide
- Contribute to the development and revisions of workplan and data collection tools, including pre-testing and revisions, as directed by the Team Lead, based on the background review documents and the in-brief with USAID
- Support in planning and arranging logistics for the field work, including reaching out to and scheduling interviews with stakeholders; identifying suitable stakeholders for interviews; and ensuring meeting locations
- Incorporate USAID and MEL team feedback into the workplan and data collection tools, as necessary and to the satisfaction of USAID/Nigeria
- Conduct information and data collection activities (key informant interviews and focus group discussions) in Abuja and throughout Nigeria, as determined by USAID and the Team Lead, and as guided by the work plan and data collection tools
- Upload/share interview notes to the MEL Activity’s SharePoint within 24 hours of completion of interview/discussion
- Support the development of the draft evaluation report, incorporating feedback from USAID/Nigeria and the MEL team
- Support the preparation and presentation of preliminary findings/exit brief to USAID/Nigeria’s PDG
- Contribute to the development of final evaluation report, and consideration and inclusion of USAID’s feedback until USAID/Nigeria’s PDG accepts and approves the final version of the evaluation report
- Contribute to the development of the 2-3-page summary of the evaluation methodology, findings, conclusions and recommendations and a one-page infographic
- Remain flexible as unforeseen circumstances arise, manage focused and effective communications with the evaluation team to problem solve, lend subject matter expertise and guidance as necessary, and ensure issues are addressed in a timely manner
- Must have Master’s in economics, social science, law, public finance training or a related field
- At least six (6) years of experience conducting evaluation in Nigeria or West Africa is required
- Demonstrated knowledge of the way the national and state assemblies work will act as Sector Specialist
- Good methodological background in managing, implementing or evaluating peace, democratic governance and human rights activities in developing countries
- Demonstrated experience in assessing capacity-building efforts in nascent democracies; the role of civil society in strengthening citizen participation; and, involvement in holding governments to account
- Must be able to design evaluations and analysis; quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis; survey design and analysis; program issues, innovations and challenges in building civil society capacity (including financial and personnel management, including value for money); and USAID practices and requirements in program performance measurement.
- Strong knowledge of issues relating to Nigerian legislative functions and process improvement programs, improving governmental institutional capacity, and fostering civil society oversight of government institutions in developing and/or transitional economies and democracies is required.
- African/regional experience is desired
- Knowledge of the operations of civil society. and election management bodies (INEC and SIECs) is a plus.
- Ability to conduct interviews and discussions and write well in English is required.
- Must be able to work as a team
NOTE: This job posting should not be construed to imply that the requirements are the exclusive standards of the position nor will it be the sole basis for any subsequent employee evaluations. Incumbents will follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties as may be required by their supervisor.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or other status protected by applicable law.