USAID Senegal M&E Specialist - FSN 10

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 72068518R10007

                                                                                ISSUANCE DATE:              April 21, 2018

                                                                                CLOSING DATE:                 May 20, 2018

Dear Prospective Offerors:

The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking offers from qualified persons to provide personal services under contract as described in this solicitation.

Offers must be in accordance with Attachment 1, Sections I through VII of this solicitation.  Incomplete or unsigned offers will not be considered.  Offerors should retain copies of all offer materials for their records.

This solicitation in no way obligates USAID to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit USAID to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the offers.

Any questions must be directed in writing to the Point of Contact specified in the attached information.

Sincerely,

Chadwick Mills

Contracting Officer

 

  1. GENERAL INFORMATION

SOLICITATION NO.:

72068518R10007

ISSUANCE DATE:

April 21, 2018

CLOSING DATE:

May 20, 2018

POSITION TITLE: 

USAID Development Assistance Specialist (Monitoring & Evaluation  Specialist)

MARKET VALUE:

Salary equivalent to grade FSN-10 equivalent, in accordance with

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

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: 

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 the availability of funds, the need for services and performance.

PLACE OF PERFORMANCE:  

Dakar, Senegal

SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: 

Facility access

 

  1. STATEMENT OF DUTIES

BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION

This position is located in the USAID/Senegal Bilateral Program Office (PRM). Serves as part of the PRM Monitoring and Evaluation Team advising USAID/Senegal management, its partners, and customers on systems for monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on USAID development impact. The position supports USAID’s commitment to “manage for results” and to meet the requirements of the Government Performance Reporting Act and ADS series 201.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist (40%)
  2. The incumbent is an authority on USAID policies and systems to measure the performance of USAID/Senegal's bilateral and regional-funded programs. Based on knowledge of state-of-the art performance monitoring techniques and the cultural, social, economic, and political aspects of development in Senegal, the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist identifies, designs, and implements performance monitoring, evaluation, and reporting systems for programs and activities supported by USAID and its customers. This entails, but not limited to, the following tasks:
  • Supporting detailed planning for monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on the people-level impact of USAID country programs;
  • Development and updating of Mission performance management tools such as performance monitoring plan, performance data table, and performance indicator reference sheets;
  • Helping client organizations to use and/or analyze data;
  • Appraisal of the institutional context for information generation, management, and utilization;
  • Training USAID, host Country, and NGO staff responsible for implementation of such performance monitoring/evaluation, and monitoring systems; and
  • Actively researching developments of new techniques and approaches in performance monitoring.
  1. As a member of PRM, the incumbent provides monitoring, evaluation and reporting support to one or more Mission Technical Teams, and serves as a liaison between PRM and the Technical Team he/she supports.
  2. The incumbent ensures to the extent possible, that USAID-supported or managed systems incorporate information already generated by other organizations.
  3. The incumbent develops definitions and concepts for data-assembling processes essential to tracking progress on the broad range of development activities. S/he also conducts periodic spot-checks to appraise the quality of performance data reported to USAID.
  4. The incumbent performs the following analytical tasks related to improving the quality and use of empirical data for program/project monitoring, evaluation and reporting:
  • Appraises the constraints to and identifies solutions for the effective generation, management and application of relevant data for the monitoring and evaluation of development programs/activities in Senegal; and
  • Appraises the potential for efforts to develop and/or employ more efficient or more sophisticated empirical data collection methods, analysis and reporting than those currently used in USAID/Senegal programs.
  1. The incumbent ensures that USAID-supported information systems to monitor, evaluate, and report on the progress and impact of program activities are conceptually sound, appropriately rigorous, cost-effective, and user-friendly. This typically includes:
  • Issuance of background analyses of the information environment in which activities are being designed and implemented;
  • Conducting feasibility studies;
  • Issuance/review of terms of reference for efforts designed to improve information systems; and
  • Collaborating in the implementation of such efforts.
  1. Analytical activities (40%)
  1. The incumbent works closely with PRM and Technical Teams to (a) develop, implement, and periodically reappraise the continuing validity of an analytical agenda; and (b) design strategic activities.
  2. S/he develops a series of case studies to illustrate innovative ways of development performance, impact monitoring, evaluation and reporting which incorporates a range of different approaches to the task;
  3. Advises implementing partners on data and analytical requirements and ensures that the data submitted conforms to standardized data format and content requirements, as specified in contracts and grants for easy input into the USAID/Senegal monitoring and evaluation plans.
  4. Writes analytical or summary reports for PRM and Technical Team Leaders, as required. Reports may include analysis related to the analytical agenda or Results Reports.
  5. Provides analytical guidance and support to Technical Teams in completing their annual performance reports on schedule.
  6. S/he guides Technical Teams and implementing partners in the collection of performance monitoring data, appropriate management/use, and any applicable analysis.
  1. Program Administration & Technical Support (20%)
  1. Assists the Contracting or Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR/COR) for Mission contract and grant activities related to evaluations, assessments and analytical studies. Assists the AOR/COR in tasks including, but not limited to, (a) monitoring activity implementation and compliance, (b) recommending to the Contracting /Agreement Officer any needed amendments, (c) operating substantial involvement-related duties, (d) ensuring timely release of resources, (e) developing accrued expenditures on a quarterly basis, (f) inspecting and accepting deliverables from contractors/grantees on behalf of the Mission; and (g) establishing and maintaining adequate files.
  2. Ensures that any activities considered under Technical Teams fully capitalize on the multiple synergies among the teams in the monitoring and evaluation plans in order to achieve synergistic results.
  3. Appraises and reviews implementing partners' data collection and tracking systems to assure (a) consistency among implementing partners, and (b) compliance with the established format, content and process of data reporting, as defined by PRM and Technical Teams.
  4. Participates in periodic performance reviews of activities.
  5. Reviews implementing partners' annual work plans to ensure overall compliance with the established monitoring and evaluation plans developed to track results expected under the Mission Country Development Cooperation Strategy.

