USAID Consultancy Careers – Regional Strategy Writer – QED Group, LLC

Job Title:        Regional Strategy Writer
Organization: QED Group, LLC
Project Name: USAID/Uganda Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
Program
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Duration: February 12-March 30, 2018 (25 days LOE)
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/Uganda MEL Program:
The USAID/Uganda Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Program, also
referred to as The Learning Contract, is a five-year activity that supports the
USAID Mission’s Program and Policy Development office. USAID/Uganda contracted
QED to implement this program, which provides Monitoring, Evaluation, and
Learning (MEL) support services and aims to increase USAID/Uganda’s capacity to
implement a Mission-wide Collaboration, Learning and Adapting (CLA) approach.
Job Summary: The Regional
Strategy Writer will be supporting the Regional Strategy for Northern Uganda
for USAID/Uganda to ensure a Regional Stakeholder Platform in Northern Uganda
for the sub-regions of West Nile, Acholi, and Lango.  In support of the platform, USAID/Uganda has
facilitated consultations at the regional and sub-regional levels to assist and
support the creation of a locally-led and owned Regional Development Strategy,
identifying priorities and potential areas for investment.  Parallel to these consultations, the
USAID/Uganda Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Program (The Learning Contract)
has provided desk reviews and research to support the development of the
strategy.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • USAID/Uganda and the Learning Contract
    seek an experienced writer to compile, organize and draft the regional
    strategy, based upon the results of consultations and research. 
  • The Strategy Writer will:
  • Review the available inputs, problem
    analysis, and theory of change, and revise and incorporate as needed;
    Summarize problem analysis and context, drawing from external and USAID or
    Learning Contract commissioned research, prioritization exercises,
    consultations, and desk reviews;
  • The jobholder will consult with USAID, the
    Learning Contract, researchers from Gulu University, the Steering Committee;
    interview external experts, and other stakeholders, and propose and adjust
    a strategy outline;
  • Invite and work alongside guest experts,
    as available, to assist in drafting the strategy, including interviewing
    said experts to generate chapter text, revising expert generated chapter
    text, and consolidating expert generated chapter drafts;
  • Draft sample chapters for Steering
    Committee, USAID, and Learning Contract review;
  • Prepare and present a revised outline
    which articulates the regional vision, goal, objectives, results
    framework, indicators and targets;
  • Produce a draft strategy, including a
    catalogue of investment opportunities and further research or feasibility
    studies suggested; and subsequently,
  • Produce a final regional strategy, including
    previously listed components, as appropriate.
Deliverables (Time Lines)
  • Draft sample chapters for Steering
    Committee, USAID, and Learning Contract review; (Two weeks after start
    date)
  • Prepare and present a revised outline
    which articulates the regional vision, goal, objectives, results framework,
    indicators and targets; (Two weeks after start date)
  • Produce a draft strategy, including a
    catalogue of investment opportunities and further research or feasibility
    studies suggested; (Three weeks after start date)
  • Produce a final regional strategy,
    including previously listed components, as appropriate.  (Five weeks after start date)
Following strategy composition, the Strategy Writer may be asked to
compose or assist in the composition of the strategic investment plan.
The Strategy Writer must be available to work with Learning Contract
staff, within Learning Contract deadlines, respond to USAID comments with
appropriate revision, and work with the Northern Uganda Regional Forum Steering
Committee and their stakeholders to put words to text – communicating their
ideas in a compelling document which espouses their vision, goals, and plans
for action. The Strategy Writer will report to the Learning Contract Research
and Learning Advisor, or other key point of contact for Learning Contract
support to USAID’s regional development efforts. The Strategy Writer will work
closely with the Learning Contract Senior Strategy Advisor for Northern Uganda.



Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:  
  • The ideal candidate must hold a University
    degree
  • Excellent oral and especially strong
    written communication skills in English
  • Skills in analysis and experience
    developing strategies (results frameworks, theories of change, goals and
    objective statements and identifying indicators).
  • Interpersonal skills with the ability,
    resourcefulness, and initiative to identify and gather relevant data
  • Willingness to work with local government
    officials and development partners to achieve stakeholder goals
  • Strong time management skills
  • Local language skills are an asset
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who meet the above
criteria should send their CV, cover letter and Bio Data Form, download here,
expressing interest to thelearningcontract.recruit@gmail.com with the title
mentioned in the subject line.
Deadline: 31st January 2018 by 5:00pm Ugandan Time
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