Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
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.
Palladium is seeking a team leader/workforce development specialist (“team leader” hereafter) to oversee design, implementation, and reporting activities for the WFD mid-term evaluation. The team leader will be responsible for the overall implementation of the evaluation and ensuring that all expected tasks and deliverables are achieved on time and of high quality. To achieve this, the team leader will work closely with a capacity development/organizational development specialist and a local employment specialist throughout the evaluation and will receive support from the Palladium home office team.
The team leader is expected to be responsible for the following:
The team leader will have extensive experience leading evaluation teams and designing and implementing mixed-methods evaluations for USAID. S/he will have direct knowledge and/or experience working with USAID rules, evaluation policy, regulations, and procedures. The team leader should also have demonstrated experience with the design, implementation, and/or evaluation of workforce development programs Additional requirements include: