Local Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Specialist for Kenya
Company Overview
Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

The E3 Analytics and Evaluation Project is a contract that has been recently extended for another two years after an initial five-year run, with current end date of September 30, 2020. The purpose of the contract is to support technical sectors in USAID's Economic Growth, Education, and Environment Bureau (E3) and provide a vehicle for rigorous evaluation and analytic services in order to support Mission accountability and the needs of Mission Technical Offices. The project plans and executes rigorous impact evaluations. In addition, evaluation design support including consultations, concept paper development and/or 'in country' scoping is carried out for other evaluations, some of which may be performance evaluations. The project also conducts project design activities that may include literature reviews, logistics pilots, needs assessments, uptake surveys, and other studies to support USAID project or program design efforts.

Under this Project, the Palladium team is conducting a pilot study in Kenya as part of a larger multi-country study examining opportunities for USAID infrastructure investments to assist cities in addressing rapid urbanization and to support internally displaced persons (IDPs).
The study will investigate strategies USAID and partners in infrastructure development can use to support cities facing rapid urbanization and IDPs. The Project team will collect data about how key stakeholders perceive risks from rapid urbanization and IDPs and the types of plans being used to mitigate such challenges and formulate recommendations for Agency staff and others to mitigate those risks.

Responsibilities

Palladium is seeking an IDP Country Specialist to advise and support the evaluation team. The IDP Country Specialist will have experience in one of the key sector areas:
  • Identify government and non-government stakeholders involved in policy creation and mitigation strategies regarding IDPs for interview.
  • Provide information about rapid urbanization, population migration, emergency / disaster response, sociological causes and effects of migration, and IDPs in Kenya, trends, and sources of data for the study.
  • Assist in data collection by scheduling and conducting interviews and focus groups, as well as reviewing relevant documents and data.
  • Assist in coordinating interviews with key stakeholders for data collection.
  • Review data collection instruments for cultural sensitivity, country norms, technical accuracy, and improved data quality.
  • Contribute to relevant study design proposal sections, including data collection instruments, data collection and analysis plans, work plans, sampling plans, and other relevant sections.
  • Participate in relevant USAID meetings, in collaboration with the team.
  • Contribute to the analysis and write up of the final report, which may include: reviewing and analyzing secondary documents, conducting key informant interviews (in person and remotely), conducting structured observations on IDP response activities, facilitating group discussions, reviewing trends for the country by sector, and a write-up of sector specific information (if appropriate).

Requirements

  • Must have at least a master's degree in social science or a related field, Refugee or Migration Studies, Labor Migration, International Development, Labor Economics, Population Studies, City Planning, Urban Planning, or a similar field.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience, including experience conducting qualitative data collection in Kenya.
  • Prior knowledge and experience working in Kenya, ideally on IDP-related activities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with local organizations or non-government organizations in Kenya.
  • Native or near-native fluency in English including speaking, writing, and reading.
  • Outstanding analytical and report writing skills.
Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Details
US, Kenya
Closing date:
31 December 2019