Employer:Management Systems International
Location: South Sudan
Closing date: 02 Jun 2017
The Monitoring and Evaluation Support Project (MESP) provides USAID/South Sudan with flexible, demand-driven technical, analytic, advisory, training, monitoring, evaluation, and related support services for performance measurement, including assisting the Mission in complying with new requirements under USAID Forward. The project includes monitoring and evaluation technical support to the Mission for performance management at all levels as well as support to assessments, analytical research, and related services required for new project designs, sector strategies, and broader strategic revisions. The Conflict Specialist will participate in a Rapid Education Risk Analysis (RERA), which is an exercise that offers a more in-depth view into the community-level dynamics of conflict and how they interact with education and other basic services. The RERA therefore will assist the Mission in reaching decisions related to future programming in the education sector. The RERA will target up to 2 schools in Protection of Civilian (POC) sites/ Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps in Central Equatoria, Western Equatoria, Lakes, Upper Nile, Jonglei, and Unity. The research team will also visit 2 schools (1 primary and 1 alternative education center) in surrounding areas. The Conflict Specialist will be responsible for managing his or her field team, including a Research Specialist and a Research Associate (e.g. note-taker).
Under the direct supervision of the Team Leader, the Conflict Specialist will be responsible for participating in the design and delivery of training of the research team, as well as in data collection, data analysis and report writing, and debriefing the USAID team and a wider audience that may include, implementing partner(s), government invitees, and other interested stakeholders.
Read relevant documents, such as the desk study previously prepared by MSI, the Task Order Plan, and other relevant documents.
Participate in recruiting other team members as requested.
Work with team leader to design and deliver a week-long training, and ensure appropriate measures and dynamics are addressed in relation to conflict sensitivity.
Draft conflict analysis self-assessment tool to be conducted during training.
Lead conflict analysis self-assessment exercise with team members.
Review tools in English and other languages and adjust as needed with other team members.
Co-lead the piloting of tools with the team leader and adjust as needed.
Actively lead and contribute to discussing necessary conflict sensitivity measures in South Sudan on an on-going basis.
Schedule data collection visits as needed.
Support MSI’s Team Leader in managing the data collection process and ensuring the quality of the data being collected.
Conduct data collection through surveys, key informant interviews and focus group discussions.
Participate in daily debriefs on data collection.
Review notes taken by the Research Associate and correct as necessary. Send notes to Team Leader on a rolling basis in the format requested.
Write interview summaries as requested by MSI’s Team Leader.
Work with the team leader in preparing and managing briefings/oral presentations and participate in initial and final presentations as requested.
Write report sections for draft and final reports as requested.
Submit any quantitative and qualitative data sets obtained as a result of the evaluation to MSI including all documents, slides, etc.
Perform any other duties that may be assigned.
Master’s degree required in peace-building, conflict management and resolution, political science, community development or a related social science, PhD preferred.
Data collection/research experience of 8+ years.
Fluency in English and 1 or more of the following languages: Nuer, Dinka, Shilluk, Azande
Experience in implementing tools and strategies for data collection, analysis and production of reports.
Proven computer skills, including Microsoft Word.
Strong facilitation and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrate integrity by showing professionalism, transparency and impartiality.
Display cultural, gender, religious, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Complete and multi-task by establishing priorities while taking into consideration special assignments, changing priorities, frequent interruptions, available resources and deadlines.
Exhibit great communication skills (written and oral) with partners and develop good working relationships with donors.
Ability and willingness to travel to select states, cities or areas as requested.
Demonstrate openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
Respond positively to critical feedback and differing points of view.
Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.