Secretariat Unit

Monitoring and Evaluation External Surveyors - Temporary Consultant

**Update: Applications are now being accepted until January 4th.**
Would you like to be part of solving some of the world’s greatest challenges for development? Now is your chance to contribute. USAID is recruiting External Surveyors for Water and Energy for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development.

Water and Energy for Food (WE4F) seeks to enhance access to innovations that help agricultural producers grow more food while improving biodiversity, energy efficiency, and water efficiency along the food value chain. Through the scaling of these innovations, WE4F also aims to improve gender integration, environmental sustainability/biodiversity, and poverty reduction

WE4F’s USAID Secretariat Unit is seeking External Surveyors to provide monitoring and evaluation support by conducting in-country field research and data collection with WE4F innovators. Those hired will work with innovators based in the Middle East and North Africa Regional Innovation Hub (MENA RIH) and the South and Southeast Asia Regional Innovation Hub (S/SEA RIH)

M&E External Surveyors should be current or recent graduate students with a background in agriculture, water, energy, technology innovation, environmental studies, research methods, international business, and/or international development. External Surveyors will be expected to be (at a minimum) in the field 4-6 weeks during the Spring, Summer, or Fall season of 2021. Exact dates are dependent on farming cycles and innovator availability. 

This opportunity will allow you to:

  • Conduct in-country field research on topics related to technological innovations in agriculture as well as impact of innovations on the environment, gender equity, and local poverty.
  • Interview 50+ farmers and other food value chain participants who use WE4F innovations.
  • Utilize research methods to establish control groups and assess environmental, gender, and base of pyramid impact.
  • Serve as a “fact-checker” and validate and expand upon information that WE4F has received from innovators as well as non-innovators.
  • Be part of one of the leading new mechanisms in international development for discovering breakthrough solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
  • Complete fieldwork requirement that could serve as a basis for thesis, capstone or dissertation work. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will be comfortable learning about and synthesizing data concerning innovators and innovation ecosystems, and will have experience organizing data for consumption by non-technical audiences.

We are seeking graduate students with a background in water, agriculture, technology innovation, quantitative studies, international business, and/or development economics that possess a large majority of the following skills/characteristics:

Required Qualifications

  • Quantitative/social science research background with a strong understanding of data validity and experimental design
  • Knowledge and experience using statistical software (SPSS, SAS, STATA, R) to analyze data sets
  • Working proficiency in the local language of the countries conducting data collection including but not limited to: French, Hindi, Arabic, Bengali, Thai, Malay, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Lao, Indonesian, Filipino, Tamil, Sinhala, Burmese, and Nepali. 
  • Comfort operating in rural areas with limited access to technology, and/or improved amenities
  • Interest in development and social impact and enthusiasm for engaging with data from water, energy, and agriculture innovators 
  • Commitment to producing excellent work while maintaining a high level of professionalism and attentiveness to detail
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision while managing and meeting deadlines
  • Experience working in a highly diverse environment and a commitment to embrace cultural differences. 
  • A high level of respect and courtesy towards local stakeholders as well as mindfulness and a commitment to do no harm.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidates residing in the countries of operation for the position who would not need to travel outside of their current country of residence to conduct required data collection.
  • Prior professional experience in the countries where data collection will be conducted by the External Surveyor
  • High or native proficiency in the local language of the countries conducting data collection including but not limited to: French, Hindi, Arabic, Bengali, Thai, Malay, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Lao, Indonesian, Filipino, Tamil, Sinhala, Burmese, and Nepali. 

If interested, read a blog post from the perspective of a previous external surveyor from Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge. For questions about this position, please email info@we4f.org with the subject 2021 M&E External Surveyors.” Applications materials sent to this address will not be considered. Please see the application process below.   

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter, resume and at least one professional reference letter in the form linked here by December 18th. **Update: Applications are now being accepted until January 4th.**

In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:

  • How has your previous experience prepared you to be a WEF M&E External Surveyor?
  • What was your motivation to apply for this position? What are you expecting to gain out of this experience?
  • When can you start and during what time period are you available to serve in this position?
  • Can you meet the minimum time requirements (expected duration: 4-6 weeks) for the in-country research?

