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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 Program Advisor will support the Economic Growth Technical Team of USAID/Uganda. They will support USAID to track project progress toward its project purpose and informed decision making with appropriate knowledge collection and dissemination within the technical team. They will track the overall Activity theories of change (TOC)over the life of the ongoing activities, while monitoring performance data. The candidate will facilitate internal and external collaboration with Activities under the EG portfolio and other USAID projects, as well as with external project partners and stakeholders. They will provide overall support to Activities within the portfolio as well as offer advisory services to USAID staff members. Overall, the Program Advisor must effectively manage relationships with implementing partners (IPs) and the USAID EG Technical Team to catalyze continuous improvement and galvanize Activity impact. The successful candidate will work collaboratively within a team of Project Advisors on the USAID Learning Activity, led by a Senior Program Advisor and Director of Collaboration.
- Monitor (IP) performance, helping to ensure the quality and accuracy of IP data and reporting, IP compliance with U.S. Government policies and regulations, and progress toward results. Meet USAID/Uganda reporting requirements
- Monitor IP expenditures to ensure that expenditures are reasonable and consistent with activity progress; make recommendations with regard to administrative approval of expenditures
- Knowledge gathering: external evidence synthesis, literature reviews, overall evidence tracking, outcome and output data culls from USAID reporting systems and directly from project IPs as needed, relevant data and evidence gathering from other USAID projects and activities with potential impact on respective assigned project
- Knowledge management: Theory of Change tracking, assumption monitoring, internal SMT updates on project progress; support Theory of Change refinement
- Knowledge dissemination: internal and external presentations on relevant knowledge for project management and collaboration. Prepare briefing papers, success stories and other outreach documents
- Project support advisory services: continuous advisory services support related to USAID Automated Directives System (ADS) guidance on project management, overall program cycle, and specific monitoring, evaluation, and learning requirements for effective project management
- Collaboration and engagement: ideation, supported design, and facilitation of project collaboration activities, including internal USAID collaboration and external collaboration with IPs or other partners; stakeholder mapping and analysis; relationship building with external project partners as needed
- Project coordination support: activity site visits, regular meetings with EG Technical Team leadership, regular meetings with Program Advisors. Plan for USAID/Uganda events and field trips
- Bachelor’s in Development Studies, Economics, or another relevant field
- At least 5 years' experience working closely with or directly on USAID, USG, or other similar donor projects
- Understanding of USAID and development programming
- Understanding of development partner and host country government development landscape, key stakeholders, and potential USAID partners within respective project focus areas
- Knowledge of USAID project management processes and overall program cycle, including monitoring, evaluation, and learning practices and policy, extensive knowledge of USAID ADS 201
- Strong analytical skills and a deep attention to details
- Clear communication skills in both written and oral forms. Accuracy and fluency in written and spoken English, additional fluency in any of Uganda’s local languages preferred.
- Ability to work independently and excellent time management. Ingenuity, ability to generate ideas for a variety of activities, propose new courses of action, suggest appropriate, mitigated risks
- Relationship building skillset, ability to understand and respond to project management needs and develop trust
- Synthesis, ability to gather information from disparate sources and connect the dots to form a coherent picture of project progress and external circumstances, ability to tell a compelling story with evidence
- Proactive, ability to take on new tasks with little direction, chart a course of action, advise clients, colleagues, and supervisors on possible opportunities and challenges
- Collaborative, ability to work with colleagues and partners across sectors and outside traditional functional expertise in order to catalyze activity toward shared objectives
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
How to Apply
To apply for this position please follow the following steps:
- Complete the online application.
- Attach your resume/CV.
- Click on this link to complete a USAID Biodata/1420 form, fill out the form, sign it, and attach/upload it to your application.
- You may also include other documents such as cover letter and/or a work sample.
- Submit your application, resume/CV, completed biodata, and any additional documents.
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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