Team Leader, Pacific Island Climate Change Evaluations

Social Impact
Remote
Consultant (Long Term)

Team Leader, Pacific Island Climate Change Evaluations, Pacific Islands 

Social Impact is a global development management consulting firm. We provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness. We work across all development sectors including environment and climate change, democracy and governance, health and education, and economic growth. Since 1997 we have worked in over 100 countries for clients such as US government agencies, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and nonprofits.  

Project Objective:   

The purpose of this assignment is to conduct a final performance evaluation of the USAID Institutional Strengthening in Pacific Island Countries to Adapt to Climate Change (ISACC) Activity and the USAID Pacific Climate Ready Activity (USAID Ready) in four target countries where the Activities operated, namely Fiji, Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Kiribati.  While the USAID Ready and ISACC Activities were both designed to provide needed capacity to Pacific Island countries to access climate finance, ISACC was implemented by a key regional organization and allowed USAID to work directly with Pacific regional organizations to increase the capacity of national institutions whereas USAID Ready has a broader scope, consisting of three main components focusing on strengthening policy and institutional arrangements within host country governments, increasing access to international financing, and strengthening both government and private sector project implementation capacity. The final performance evaluation of both USAID Activities will answer five evaluation questions based on a qualitative investigation of the results and operations of the Activities in the four countries. The results of the evaluation will be utilized to inform future USAID programming or follow-on designs.

Position Description:  

SI is seeking an individual to fulfill the role of the Team Lead (TL) for this Pacific Islands Climate Finance and Capacity Building Evaluation. The TL will manage and oversee the research team and all client deliverables. In addition, the TL is responsible for coordinating research activities and ensuring the production and completion of the final report and other associated deliverables in accordance with the scope of work and work plan timelines. The TL will guide the development of the desk review, direct data collection and compilation, conduct data analysis, coordinate technical inputs of team members and lead the drafting and completion of a final report and other associated briefing materials. The TL will provide quality assurance and ensure timeliness of all deliverables, including adherence to SI’s quality assurance standards. The evaluation will begin in June 2021 and is projected to last until November 2021.  Considering the current public health environment, the evaluation will be led by the TL remotely with data collection being conducted by local team members in August or September depending on the results of the desk review and feedback received from USAID on the evaluation design.  

Responsibilities:   

  • Conduct a desk review of documents relevant to USAID, the implementing partners for the ISACC and USAID Ready Activities, and other stakeholders as appropriate. 

  • Develop and finalize the evaluation design, coordinating technical inputs from the team and addressing any USAID comments or feedback. 

  • Develop, pilot, and test the data collection tools and instruments to be utilized for qualitative data collection.  

  • Conduct and/or support qualitative interviews with stakeholders in Pacific Island countries.  

  • Lead data analysis and present initial findings and recommendations to USAID in the form of a workshop coordinated with USAID stakeholders. 

  • Guide and oversee the development and finalization of project deliverables, including the work plan and desk review, data collection tools, initial findings and process briefings, final report, and applicable presentations. 

  • Present findings and associated results to key stakeholders.  

  • Facilitate learning event(s) concerning evaluation utilization for key stakeholders. 

  • Ensure quality work in all deliverables; implement SI quality assurance processes.    

  • Work closely with SI HQ team and communicate in a timely and effective manner with all project personnel.    

Qualifications:   

  • Master’s degree in international development or any related field. 

  • At least 15 years of related experience in international development, particularly in designing and conducting performance evaluations.  

  • Experience working in the Pacific Island region and background knowledge of the challenges facing the Pacific Island countries with respect to climate change, institutional capacity, and access to climate finance considered a significant asset.  

  • Demonstrated expertise in qualitative data collection instruments and protocol design and testing. 

  • Demonstrated expertise in qualitative data analysis. 

  • Demonstrated experience writing evaluation reports and presenting evaluation findings. 

  • Demonstrated experience facilitating participatory stakeholder meetings. 

  • Strong team management and interpersonal skills.  

  • Strong oral communication, presentation, and writing skills.   

  • Exceptional organizational, analytical, writing, and presentation skills.   

  • Fluency in English required.  

Come join our energetic and innovative team!  We offer you the opportunity to play a leading role in the growth of our company, work as part of a creative and committed team, and make a difference in the well-being of our world.  

To learn more about Social Impact, please visit our website: http://www.socialimpact.com  

SI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.  

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls. 

Closing date: 
11th May 2021