Project Background and Objective:
The Avansa Agrikultura Final Performance Evaluation is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Timor-Leste and implemented by Cardno Emerging Markets. The overall goal of the Avansa Agrikultura project is to achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth acceleration in the agriculture sector in Timor-Leste. The Theory of Change behind this goal is that if productivity within the horticulture value chain and the ability of Timor-Leste’s citizens to engage in economic activities are increased, then sustainable and inclusive economic growth will be accelerated in the agriculture sector.
Social Impact was awarded a contract to conduct a final evaluation of the Avansa Agrikultura project against its program objectives. The final performance evaluation of the Avansa Agrikultura project aims to assess the change in status of the beneficiaries from the beginning of the Avansa Agrikultura project to the end of the project and to generate lessons learned from the interventions and the integrated approach.
SI is seeking a Qualitative Researcher to join the evaluation team (ET) of the Avansa Agrikultura final evaluation. As a member of the ET, the Qualitative Researcher will collect data in Timor-Leste in-person or remotely (pending COVID-19 circumstances) by conducting interviews with key stakeholders and beneficiaries. In addition to data collection work, the Qualitative Researcher will contribute to deliverables and reporting requirements including data cleaning, analysis, and potentially writing sections of a draft and final evaluation report. The estimated time required for undertaking this Evaluation is 40 days level of effort (LOE). The assignment will take place in Timor-Leste, with an expected period of performance from June 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020. Data collection is planned for June 22, 2020 to July 10,2020.
PLEASE NOTE: Fieldwork dates are subject to change due to the uncertainty of travel restrictions and methodology because of COVID-19.
- Contribute significantly to the development and finalization of project deliverables including data collection instruments, an inception report, draft report and final report.
- Complete qualitative interviews either in-person in Timor-Leste or via phone or other remote technology (method to be determined by SI HQ).
- Regularly update findings, conclusions and recommendations throughout fieldwork process.
- Follow guidelines established by ET for naming, storing and transmitting qualitative data.
- Contribute significantly to data analysis (via qualitative coding, tally sheets, or other methods to be determined).
- Maintain clear and regular communication with the ET and HQ support staff in Washington, DC, and ensure the HQ team is made aware of any risks, problems, or challenges that arise in a timely manner.
- 5-7 years of experience conducting qualitative research and coding preferably on topics related to economic development, rural development, or agriculture.
- Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in public policy, sociology, political science, economics, or other relevant field with a focus on topics related to international development.
- 2-3 years of experience conducting qualitative research, Timor-Leste or regional country experience is preferred.
- Experience with USAID and USAID Evaluation Policy preferred.
- Exceptional organizational, analytical, and writing skills.
- Fluency in English (speaking, reading, and writing).
- Fluency in Tetum (speaking, reading, and writing).
- Timorese citizen or resident preferred.
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Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls.