QED Group LLC

Evaluation Support Specialist - Uganda Learning Activity

QED Group LLC

Community & Social Services

NGO, NPO & Charity USh Confidential
1 month ago

Job Summary

The purpose of this cross-learning study is to support USAID/Uganda’s Environment and Natural Resources Program’s Activities to learn and adapt.

  • Minimum Qualification:Highschool
  • Experience Level:Mid level
  • Experience Length:2 years

Job Description/Requirements

QED is a global consulting firm with more than 20 years of experience providing data-driven and insightful solutions in close to 100 countries. We are passionate about transforming lives through knowledge-based solutions. Leveraging deep expertise in monitoring, evaluation, global health, and learning, we help our clients collect, analyze, visualize, and ultimately use data in more effective ways. Our work maximizes results through the use of cutting-edge technologies and innovation, organizational development, and evidence-based decision-making.


The purpose of the USAID Learning Activity (ULA) is to further strengthen USAID/Uganda performance and improve the performance of its implementing partners, with a focus on collaborating, learning and adapting, in order to enhance the impact and sustainability of USAID-supported contributions to Uganda’s development. The ULA will achieve this through three objectives:

  • Collaboration: Strengthened collaboration, both internally and with external stakeholders, enables USAID to better leverage expertise, learning and resources; and deepens local ownership.
  • Learning: Systematic learning, through applied research, monitoring and evaluation, informs and improves the relevance, quality and cost- effectiveness of programs and operations 
  • Performing: Adaptive management of program implementation and meta-level interventions to improve the quality of USAID program outcomes.


The Kidepo landscape has been the focus of recurrent and different initiatives to improve protected area management since the mid-1990s, following years of earlier insecurity. The Biodiversity for Resilience (B4R) Activity builds on these investments, especially the recently concluded UNDP-facilitated Kidepo Critical Landscape Conservation Project, as well as USAID’s broader range of livelihood support projects under the Karamoja Resilience Support Unit (KRSU). All these investments provide a rich source of learning material for B4R and other Environment and Natural Resource (ENR) Activities to take advantage of as they set about moving forward with their work plans and activities.



The B4R Activity is partnering in the broader Kidepo Valley landscape with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the National Forestry Authority (NFA), and Abim, Agago, Kaabong, Karenga, Kitgum and Kotido District Local Governments, as well as with the Karenga Conservancy Area and currently four Collaborative Forest Management groups. These groups are centered on Lwala, Morungole, Nyangea Napore, and Timu Central Forest Reserves (CFRs). The B4R Activity is strengthening the ability of communities to manage the Karenga Conservancy Area and co-manage the CFRs. At  the same time, the Activity is working with private sector initiatives to both improve the livelihood benefits that are sustainably generated from these protected areas and to generate resources for conservation management. In addition, the B4R Activity will work with UWA and NFA to improve protected area planning (zoning), management, and infrastructure toward enhancing biodiversity conservation. An important complementary activity is supporting six district governments to jointly coordinate the land use planning and management of the broader Kidepo Valley landscape as an integrated ecosystem in support of local grazing and farming livelihoods while safeguarding the protected areas in their provision of ecosystem services.



The Uganda Biodiversity Cross-Activity Learning Initiative is supporting USAID Uganda’s ENR activities to develop applied learning to enhance the outcomes they aim to achieve. The main USAID ENR activities are:

  • The ‘Biodiversity for Resilience’ activity – focuses on improved community-based natural resource management around key protected area systems
  • The ‘Combatting Wildlife Crime’ activity – focuses on reducing wildlife and forest crime while simultaneously reducing the costs of wildlife to communities living adjacent to protected areas
  • The ‘Uganda Biodiversity Fund’ activity – created and being developed as a sustainable financing institution to support biodiversity conservation and closely linked livelihood support in Uganda
  • The ‘Secure Forests For Sustainable Landscapes and Resilient Livelihoods’ - focuses on securing the permanent forest estate, improving forest co-management by communities, supporting public sector forest management development and building data-driven forest management systems.  


These three activities are collaborating to answer jointly developed questions specific to each of these themes with each activity taking a lead in the themes most relevant to their work plans. The four thematic areas of inquiry have been identified as follows: 

  • Land use planning and management
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Improved conservation-linked livelihoods
  • Combatting wildlife and forest crime


The purpose of this cross-learning study is to support USAID/Uganda’s Environment and Natural Resources Program’s Activities to learn and adapt.

The two objectives of the study are: 

  1. To generate evidence that helps ENR Activities to understand how to improve forest and wildlife management in the greater Kidepo Valley landscape by increasing economic benefits of enterprises.
  2. To generate evidence that helps ENR Activities to understand how to better achieve improved long-term outcomes in participatory natural resource and land use management across institutions and scales in the greater Kidepo Valley Landscape


Position Overview
The Evaluation Support Specialist will be primarily responsible for supporting the Biodiversity Learning Study with translation, logistical support, and data collection and analysis support. 


Period of Performance: Approximately August - September 2022


Level of Effort Expectations
This position is expected to have an LOE of 20 days.


Deliverables

  • Inception Report
  • Presentation of findings
  • Draft study reports
  • Final study report
  • Workshop on incorporating recommendations and enhancing collaboration


Responsibilities:

  • Provide logistical support for field work in the Kidepo/Karamoja region.
  • Transcribe interviews and other consultations with key stakeholders.
  • Conduct data collection and contribute to preliminary data analyses.
  • Support the team leader with ad-hoc tasks as requested.
  • Collaborate with the ULA Team and other key stakeholders.
  • Receive and incorporate feedback from USAID, ULA Team, and other key stakeholders.


Requirements:

  • High School Degree
  • Experience conducting data collection; 2-5 years preferred
  • Experience in note-taking and transcribing interviews. 
  • Prior experience and knowledge of the Karamoja and Acholi or similar contexts in the East African region are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a highly-skilled and interdisciplinary team
  • Self-driven with the competence to prioritize and manage a variety of activities in a timely manner to meet competing deadlines


Place of Performance 
The Evaluation Support Specialist will work in our Kampala, Uganda with potential occasional travel to other parts of Uganda as needed.
 

Please note that applications submitted by other means; or without either a resume/CV and/or biodata may not be considered. Only finalists will be contacted; no phone calls please.

A submitted application to QED in response to a position on a bid or proposal, indicates your agreement to be included in our submission to the client at least on an illustrative named basis. 

The QED Group, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. AA/V/D. Reasonable accommodation requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis


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