Position:  Short-term Consultant: Gender and Workforce Development Subject Matter Expert

USAID End-line Portfolio Performance Evaluation

Period of Performance: October 2022 – January 2023

Level of Effort: Approximately 30 days

Location:  Washington, DC and Remote Data Collection

Description: Integra Government Services International LLC is seeking a short-term consultant to serve as Team Leader in conducting an end line performance evaluation of USAID’s portfolio of women’s economic empowerment (WEE) activities. The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the initial 45 activities funded in 2018 and measure the extent to which these WEE activities achieved the intended goals, identify challenges and opportunities, and provide key learnings. The end line performance evaluation focuses on assessing the technical components of the portfolio, especially activity designs, interventions, partnerships, and results. USAID will incorporate the key lessons from this evaluation into the design and implementation of current and future WEE programs and policies. A mid-term performance evaluation was conducted in 2020, which included a quantitative and qualitative analysis, a desk review of nearly 300 documents provided by USAID and implementing partners (IP), data collected from online surveys and key informant interviews with USAID/Washington, missions, IP staff, and partners. It also included case studies of four WEE activities to obtain important feedback from beneficiaries and local partners located in multiple countries.

Position Summary: The Gender and Workforce Development Subject Matter Expert (SME), located in the U.S., is expected to guide measuring how gender inequalities affect labor market participation and economic growth. The candidate should be familiar with evidence-based approaches to improving women’s participation in the formal economy. This high-profile evaluation requires a candidate who has demonstrated technical expertise and evaluation experience for USAID and/or other USG agencies. The ideal candidate will possess a combination of gender and workforce development expertise; experience in survey design, data collection, and analysis, knowledge of relevant USAID policies; logic models and data visualization; and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute written technical inputs to the overall evaluation design and survey tools, including the work plan, identification of key workforce development issues, a compilation of key informants,
  • Conduct key informant interviews and focus group discussions with women leaders, entrepreneurs, women-owned small-and-medium-sized enterprises, activists, influencers, bloggers, women-led business associations, and relevant non-government organizations.
  • Draft narrative text and data visualizations of findings, conclusions, and recommendations for presentations and the final report. Contribute to quality control of all technical work.
  • Participate in internal discussions with other team members and, as needed, with external partners.
  • Guide and coordinate the field studies carried out by the national evaluators.
  • Support Team Leader in the internal management of evaluation and other evaluation team members.

Qualifications:

  • A graduate degree in the social sciences emphasizing workforce development, labor market participation, and the business enabling environment.
  • Preferably ten years’ experience in the economic development, economic empowerment, and GEWE area conducting evaluations, performance monitoring, and research, in combination with program management, and the provision of technical assistance relating to the desired subjects.
  • Practical technical expertise gained through longer-term field-based assignments will be valued.
  • Knowledge and experience applying USAID’s guidance and tools relating to GEWE, the program cycle, evaluation, performance monitoring, and CLA.
  • Proven communication skills with the ability to produce high-quality reports.
  • Specialist expertise in working with Excel and databases, qualitative and quantitative software to code and analyze data; skills in Stata are desirable.
  • Outstanding team player and problem-solving skills.

To Apply, Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV to jobs@integrallc.com. Please include “Gender and Workforce Development Subject Matter Expert” in the subject line of the e-mail. No phone calls please. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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