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GDO Development Assistance Specialist (Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning)

Please follow the check lists and submission guidelines, posted on the official website: https://th.usembassy.gov/

 

I. GENERAL INFORMATION
 

1. SOLICITATION NO.:  72048620R10030
 

2. ISSUANCE DATE:  May 15, 2020
 

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS:  May 28, 2020/11:59PM Bangkok, Thailand local time
 

4. POSITION TITLE: GDO Development Assistance Specialist (Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning)
 

5. MARKET VALUE:  THB 1,313,799 – 2,299,144 per annum equivalent to FSN-11
 

In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of USAID/RDMA. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value. 
 

6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:  Five (5) years initial contract.The services provided under this contract are expected to be of a continuing nature that will be executed by USAID through a series of sequential contracts, subject to continued need of the position and availability of funds.
 

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE:  USAID/RDMA, Bangkok, Thailand 
 

8. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED:  The successful candidate shall be required to obtain a Security Certification for Employment from Regional Security Office. 
 

9. STATEMENT OF DUTIES 
 

9.1. General Statement of Purpose of the Contract

The incumbent serves as Development Assistance Specialist (MEL) (DAS) for the General Development Office (GDO), USAID/RDMA. As part of a diverse team, the incumbent will ensure that programs in the GDO portfolio are compliant with USAID monitoring and reporting requirements. They must ensure that RDMA and client Missions align with USAID’s Automated Directives System (ADS) guidance. The four basic functions of this position for regional client missions, Thailand-specific activities, and non-presence countries are: 1) monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL); 2) Technical assistance to client Missions; 3) Information dissemination and reporting; and 4) Budget assistance and other program support.
 

9.2   Statement of Duties to be Performed

A. Monitoring, evaluation, and learning (RDMA):                                                       50%

  • Develops and refines systems, processes, tools, and criteria for the MEL components of project and activity design and management for use by RDMA/GDO.
  • Assists Contracting/Agreements Officer Representatives (C/AORs) in learning from monitoring and evaluation efforts, ensuring that all related documents are of high quality and follow USAID program planning policy, and that activities fit within the Regional Development Cooperation Strategy (RDCS) and Agency goals.
  • Supports project and activity design teams in GDO and advises/guides design process, reviews and manages approval processes, makes sure the Agency's policies, directions, and processes are followed throughout the program cycle.
  • Coordinates inputs for the drafting and refinement of narratives for selected sections of the annual Operational Plans, Mission Resource Requests, Performance Plan Reports, Congressional Notifications, and other reporting requirements.
  • Develops and maintains a comprehensive Evaluation Plan for GDO by reviewing with each A/COR the evaluation needs and priorities.
  • Advises and develops scopes of work for evaluations in coordination with C/AORs.
  • Expertly analyzes evaluation and assessment reports and provides actionable recommendations to GDO staff and client missions.
  • At the design phase of a project, the incumbent will coordinate closely with the Mission Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist in the Program Office (PRO) and the GDO Budget Specialist to ensure adequate measures and funds are in place to accurately assess the activity and document results.
  • Plans, designs, and implements evaluations in coordination with the C/AORs and the Mission M&E Specialist and assists the C/AORs and GDO leadership to integrate evaluation findings into decision making about GDO strategies, program priorities, and project design.
  • Collects all GDO evaluation information reported in the annual Performance Plan and Report (PPR) and coordinates with the Mission M&E Specialist in PRO for inclusion in the Mission reports.
  • Manages the GDO Performance Monitoring Plan by working closely with C/AOR’s to ensure accurate monitoring and reporting.
  • Works with GDO C/AORs to ensure annual GDO activity work plans and monitoring plans include relevant and effective performance measures that provide an accurate measurement of impact and results.
  • Works with C/AOR’s to ensure that Data Quality Assessments (DQAs) are complete and regularly updated in compliance with Mission Orders and relevant ADS guidance.
     

    B. Technical Assistance to Client Missions:                                                    20%

  • Assists client Mission staff in developing and refining systems, processes, tools and criteria for the MEL components of project and activity design and management.
  • Supports project and activity design teams in client Missions, advises design team members, makes sure the Agency's policies, directions, and processes are followed throughout the program cycle.
  • Serves as point of contact for regional client missions with USAID/RDMA technical managers and support offices, provides guidance and support on program cycle requirements and services, including planning and reporting, portfolio implantation, budget and pipeline reviews, procurement planning, cross-cutting issues, project/activity design and MEL.
  • Advises and develops scopes of work for evaluations in coordination with C/AORs in client missions.

    C. Information dissemination and reporting:                                                      20%
  • Works with the GDO Development Assistance Specialist (Budget) in providing high level technical support to GDO and client Mission technical offices in program analysis, monitoring, and presentation. Advises on Agency requirements and procedures, including tracking funds allowed to the Mission from Washington to correct program elements and Field Support mechanisms.
  • Coordinates GDO responses to requests from USAID Washington D.C. and other key stakeholders on program activities and summaries.
  • Conducts research and collects resources and information to respond to ongoing mission information needs or special requests for assessing new areas of intervention, evaluating on-going program implementation and preparing strategic and/or reporting documents.
  • Compiles responses to information inquiries. Assists GDO staff in drafting and editing GDO Program documents such as the Operational Plan, Performance Report, and Annual Program Reports as required.
     
