IMPAQ International, LLC

  • Evaluation Team Leader and Subject Matter Experts - Georgia

    Job ID
    2072
    Job Location
    International
  • Overview

    IMPAQ International, LLC is a public policy research firm with broad experience in program evaluation and policy analysis both domestically in the United States and internationally. For nearly 15 years, IMPAQ, a premier evaluation, applied research, and technical assistance firm, has provided unparalleled expertise in performance monitoring, performance data management, and high-quality impact evaluations and assessments. Having conducted over 200 performance and impact evaluations, our extensive team of specialists possess a combination of experience and innovation that allows the flexibility to provide demand-driven M&E services in a wide range of settings.

     

    IMPAQ’s mission is to bring together exceptional people to develop innovative and rigorous approaches to evaluate the real-world impact of social policies and programs. IMPAQ has a diverse and collegial work environment and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer (M/F/Disability/Veterans).

     

    IMPAQ is seeking an Evaluation Team Leader and Subject Matter Experts to conduct a baseline and gender analysis of the five-year, $14.5 million Georgia Food for Progress (FFPr) project, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and implemented by Land O’Lakes International Development (Land O’Lakes).

     

    The project aims to increase agricultural productivity and expand trade in the dairy and beef sectors in Georgia and will focus on dairy and beef actors along Georgia’s East-West highway corridor. Land O'Lakes’ innovative, demand-driven approach will improve food safety and quality along Georgia’s dairy and beef value chains from farm to fork, and aims to reduce losses, and boost productivity and trade of milk and meat products, resulting in nearly $140 million in dairy and beef sales, thus reducing the trade imbalance of value-added dairy and beef products.

    Responsibilities

    Position #1: Evaluation Team Leader

    • Minimum 8-10 years’ leadership experience in evaluating international agricultural development programming, with demonstrated and proven experience in successfully completing similar evaluations in terms of size, complexity, rigor, and in design/methodology;
    • Team Leader is expected to have a strong track record of designing, leading, and efficiently managing evaluations and assessments in the dairy and livestock value chains, livelihoods, and gender;
    • Previous experience as Evaluation Team Leader on USDA and USAID-funded agricultural development programming, with a proven record of high capacity report writing (in English) and presentation to clients and stakeholders;
    • Strong command of data analysis, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and data management techniques using STATA, SAS, Access, Excel, and/or other databases is required;
    • Previous work experience in Georgia highly desired. The Team Leader must have ability to hire experienced enumerators that know Georgian official language;
    • The Evaluation Team Leader is expected to have proven experience analyzing and assessing gender constraints and opportunities as part of evaluations, and has been successful at providing recommendations to ensure that both sexes are equally able to participate and benefit from the project;
    • At minimum Master’s Degree in Economics, Public Policy, Public Health or Political Science desired.

     

    Position #2: Subject Matter Experts- Beef and Dairy Value Chain Specialists

    • Minimum 5 years’ experience providing technical assistance, conducting value chain analysis and assessments, and has contributed to evaluations for USDA and USAID-funded agricultural development programming;
    • Specialists are expected to be deeply familiar with the entire value chain spectrum(s) of Beef and in Dairy, with proven experience in expanding market access, improving sanitary and phytosanitary standards, post-harvest handling and storage, improving agricultural productivity, enabling access to financial services, and conducting capacity building to inform food safety policy development;
    • The Beef and Dairy Value Chain Specialists are expected to have proven experience assessing gender constraints and opportunities as part of programming, and has been successful at providing recommendations to ensure that both sexes are equally able to participate and benefit from the project;
    • The ideal Beef and Dairy Value Chain Specialists will have served as subject matter experts on similar sized USDA and USAID-funded agricultural development programming in Georgia and/or in the Caucasus and Balkans region(s), with experience designing and implementing market-driven strategies in the Beef and Milk sectors;
    • In-depth knowledge of principal farm to market activities for the Beef and Dairy sectors, especially in production, food safety policy, agricultural productivity, access to finance, and post-harvest management;
    • Knowledge of productivity and quality improvement technologies and developing and implementing farmer training programs, including working with private sector to embed training in business models;
    • Proven ability to manage deadlines, work independently with minimal supervision, submit high-quality work plans, prioritize workload, and multi-task in fast-paced evaluation environment;
    • Previous work experience in Georgia highly desired. The subject matter experts must have ability to work with experienced enumerators that know Georgian official language;
    • Proven record of excellent management, leadership, decision-making and interpersonal skills, and respect of deadlines and deliverables.

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