Senior Agribusiness Specialist, Usaid Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services Midterm Performance Evaluation

July 25, 2022

Job Description

  • Lagos

Social Impact (SI) - 7 Openings

Social Impact (SI) is a global development management consulting firm. We provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness. We work across all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and economic growth. Since 1997, we have worked in over 100 countries for clients such as US government agencies, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and nonprofits.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Senior Agribusiness Specialist, Usaid Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services Midterm Performance Evaluation
Locations: Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi, and Niger
Timeline: August 2022 – December 2022
Scope of Work

Senior Agribusiness Specialist of Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services Midterm Performance Evaluation
Social Impact is a global development management consulting firm. We provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness.
We work across all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and economic growth. Since 1997 we have worked in over 100 countries for clients such as US government agencies, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and nonprofits.
In Nigeria, SI supports Navanti to implement the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Support Activity which provides comprehensive MEL and Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) support to strengthen USAID/Nigeria’s results for increased learning and accountability and contribute to implementation of its Country Development Cooperation Strategy.

Project Objective

USAID/Nigeria has engaged the MEL Support Activity to conduct an external Midterm Performance Evaluation of an integrated health activity.
This Activity aims to partner with SMEs to test, replicate, and scale models of smallholder-oriented service delivery that will rapidly, effectively, and sustainably provide access to agro-inputs and services and disseminate extension messaging to two million smallholder farmers in Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi, and Niger.
The primary purpose of this mid-term performance evaluation is to determine whether the assistance provided by USAID/Nigeria to beneficiary MSMEs through the Agriculture Extension and Advisory Services Activity is meeting the stated development objectives, and to understand the lessons learned from this Activity in Nigeria.
It is intended to provide an independent examination of the overall progress and accomplishments of the Activity.
The estimated start date will be August 15, 2022. The evaluation is expected to last until December 2022, and the estimated LOE will be 51 days, maximum.

Position Description

SI is seeking a Senior Agribusiness Specialist who will be supporting the evaluation team’s effort.
Under the technical leadership of the MEL Support Activity, the Senior Agribusiness Specialist will be working alongside one Team Leader and two Nigerian team members.
The Senior Agribusiness Specialist will consult with the team and provide input to the deliverables throughout the duration of the evaluation.

Responsibilities

Contribute expertise and technical inputs to the work plan. Support the design of the evaluation, methodology, development of instruments, data collection, synthesis of data, presentations, and report.
Perform desk review and identify additional information required for analysis.
Schedule and interview key stakeholders and beneficiaries.
In consultation with the Team Leader, support team's ongoing analysis of qualitative and quantitative data.
Support the preparation and presentation of the Inbrief and Out-brief to USAID/Nigeria and other stakeholders as requested.
Write assigned sections of the draft Evaluation report in coordination with the team members, taking into consideration feedback from the Out-brief presentation.
Support the Team Leader to respond to USAID comments on the draft report and prepare a final report.
Work collaboratively with team members throughout design, implementation, analysis, and report writing to complement each other's areas of expertise.

Qualifications
The candidate is expected to have the following qualifications:

Must have at least a Master’s Degree or equivalent in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, Development Economics, Investment and Finance, Agricultural Finance, Business Administration, Social Sciences, or related fields.
S/he must have a minimum of seven (7) years implementing and evaluating programming around strengthening the enabling environment for agricultural development.
S/he must demonstrate good interpersonal and diplomatic skills as well as strong report writing and analytical skills and excellent oral communication skills in English.
Strong background in qualitative data collection methods, including focus group discussions (FGD), key informants/ in-depth interviews (KII/IDI).
Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written.
S/he must demonstrate high command of English language written and verbal fluency.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
Note

Candidates are reviewed on a rolling basis; early submission is recommended.
SI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls.

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