Monday, June 30, 2014

Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, Monitoring and Evaluation Mission M&E Project, Tanzania

Proposal Summary:
The anticipated three-year USAID-funded Monitoring and Evaluation Mission M&E Project will provide on-the-ground support on performance monitoring, data verification, evaluation of the impact, output and outcome results and environmental compliance of the USAID/Tanzania program portfolio, covering the following technical areas:
  • Health
  • Education
  • Economic Growth
  • Democracy and Governance
  • Agriculture
  • Natural Resources
  • Partnership for Growth Initiative
Position Summary:
MSI is recruiting for a Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist to oversee monitoring and evaluation, analyses and assessments throughout the life of the project, including the data collection, design of the evaluation methodology and participatory data collection methods and protocols, and data quality verification techniques. 
**Please note: Candidates with Tanzanian citizenship are preferred.**

  • Responsible the design, quality development and production of all necessary evaluations reports.
  • Conduct assessments, population based surveys and studies including the testing of the development hypotheses.
  • Design of the evaluation methodology, participatory data collection methods and protocols for both performance and impact evaluations.
  • Coordinate and be responsible for all data collection, monitoring, report generation, evaluation and related tasks.
  • Oversee, recruit for and ensure short-term technical experts and evaluation team members are of a high caliber and possess the required technical expertise.
  • Oversee the maintenance of Mission and IPs PMPs.  
  • Serve as the evaluation team leader of select evaluations conducted under this contract as needed.
  • Contribute substantively to the design and field testing of the evaluation methodology, participatory data collection methods and protocols, data verification techniques, and other technical evaluation and analytical tasks.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in International Development, Statistics or Economics; or a Master’s degree with minimum of five years demonstrated experience in the requested field
  • At least ten years of demonstrated experience in the design and management of evaluations (impact and performance), analyses and assessments, including the dosing of the evaluation methodology, population based surveys, developing performance management plans, participatory data collection methods and protocols, and data quality verification techniques from large development projects. 
  • Ability to provide expert guidance to technical teams in developing and updating performance monitoring plans.
  • Demonstrated M&E experience on USAID-funded projects in East and Southern Africa.
  • Experience leading an evaluation team.
  • Familiarity with current USAID policies related to evaluation and performance management.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Field Program Representative, Rabat, Morocco

Proposal Summary: 
The anticipated project will focus on providing technical assistance to the USAID Middle East Bureau with the aim of enhancing its ability to better understand and address Democracy and Governance and Peace and Security (DGPS) issues related to conflict and violent extremism in Middle East and North Africa. Specifically, the project will focus on engaging local institutions to address conflict and violent extremism in these regions.

Candidates based in Morocco are encouraged to apply.

Position Summary:
The field program representative will manage the program activities in Morocco, the Maghreb region and as needed elsewhere in the MENA region. He/She will be responsible for overseeing pilot activities, monitoring and evaluation on pilot activities and knowledge dissemination regarding the pilot activities in the region, including assisting the Project Manager in developing partnerships with local institutions, overseeing the provision of small grants to communities and advocating for improving access to justice for at-risk populations. The anticipated duration of the activities is three to five years.

  • An advanced degree in international security, public administration, and/or related areas; or at least four years of commensurate additional work experience.
  • At least eight years relevant experience working with conflict and/or countering violent extremism in an international setting with experience with strategic planning and program management
  • At least three years of managerial experience.
  • Strong analytical, communication, organizational, writing, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong understanding of the political and social context in the region.
  • Fluency in spoken and written French required; proficiency in written and spoken Arabic is strongly preferred.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Research Assistant – Natural Resource Management: Tanzania Field Survey and Polling

The Center for Global Development, an independent, non-partisan research organization in Washington, DC seeks a Research Assistant to work in Tanzania to contribute to a project on natural resource management and deliberative democracy. The RA must demonstrate strong quantitative, analytical and communications skills. The successful candidate’s start date will be as soon as possible, and the ability to relocate to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania is required.  Airfare and reasonable relocation expenses will be provided.

General Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will perform a range of survey administration, project research and other duties including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Conduct data and literature searches as needed
  • Prepare and pilot survey instruments, recruit enumerators and oversee enumerator training
  • Supervise national level household and mobile phone surveys
  • Conduct statistical analyses and econometric modeling using  STATA
  • Provide other research, writing and editing support for various reports and documents
  • Perform other duties as necessary in support of Senior Research staff
The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and skills:
  • Undergraduate degree in a related field
  • 1-2 years of experience in the field of international development is preferred but not required
  • Training in econometrics and development economics, and experience in applying econometrics are required 
  • Familiarity and interest in polling and survey methods as well as primary data collection
  • Experience in using electronic data collection software
  • Essential software skills:  STATA for the descriptive and econometric analysis of cross-section and panel data.  MS Excel to construct spreadsheet models and to make publication quality graphics.  MS Word competence.
  • Outstanding communications and writing skills in English; fluency in Swahili a plus
  • Confidence and can-do attitude; ability to advance projects with hands-off supervision
  • Comfort working independently, with small groups and interacting with senior staff
  • Good humor and collegiality essential
Applicants for vacancy should send a short cover letter, a CV, a short writing sample and a sample Stata DO file, which displays knowledge of Stata and of some basic econometric applications to   Please use the title "Research Assistant –Natural Resource Management” in all e-mail correspondences.  No phone calls please.

CGD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All persons regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age or sexual orientation shall have equal access to positions, limited only by their ability to do the job.  Finalists for the position will be subject to a pre-employment background screening as a condition of employment.

Research Officer I

Vacancy Number: A/042/14
Institute: International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
Duration: Two years’ contract

The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) seeks to hire a Research Officer I for its Ethiopia office located at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Addis Ababa campus.

The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) is an international autonomous, non-profit, research organization temporarily based in Beirut, Lebanon supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ICARDA is committed to the improvement of livelihoods of the resource-poor in dry areas by enhancing food security and alleviating poverty through agricultural research, and the equitable use of natural resources. For more details:

Purpose of the Position:
The Research Officer will support ICARDA agricultural market economist based in Ethiopia, and this will strengthen the market value chain research which is implemented in both the Sheep Value Chain which ICARDA is leading under the Livestock and Fish CRP and the market research conducted in the DS-CRP of North Africa and West Asia region.
Main Responsibilities:
  • Implements farm household, market and consumer surveys and collects and manages secondary data,
  • Conducts regular field visits to supervise data collection and follows-up with partners,
  • Data entry, cleaning and management of survey data,
  • Locates, assembles and analyzes secondary data relevant for social, economic and policy research,
  • Conducts econometric analysis of data using STATA or other standard statistical software,
  • Assists in managing and updating existing socioeconomic databases on stakeholder agricultural market and strategies in dry land agricultural systems,
  • Conducts literature reviews and assist in preparing strategy documents, research reports and policy briefs to strengthen research and publication efforts,
  • Participates in the development of communication materials to enhance the impact of strategic social, economic and policy research in different regions,
  • Establishes and maintains contacts with collaborating organizations and partners
  • Assists in organizing project and stakeholders meetings,
  • Develops work-plans and budgets for subcontractors and collaborators,
  • Any other duties and miscellaneous tasks as required and as assigned.
•    M.Sc in agricultural economics or related fields from a recognized university
•    At least 5 years’ experience in agricultural research.

•    Strong quantitative skills in econometrics and marketing research,
•    Practical experience in field surveys and analysis of farm household and market survey data,
•    Good understanding of rural economy, markets, value chains and agricultural in the Ethiopia and in the region,
•    Ability to prioritize and organize work efficiently and independently,
•    Fluency in written and spoken English,
•    Excellent skills in using STATA, SPSS and/or any other standard econometric software,
•    Good computer literacy with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel and Outlook, PowerPoint and/or Access.

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Position level: 3A.
Minimum Base salary:    
•    Birr 27,556 per month (Negotiable, depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)
Terms of appointment: Initial appointment is for a two years, renewable appointment based on performance and funding availability.  ICARDA offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits in line with ILRI salary applicable for its Nationally Recruited Staff. ICARDA is an international and equal opportunity organization and believes that diversity of its staff contributes to excellence.

The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus on the outskirts of Addis Ababa.  Dining and sports facilities are located on site.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: A/042/14 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: on or before 07 July 2014.
Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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