USAID Education, Youth and Child Development Office Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Careers – QED Group, LLC

Organization: QED Group, LLC
Project: USAID/Uganda
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Project
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: USAID EYCD
Office Director & QED M&E Director
About QED:
The QED Group, LLC is a full-service international development firm
that provides practical solutions to social problems through sound analysis,
proven management techniques, and creative implementation. We focus our efforts
on two core practice areas: Monitoring & Evaluation and Knowledge Management.
We work with U.S. agencies and overseas governments, international donors,
private-sector clients, and PVOs/NGOs in more than 80 countries around the
world. Key clients include USAID, the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the
U.S. Trade and Development Agency.
About USAID Project:
The USAID/Uganda Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning project (Learning
Contract) is the five-year organizational program support vehicle through which
USAID/Uganda will pursue realizing its development objectives within the
complicated and shifting Ugandan development context.  The purpose of the Learning Contract is to
provide monitoring, evaluation and learning support services and build capacity
of USAID/Uganda to implement USAID’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting
methodology to strengthen the implementation of USAID/Uganda’s Country
Development Cooperation Strategy and enhance USAID’s organizational
effectiveness.
Job Summary: The Education,
Youth and Child Development Office (EYCD) is responsible for development,
implementation, and oversight of USAID administered PEPFAR-funded programs
benefiting orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) throughout Uganda. The
Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist will support the monitoring,
evaluation, and impact analysis of the PEPFAR-funded OVC activities. More
specifically, the M&E Specialist will strengthen USAID’s ability to ensure
the quality of its M&E systems and their outputs and to use M&E systems
to: (i) track and report on progress toward OVC objectives; (ii) inform Mission
decision-making; (iii) ensure compliance with PEPFAR and Agency requirements; and
(iv) ensure that USAID’s interventions are achieving intended outcomes.   The M&E Specialist position is the
equivalent of a USAID Foreign Service National (FSN) position at the FSN 10 to
11 grade level. It is expected that the Specialist will be a Ugandan national.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
The M&E
Specialist will promote the quality, timeliness and relevance of EYCD’s OVC
M&E efforts.  S/he will:
Implement and update the OVC sections of the Performance Management
Plan (PMP):
  • Ensure that ongoing M&E efforts are
    relevant to the existing PMP.
  • Coordinate efforts to develop the OVC
    sections of any new PMPs.
Ensure the integrity of OVC monitoring systems. Work with EYCD project
managers and implementing partners to ensure that implementing partners are:
  • Creating and implementing any necessary
    tools for data collection related to planned studies and research as well
    as regular data collection activities like SIMS, VAC, DHS, AIS, LQAS, and
    DQAs.
  • Tasked with developing and maintaining
    meaningful indicators and realistic targets.
  • Establishing timely and accurate
    baselines.
  • Developing and implementing high quality
    systems for data collection and analysis.
  • Conducting credible and timely data
    quality assessments.
Facilitate the use of monitoring and evaluation information in USAID
decision-making.  Work with EYCD’s
project managers and senior leadership to use data collected and analyzed to
guide adaptive management decision-making and contribute to the achievement of
high quality results:
  • Participate in processes to collect,
    collate and analyze performance data and assist with Uganda Mission,
    Washington, GOU and other reporting requirements.
  • Work closely with EYCD to analyze various
    datasets e.g. PRS, OVCMIS, GBVMIS, HIBRID, DATIM, EMIS DHIS2, LQAS, to
    inform the team on progress towards achieving Development Objectives.
  • Participate in the monitoring and review
    of reports from data collection efforts such as DHS, AIS, Child helpline,
    and other similar efforts.
  • Lead EYCD staff in complex analysis of
    data which will guide programmatic and management decisions.
  • Conduct complex data analysis outside
    routine reporting e.g. secondary analysis of national data sets (surveys,
    DHS, Census, AIS, assessments, impact studies, etc.).
  • Periodically identify problems and trigger
    questions that could guide a potential research/ investigation together
    with the technical teams.
  • Facilitate the transfer of data from the
    PRS to the Mission’s Performance Plan and Reporting document and
    ultimately to FACTS Info.
  • Prepare documentation and presentations
    that ensure that monitoring information is considered during
    USAID/Uganda’s quarterly portfolio reviews and other decision-making
    meetings.
Lead and/or provide technical inputs into the development of operational
research, evaluations, assessments and surveys:
Support procurement processes:
  • Draft,
    comment on, or otherwise contribute to finalizing Statements of Work
    (SOW).
  • Prepare
    ancillary documents that must accompany the SOW for procurements to move
    forward.
  • Track
    progress of procurement documents and address bottlenecks that might
    be slowing progress.
  • Participate in managing research,
    evaluation, assessment and survey teams:
  • Provide
    or arrange for logistical support, e.g., setting up meetings, arranging
    transport, etc.
  • Prepare
    guidance.
  • Facilitate
    meetings between teams and Mission decision-makers.
Participate in reviewing and following-up on research, evaluations,
assessments and surveys:
  • Comment
    on draft documents.
  • Collect
    and consolidate Mission-wide comments.
  • Ensure
    that service providers incorporate Mission comments into final
    documents.
  • Distribute
    final documents.
  • Coordinate
    and track progress on follow-up actions.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the USAID Monitoring
    and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist job placement should possess a master’s
    degree in education, child development, statistics, economics or another
    relevant field; or, alternatively, a Bachelor’s degree in any field with
    at least five years’ experience managing M&E systems.
  • At least seven years’ experience working
    with local or international NGOs, or the Government of Uganda, on OVC
    programs, preferably with first-hand experience with M&E systems,
    either as a user of M&E outputs or as an M&E manager.
  • Excellent knowledge of analyzing OVC data
    and HIV patterns including education and child protection related data.
  • Skills for analyzing complex and
    interrelated OVC, education, youth, child protection, GBV and demographic
    data – familiarity with STATA, SPSS and/or similar statistical analysis
    software packages desirable.
  • Familiarity with methods for assessment of
    OVC status and calculation of statistics around vulnerability and
    resilience.
  • Ability to design data collection forms
    and design databases (Excel, Access, epi-info or similar).
  • Extensive knowledge of research topics in
    the field of OVC, education, GBV, youth and child protection.
  • Experience with USG processes and PEPFAR
    programming and funding requirements, either as an employee of the USG or
    as an implementer of PEPFAR programming. Preferably, the candidate will
    have strong knowledge of USAID procedures and experience working with
    USAID.
  • Strong analytical, bureaucratic, and
    leadership/engagement skills. More specifically, the position requires:
    (i) experience in meeting complex and sometimes cumbersome bureaucratic
    requirements; (ii) strong writing and oral communication skills; (iii) the
    ability to engage productively in a cross-cultural environment; and (iv)
    the ability to work collegially in a fast-paced, team setting.
     
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested Candidates who meet the above
criteria should send their CV, Cover letter and Bio Data Form, download here,
expressing interest to thelearningcontract.recruit@gmail.com with the subject
line as “ATTN: Education, Youth and Child Development Office Monitoring and
Evaluation Specialist.”
Deadline: 4th August 2017 by
5:00pm
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