Technical Assistance

Palladium International, United States

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st January, 2019

Job Description

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.
Project Overview and Role

Short-term Technical Assistance (STTA), E3 Analytics and Evaluation Project

Palladium develops and delivers solutions that create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies and economies. We transform lives and create enduring value by working with governments, corporations and non-profit organizations. Palladium is built on the idea that progress will be supported by four key pillars:

  • International Development
  • Strategy Execution Consulting
  • Impact Investment
  • Training and Events

We create positive impact through more than 100 current projects with more than 2000 employees operating in over 90 countries.

Palladium is currently seeking to expand its pool of STTA it uses in support of the technical sectors in USAID's Economic Growth, Education, and Environment Bureau (E3).

The E3 Analytics and Evaluation Project is a contract that has been recently extended for another two years after an initial five-year run, with current end date of September 30, 2020. The purpose of the contract is to support technical sectors in USAID's Economic Growth, Education, and Environment Bureau (E3) and provide a vehicle for rigorous evaluation and analytic services in order to support Mission accountability and the needs of Mission Technical Offices. The project plans and executes rigorous impact evaluations. In addition, evaluation design support including consultations, concept paper development and/or 'in country' scoping is carried out for other evaluations, some of which may be performance evaluations. The project also conducts project design activities that may include literature reviews, logistics pilots, needs assessments, uptake surveys, and other studies to support USAID project or program design efforts.


Palladium is looking for research specialists with expertise in the technical sectors in USAID's Economic Growth, Education, and Environment Bureau (E3) - such as in Economic Growth and Trade, Infrastructure and Engineering, Education, Environment and Global Climate Change, Water, and Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment - to work on evaluations and studies in close coordination with the Palladium home office team.
The STTA will contribute to high-quality, rigorous, and timely design and implementation activities to meet - and exceed - the standards of USAID and the Project partner organizations. They will work as part of the teams on assigned evaluations and other analytic activities under the Project.

Every activity under the Project that involves an evaluation or similar analytic effort usually comprises of a Principal Investigator/Team Leader (PI/TL) who plays a central, conceptual role in the design and execution of the activity. The team also includes a Technical Manager who helps identify PI/TL candidates and works closely with the PI/TL to ensure that implementation of the activity is consistent with design and quality standards.

Specific tasks may include:

  • Conducting background research to inform the design process
  • Overseeing and providing inputs for the drafting of key design documents (scopes of work, concept papers, data collection instruments, scoping research, evaluation designs, work plans, protocols, etc.)
  • Identifying potential candidates for the evaluation/research team by researching the relevant literature, academic and professional networks, etc.
  • Working closely with technical managers and/or other subject matter experts
  • Participating in the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data required to inform the selected design in order to answer USAID's evaluation/research questions
  • Reviewing technical materials developed for an activity to ensure compliance with the approved design and USAID and Project team standards (including technical rigor, quality and clarity of writing and logical flow, etc.)
  • As appropriate, participating in in-country or remote data collection and analysis to support the needs of the activity


Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in a relevant social science and subject matter field;
  • Five to ten years of professional experience, preferably with evaluation and other analytic research of international development activities; planning/design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of such activities; and/or quantitative and qualitative methods, data collection and analysis
  • Familiarity with relevant literature in respective technical area
  • Demonstrated capacity to conduct field experiments
  • Previous exposure to the concerns and priorities of development experts and policy-makers in low-income countries
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication in the English language
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a fast-moving and multicultural team while maintaining a client-centered focus
  • Willingness to contribute at different levels required to achieve success
  • Self-motivated and ability to work independently as well as in team settings
  • Highly detail-oriented and deadline-driven with strong organizational skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of experience managing and overseeing evaluation mechanisms and teams for international development projects- strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated experience with statistical analysis software (preferably SPSS or Stata), including independently organizing, implementing and overseeing statistical analyses of data using these types of programs
  • Demonstrated experience with qualitative analysis software (such as MaxQDA or NVIVO) and qualitative data analysis techniques to process and organize large amounts of data, including content analysis of qualitative data (open-ended questions) and/or document searches for pre-specified type of information for pattern analysis
  • Prior experience working with USAID and familiarity with USAID program cycle, policies, guidance and regulations specific to monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Demonstrated knowledge of a range of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods, including their application, limitations, and implementation (i.e., instruments/protocols)
  • Technical familiarity with subject matter relevant to the E3 Bureau (Economic Growth, Education and/or Environment)
  • Willingness to travel internationally for brief periods (1-3 weeks) on short notice
  • Fluency in Spanish, French or Russian


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