Description of Project:
Systematic and timely evaluation of its programmes and activities is an established priority of the European Commission. The focus of evaluations is on the assessment of achievements, the quality and the results of Actions in the context of an evolving cooperation policy with an increasing emphasis on result-oriented approaches. From this perspective, evaluations should look for evidence of why, whether or how these results are linked to the EU intervention and seek to identify the factors driving or hindering progress.
Evaluations should provide an understanding of the cause and effects links between inputs and activities, and outputs, outcomes and impacts. Evaluations should serve accountability, decision making, learning and management purposes.
The main objectives of this evaluation are to provide the relevant services of the European Union, the interested stakeholders and the wider public with:
an overall independent assessment of the past performance of the Agriculture for Development programme, paying particular attention to its results measured against its objectives;
key lessons and recommendations in order to improve current (BAFS) and future Actions. It should not only describe what has been achieved or what the Action contributed to achieve but particularly why and upon what conditions results have been achieved or not.
The evaluation will assess the Action using the five standard DAC evaluation criteria, namely: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact. In addition, the evaluation will assess two EU specific evaluation criteria:
the EU added value (the extent to which the Action adds benefits to what would have resulted from Member States’ interventions only);
the coherence of the Action itself, with the EU strategy in Sierra Leone and with other EU policies and Member State Actions, and the agricultural programmes of the World Bank in Sierra Leone.
The evaluation team shall furthermore consider whether the following cross-cutting issues: gender equality, environmental sustainability and fostering of the private sector, were taken into account in the identification/formulation documents and the extent to which they have been reflected in the implementation of the Action and its monitoring.
The evaluation process will be carried out in three phases: An Inception Phase, a Field Phase, and a Synthesis Phase. Deliverables in the form of reports should be submitted at the end of the corresponding phases.
Experience and Qualifications required:
Minimum requirements of the team:
At least one member of the team has sizeable experience in evaluation of agricultural policies and programmes/projects;
At least one member of the team: 7 years of experience in agricultural policies and governance, strategic planning, project design and institutional capacity building;
At least one member of the team: 3 years field experience in agricultural projects in West Africa, familiarity with Sierra Leone will be an asset;
At least one member of the team: knowledge and experience of the project cycle management of EU funded development aid modalities;
At least one team member: excellent oral and verbal communication skills in English;
Language skills of the team:
At least one team member: familiarity with one or more local languages is considered an asset.
If you meet the requirements and would be interested in this role please apply via the following link to the DAI website, including your CV in EC format External CWS using Project-Proposal UK Application Form Link to job posting: https://chm.tbe.taleo.net/chm04/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=DAINC&cws=1&rid=3957
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