Chief of Party, USAID/Zambia Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Data (READ) Project, Zambia

Chief of Party, USAID/Zambia Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Data (READ) Project, Zambia
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.
Proposal Objective
SI is planning to bid on an evaluation of the USAID/Zambia Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Data (READ) Project. The objective of READ is to assist the Ministry of General Education, particularly the Examinations Council of Zambia, to institutionalize learners performance assessment at the school, zone, district and provincial levels and to conduct research such as baselines, midlines, and end line assessments. The anticipated project will be a multi-level M&E activity that will build capacity for monitoring and evaluation of early grade reading at national, school, and community levels.
Position Description:
SI is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for the USAID/Zambia Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Data (READ) project. The COP will provide leadership, management, and strategic direction for the entire project. The COP will be accountable for the successful implementation of all aspects of the project. The period of performance will be five years and this position will be based in Lusaka.
  • Oversee overall project management, quality and timeliness of deliverables, external representation, and overall coordination with USAID/Zambia.
  • Guide senior technical staff and for ensuring program responsiveness and quality of work along with efficient use of resources and achievement of results.
  • Lead the overall technical and financial performance of the contract, including program planning, budgeting, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Oversee creation and implementation of project monitoring and evaluation activities, and the development and implementation of work plans.
  • Engage with education systems to ensure optimal use of available resources with specific attention to school and classroom management practices including quality assurance, supportive supervision, and coaching.
  • Provide vision and strategic direction for the program.
  • Develop and implement work plans for project activities.
  • Advanced degree in policy, early grade education, or related field required.
  • Minimum 12 years of experience working in M&E of primary education projects.
  • Strong experience in public policy, public administration and evaluating policy, institutional and governance reform projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity development with ministry of education staff and teachers.
  • Technical knowledge and understanding of the design, implementation, and management of monitoring, evaluation, and performance management, including (but not limited to) indicator development, data collection and analysis, data quality assessments, performance reporting, evaluation design, evaluation planning, and management/dissemination of evaluations.
  • Experience coordinating with developing country governments, ministries and/or local NGOs/CBOs for the design and implementation of impact evaluations.
  • Experience in Zambia or Southern Africa highly preferred.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required.
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