  • D. Budget Assistance and other program support:                                          10%

  • Supports the USAID Development Assistance Specialist (Budget) in the GDO office in overseeing new fiscal year obligations, including the completion of congressional notifications and pre-obligation requirements such as country and statutory checklists and agency environmental compliance.
  • Helps to design and prepare analytical tables to track earmarks and directives for special program planning and budgeting reports, including country program objectives/areas/elements and project data reports requested by the Congress, USAID/Washington (USAID/W), Ambassadors, the Mission Director, host governments, client Missions and other donors.

    ​​​The contractor is eligible for temporary duty (TDY) travel to the U.S., or to other Missions abroad, to participate in the "Foreign Service National" Fellowship Program, in accordance with USAID policy.
     

9.3.   Supervisory Relationship

The incumbent reports to the GDO Deputy Office Director or his/her designee.
 

9.4.   Supervisory Controls

The supervision of other USAID staff is not contemplated.
 

10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION:  This position is open to Cooperating Country National (CCN). Thai citizen or other country citizen lawfully admitted for permanent Thai residence is eligible to apply. Please note that USAID is not able to sponsor candidates for a Thai residency permit. 
 

11. PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.
 

12. POINT OF CONTACT:  Natthika/RDMA HR Assistant
 

II. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
 

1. Education: A Bachelor’s degree in international development, business/public administration, social science, statistics, and/or other related field is required.

2. Experience: At least five years in progressively responsible MEL, data analysis and reporting, and budgeting experience with experience in an international organization, multinational company, Embassy, or other donor organization is required.


 IIIEVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS 

1. Experience (40 points): Progressively responsible MEL, data analysis and reporting, and budgeting experience with experience in an international organization, multinational company, Embassy, or other donor organization is required.

2. Knowledge (30 points): 

  • An in-depth knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques, and practices of program monitoring and evaluation is required.
  • Must have a thorough knowledge of relevant Asia laws, regulations, and development challenges, priorities, and opportunities.
  • Must possess, or be capable of quickly learning, comprehensive and detailed policies, regulations, and documentation governing program/project development, implementation and financing.
  • Must be able to acquire in-depth knowledge of the operational policies and strategy including new program framework.
  • Knowledge of concepts, principles, techniques and practice of program design, budgeting and budget cycle management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation is required.
  • Familiarity with Asia region’s political, economic, social and cultural context is required.
     

3. Skills and Abilities (30 Points):  

  • Ability to analyze development strategies, present complex information, andmanage a variety of activities and data under tight deadlines including financial information, and presentation in concise form is required.
  • Ability to analyze qualitative and quantitative data and provide succinct written reports that require minimal editing, including financial knowledge to develop and present data in a clear and compelling way is required.
  • Must be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, and able to develop and maintain strong working relationships with a broad range of development partners and program stakeholders.
  • Ability to identify and resolve implementation issues and advise the Director and Deputy Director on overall program direction is required.
  • Ability to work effectively on multiple tasks under intense time pressure is required. Exceptional organizational skills, creativity and flexibility are also required.
  • Must possess excellent communication skills (both verbal and written), strong presentation skills, and the ability to persuade and mobilize stakeholders to support efforts to improve the use of appropriate technologies, institutions, and policies.
  • Must have excellent computer skills and ability to use and learn office software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, e-mail, Google applications, and statistical modeling software.
  • Must be able and willing to travel both domestically and internationally.
     

4. Language: Level IV – Fluent in speaking/reading/writing in Thai and English with a valid TOEIC score of 855 is required.
 

SELECTION PROCESS:

To be considered for candidacy, applicants must address each criterion in their application as to how they meet the minimum qualifications required for the position mentioned in Section II, Item 1-2. If the application submitted fails to demonstrate eligibility, the application will be marked unqualified. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide all pertinent information.

Applications will be initially screened and scored for eligibility in accordance with the evaluation factors and points mentioned in Section III, item 1-3. Top-ranked candidates who meet the minimum qualification will be given a recruitment test. Applicants with passing marks from the recruitment test and with a valid TOEIC score mentioned in Section III, item 4 will be invited for an interview. Only shortlisted candidates for final interview will be notified of the selection result. The recruitment test and the interview will be structured around the evaluation factors mentioned above and will be conducted in USAID/RDMA Bangkok, Thailand. Reference checks will be conducted once the applicant pool is narrowed down to the top candidate(s). References may be obtained independently from other sources in addition to the ones provided by an applicant.

USAID/RDMA reserves the right to select additional candidates if vacancies become available during future phases of the selection process.
 

IV. TO APPLY

Please follow the check lists and submission guidelines, posted on the official website: https://th.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulate/jobs/usaid-job-vacancies/ carefully and submit complete application package before the deadline.
 

  Failure to follow the instructions will invalidate your application.


 

 

Contact : RDMArecruitment@usaid.gov


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