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Institutional Assessment Specialists and Agricultural Evaluators for a USAID Food Security Program, Africa

Project/Proposal Summary: To support the implementation of USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative, especially in the areas of institutional assessment and strengthening, and in evaluation. The activity will support improving the organizational capabilities and skills development of a wide range of African institutions, including government, private sector and CSOs. The activity will also support institutional development for African training institutes and organizations that will be critical to Feed the Future’s success.
Position Summary: MSI is seeking candidates interested in conducting institutional assessments and program evaluations for USAID’s Feed the Future initiative. **These assignments will last up to 4 weeks and take place throughout Africa on a rolling schedule.
• Review the institutional capacities of African institutions involved in implementing USAID’s Feed the Future initiative. This review will include government, private sector, NGOs, and training and research institutes;
• Assessments will review the capacities of organizations implementing and managing programs to increase agricultural productivity and will recommend actions to strengthen required management and technical capacities;
• Responsibilities will include analysis of institutional capacity, conducting evaluations, process facilitation, and development of recommendations to strengthen organizational performance.
• Ten+ years experience in international development agriculture programming, particularly in programs to improve agricultural productivity in Africa;
• Demonstrated expertise in agricultural program evaluation and organizational analysis, with substantial experience assessing/evaluating international donor funded ag projects in the developing world;
• Experience with USAID programming systems, including project design and evaluation standards;
• A degree in agriculture, development, or other related field; Master’s degree or higher in a related field, such as development management, management, organizational development, or agricultural development, preferred;
• Ability to conduct short-term assignments for a period of up to four weeks in Africa;
• Excellent verbal/written English required; French fluency preferred;
• Strong interpersonal skills and a history of working on multi-disciplinary evaluation and assessment teams;
• Experience in working with African Regional Economic Communities, such as COMESA and SADC, is desirable.

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