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Evaluation Team Lead


Position: Evaluation Team Lead

Location: Remote, with possible travel to Mexico

Position Status: Short-term consultant

Apply by: June 14, 2024


About LINC

LINC is a mission-driven US-based small business committed to supporting local organizations leading their own development. We do this by implementing programs and delivering consulting and training in the areas of systems thinking, monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL), capacity-strengthening, and collective action. The recipient of USAID’s Small Business of the Year award in 2017, we are a team of reflective and passionate development professionals. Our country experience spans Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. For more information on LINC, please visit www.linclocal.org.

In Mexico, LINC is implementing the USAID Monitoring and Evaluation Support for Adaptation (MESA) Activity (2022-2027), which is designed to strengthen the monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) and collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) systems and capacity of the USAID/Mexico Mission and its implementing partners through assistance with designing and carrying out monitoring; evaluations, assessments, and studies; and collaboration and capacity building for the USAID/Mexico mission and its implementing partners. LINC is implementing this Activity with the support of subcontractor, Sistemas de Inteligencia en Mercados y Opinión (SIMO), a female-led Mexican consultancy firm that specializes in evaluation and research.

Position Description

MESA is seeking a Consultant to take on the role of Team Lead for the performance evaluation of two complementary USAID/Mexico Rule of Law activities that seek to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability of Mexico’s state justice institutions. The evaluation seeks to understand the efficiency and effects of the implementation of the two Rule of Law Activities.

The Team Lead will work in collaboration with LINC and MESA staff, to lead a team of evaluation consultants providing field research, data analysis, and subject matter expertise. The Team Lead will focus primarily on ensuring exceptional technical delivery, liaising with the clients, supporting the in-country team, overseeing the timeline, guiding planning, data collection, and data analysis, and leading the writing of the report.

This is a short-term consultancy position contingent upon donor approval of the SOW and candidate.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as the main point of contact for the evaluation.
  • Review existing documentation including reports, studies, and other background information to become familiar with the portfolio and activities, their goals, and the current context.
  • Oversee the team in the review and adaptation of the evaluation approach and methods to ensure they are appropriate for the objectives and context.
  • Lead the team to prepare and finalize the evaluation workplan.
  • Guide the team to finalize design of data collection instruments and evaluation timeline for client approval.
  • Supervise, participate in, and/or support in-country data collection (including travel, if appropriate). Data collection is expected to include key informant interviews, surveys, document review, and other methods.
  • Provide expertise and collaborate with MESA’s in-country team and the evaluation consultants to conduct analysis and identify evaluation findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
  • Coordinate and maintain regular communications with the client and the in-country team. Ensure the client has adequate understanding of the process, progress, expected results, and expected touch-points for the evaluation.
  • Lead the writing of and provide quality control for the evaluation report for client approval. Participate in related presentations or discussions on the report and/or its findings.

Key deliverables expected under this assignment include:

  • Evaluation Workplan
  • Data Collection and Analysis Plan
  • Field Visit Report
  • Mid-Term Results Presentation
  • Draft Evaluation Report
  • Final Evaluation Report

Skills and Qualifications

Successful candidates should have:

  • A Master’s degree or a PhD in justice, economics, public administration, international development, or a related field.
  • Minimum 5 years of demonstrated relevant evaluation experience including as team lead, with strong preference for experience conducting evaluations for USAID.
  • Proven understanding of the Mexican Criminal Justice Sector.
  • Proven understanding of the Government of Mexico and experience working with Attorneys General Offices, State Courts, Women Justice Centers, and/or other justice sector institutions.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Spanish required.
  • Proficiency in qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Proven communications and team leadership skills.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Prior experience working in Mexico.
  • Knowledge of USAID/Mexico programming preferred.

Application Instructions

Please send your resume/CV to mesajobs@linclocal.org with the subject line “Evaluation Team Lead”. All applications will be reviewed, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. LINC LLC is an equal opportunity employer.