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Evaluation Specialist, Mid-term Performance Evaluation of the Strengthening Political Landscape (SPL), Bangladesh

Location: Bangladesh

Description

Evaluation Specialist, Mid-term Performance Evaluation of the Strengthening Political Landscape (SPL) in Bangladesh Activity, USAID/Bangladesh

Project Objective  

SI is implementing a one-year extension of the Democracy and Governance (DG) Monitoring and Evaluation Support Activity (MESA) to provide the USAID DG office with flexible, demand-driven, technical, analytic, advisory, training, monitoring, evaluation, and related support services for performance measurement, planning, monitoring, evaluation, reporting, activity mapping, and performance information management and dissemination activities.  The SPL Activity aims to:

  • Increase the skills and knowledge of political party activists and politically active citizens to be effective leaders and advocate for more inclusive policies and practices within their parties.
  • Increase skills of political party activists and politically active citizens to engage constructively in mitigating conflict.
  • Increase participation among political party activists and politically active citizens in local and national elections.

DG MESA is conducting a mid-term performance evaluation to assess the SPL’s technical and programmatic validity and effectiveness, and also assess SPL’s progress towards sustainability.

The primary audiences for this performance evaluation are USAID/Bangladesh and Democracy International. Secondary audiences will include US Embassy state department in Bangladesh, UKAid, political parties of Bangladesh, the USAID Asia Bureau and, other bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors working for democratic governance and other concern development partners.

Position Description

The Evaluation Specialist will work with the Team Leader and two other local Democracy and Governance Evaluation Specialists to conduct this mid-term evaluation, supported by two interpreters and a logistician.  The team will also be supported technically and logistically by Social Impact’s Dhaka-based office.  The Evaluation Specialist will work closely under the Team Leader to ensure the technical quality of the evaluation, and lead a sub-team consisting of one local Democracy and Governance Evaluation Specialist and one interpreter.

The evaluation will last from January-March, with fieldwork taking place between approximately January 27-February 18.  Fieldwork may include travel outside of Dhaka, and exact locations are not yet set.  Approximately 38 days of LOE are available for this position.

Responsibilities

  • Contribute as requested to evaluation design, data collection instruments, and inception report
  • Facilitate focus group discussions (FGD) and other data collection methods, leading a data collection sub-team
  • Contribute as assigned by the Team Leader to data analysis
  • Contribute to the draft and final evaluation reports

Qualifications

  • A mid-level evaluation specialist with an advanced degree in a relevant discipline.
  • At least five (5) years of experience in design, management, monitoring and evaluation of democratic participation programs in developing countries is required.
  • Prior experience and ability to conduct evaluations, in particular on democratic participation issues and political party strengthening programs.
  • Prior experience facilitating qualitative interviews.
  • Strong writing skills and ability to produce a high-quality evaluation report in English required.



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