Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc.(IBTCI), a U.S. based international development consulting company established in 1987, has worked in over one hundred countries and implemented over two hundred projects. IBTCI serves government agencies, private sector companies and several donor agencies. IBTCI specializes in Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) across many sectors including, but not limited to, conflict and crisis, democracy and governance, economic growth, education, environment, and global health.
Job Title: Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
Department/Location: Kinshasa, DRC
Reports To: Deputy Chief Of Party, Assessment/M&E Specialist
MECC is a five-year contract implemented by IBTCI and its subcontractor, Management Systems International (MSI), to provide monitoring, evaluation, analytic, coordination, and research services to the Mission’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS), and the USAID/DFID joint education program (ACCELERE!). It is intended to support Mission-wide objectives and provide analytical tools and services that allow the Mission to undertake performance management that will guide them in the full implementation of the CDCS PMP and ACCELERE! results framework. MECC services include performance monitoring, support to the Mission’s Learning Agenda, coordination among stakeholders at the provincial level, and M&E capacity building for Mission staff, IPs, and other relevant stakeholders.
The DRC is a strategic priority for the U.S. Government (USG) due to its large size and regional importance. Despiteits tremendous economic potential, it is among the world's least developed countries. Since problematic nationalelections in 2011, the DRC has been mired in political turmoil, characterized by a perception of state illegitimacy. Thepresence of numerous insurgent groups across eastern DRC gives rise to large human displacements. These eventshave destabilized the Great Lakes region, which is a major priority of the United Nations (UN) and the United States.Staff are required to focus on monitoring partner security and program effectiveness in active conflict zones. TheNovember 2013 defeat of the M23 rebels, by the Armed Forces of the DRC and UN forces, and the subsequent easingof the USG travel ban to North Kivu in March 2014, resulted in more opportunities to complete limited site visits andto meet implementing partners in their Goma offices. Despite this easing of restrictions, travel throughout theCongoremains difficult due to poor or non-existent roads and airlines with the world's worst air safety records. Majorsecurity concerns, for implementing partners and Congolese counterparts, in parts of the country make achievingprogram results particularly challenging.
USAID/DRC is a rapidly growing Mission and projected to grow further. USAID/DRC’s Fiscal Year (FY)
2015 Foreign Assistance Budget request is $246 million (including all of USAID managed President’s
Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief funding), with an anticipated additional $100 million in humanitarian assistanceprogrammed in FY 2015 (FY 2014 humanitarian assistance was $123 million). The Mission's complex bilateral programincludes major activities in eight different areas: education; stabilization and conflict mitigation; democracy, humanrights, and governance; health; social protection; economic growth; and food security and humanitarian assistance.
USAID/DRC is dedicated to advancing the broader Agency organizational learning and development policy effort calledCollaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA), whereby the causal pathways to desired outcomes are continuouslyassessed so that activities can be adjusted as necessary to yield the most effective course of action. Achievement of thedevelopment goal, and related development and transition objectives, will require rigorous implementation ofmonitoring, evaluation, learning and adaptation tools, methods and processes at each step in the program cycle. Thiswill be accomplished through participatory processes, partially supported by this contract, that engage a broad set ofstakeholders and sources of information. This learning will then be fed back, in appropriate forms, to USAID technicalstaff and other partners as appropriate. The goal of CLA is to increase the effectiveness and relevance of programs; tocatalyze learning and capacity building among local actors to support country-led development; and tosustain anoptimal fit between programs and the broader context even as country conditions change. The CLA process willenable USAID/DRC to become a more adaptive, modern and effective development enterprise – CLA is a centralcomponent of the Mission’s strategy and thus an integral element of theMonitoring, Evaluation, and CoordinationContract (MECC).
The M&E Specialist is a full-time position based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that will require travel to field sites. The M&E Specialist will provide donor and Implementing Partners (IPs) with high-level, demand-driven technical, analytical, advisory, training and related support services for performance and impact measurement, performance-based communication and information management, monitoring and evaluation.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Lead technical assistance related to monitoring and evaluation systems, performance management, theories of change and M&E Plans.
- Support the development of M&E Plans for IPs through on-going and hands-on technical assistance to IP M&E and management teams, in close coordination with the donor. This support will be in program areas such as democracy and governance, stabilization, agriculture and economic growth, education/human capacity development/youth.
- Coordinate and lead ongoing and user-friendly analysis and presentations of IP results.
- Provide oversight of all verification activities in the field, conducted through DRC Third PartyMonitoring agents, to ensure their timely and professional deployment of verifications, as well as the analysis of findings.
- Support the technical development of a web-enabled clearinghouse for donor data collection, integration and reporting activities.
- Supervise and provide technical support to program evaluations and assessment throughout the life of the program.
- Occasionally represent IBTCI in meetings with senior Mission, Embassy and Government officials.
Required Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Demonstrated technical expertise in the implementation of complex M&E Performance Management Plans, including definition and determination of metrics and methods to best measure results andimpact.
- Experience providing technical leadership or support to the development of qualitative and quantitative data collection instruments; field-based, hands-on and long-term M&E implementation experience is preferred.
- Proven experience on USAID-funded projects. Experience with DFID is preferred.
- Superior development analysis and communications skills are required.
- Experience facilitating and coordinating workshops are desirable.
- Significant experience in similar positions in the DRC.
- University degree in relevant field is required.
- Minimum of 7 years of demonstrated technical expertise in the development of Monitoring and Evaluation systems and/or performance-based management.
- Oral and written fluency in English and French.
- DRC citizenship.
Education: Master's Degree in the relevant field
Working Environment: Work is typically performed in an office environment.
Physical Requirements:This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 20 lbs.
Supervisory Responsibility:This position does have supervisory responsibilities.
Work Authorization:Must be authorized to work in the DRC.
How to Apply
Please apply for this job online at https://careers-ibtci.icims.com/jobs/1801/monitoring-and-evaluation-specialist/job by the deadline of March 19, 2018 COB Kinshasa Time.
No phone calls please. All candidates will be acknowledged, but only final candidates for particular activities will be contacted.
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