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 Team Leader to lead the evaluation team (ET) for the Avansa Agricultura final evaluation. The full team will consist of the Team Leader, two Local Qualitative Researchers, a US-based Qualitative Researcher, and a Logistician/Interpreter. The Team Leader and the evaluation team will collect data in-person in Timor-Leste or remotely (pending COVID-19 circumstances) by conducting interviews with key stakeholders and beneficiaries. The Team Leader will hold overall responsibility for all deliverables including an inception report, data collection instruments, an in-briefing presentation, a draft and final evaluation report, and an out-brief presentation. The estimated time required for undertaking this evaluation is 50 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.
- Provide leadership for the team throughout the evaluation.
- Lead development and finalization of an inception report outlining the evaluation design and methodology, including the drafting of data collection instruments and a work plan.
- Finalize the evaluation design, including the pre-testing and piloting of data collection tools.
- Develop an in-brief presentation and deliver it to USAID prior to fieldwork.
- Lead and oversee field activities of the evaluation team, including conducting key stakeholder and beneficiary interviews in person and/or over the phone or other remote technology (method to be determined by SI HQ).
- Lead ET in regularly updating findings, conclusions, and recommendations throughout fieldwork process.
- Follow guidelines established by ET for naming, storing, and transmitting qualitative data.
- Lead the preparation and presentation of the key evaluation findings, conclusions, and recommendations to key stakeholders, in the form of an out-briefing presentation.
- Lead data cleaning, analysis, and synthesis process after data collection, ensuring to consolidate individual input from team members.
- Maintain clear and regular communication with the research team 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.
- Prepare the draft evaluation report and incorporate feedback from the client to produce a final report for submission.
- At least 10 years of program evaluation experience with extensive knowledge of qualitative evaluation methods.
- Master’s degree in the area of public administration, political science, public policy, economics, social science or a related discipline.
- Timor-Leste or regional country experience is preferred, understanding of agricultural issues and capacity development is a plus.
- Experience with USAID and USAID Evaluation Policy preferred.
- Strong leader, able to motivate teams and organize production of shared work products.
- Should be able to write high quality and concise reports in English.
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