DATA QUALITY ASSESSMENT OF PERFORMANCE INDICATORS FOR FOREIGN ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS, USAID/AFGHANISTAN
Short Term Technical Assistance, Data Quality Assessment of Performance Indicators for Foreign Assistance Programs, USAID/Afghanistan
Social Impact (SI) is a Washington, DC-area international development management consulting firm. SI’s mission is to improve the effectiveness of international development programs in improving people’s lives. We provide a full range of management consulting, technical assistance, and training services to strengthen international development programs, organizations, and policies. We provide services globally in the areas of monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning, project and program design, organizational capacity building, and gender and social analysis. SI services cross-cut all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and economic growth. SI’s clients include US government agencies such as USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the US Department of State, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and non-profits.
This project is funded under the SUPPORT II Afghanistan M&E subcontract with Checchi and Company International. The purpose of this data quality assessment (DQA) is to ensure that data for specific indicators that measure the performance of USG foreign assistance programs in Afghanistan are useful, accurate, complete and consistent. The indicator data collected for each project is used for regular portfolio reviews at the Mission level, and it is reported in the Performance Plan and Report (PPR), which USAID/Afghanistan submits each year to the Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources in Washington, D.C. USAID/Washington uses the data submitted through the PPR in order to respond to formal inquiries from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Congress, and other stakeholders; therefore USAID must be able to fully rely on the data provided as it is consolidated for Agency-level reporting.
The objective of this DQA is to review and validate each selected performance indicator. Specifically, the DQA should ensure that decision makers are aware of the following issues:
- The strengths and weaknesses of data;
- The level of confidence in the data for undertaking management decisions and reporting; and
- Opportunities for data quality improvement.
SI is seeking two expatriate consultants to lead the DQA process on the ground. The two consultants will be responsible for the main deliverables and managing all fieldwork. Deliverables will include: a workplan with a detailed schedule of DQA activities, and a proposed methodology and criteria for selecting project sites; interim briefing to be provided to USAID/Afghanistan; an exit briefing at the close of DQA fieldwork completing; and a final report which includes a detailed narrative on data quality for each indicator and completing and signing the standard data quality checklist. The estimated time period for undertaking this Evaluation is 44 days level of effort (LOE), of which at least 36 days should be spent in Afghanistan. The expatriate consultants should be in Kabul by end October 2015. The team is authorized to work six days a week in country.
The expatriate consultants shall possess:
- Experience in M&E and conducting DQAs
- Knowledge of Afghanistan’s social and political situation
- At least seven years of program evaluation and DQA experience
- Preferably experience with USAID funded political process strengthening programs
- At least a Master’s degree, PhD preferred, in public administration reform, government capacity building, international development, or a related discipline.
- Should be able to write a standard, accurate, and concise reports in English.
- Afghanistan or regional country experience is preferred
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