Interview Process

The interview process will include two phases: 

  • 20 minute interview on the phone with the WE4F team lead, M&E manager, and/or program coordinator to discuss your background and address questions on either side 
  • mock field interview to preview a typical field evaluation experience and to determine a candidate’s fit for the work. 

 

SCOPE OF WORK

Preparatory Work

Selected M&E External Surveyors will be taken through the following:

  • Introductory Webinar to explain WE4F M&E guidelines, survey tools and student fieldwork manual. (1.5 hour including Q&A).
  • Facilitated Introductory Meeting with the Regional Innovation Hub associated with the assigned WE4F innovator organization.
  • In the Field: Check in meetings every 2 weeks with your WE4F M&E Intern Coordinator, your primary point of contact during the internship. We expect that all interns will acquire an inexpensive local phone with enough credit to receive check-in phone calls.

Potential Research Questions

  • To what extent are innovators reaching customers at or below the poverty line?
  • To what extent are innovators reaching female customers?
  • How does use of the innovation impact the lives/work of women?
  • What barriers exist to greater customer adoption among impoverished customers? ..among female customers?
  • What economic and development impacts does use of the innovation have on customers/households? (income, resilience, food security, time-savings, water savings)
  • What alternatives exist to use of the innovation? What are key factors influencing this choice?
  • To what extent are the social, economic, and environmental impacts on end-user different for those not using WE4F-supported innovations?

Deliverables

  • Attendance at all training/meeting sessions
  • A minimum of 50 completed farmer/end-user interviews 
  • Mobile app data collection
  • Regular communication and check-ins with the team lead (no unexplained absences/ circumstances)
  • Data Reporting Support. You will provide data collection to support semi-annual and annual WE4F reporting. 
  • Final Field Report. You will be required to submit draft versions during the field visit and a final version at the conclusion of the internship.
  • Final Presentation to Regional Innovation Hubs. You will present an overview of the final field report including the qualitative and contextual findings that have come about during quantitative data collection. This will also include a Q&A session. 

 

FINANCIAL POLICIES & LOGISTICS

Total Compensation and External Surveyor Responsibilities: 

  • The total stipend provided to External Surveyors totals $5000 which will be disbursed following the completion of certain deliverables as described below. 
  • If the External Surveyors expenses go above the total $5,000 issued as described above, WE4F will reimburse up to an additional $2,500 (with backup documentation for expenses*), pending approval of those expenditures by the WE4F Team Lead.
  • External Surveyors will be responsible for arranging their own accommodations and travel insurance in the host country. WE4F will not provide additional funding to cover these arrangements which should be covered by the total stipend amount cited above. However, WE4F will make an effort to liaise with innovators and appropriate RIH staff to help facilitate this process.

Stipend Disbursement Schedule and Required Deliverables:

  • Following acceptance of and finalization of the offer, External Surveyors will receive an initial $1,000 of the total stipend amount. 
  • The student’s airfare and all relevant travel expenses must be booked by the External Surveyor and approved by the WE4F Team Lead prior to purchase. Once all cited travel expenses are approved by WE4F, an additional $1,000 of the total stipend amount will be disbursed. 
  • After submission and approval of all final deliverables listed below, WE4F will issue a remaining payment of $3000 to the External Surveyors. These required final deliverables include:
    • Raw data and supporting documentation from a minimum of 50 interviews with individuals {not groups} in separate households including: voice recordings, the primary interview data in excel format, and final site visit report
    • Final Field Report which reflects all final revisions requested by WE4F
    • Final Presentation to Regional Innovation Hubs including follow-up on any remaining questions from the Q&A sessions. 

As cited above, if the External Surveyor’s expenses exceed $5000 and all expenditures are approved by WE4F, an additional $2500 will be disbursed following the completion and approval of all final deliverables.

