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Team Leader/Evaluation and Trade Facilitation Specialist, Performance Evaluation

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

Palladium is a co-implementer of USAID's E3 Analytics and Evaluation Project, which supports the design and implementation of rigorous evaluations for USAID's Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3). Under this Project, a mid-term performance evaluation of USAID/West Africa's Trade and Investment Hub (the Trade Hub) will be conducted in early 2017.

The evaluation is expected to encompass the design and implementation of three related activities:
1) A mid-term evaluation to assess and document the extent to which the Trade Hub has achieved its objectives.
2) An assessment of the value added to participating firms and local partners through the Trade Hub and where USAID and the Trade Hub should focus resources to better add value.
3) An analysis of USAID/West Africa's activities to improve the performance and sustainability of these local organizations.

The project is currently seeking a Team Leader/Evaluation and Trade Facilitation Specialist for the WATH evaluation. Applicants should have demonstrated experience leading evaluation teams and designing and implementing mixed-methods evaluations for USAID or similar international donor agencies, ideally in one more of the following countries: Ghana, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, and Burkina Faso. The successful candidate will also have expertise in trade facilitation, agricultural standards, organizational development, and tariffs, and/or regional trade integration. The successful candidate will ideally have knowledge of issues and/or experience working with ECOWAS and other regional organizations.

Responsibilities

  • Lead the design and implementation of all evaluation activities.
  • Participate in the identification and selection of evaluation team members.
  • Supervise other evaluation team members in carrying out required design, data collection, and analysis tasks.
  • Ensure that evaluation processes and products meet the requirements and quality standards of project and USAID.
  • Oversee and conduct desk research and provide inputs to inform required evaluation design documents.
  • Co-lead the drafting and finalization of the evaluation design documents including: data collection instruments, data collection and analysis plans, work plans, sampling plans, and other relevant sections of the design document.
  • Carry out research and analysis based on the approved evaluation design and methodology; this may include reviewing and analyzing secondary documents, conducting key informant interviews in person or by phone, and supervising data collection in one or more of the countries where the Trade Hub is implemented and other approaches to collect and analyze data.
  • Co-lead the drafting and finalization of the draft and final evaluation report; including responding to comments from the project team and the client.
  • Participate in presentations to USAID regarding findings and recommendations from the evaluation.

Requirements

  • Must have a minimum of Master's Degree in a relevant field of study, plus 8 or more years of relevant experience. Alternatively, must have 3-5 years of relevant with a PhD.
  • Proven evaluation team management and leadership experience including overseeing data collection teams across multiple countries.
  • At least 5 years' experience in theevaluation of donor-funded projects in Africa;
  • Sound knowledge of regional integration, trade facilitation, and/or supplier-oriented trade policy particularly in West Africa.
  • Familiarity with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA).
  • Sound knowledge of USAID program cycle including extensive familiarity with USAID Evaluation Policy.
  • Native or near-native fluency in English including speaking, writing, and reading.
  • Advanced French proficiency desired.
  • Outstanding analytical and report writing skills.