Social Solutions

Monitoring & CLA Expert, Nepal Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity

Job Locations NP
ID
2019-1486
# of Openings
1
Category
Monitoring and Evalution

Overview

Social Solutions International, Inc. (Social Solutions), is a Hispanic- and woman-owned firm consulting firm dedicated to the creation of solutions to improve the health and well-being of underserved populations worldwide. Since 2005, we have worked in more than 70 countries to provide quality monitoring and evaluation; training and technical assistance; program development and implementation; and institutional support services. We are a mission-driven organization and were named the top USAID women-led business partner in 2018.

 

Overview of the Position

Social Solutions is seeking a Monitoring & CLA Expert for the anticipated USAID-funded Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (Nepal MEL) Activity in Nepal. The Nepal MEL Activity will support USAID/Nepal and is expected to focus on the provision of technical and advisory services in planning, designing, conducting, disseminating, and learning from monitoring and evaluation of the Mission’s portfolios, in order to improve the achievement and sustainability of USAID’s development outcomes.

 

This mechanism will provide the Mission with a set of performance and impact evaluations for varied activities which contribute to the Nepal Country Development Cooperation Strategies (CDCS), thematic regional assessments and studies, and learning activities that have supported Mission programming. This position will be full-time and based in Nepal.

Responsibilities

  • Primarily responsible for delivering learning results and tracking adaptations for lessons learned;
  • S/he will provide vision and leadership to the Mission’s “learning” agenda; ensure the quality, timeliness and technological sophistication of services related to improving the integrity and usefulness of USAID/Nepal monitoring and reporting systems; ensure the quality, relevance, technological sophistication and timeliness of Contractor-provided evaluations, analyses and assessments; deepen USAID/Nepal’s existing learning capabilities and introduce improved avenues to learning;
  • Leads contractor contributions to USAID/Nepal’s efforts to deliberately draw contextual, programmatic and operational learning from its monitoring, evaluation, analytical and assessment efforts; and facilitate learning’s transformation into adapting.
  • Promote CLA Activities for strategic collaboration in order to identify possible program and context gaps at the strategy level as well as offer periodic opportunities to reflect on progress, such as after-action reviews and partner meetings to inform on possible adaptation changes.
  • Conduct and lead meetings, workshops and presentations for USAID/Nepal and other staff and outside stakeholders, as appropriate.
  • Support a series of workshops and conferences to convene USAID staff, implementing partners, and local stakeholders to discuss challenges, share best practices, and foster collaboration on specific topics related to USAID’s areas of intervention.
  • Support Mission staff in aligning policies, practices and processes with lessons learned.
  • Collaborate closely with and manage other activity staff from the Evaluation, CLA, and GIS Teams.
  • Ensure that all products and services meet USAID and Social Solutions quality expectations.
  • Support the Mission in the development of Data Quality Assessments (DQAs). This task will entail field visits to review and analyze the quality of data collection procedures and ensure that the standard definition of indicators is being properly understood and applied.
  • Identify, jointly with USAID/Nepal, relevant context indicators for the Mission’s programming at the national, departmental and municipal level, and collect and update data for the context indicators identified in available secondary sources and USAID datasets derived from evaluations and assessments.
  • Contribute to the construction of tables and dashboards for consulting context indicator data.
  • Support the Mission and its implementing partners (IPs) in the data collection of baseline and monitoring data. In particular, support implementing partners to identify and gather data on context and impact indicators.
  • Review and analyze context and performance data collected by the contractor or USAID implementing partners, particularly for MEL purposes.
  • Contribute to data collection and standardization of cross-cutting issues, such as gender equality and female empowerment.

Qualifications

  • A Master’s Degree in social sciences, statistics, or related fields.
  • At least 10 years of progressive experience in designing, implementing, managing, and analyzing monitoring related tasks for development projects, including the development of context and complementary indicators or similar monitoring approaches at the Mission-level.
  • At least three years of experience in Southeast Asia is strongly preferred.
  • Field experience that includes at least some but not necessarily all of the following:
    • Survey research experience, including development of structured and semi-structured interviews.
    • Structured or semi-structured group interviews and/or focus groups, including the creation of written instruments and transcripts for same; content analysis and other techniques for coding and transforming group/open-ended data into analyzed information.
    • Experience implementing quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis for evaluations and assessments, including experience with sampling methods, database management and statistical analysis.
    • Applied experience with non-experimental theory testing techniques for examining program/project effects (baseline reconstruction, outcome mapping, outcome harvesting, general elimination method (modus operandi), contribution analysis, lagged regressions and/or others).
  • At least five years of experience leading evaluation or research teams.
  • Excellent team management and interpersonal skills, including some workshop facilitation skills.
  • Excellent team management and interpersonal skills.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Nepali.

 

Equal Employer

Social Solutions International offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.socialsolutions.biz.

 

Social Solutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

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