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Project Overview and Role:
The Feed the Future Malawi Agriculture Diversification Activity (“AgDiv”) is the flagship USAID agricultural development project for Malawi. AgDiv seeks to sustainably reduce poverty in Malawi by helping farmers diversify their crop production. AgDiv has five Outcome components: 1) improve farm productivity and income; 2) improve resilience to shocks and stressors for households and the agricultural sector; 3) improve nutrition; 4) empower women in agriculture; and 5) improve coordination of development assistance in the sector. To achieve these Outcomes, AgDiv uses a market systems strategy that involves implementing a large range of interventions targeted to different system levels, including individuals, communities, firms, and government.
AgDiv believes that high quality measurement and documentation of impact is critical for learning and accountability. AgDiv is employing a number of monitoring and evaluation tools to support these goals, including utilizing theory-based evaluation, developing cost-benefit models for key interventions and promoted technologies, and collecting survey data from different beneficiary groups, including high frequency data. AgDiv has several impact evaluations underway. However, it is important to AgDiv that its evaluation activities fully capture the breadth of the program impact across different interventions, including capturing market systems changes.
To ensure that AgDiv’s monitoring and evaluation activities are capturing impact as completely as possible, with methods that are credible, actionable, and generate learning of value to the larger development community, AgDiv seeks to contract an Evaluation Consultant with experience in a broad range of evaluation methods and tools to review AgDiv’s data and learning to date, identify any gaps, and provide recommendations for addressing those gaps. The Evaluation Consultant will also provide support for documenting learning, and for developing a narrative capturing program impact. The consultant will be expected to work with project staff while bringing a fresh, objective perspective to project impact evaluation.
The Evaluation Consultant will be responsible for conducting a comprehensive review of AgDiv impact evaluation activities, with the primary objective of ensuring that activities fully capture project impact in Malawi at all levels of the agricultural system. The Evaluation Consultant will produce deliverables organizing and documenting learning, as well as providing recommendations and support for filling gaps in impact evaluation, and developing a strategy for learning dissemination. The anticipated LOE for this position is 4-5 days/month for the period August 1, 2020-August 1, 2021.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Desired Skills and Experience
CV/Resume with three traceable referees, of whom one must be recent employer.
Cover letter providing details as to how your skills and experience match the tasks of the position.
One example of a graph, chart or other visualization you have developed, with a 50-100 word paragraph describing the visualization and the key takeaways it communicates.
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
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