Climate Change Adaptation & Disaster Risk Management Local M&E Specialists, USAID/Ethiopia Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Service (EPMES)

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Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Local M&E Specialists (two), USAID/Ethiopia Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Service (EPMES) Activity, Ethiopia

 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, 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.

Project Objective:

The five-year $16.6 million Ethiopia Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Service (EPMES) activity aims to provide USAID/Ethiopia with project/activity external evaluation, performance monitoring and performance management support services in alignment with the USAID Automated Directives System (ADS) and Evaluation Policy. It is anticipated that this contract will assist USAID/Ethiopia and its partners to generate empirical data on project/activity implementation as well as foster learning and knowledge management to improve evidence-based project design and development programming in support of the Country Development and Cooperation Strategy (CDCS). The Contractor will provide support services at all stages of USAID’s program cycle. Specific services to be provided under this contract include implementation of external evaluations, as directed by the Mission’s Program Office and Development Objective Teams/Technical Offices; management and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) technical capacity building for implementing partners (IPs), select local organizations, and Mission staff on M&E best practices, data collection, data analysis and data quality assurance practices; support to technical offices to analyze geo-referenced data and produce maps with geographic information system (GIS) tools; and support to IPs and Mission staff for the ongoing use of the Agency’s portfolio management system(s), including AID tracker Plus (AT+), for active performance management. The expected results of this contract are to build internal and external M&E capacities of USAID staff and IPs to improve accountability and the use of empirical evidence for programming, learning and adapting at every stage of the project cycle.

Position Descriptions:

Social Impact is seeking to recruit two short-term Ethiopian M&E Specialists with experience in conducting evaluations in Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management. Evaluation experience in most or all dimensions of CMDRR technical areas i.e. community-based resilience, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, participatory disaster risk assessment, natural resource management, early warning systems and livelihoods) in Ethiopia is required.

The Specialists are expected to serve as senior-level technical analyst on the final evaluation of a USAID-funded Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) Project, which has two awards: REAAP AID-663-A-14-00006 and REVIVE AID-663-A-14-00005. The two consultants will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to conduct an evaluation of the USAID-funded Community-Managed Disaster Risk Reduction project (CMDRR) Activity. CMDRR Activity aims to sustainably increase resilience and reduce vulnerability of communities to current and future climate change and climate-related shocks and stresses in the most disaster-prone areas of Oromia region (West Harerghe and Bale Zones). The Specialists will work under the EPMES Activity. This assignment will take place in the activity sites in Oromia Region. The expected period of performance is from January to March 2017.


Two short-term Local Ethiopian M&E Specialists each with the following backgrounds are needed.

  1. Proven expertise in implementing, monitoring, evaluating and/or designing natural resource management, water and soil conservation, and climate change adaptation activities.
  2. Expertise in implementing, evaluating early warning, participatory disaster risk assessment and community disaster risk management projects.
  3. Strong background in quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods, including design, data analysis and interpretation of results
  4. At least once candidate with technical knowledge in most or all areas of the CMDRR in the context of Ethiopia is required i.e.  community-based resilience, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, participatory disaster risk assessment, natural resource management, early warning systems and livelihoods

Applicants should indicate the technical areas of their expertise and the evaluation methods they are most experienced in (quantitative or qualitative).


  • Masters degree in relevant field
  • At least five-year work experience in managing and evaluating relevant programs related to community-based resilience, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, participatory disaster risk assessment, natural resource management, early warning systems and livelihoods  
  • A strong background in evaluation design and implementation, and knowledge of evaluation standards and data collection considerations
  • Knowledge of specific indicators for evaluating similar projects
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Strong knowledge of disaster risk management policies and programs in Ethiopia and on USAID’s programming, experience on past food security and livelihoods baseline surveys or final evaluations would be a plus.
  • Proficient in English, Afan Oromo and Amharic.

Please Note that candidates currently employed on regular basis if selected are required to submit confirmation for Leave Without Pay (LWOP) from their current employers.

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