Mid-Level Evaluation Specialist, Final Performance Evaluation of Partnership for Land Use Science (Forest-PLUS)

Social Impact
India
Consultant (Short term)

Social Impact (SI) is a global development management consulting firm. We provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness. We work across all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and economic growth. Since 1997 we have worked in over 100 countries for clients such as US government agencies, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and nonprofits. 

Project Objective:

SI is responding to a Task Order under the ALME/RDMA contract. The purpose of this Task Order is to conduct a Final Performance Evaluation of the Forest-PLUS project for USAID/India. Forest-PLUS works closely with Ministry of Environment and Forests, State Forest Departments, Indian forestry institutions and other organizations to provide technical assistance to catalyze the adoption of REDD+ forest management in India. 

In September 2010, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of India (GOI) partnered to address climate change, and under this agreement, they launched the Partnership for Land Use Science (Forest-PLUS) technical assistance contract. Now, as this five-year project comes to a close, USAID is seeking a final performance evaluation (PE) to assess the project’s performance in order to produce lessons learned and inform future programming. To conduct this PE, SI proposes a mixed methods approach that combines extensive qualitative data collection with primary and secondary quantitative data. Working across the four focus states, SI will gather data in-person through key informant interviews (KIIs), direct observation, and focus group discussions (FGDs), as well as collect data remotely using the document review and an electronic survey.

Position Description:

SI is seeking an Evaluation Specialist to provide technical, research, and administrative support as well as overall guidance and technical expertise during the evaluation, in addition to assisting the Senior Forestry Specialist with data collection and analysis. The Specialist will help ensure that findings are specific; concise; and supported by quantitative and qualitative information that is precise, reliable, valid, and generalizable.  The Specialist will work with the Evaluation Team to develop an evaluation design and data collection protocols, as well as conduct data quality assurance. Finally, the Specialist will assist in data analysis and drafting and finalizing the preparation and presentation of the document review; key evaluation findings and recommendations to the USAID/India mission; and the final evaluation report.

This position requires approximately 20 days travel to the states of Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim in India. The evaluation is timeline is expected to last from early October- late December, 2017. As such, SI is looking to fill and onboard this position as soon as possible. 

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the document review,

  • Work with evaluation team to draft and finalize evaluation design, including design matrix and data collection protocols,

  • Participate in in-brief with USAID/India mission,

  • Collect, clean, and analyze survey data,

  • Work with evaluation team to draft preliminary findings,

  • Participate in out-brief with USAID/India mission,

  • Work with evaluation team to draft and finalize final evaluation report, including key findings and recommendations, and

  • Participate in dissemination events.

Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in a relevant field;

  • Expertise in evaluation mixed methods, design, and instrument and tool development required;

  • Expertise in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods required;

  • Background in REDD+ implementation and/or the Indian forestry sector not required, but preferred; and

  • Familiarity with USAID organizational structure/context preferred.

Come join our energetic and innovative team!  We offer you the opportunity to play a leading role in the growth of our company, work as part of a creative and committed team, and make a difference in the well-being of our world.

To learn more about Social Impact, please visit our website: http://www.socialimpact.com

SI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls.

Closing date: 
6th October 2017