Supervision Received:  All work is performed under the general supervision of the PRM Office Director, or his/her designee. The Supervisor reviews all work for adherence to general policies and procedures, and provides guidance on overall objectives, priorities, and deadlines. The incumbent's work is accepted as technically accurate without detailed review.

Supervision Exercised: The incumbent is not expected to provide any day-to-day supervision.

  1. AREA OF CONSIDERATION:

USAID policy is that the use of CCNPSCs is preferred over the use of TCNPSCs in order to integrate the foreign assistance effort into the community, enhance the skills of the cooperating country's population, and contribute to the local economy. USPSCs are also preferred over TCNPSCs with equivalent qualifications.

  1. PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.

  1. POINT OF CONTACT:  usaiddakar-hr@usaid.gov
  1. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
  1. Education: A university degree is required, with a major in statistics, economics, demographics, social sciences or related field is required.
  2. Prior Work Experience: Minimum of three years in program monitoring and evaluation in West Africa. Documented work experience working with data collection methods or data management and/or use required.
  3. Post Entry Training: Short term training to learn USAID's procedures and regulations is required during incumbent's tenure.
  4. Language Proficiency:  Written and spoken level IV French and English is required.
  5. Job Knowledge: The incumbent must have a thorough knowledge of development approaches; and methods of empirical data collection, analysis, and reporting on program monitoring and impact evaluation in order to (a) advise USAID/Senegal and customers on effective approaches, and (b) to write effective analyses of country program or project-specific monitoring and evaluation issues. S/he must also have an excellent knowledge of analytical, and monitoring and evaluation capacities of Senegalese institutions. S/he must be willing to learn relevant USAID procedures and regulations.
  6. Skills and Abilities: The incumbent plans, organizes and executes complex monitoring and evaluation activities. Originality and creative thinking in planning and managing monitoring and evaluation issues is required. The incumbent issues precise and accurate factual reports using rigorous analytical and interpretive skills. S/he maintains program/activity reporting documentation in English. Substantial computer skills are required. Apart from the usual word processing and spreadsheet programs, the incumbent must be able to use at least one statistical software package (e.g. SPSS or SAS), including doing own data entry. This position requires significant interaction with other USAID offices; therefore, the incumbent must also have excellent interpersonal skills. S/he must be able to work in multidisciplinary teams and in an environment in which there may be team members with varying backgrounds and skill levels. The incumbent must have excellent communication skills - both writing and speaking, especially in being able to communicate technical subjects to clients with non-technical background.
  1. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

