Terms of Reference
for

Hiring National Senior/Mid-level Evaluation Specialists for
Mid-term Performance Evaluation of “Promoting Advocacy and Rights (PAR)” Activity

ME&A is a US based company that has been working in Bangladesh since November 2018 implementing USAID/Bangladesh’s Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (BMEL) Activity. Under BMEL, ME&A has implemented various USAID tasking requests for performance evaluations, assessments, situational analyses, third-party monitoring, learning, etc.  ME&A has received a tasking request for a Mid-term Performance Evaluation of “Promoting Advocacy and Rights (PAR)” activity. The evaluation will be conducted using a mixed method approach utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis. ME&A is seeking to hire a Senior Evaluation Specialist and a Mid-level Evaluation Specialist for 40-46 working days to join and evaluation team led by an international expert Team Leader. The tentative duration of the evaluation is from January to April 2021.

The scope of work for Senior and Mid-level Evaluation Specialists (Duration: 40-45 working days):

  • Both Senior and Mid-level Evaluation Specialists will work as a team member of the evaluation team led by an international expert.
  • They will provide local context and technical assistance in all activities of the evaluation.
  • They will actively participate in the desk review of materials and assist the Team Leader to develop work plans, data collection tools, a data analysis plan, and analytical report.
  • They will participate in team meetings and assist the Team Leader and one other international team member in establishing contact with government counterparts and other national and international organizations working in Bangladesh.
  • They will participate in field visits to conduct Key Informant Interviews (KIIs), Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), and survey data collection, prepare transcripts for each KII and FGD, and submit them to the team leader within 24 hours.
  • They will assist the Team Leader with data analysis and drafting the evaluation report.
  • They will participate in presenting the evaluation report to USAID or other stakeholders, and assist in addressing questions asked by USAID/Bangladesh and/or other stakeholders.

Expected Deliverables /Outputs

  • Work with the Team Leader to prepare the evaluation Work Plan and data collection tools in collaboration with other team members.
  • Produce transcripts of at least 20 KIIs, 15 FGDs, and 60 survey interviews with project beneficiaries and other key stakeholders.
  • Produce brief reports of consultation meetings with USAID and project staff, and share the reports with the Team Leader and other team members.
  • Assis in development of a coding plan, and assist the BMEL data analyst in analyzing and interpreting the data.
  • Assist the Team Leader to draft the evaluation report.
  • Assist the Team Leader to revise the report based on feedback from USAID and other stakeholders.
  • Support the Team Leader and international consultant as needed.

Required Competency for the Specialists

Senior Evaluation Specialist(Duration: 40-45 working days)

  • Have a master’s degree or PhD in a relevant field (human rights, governance, law, public/social policy, public administration, political science, gender studies)
  • Have at least 10-15 years of experience working in designing and conducting field-based evaluations and assessments of programs/projects related to civil society and democracy, human rights, and good governance
  • Have a strong understanding of civil society institutions in Bangladesh including the role of advocacy in advancing democratic governance and citizen participation
  • Have familiarity with USAID practices in program/project evaluation
  • Have recent demonstrated experience in conducting evaluations and/or assessments of projects utilizing qualitative and quantitative techniques for data collection and analysis
  • Have strong facilitation and analytical skills
  • Have strong oral and writing skills in English and be capable of producing high quality work products

Mid-level Evaluation Specialist (Duration: 40-45 working days)

  • Have a master’s degree in relevant field (human rights, governance, law, public/social policy, public administration, political science, gender studies)
  • Have at least 7-10 years of experience designing and conducting field-based evaluations and assessments of programs/projects related to civil society and democracy, human rights, and good governance
  • Have a good understanding of civil society institutions in Bangladesh including the role of advocacy in advancing democratic governance and citizen participation
  • Have familiarity with USAID practices in program/project evaluation
  • Have recent demonstrated experience in conducting evaluations and/or assessments of projects utilizing qualitative and quantitative techniques for data collection and analysis
  • Have strong interview and focus group facilitation and analytical skills
  • Have strong oral and writing skills in English and be capable of producing high quality work products

Remuneration and Mode of Payment

The specialist will receive an agreed daily rate in BDT. The payment will be made on a monthly basis, based on the number of days worked in the respective month. The final payment will be subject to submission of all deliverables mentioned in the consultant’s contract with ME&A. VAT and tax will be deducted at the source following government rules and regulations.

Application Procedure

Applicants must meet the above-mentioned qualifications and experience, and be motivated to work in a team setting. They should apply with a brief CV highlighting evaluation, assessment, studies conducted and the roles they performed on completed assignments. In addition, they should list their educational qualifications, employment record, relevant experiences, and publications. The application should be submitted to the following email address: bmeljobs@engl.com. The closing date for applications is Sunday, November 22, 2020.

ME&A, Inc. is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. ME&A will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.