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Consultancy: Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, Mid-Term Evaluation of Women THRIVE, Bangladesh

EnCompass

EnCompass

Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

Position Description

EnCompass LLC is seeking a local Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (MES) to support the Mid-Term Evaluation (MTE) of the Women Thrive Activity in Bangladesh.

EnCompass is implementing the four-year?United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bangladesh Upoma Activity, providing a range of analytical and advisory services in support of USAID’s design, performance monitoring, evaluation, and operational learning and adapting efforts. Under Upoma, EnCompass has been tasked to conduct a Mid-Term Evaluation (MTE) of the USAID-financed Thrive activity in Bangladesh.

USAID’s Women Thrive in Bangladesh (Thrive) aims to address the declining number of women workers in the ready-made garment (RMG) sector and informal sectors in Bangladesh. By partnering with CARE Bangladesh, Thrive implements a comprehensive approach to increase opportunities for decent work for women. This includes professional skills and leadership development through the Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement (P.A.C.E.) program in collaboration with PVH Corp. for RMG sector workers, as well as the formation of women solidarity groups (EKATA) to support informal sector workers. Major challenges to implementation include systemic barriers, gender norms, discrimination, and violence in the workplace. Key successes include the initiation of professional development training, graduation of RMG workers from the P.A.C.E. program, worker promotions, and the mobilization of community-based EKATA groups.

To achieve the program goal and objectives, interventions under Thrive are grouped into the following Intermediate Results for the life of the program:

  • Intermediate Result 1: Enhanced Governance and Fiscal Integrity of Institutions.
  • Intermediate Result 2: Improved capacity of organizations and leaders to advocate for inclusive growth.
  • Intermediate Result 3: Enhanced ability to adapt to and recover from shocks and stressors.?

The specific objectives of the MTE are:

  • To measure the effectiveness of Thrive’s interventions in increasing opportunities for decent work for women.
  • Assess the impact of P.A.C.E. program and EKATA groups on professional development and leadership skills of women workers.
  • Evaluate the challenges faced in implementing Thrive and identify strategies for improvement.
  • Investigate the sustainability of Thrive’s initiatives beyond the project duration.??

Position Duties and Responsibilities

Essential functions:

  • Support the Team Leader in the design and implementation for the MTE.
  • Develop and refine data collection tools and methodologies in collaboration with the evaluation team.
  • Assist in data coding and analysis as instructed by the Team Leader.
  • Ensure the accuracy and reliability of the data collected for the evaluation.

Deliverables and Timing:

  • Inputs for the inception report with a detailed M&E methodology.
  • Regular progress reports on M&E activities submitted to the Team Leader.
  • Analysis conducted of collected data for inclusion in the out-brief presentation and reports.
  • Inputs for the preparation of the draft and final evaluation reports with a focus on M&E findings.

Period of Performance and Level of Effort (LOE):

The LOE for the Country Context Specialist (CSS) is approximately up to 45 days. The period of performance is from on or about June 10, 2024, to November 15, 2024.

Travel:

The position requires travel to Dhaka, Chattogram, Gazipur, Mymensingh, and Narayanganj districts.

Position Requirements

Qualifications

Academic Qualifications

  • A master’s degree in international development, gender issues, conflict resolution, political science, or related field is required.

Experience and Skills

  • At least 5 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation within development projects, preferably with USAID-funded programs required.
  • Experience in community development.
  • Demonstrated expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies required.
  • Proven ability to analyze data and contribute to evaluation reports required.
  • Communication skills with proficiency in English and Bengali required.
  • Significant knowledge of the gender equality and female empowerment context of Bangladesh, preferred.?

How to Apply

Please submit CV and complete the application

EnCompass LLC is a progressive Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote, celebrate, and support a diverse and inclusive organizational culture and workforce. We are committed to providing all of our employees with an environment free from discrimination and harassment, where all are treated with dignity and respect. We do not tolerate, and explicitly prohibit, discrimination or harassment of any kind, at any time, in all aspects of employment. This includes recruitment, hiring, promotions, disciplinary measures, terminations, compensation, benefits, social and recreational programs, and training. EnCompass also does not tolerate retaliation against individuals who report discrimination or harassment. Our continuing commitment to the principle of Equal Opportunity Employment for all means all employment decisions are based only on the job requirements, the candidate’s qualifications, and the needs of EnCompass as a business—not on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, belief, sex (including pregnancy and related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability status, veteran status, genetic information, HIV status, family/marital/parental status, or any other status protected by the laws and regulations in the jurisdictions where we work.