 1. Education: A university degree is required, with a major in statistics, economics, demographics, social sciences or related field is required. (10 Points)

  1. Prior Work Experience: Minimum of Three years in program monitoring and evaluation in West Africa. Documented work experience working with data collection methods or data management and/or use required. (10 Points)
  1. Language Proficiency: Written and Spoken level IV French and English is required. (20 Points)
  1. Job Knowledge: The incumbent must have a thorough knowledge of development approaches; and methods of empirical data collection, analysis, and reporting on program monitoring and impact evaluation in order to (a) advise USAID/Senegal and customers on effective approaches, and (b) to write effective analyses of country program or project-specific monitoring and evaluation issues. S/he must also have an excellent knowledge of analytical, and monitoring and evaluation capacities of Senegalese institutions. S/he must be willing to learn relevant USAID procedures and regulations. (30 points)
  1. Skills and Abilities: The incumbent plans, organizes and executes complex monitoring and evaluation activities. Originality and creative thinking in planning and managing monitoring and evaluation issues is required. The incumbent issues precise and accurate factual reports using rigorous analytical and interpretive skills. S/he maintains program/activity reporting documentation in English. Substantial computer skills are required. Apart   from the usual word processing and spreadsheet programs, the incumbent must be able to use at least one statistical software package (e.g. SPSS or SAS), including doing own data entry. This position requires significant interaction with other USAID offices; therefore, the incumbent must also have excellent interpersonal skills. S/he must be able to work in multidisciplinary teams and in an environment in which there may be team members with varying backgrounds and skill levels. The incumbent must have excellent communication skills - both writing and speaking, especially in being able to communicate technical subjects to clients with non-technical background. (30 Points)

Maximum Evaluation Score: 100 points

  1. PRESENTING AN OFFER
  1. Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit a complete application package which includes:
  • An a-302-3 form (form can be found on this web site: http://www.usaid.gov/senegal under “doing business with USAID - Job Opportunities – Application form”)
  • A cover letter
  • A detailed resume plus 3 to 5 references
  • Copies of relevant degrees
  1. Offers must be received by May 20 , 2018 and submitted in usaiddakar-hr@usaid.gov
  1. To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission.
  1. LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS FOR PSC HIRES

Once the Contracting Officer (CO) informs the successful Offeror about being selected for a contract award, the CO will provide the successful Offeror instructions about how to complete and submit the following forms.

  1. BENEFITS/ALLOWANCES

As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the benefits and allowances in accordance with Mission policy and Local labor laws in Senegal.

  1. TAXES

In accordance with Mission policy and local labor laws.

  1. USAID REGULATIONS, POLICIES AND CONTRACT CLAUSES PERTAINING TO PSCs

USAID regulations and policies governing CCN/TCN PSC awards are available at these sources:

  1. USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR), Appendix J, “Direct USAID Contracts With a Cooperating Country National and with a Third Country National for Personal Services Abroad, ”including contract clause “General Provisions,” available at https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/aidar_0.pdf .
  1. Contract Cover Page form AID 309-1 available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms .
  1. Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directives/Contract Information Bulletins (AAPDs/CIBs) for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals available at http://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/aapds-cibs .
  1. Ethical Conduct.  By the acceptance of a USAID personal services contract as an individual, the contractor will be acknowledging receipt of the “Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch,” available from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, in accordance with General Provision 2 and 5 CFR 2635.  See https://www.oge.gov/web/oge.nsf/OGE%20Regulations .

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Date 
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 9:00am

Last updated: April 20, 2018