USAID NORC University of Chicago Project Jobs – Deputy Evaluation Team Leader

Organisation: NORC,
University of Chicago
Project Name: USAID’s
Literacy Achievement and Reading Program (LARA)
Duty Station: Kampala,
About US:
NORC at the University of
Chicago is one of the largest and most highly respected social research
organizations pursuing high quality social science research that serves the
public interest both in the United States and internationally. Since its
founding in 1941, NORC has been an industry leader with a distinguished record
in the design, development, and implementation of survey and other data
collection methodologies, applying advanced statistical and other analytical
techniques to interpret social science data. NORC’s core competencies include
designing and conducting rigorous impact evaluations of development projects;
developing survey instruments; conducting analytic research; statistical
sampling; data preparation, collection, cleaning and management; and developing
survey-associated information technology.
About USAID LARA Project:
The Literacy Achievement and
Retention Program is designed to “improve key aspects of reading skills in both
English and three local languages in the early primary grades (Result 1); and
improve the retention of learners in the primary grades (result 2).”   The project seeks to improve retention of
learners in the primary grades through interventions to reduce school-related
gender-based violence (SRGBV) in schools. 
If awarded the contract, NORC will conduct a rigorous impact evaluation,
using experimental and/or quasi-experimental designs, and a performance
evaluation of the project.  The impact
evaluation will include a focus on the impact of reducing school-related
gender-based violence on student retention and literacy test scores.
Job Summary:  The Deputy Evaluation Team Leader will on an
impact and performance evaluation proposal for USAID’s Literacy Achievement and
Reading Program in Uganda. The incumbent will play a key leadership role in
NORC’s evaluation team, supervising the evaluation and leading the coordination
between the implementer, evaluator, and the Ugandan Ministry of Education and
Sport. The incumbent will supervise the rollout of the evaluation, and lead the
coordination between the implementing partner and the Ugandan government and
school system. 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the aforementioned USAID LARA Project placement should
    hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in education, administration,
    management or related field (Master’s preferred)
  • At
    least eight or more years of relevant activity management and supervisory
    experience with demonstrated professional accomplishments; excellent past
    performance references; strong knowledge of international donor policies,
    regulations, procedures, and documentation.
  • Demonstrated
    success in complex evaluation projects as a Team Leader.
  • Excellent
    managerial and operational experience, preferably in managing evaluation
    projects involving coordination with multiple IPs or institutions in
    Uganda or the region.
  • Possess
    good interpersonal skills, with demonstrated experience coordinating with
    the Ugandan MoES.
  • A
    high level of technical and analytical skills relevant to this activity.
  • Excellent
    representational and communication skills, written and oral proficiency in
  • Prior
    experience with School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV) projects.
  • Past
    exposure and experience in education projects focusing on literacy.
  • Prior
    experience with USAID, is an added advantage.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates who so wish to join NORC’s USAID LARA project in the
aforementioned capacity should send an updated CV and cover letter to.

Deadline: 4th August, 2015
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