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Environmental Sustainability Advisor - Thailand

Are you ready to take the next step in your career? Do you want to do meaningful work that improves quality of life? At Tetra Tech, you will work with high-performing teams who are passionate about using their expertise to find solutions to complex problems in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development.

 

Summary:

Tetra Tech ES, Inc., a subsidiary of Tetra Tech (Nasdaq: TTEK) is dedicated to improving the energy sector of developing economies.  We are recruiting for an Environmental Sustainability Advisor to be based in Bangkok, Thailand or other South and Southeast Asia to support the implementation of the USAID-administered Water Energy for Food Asia Regional Innovation Hub (WE4F-Asia-RIH) from July 2020 to July 2024. See https://we4f.org.

The Environmental Sustainability Advisor must be local to S/SE Asia.  The position is part-time, and hiring is contingent upon USAID approval. Tetra Tech values a diverse workplace and strives to achieve gender equality.  Qualified women and men are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Lead implementation of the RIH’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy, including support for the entire implementation team on integration of environmental sustainability, biodiversity, efficient natural resource use and climate resiliency into all RIH interventions in support of innovators and other activities
  • Provide on-demand technical assistance to innovators in assessing benefits and impacts of nexus technologies on environment, biodiversity, natural resources and climate resiliency, complying with local environmental requirements and ensuring adherence to project-level environmental compliance requirements.
  • Advise screening and selection of innovators as potential grantees based on considerations for environmental sustainability
  • Review and support implementation of innovator acceleration work plans on topics related to environmental sustainability, biodiversity, efficient natural resource use and climate resiliency
  • Engage and share learnings with relevant WE4F Founding Partner programs in S/SE Asia
  • Share relevant resources and develop internal guidance for the implementing team on environmental sustainability-related issues on an ongoing basis
  • Advise screening and selection of innovators as potential grantees based on considerations for environmental sustainability integrations
  • Create and update knowledge management products on innovators’ experiences with environmental sustainability topics
  • Review and support implementation of innovator acceleration work plans, especially environmental sustainability topic-centric market segment research
  • Coordinate environmental sustainability integration activities with the RIH Project Management, Technical Assistance, Brokering and Enabling Environment Units
  • Provide guidance to the Country Coordinators on interacting with innovators on sustainability, climate resilience and biodiversity issues
  • Support the procurement of grantees and local technical assistance vendors
  • Support the development of knowledge products, collection of performance indicator data and preparation of communication pieces
  • Support the development of contractual deliverables and any other reporting
  • Perform other relevant duties as assigned

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • A graduate degree in environmental science, natural resources, agriculture or related field
  • 10+ years’ experience in the S/S Asia leading environmental, biodiversity and performance risk and impact assessments, with a focus on nexus technologies
  • Experience in working with USAID and other large international donors
  • Strong oral and written communications skills and ability to motivate and collaborate with others to achieve team goals and communicate with WE4F awardees
  • Fluency in English (reading, writing and presentation skills)
  • Proven ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment

Valued but not required KSA’s:

  • Environmentally sustainable technology development or start-up experience directed at low-income or Base of the Pyramid customers
  • Familiarity with the impact investing industry
  • Understanding of enabling environment activities for a conducive private sector-driven ecosystem

 

About Tetra Tech:

Tetra Tech is a leading provider of high-end consulting and engineering services for projects worldwide. We combine the resources of a global, multibillion dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in more than 400 locations around the world. We are Leading with Science® to provide sustainable and resilient solutions for our clients.

At Tetra Tech, we provide a collaborative environment that supports individual performance, innovation, and creativity. We are proud to offer competitive compensation and benefits. Learn more by visiting http://www.tetratech.com/en/benefits.

For more information on our company, please visit our website at www.tetratech.com. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter on the Careers portion of our website at www.tetratech.com/careers.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Tetra Tech is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We invite resumes from all interested parties including women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Tetra Tech is a VEVRAA federal contractor and we request priority referral of veterans for available positions.

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