USAID QED Group Project Careers – Senior M&E Specialist – Education, Youth and Child Development

Organization: QED Group, LLC
Project: USAID/Uganda Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
Program
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About QED:
The QED Group, LLC is a full-service international development firm
that provides practical solutions to social problems through sound analysis,
proven management techniques, and creative implementation. We focus our efforts
on two core practice areas: Monitoring & Evaluation and Knowledge
Management. We work with U.S. agencies and overseas governments, international
donors, private-sector clients, and PVOs/NGOs in more than 80 countries around
the world. Key clients include USAID, the U.S. Department of State, the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the
U.S. Trade and Development Agency.
About USAID Project:
The USAID/Uganda Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Program (The
Learning Contract) is the five-year organizational program support vehicle
through which USAID/Uganda will pursue realizing its development objectives
within the complicated and shifting Ugandan development context.  The purpose of the Learning Contract is to
provide monitoring, evaluation and learning support services and build capacity
of USAID/Uganda to implement USAID’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting
methodology to strengthen the implementation of USAID/Uganda’s Country
Development Cooperation Strategy and enhance USAID’s organizational
effectiveness. 
Job Summary:  The Senior
M&E Specialist – Education, Youth and Child Development office (Sr. M&E
Specialist) will report to and support the M&E Senior Advisor in ensuring
the successful provision of M&E and learning services to USAID/Uganda.  The primary responsibility of the Sr. M&E
Specialist is to provide M&E, analytical and sectoral technical assistance
to the technical office focusing on youth Orphans and vulnerable children and
education initiatives. 
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Actively participates in the
    implementation of Component 1: 
    Strengthening USAID/Uganda’s M&E performance.
  • Manages PRS sector data, assists with
    Mission reporting requirements and analyzes data.
  • Supports with evaluations, surveys and
    assessments.
  • Regularly reviews performance monitoring
    plans (PMPs) developed by implementing partners (IPs) and develop a
    framework that consolidates data submitted by IPs
  • Assist in the drafting, editing,
    production and submittal of project technical reports (assessments,
    evaluations, monitoring reports, etc.) and other deliverables.
  • Assess the mission’s progress towards
    achieving its Assistance Objectives (AOs) by using Mission and
    project-level Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) data to review actual results
    against Results Frameworks.
  • Provide independent verification of
    performance data reported by implementing partners through monitoring,
    assessment, and evaluation of USAID/Uganda programs.
  • Participate in Data Quality Assessment
    (DQA) with a view to understanding and verifying the validity of data
    provided by implementing partners
  • Provide M&E technical assistance and
    training to help raise the profile and understanding of M&E and the
    principle of “Managing for Results” to improve program implementation and
    programmatic and resource decision-making.
  • Work closely with USAID’s implementing
    partners to ensure the timely and accurate reporting of PRS data.
  • Use performance management best practices
    and the data collected through monitoring, assessments, and evaluations to
    assist in the development and maintenance of a knowledge and performance
    management system that enhances the Mission’s capacity to respond in a
    timely fashion to diverse information requests from internal and external
    stakeholders, including Mission management, USAID/Washington, the U.S.
    Embassy in Uganda, Congress, and audit agencies.
  • Assist the program with outreach and
    engagement with the private sector, Government of Uganda and other donors,
    as required.
  • Assist in the drafting, editing, and
    implementation of annual work-plans and other internal tools as required.
  • Perform other tasks from time to time as
    required and agreed upon.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The QED Group USAID Project Job placement
    should have a minimum of 10 years of progressively-responsible experience
    in M&E for USAID and/or other donor-funded development programs.
  • Technical expertise in the education
    sector, OVC and youth programming.
  • The candidate should preferably hold an
    advanced degree in a relevant discipline. 
  • Past experience conducting monitoring and
    evaluation of USAID projects required, experience with PEPFAR M&E
    guidelines preferred.
  • Possess the ability to build positive
    working relationships with USAID and other U.S. government agencies and
    stakeholders in Uganda.
  • Strong grasp of survey design, management,
    and analysis.
  • Past experience with qualitative and
    quantitative methods.
  • Positive track record of quality work and
    deliverables.
  • Past exposure and experience conducting
    routine program monitoring and external evaluations required.
  • Strong organizational, writing and
    communications skills.
  • Fluency in English required, knowledge of
    Swahili, Luganda and/or other local languages is an advantage.
  • Possess the ability to coordinate well
    with personnel within and outside the project, meets deadlines, and work
    with minimal supervision.
  • Computer literacy, with ability to
    generate, analyzes and interprets data using basic analysis programs.
  • Understanding of Uganda’s M&E
    landscape of donor organizations, implementing partners, and other
    stakeholders such as the Government of Uganda and the private sector
    preferred.
  • Past experience with statistical analysis
    or impact evaluations preferred.
  • Good understanding of knowledge
    management, organizational development, organizational learning, or
    capacity building preferred.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified candidates who desire to join the USAID QED
Group in the aforementioned capacity should send an application, CV and Bio
data Form, download
here
, to qed.recruitment.specialist@gmail.com
with the title mentioned in the subject line.
NB: Only qualified applicants will be
contacted.
Deadline: 17th April, 2015
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