Position: Data Quality Assessment (DQA) Specialist

Project: USAID Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis Project (LEAP III)

Activity: USAID Power Africa

Location: TBD (most likely Remote Data Collection working from home)

Activity Description:

The USAID Power Africa Office has asked that Integra provide technical assistance for a Data Quality Assessment (DQA) of approximately 17 of their key indicators.

Job Description:

A DQA is a process to help USAID staff and implementing partners understand the strengths and weaknesses of their data and the extent to which the data can be trusted to influence management decisions. A DQA refers to USAID’s standard practice for assessing data quality, documenting any limitations in data quality, and establishing a plan for addressing those limitations. A DQA should be conducted to understand and document the extent that data meet or do not meet the five data quality standards documented in ADS 201.3.5.7:

1. Validity: Data should represent the intended result clearly and adequately.

2. Integrity: Data should have safeguards to minimize risk of bias, transcription error, or data manipulation.

3. Precision: Data should have a sufficient level of detail to permit informed management decision making.

4. Reliability: Data should reflect stable and consistent data collection processes and analysis methods over time.

5. Timeliness: Data should be available at a useful frequency, should be current, and should be timely enough to influence management decision making.

Power Africa will define about 15-20 Economic Growth Indicators to be reviewed and which partners the consultant will work with. The consultant will be responsible for:

1. Desk Review: Reviewing reporting data, PIRS, Mission Order for Monitoring, etc.

2. Field Review (may be done remotely): Verifying data, checking implementing partners’ understanding of the indicators.

3. Documentation: Completing the DQA Checklist and updating the indicators’ PIRS.

4. Mitigation Plan (as needed): working with the implementing partner and others to address data limitations.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

• Graduate degree in Statistics, Evaluation or a relevant, quantitative field preferred.
Experience:

• At least ten years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, preferably with experience working on USAID projects establishing M&E systems, finalizing results frameworks, PMPs, M&E plans, managing M&E databases;

• Extensive experience in conducting rigorous and evidence-based DQAs;

• Proven ability to review and update training materials and conduct trainings, findings dissemination sessions using DQA findings;

• Knowledge of the USAID ADS policy, guidance and requirements on DQAs;

• In-depth understanding of USAID performance management standards and guidelines;

• Experience working in at least two of the 22 countries in Africa where Power Africa is implementing activities;

• Fluency in spoken and written English; and

• Familiarity with Power Africa and the energy sector in Africa.

 

To Apply, Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV to tmiles@integrallc.com.  Please include “Data Quality Assessment (DQA) Specialist” in the subject line of the e-mail.  No phone calls please.  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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