Apply by March 10th for Kansas State Director of Monitoring and Evaluation in Accra, Ghana

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Position:  Kansas State University Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Technical Support Services (METSS)

Location:  Accra, Ghana. 

Application Deadline:  March 10, 2014.

Expected Start Date:  May 1, 2014 ---Contract is for five years, but subject to continued availability of funding from USAID.

I. Summary

USAID/Ghana EG Office developed a Participating Agency Services Agreement (PASA) with USDA to increase its capacity for program design, evaluation, research, and policy analysis.  The PASA provided for the creation of the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Technical Support Services (METSS) Program in which Kansas State University and the University of Cape Coast are partners providing research and management capacity support. 

The Director will work jointly with the USAID/Ghana EG Office, the Implementing Partners of USAID’s programs, other Development Partners in Ghana, and various Government of Ghana partners.  The Director’s primary responsibilities will be to oversee the implementation of METSS strategic plan and manage resources to achieve METSS support objectives for USAID.  The Director will maintain close contact with USAID/Ghana EG Office to ensure METSS’ activities are congruent with the EG Office’s needs and expectations. 

II.  Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The Director is the most senior-level field position within METSS.  The Director will provide in-country program and personnel management, including technical oversight and direction for METSS to achieve defined objectives on time and on budget.  Specifically, the Director will supervise team leaders responsible for the principal activity components of METSS, as well as overall management of in-country relationships with USAID/Ghana EG Office, the Government of Ghana and relevant Development Partners and Implementing Partners.  The principal activity components are: Monitoring and Evaluation; Research and Special Studies; Knowledge Management; and, Capacity Building and Support Services.

The critical performance focus for the Director will be METSS assistance to USAID/Ghana EG Office to meet its structured reporting requirements.  USAID’s reporting requirements are based on various strategic development frameworks (e.g., U.S. Government Mission Strategy; the USAID strategic framework; and program specific frameworks such as Feed the Future and Power Africa).  The Director must also be ready to organize resources to respond to ad hoc requests for information and other support that may come from the EG Office. 

The Director’s specific duties and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Lead and manage the METSS program, including ensuring personnel, operational and financial oversight, and ensuring that METSS provides the appropriate support for USAID/Ghana EG Office in all of its M&E reporting needs;
  • Develop annual implementation and operational plans for each team in close coordination with team leaders, USDA, Kansas State University and USAID/Ghana;
  • Coordinate all of METSS’ program activities to produce specified outcomes;
  • Facilitate and manage in-country collaborations with partner institutions, USAID Implementing Partners, Development Partners, relevant Government of Ghana ministries and agencies, and relevant private sector organizations;
  • Provide advice and direction on programmatic issues, when appropriate and requested, to the relevant leaders in the academic, public and private sectors to enhance USAID’s objectives; and,
  • Anticipate METTS’ funding and other resource needs and consults with USDA/Washington to address them.

The Director is also responsible for other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the USDA or USAID/Ghana EG Office, or that may become necessary for the proper functioning of METSS.  The Director reports to the designated Activity Manager for USAID/Ghana EG Office.

III. Qualifications Requirements

The required qualifications for this position are as follows:

  1. Masters’ degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Economic Development, or related field is required; (PhD preferred)
  2. Minimum of 8 years in International Development sector work (required);
  3. Minimum of eight (8) years’ experience in work focused on monitoring, evaluating and impact assessment of development programs (required);
  4. Minimum of four (4) years’ experience in management of agricultural development program (required);
  5. Minimum of six (3) years’ experience in progressive positions in USAID-funded  projects is required;
  6. Experience in at least one USDA-funded project is required;
  7. In-depth knowledge of current USDA and USAID development policies, priorities and project planning and implementation procedures (required);
  8. Knowledge of agricultural policies and operational environment in Africa and Ghana in particular is required;
  9. Solid knowledge of Ghana’s agriculture and agribusiness policy environment (preferred);
  10. Experience in value chain analysis (required);
  11. Multiple country International Development work experience (required)
  12. Must have ability to conduct impact analyses in the context of reporting against targets and in the context of program design and expansion and interpret data emanating from such analyses;

IV.  Terms of Employment

The successful candidate will be a contract employee of Kansas State University, but will work in Ghana at the METSS Office.  The METSS office is outside U.S. Government buildings in Accra but in close proximity to the U.S. Embassy.  

Employment is anticipated to begin on or around May 1, 2014.  The successful candidate is expected to be in Ghana by or shortly after May 15, 2014.  This contract is for five years.  However, continuation of the project, from year to year, is subject to the availability of funds. 

V.  Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send an application consisting of a cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV), and the names and contact information of three references.  In order to expedite the recruitment process, the cover letter should include a statement about the minimum salary expectations.  All documents should be sent by email to carol@internationalink.net   with “Director of METSS, Ghana” in the subject line.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/carol-luther/0/728/177

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