Capacity Development Specialist Mid Term Evaluation

Palladium International , United States

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th March, 2020

Job Description

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Summary:

Palladium implements USAID’s E3 Analytics and Evaluation Project, which supports the design and implementation of rigorous evaluations for USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3). Under this Project, the Palladium team will conduct a mid-term performance evaluation of USAID/Djibouti’s Workforce Development Program (WFD), which is implemented by the Education Development Center and runs from December 2016 through December 2021.

WFD aims to help reduce the high unemployment rate in Djibouti by better preparing the Djiboutian workforce to meet private sector needs. These needs include technical skills in specific sectors (e.g., heavy transport operators for the Ethiopia/Djibouti corridor; shipping and port operations; hospitality and tourism), as well as soft skills (e.g., timeliness, strong work ethic, ability to communicate and work effectively with others) required by enterprises operating in Djibouti.

The evaluation will assess the relevance and effectiveness of WFD’s approach and implementation, the performance of the implementing partners in meeting project objectives, and unintended effects of WFD activities. The evaluation will assess WFD’s performance on three project intermediate results: 1) expanding quality workforce readiness programs (particularly technical and vocational education training institutions; 2) developing sustainable, productive linkages between the public sector and the private sector; and 3) strengthening job placement, retention, and advancement services. The evaluation will also explore how the WFD relates to and interacts with larger efforts of USAID, the Government of Djibouti, and other partners, in contributing to the development of the country’s human capital. USAID/Djibouti will use the evaluation results to determine any adjustments to WFD for the remainder of its implementation and/or its broader portfolio to more effectively achieve the U.S. government strategic objectives in Djibouti.

The evaluation will take a mixed-methods approach that is likely to include desk research, key informant interviews, focus group discussions, an online survey of beneficiaries, and process analysis. The evaluation team will spend three to four weeks in Djibouti around March-April 2020 conducting field research.

Position Summary:

Palladium is seeking a capacity building/organizational development specialist (“specialist” hereafter) to support design, implementation, and reporting activities for the WFD mid-term evaluation. The specialist will work closely with a workforce development specialist and a local employment specialist throughout the evaluation and will receive support from the Palladium home office team.

Required Qualifications:


The specialist is expected to be responsible for the following:

  • Support the evaluation team in drafting and finalizing the evaluation design proposal including contributing to the: evaluation framework, data collection instruments, data collection and analysis plans, work plans, and other relevant sections.
  • Conduct desk research and provide inputs to inform required evaluation design documents.
  • Support the implementation of all evaluation activities, including the organization of the schedule, travel, and meetings.
  • Carry out data collection and analysis tasks based on the approved evaluation design and methodology. This may include reviewing and analyzing secondary documents, conducting key informant interviews and focus group discussions in Djibouti (and remotely as needed), supporting the development and implementation of the online survey, and other approaches to collect and analyze data, including following Palladium and USAID standards for data quality assurance.
  • Participate in in-brief and out-brief presentations to the USAID/Djibouti Mission.
  • Participate in a findings/conclusions/recommendations workshop with the USAID/Djibouti Mission and/or other key project stakeholders, as required, prior to drafting the evaluation report.
  • Contribute to the draft and final evaluation report; including responding to comments from the Palladium team and USAID.
  • Support presentations to USAID regarding findings, conclusions, and recommendations from the evaluation as required.
  • Provide input on dissemination materials, such as briefs and one-pagers, including text, photos, and diagrams.
  • Help ensure that all evaluation processes and products meet the requirements and quality standards of Palladium and USAID.


The specialist will have proven experience with the design, implementation, and/or evaluation of capacity development/organizational development activities as well as working on evaluations. S/he will have direct knowledge and experience working with USAID rules, evaluation policy, regulations, and procedures. Additional requirements include:

  • Must have at least a master’s degree in a relevant social science field (e.g., education, public administration, economics), preferably focused on capacity building;
  • Must have at least 5 years’ experience with the design, implementation, and/or monitoring and evaluation of capacity building, training and organizational development programs in emerging countries;
  • Must have demonstrated experience developing, implementing, and evaluating training curricula;
  • Must have at least 5 years of experience participating in evaluations/assessments of donor-funded projects, preferably in Africa;
  • Must have demonstrated experience working with governments, donors, andother institutions, preferably in Africa;
  • Demonstrated experience supporting the drafting/finalization of evaluation reports (writing samples will be requested);
  • Demonstrated experience conducting qualitative data collection (e.g., key informant interviews, focus group discussions);
  • Demonstrated experience using qualitative analysis software (e.g., MAXQDA, NVIVO)
  • Fluent in English and French including demonstrated ability to collect data and conduct interviews in French and write in English.


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