WASH Evaluation Specialist

Social Impact

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WASH Evaluation Specialist, Ex-post Evaluation of Millennium Water Alliance’s Ethiopia Program (MWA-EP), Ethiopia (Amhara, Oromia, Tigray, SNNPR)  

Project Objectives:

Social Impact is a sub-contractor to ECODIT on the Water Communications and Knowledge Management (CKM) Project, a five-year task order under the Water and Development IDIQ (WADI) supporting the work of USAID’s Water Office in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3/W). A key SI role in the CKM project is to conduct a series of performance evaluations of closed USAID-funded water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects to further USAID’s understanding of the extent to which the achievements of their WASH activities have been sustained, and reasons why these outcomes and activities have or have not been sustained. This position will be hired by ECODIT and managed by SI’s CKM M&E Specialist.

The Millennium Water Alliance’s Ethiopia Program (MWA-EP) Evaluation will examine the sustainability of MWA-EP’s efforts to increase rural water and sanitation access, as well as community sanitation and school sanitation and hygiene access in the past eight years following project completion. MWA-EP was implemented in Ethiopia from 2004 to 2009 by the Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) partners CARE, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Food for the Hungry (FH), Lifewater International (LI), Living Water International (LWI), Water Partners International (subsequently renamed as Water.org), Hope 2020, and World Vision (WV)—along with local subcontractor NGOs Relief Society of Tigray (REST), Ethiopian Kale Hiwot Church (EKHC), Water Action, and Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus—Development and Social Services Commission (EECMY-DASSC). This evaluation will be conducted from late August through December 2017.  

Position Description:

Working together with a Social Impact M&E Specialist and Senior Technical Advisor, the WASH Evaluation Specialist will be expected to contribute to design and implementation of evaluation activities pertaining to access to sanitation and hygiene in schools, and access to water in rural areas in particular. The WASH Evaluation Specialist will also be expected to contribute substantial technical and local knowledge into design and logistical planning of other evaluation components. The Specialist will directly carry out qualitative interviews and observations along with other team members. This evaluation will address the following evaluation questions:

1.      What is the level of service at water schemes completed by MWA-EP more than seven years after activity close in terms of basic functionality, quantity output, quality, accessibility, and reliability?

2.      To what extent are community members using the water points (by wealth, gender, vulnerability status)?

3.      How have water schemes been maintained since MWA-EP activity close in terms of management activities and systems, maintenance, and fee collection to cover recurrent lifecycle expenditures?

4.      To what extent have shared community latrines and school latrines and handwashing facilities installed by the activity still functional, adequately maintained, and used by men, women, boys, and girls?

5.      What systems and financial mechanisms, if any, have communities and schools used over time to maintain shared and institutional WASH facilities and activities provided by MWA-EP?

6.      For each type of water and sanitation intervention, which factors or approaches (enacted by USAID, implementers, communities, or external entities) contributed to or impaired long-term sustainability of the activity components named above? Specifically, which management, financial, institutional, environmental, and technical factors affected the observed levels of service and functionality?

Beginning in mid-August 2017, the Specialist will revise evaluation tools and contribute to planning. The Specialist will be expected to conduct data collection for up to five weeks in September across Amhara, Oromia, Tigray and SNNP Regions. Preliminary data analysis will occur immediately after data collection and report writing will follow coding and analysis of all interviews. Report finalization will continue through November 2017. This WASH Evaluation Specialist assignment requires approximately 40 days of labor between August and November. Specific responsibilities are highlighted below.

**Please note: This position is available for either a local or international expert.**


  • Prior to field work, add technically and contextually relevant expertise to data collection instruments and interviewee targets to assess the sustainability of MWA-EP’s activities
  • Participate in a four-day evaluation methods training, piloting, and planning session for the evaluation team prior to fieldwork
  • Conduct field research, including conducting qualitative interviews with WASHCOs, community leaders, relevant government officials, school teachers, and activity beneficiaries
  • Support evaluation team with logistical planning and guidance as needed to schedule key interviews and manage completion
  • Contribute to preliminary data analysis following data collection. Data will be in the form of qualitative notes and transcripts, water point maintenance and cost data, water quality data, and project reports
  • Write sections of the evaluation report and provide substantial technical and editorial support to the full report


  • At least 6 years of demonstrated experience designing and conducting program evaluation or research in the WASH sector
  • At least 3 years of evaluation or implementation experience specifically in the area of rural water and sanitation access in Ethiopia, or a similar context
  • Prior experience working in the WASH sector in Ethiopia is a must
  • Prior experience working in school WASH in Ethiopia is strongly desired
  • Demonstrated experience conducting qualitative data collection
  • Demonstrated expertise in assessing water point functionality and engineering quality is strongly desired
  • Demonstrated deep knowledge of rural community water management mechanisms such as WASHCOs in Ethiopia
  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience required, with strong preference for degree relevant to water engineering or another WASH-related field
  • English and Amharic proficiency required
  • Tigrinya or Oromo proficiency a very strong plus
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite Programs required
  • USAID experience is a plus
  • Candidates are not eligible if they were involved in implementation of the program being evaluated (MWA-EP), subsequent MWA programs, or WASH projects implemented by organizations named as MWA-EP partners above

Come join our energetic and innovative team!  We offer you the opportunity to play a leading role in the growth of our company, work as part of a creative and committed team, and make a difference in the well-being of our world.

To learn more about Social Impact, please visit our website: http://www.socialimpact.com

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Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls.