Senior Evaluation Officer, Nutrition Embedding Evaluation Programme
PATH - Washington, DC

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The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID)-funded Nutrition Embedding Evaluation Programme (NEEP) is designed to be provide technical assistance to DFID and civil society implementers (CSOs) of nutrition programs and coordinate the evaluation of DFID nutrition interventions, while building civil society organization capacity in monitoring and evaluation (M&E). The geographic scope of the program is global and will include the 17 nutrition priority countries in Asia and Africa in which DFID has a bilateral program.

Specifically, the project will provide technical support and financing of evaluation of innovative CSO nutrition projects. Technical assistance includes, but is not limited to, providing capacity building, including training and overall guidance to evaluation design and implementation. Also assisting CSOs to partner with local academic units for long-term learning, as CSO personnel conduct their evaluations. The project will also provide technical support and overall guidance to include evaluation in all DFID country nutrition programs. A technical advisory group (TAG) will be formed to provide expert technical and strategic guidance and quality assurance to NEEP. The TAG will also provide technical guidance to CS0s and DFID funded nutrition programs at the country level.

This project will be closely linked to the DFID funded PATH-led MQSUN program, which provides technical services to improve the quality of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programs.

The position will be based in Washington, DC.

Please note this position is contingent on donor funding.

PATH is seeking a highly experienced Evaluation Officer; a methodologist with demonstrated quantitative expertise with proven research skills and the ability to lead, develop, and implement a program that will attain DFID's goal to place high-quality impact evaluation at the center of its nutrition program.

Specific responsibilities will include:
  • Managing TAG meetings and TAG technical assistance activities for impact evaluations of DFID funded nutrition programs and CSO evaluations. Coordinate TAG communication with DFID.
  • Developing terms of reference, methodology design, review of evaluation products and the provision of inputs to the preparation of material for peer review and publication for DFID funded nutrition programs and CSO evaluations.
  • Coordinating and monitoring a CSO grants program for the design and implementation of impact evaluations.
  • Supporting the management of the overall program with NEEP staff and maintaining links with MQSUN, a DFID funded technical assistance project managed by PATH.
  • Developing the overall program framework for required M&E systems, including requirements, baseline and evaluation surveys.
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of a strategy for synthesizing and disseminating key results, programmatic lessons learned, methodologies developed and other research outputs of the program.
  • Collaborating with counterparts and partner organizations, including other DFID programs, in work planning and program implementation for impact evaluations. Maintain communication links with NEEP partners.
  • Developing a network of technical assistance providers, institutions, and professional groups to facilitate ongoing work.
  • Ensuring the alignment of research and M&E activities with DFID program goals.
Required Skills
  • Proven ability to collaborate and work effectively with senior staff, colleagues, donors, partner organizations, stakeholders, local institutions and others at all levels is necessary.
  • Training and expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Excellent organizational practices.
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Excel, Access, and Word
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 25 percent is also required.
Required Experience

Master’s degree, (PhD preferred) in nutrition, demography, epidemiology, statistics, health, social sciences, or related field is required with a minimum of five years of demonstrated experience in program design, research and monitoring and evaluating complex nutrition related health and development programs. Work setting statistical software package user experience (SPSS, EPI-INFO, STATA, SAS or similar) is also a requirement for this position. International development field experience is required; preferably in Africa and Asia. Identifying and hiring STTA’s on a global basis is a must. An ideal candidate will also possess grant management experience.

PATH is dedicated to diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

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