Senior Survey Specialist (Consultant)
Washington (United States of America)
Opportunity in Washington, DC
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through ZemiTek partnered with CAMRIS International, to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:
Title: Senior Survey Specialist (Consultant)
United States Agency for International Development/Monitoring and Evaluation Team/Technical, Learning & Planning Division
With more than 30 years’ experience providing information technology (IT) and management consulting services worldwide, Rosa Caldas, formed ZemiTek in 2007. Based in the Washington, DC metro area, ZemiTek delivers solutions to the federal government by supporting agencies such as USAID, US Patent and Trademark Office, US Department of Justice, US Department of Agriculture, and Department of Homeland Security, among others; and internationally to their missions in Africa, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.
CAMRIS International is among the top 20 USAID contractors for the third year in a row. CAMRIS realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective programs and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, CAMRIS combines proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world.
The USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) seeks to reduce hunger and malnutrition and assure that adequate, safe and nutritious food is available, accessible and well-utilized by all individuals at all times to support a healthy and productive life. Working in both emergency and development settings, FFP each year on average provides more than $4 billion of food assistance, reaching 45-55 million program participants in approximately 50 countries. Monitoring and evaluation is a key function of the Government to ensure accountability, promote adaptive management, and to report to congress. FFP conducts population-based surveys for baseline and final evaluations. The Senior Survey Specialist will provide technical assistance to FFP contractors and partners on the population-based survey (PBS) design and implementation for Madagascar, Malawi, and Zimbabwe as well as beneficiary-based survey (BBS) designed by FFP partners in West Africa.
More information on FFP is available at http://www.usaid.gov/food-assistance.
Senior Survey Specialist will provide technical guidance on population-based survey design to the FFP awardee and contractors for Madagascar, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Niger, and Burkina Faso. S/he will also provide technical support related to beneficiary-based survey design to FFP M&E team members, and the FFP Awardees. S/he will provide technical advise to FFP M&E team on the survey design and implementation.
DELIVERABLES AND ACTIVITIES
The consultant will:
* Provide technical assistance and advise to FFP contractors and awardees on the design, and implementation of endline surveys for Madagascar, Malawi, and Zimbabwe; and baseline surveys for Niger and Burkina Faso; review the deliverable of the contractors/awardees including survey design, field manuals, training curricula and presentations for enumerators and supervisors, questionnaires, data treatment and analysis plan, draft reports, and presentations.
Deliverable: Oral and written comment on contractor/ awardee’s design and deliverable; a concise written summary (4 to 7 pages) that includes summary of the technical aspects of the three surveys, and key points from the survey design and implementation.
* Provide technical assistance to the impact evaluation (IE) design and implementation for Madagascar and Malawi IEs.
Deliverable: Participate in meetings and calls, review the design documents and provide oral and written feedback to FFP M&E Team Lead or his designee.
* Review data treatment and analysis plan developed by the contractors/awardees and check the syntax; in consultation with FFP M&E team members, replicate sections of analysis for selected survey data analysis to ensure accuracy;
Deliverable: Provide oral and a concise written feedback to FFP M&E team lead about the findings.
* Analyze baseline and endline data sets or other data sets (six) to answer key questions identified by the FFP M&E team and or other parts of FFP. This will include multivariate and bi-variate analysis.
Deliverable: Brief written reports to present the key findings and interpretation of the findings. The outline of the report will be provided by FFP M&E team lead.
* Jointly (with FFP M&E team) design and facilitate training (3 training) on beneficiary-based survey design and implementation for USAID and partners staff.
Deliverable: Training curricula and presentations.
* Perform other survey and analysis related tasks that are prioritized by the FFP M&E Team lead.
* This is a senior level position that requires maturity, advanced level of survey design and implementation skills, extensive field experience in designing and implementing large multi-stage household surveys with a proven track record of programmatic accomplishment and professional achievement.
* Masters or PhD in agricultural economics, economics, or statistics.
* A minimum of seven (7) years of demonstrated professional experience in designing and managing at least nine large household surveys in rural Africa to collect data on food security indicators, poverty indicators and anthropometric indicators;
* Advanced knowledge and skills in quantitative techniques and skills in analyzing food security and nutrition data using statistical packages;
* Proficient in using SAS, SPSS/PC+ or STATA or other statistical package.
* Strong background or formal training in survey implementation and design**