Local Agriculture Economist
DevTech
Nigeria
5d ago

Description

Position Title : Mid-Level Agriculture Economist

Period of Performance : November 2019 to March 2020

DevTech Systems, Inc. (DevTech) is an international consulting firm dedicated to development, with 35 years of experience providing advisory services and technical assistance to government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders in more than 100 countries.

We are a data driven organization that specializes in informing policy making by delivering focused data-driven evidence-

based analysis products and services. DevTech core practice areas include : Economic and Data analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation, Education and Youth Development, Gender and Inclusive Development, and Public Financial Management.

DevTech is seeking the services of a Mid-Level Agriculture Economistto support a final performanceevaluation of the Feed the Future (FTF) Agricultural Policy Activity in partnership with USAID / Nigeria.

The primary purpose of this final performance evaluation is to determine whether the assistance provided by USAID / Nigeria through the Agricultural Policy Activity achieved the stated development objectives, and to understand the lessons learned from this particular Activity in Nigeria, taking into account the findings and recommendations of the mid-

term performance evaluation. It is intended to provide an independent examination of the overall progress and accomplishments of the Activity.

The evaluation should provide a detailed picture of the major accomplishments and weaknesses of the Activity since its inception and determine how its successes can be sustained.

This final performance evaluation will provide USAID / Nigeria, its implementing partners, and agriculture sector stakeholders with data on outcomes and achievements.

The evaluation should also elucidate lessons learned and include specific recommendations to USAID / Nigeria on how the Activity interventions can be sustained and scaled by other FTF activities, partners, private sector firms, or by the Government of Nigeria (GON).

Scope of Work :

The Mid-Level Agriculture Economist will support theFinal Nigeria Agricultural Policy Activity will work closely with the Team Lead and the evaluation team to :

  • Review available information to identify information gaps and refine data collection tasks accordingly;
  • Design data collection instruments for individual interviews and focus group discussions;
  • Design discussion guides for stakeholder roundtables;
  • Develop a detailed work plan for USAID approval; and
  • Plan the logistics of the evaluation field work. The team will conduct individual interviews with FTFNigeria Agricultural Policy Activity stakeholders who are identified in the target areas and groups section of this SOW.
  • A focus group discussion (roundtable discussion) will take place. These group discussions will seek to answer the evaluation questions and bring together stakeholders involved with the project.
  • Deliverables, Level of Effort, & Schedule :

    For this evaluation, the Mid-Level Agriculture Economist will :

  • Review all background documents and preparation work, as provided by USAID / Nigeria’s Economic Growth and Environment (EGE) Office
  • Prepare for and attend team planning meetings and in-brief with USAID, including contributing to the development of the in-
  • brief PowerPoint presentation, appropriately formatted to the USAID ADS Style and Format Guide

  • Contribute to the development and revisions of workplan and data collection tools, including pre-testing and revisions, as directed by the Team Lead, based on the background review documents and the in-brief with USAID
  • Support in planning and arranging logistics for the field work, including reaching out to and scheduling interviews with stakeholders;
  • identifying suitable stakeholders for interviews; and ensuring meeting locations

  • Incorporate USAID and MEL team feedback into the workplan and data collection tools, as necessary and to the satisfaction of USAID / Nigeria
  • Conduct information and data collection activities (key informant interviews and focus group discussions) in Abuja and throughout Nigeria, as determined by USAID and the Team Lead, and as guided by the work plan and data collection tools
  • Upload interview notes to the Agriculture Policy Evaluation SharePoint within 24 hours of completion of interview / discussion
  • Contribute to the development of the draft evaluation report, incorporating feedback from USAID / Nigeria and the MEL team
  • Support in the preparation and presentation of preliminary findings / exit brief to USAID / Nigeria’s EGE Office
  • Contribute to the development of final evaluation report, and consideration and inclusion of USAID’s feedback until USAID / Nigeria’s EGE Office accepts and approves the final version of the evaluation report
  • Contribute to the development of the 2-3-page summary of the evaluation methodology, findings, conclusions and recommendations
  • Remain flexible as unforeseen circumstances arise, support focused and effective communications with the evaluation team to problem solve, lend local expertise and guidance as necessary, and ensure issues are addressed in a timely manner
  • Use the MEL Activity’s internal SharePoint for all saving and uploading all evaluation materials to ensure safety and integrity of MEL’s intellectual property
  • Qualifications :

  • Must have at least a master’s degree or equivalent in Agriculture, Agricultural Policy,
  • Agribusiness and Agriculture value chains, Economics, or a related field;
  • At least five (5) years of experienceconducting both qualitative and quantitative evaluations / assessments in developing countries, preferably in Nigeria or West Africa;
  • Good technical background in implementing or evaluating agricultural policy in developing countries;
  • Must be able to design evaluations and analysis; quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis; survey design and analysis;
  • Must have demonstrated experience analyzing data from agriculture policy projects.
  • Experience Requirements :

  • Must demonstrate good interpersonal and diplomatic skills as well as strong report writing and analytical skills;
  • African / regional experience is desired;
  • Should have significant experience with gender integration and institutional capacity experience and expertise;
  • Ability to conduct interviews and discussions and write well in English is required;
  • Must be able to work as a team.
  • NOTE : This job posting should not be construed to imply that the requirements are the exclusive standards of the position nor will it be the sole basis for any subsequent employee evaluations.

    Incumbents will follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties as may be required by their supervisor.

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or other status protected by applicable law.

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