Chemonics seeks a short-term most significant change (MSC) specialist for the ongoing USAID Durable Communities and Economic Opportunities (DCEO) project in Iraq. The project aims to support vulnerable communities to build resilience and durability against destabilizing factors by increasing their adaptive capacity and economic well-being. The program delivers workforce development, one-to-one business support, firm-level assistance, and community engagement. In 2022 DCEO is implementing Most Significant Change (MSC) as an evaluative approach. The MSC approach has been designed in consultation with the original creator and leading work expert and stories are being collected by a trusted data collection partner. The MSC specialist will support workshop facilitation and capture the final findings of the MSC exercise, envisioned to span March to July 2022 for up to 80 days of work. This position will be based in Erbil or Baghdad, Iraq. The MSC Specialist will conduct workshops across Iraq, including in the Kurdistan Region, Baghdad, Anbar, Basra, and Ninewa. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.
Review the stories and content analysis (collected and conducted by subcontractor iMMAP) from community dialogue participants and one-to-one business job coaches Work with the Learning Task Order Director to design the first level of ‘selection panel’ workshops to work with the storytellers to select the most significant change stories in accordance with the MSC domains identified Work with the Learning Task Order Director to design the second level of ‘selection panel’ workshops to work with Task Order leadership and delivery staff to select the most significant change stories out of those selected by the storytellers themselves (in accordance with domains identified) Lead and facilitate the first and second level of selection panel workshops Facilitate ‘learning’ workshops between second-level selection panels to compare stories chosen and why Direct and work with a transcriber capturing discussion in each workshop Write a summary report of workshops conducted, overall perceptions, and findings in-line with the project’s MSC design document and identified learning questions Deliverables include, but are not limited to:
The design and facilitation of eight first-level selection panels for storytellers to select the MSC stories, and the design and facilitation of three second-level selection panels to choose from those stories The design and facilitation of three learning sharing workshops between selection panels A summary report of observations and findings from the workshops, in-line with the requirements of the project’s MSC design document Participation in a learning event for the DCEO project to share learning about the MSC process Qualifications:
Six or more years of experience working in a leading role with participatory evaluation and learning methods for NGOs, bilateral, and/or multilateral institutions on the evaluation of international development aid programs Demonstrable experience working in an evaluative capacity in the Middle East, with evaluation experience in Iraq and Kurdistan preferred Demonstrable participatory evaluation experience, experience with MSC preferred Strong experience and skills in workshop facilitation Demonstrable experience in using trauma- and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI)-informed approaches to facilitation and engagement Strong writing skills and ability to capture workshop dynamics in reports Ability to work both independently with minimal supervision and in partnership with leadership, and to exercise good, strong professional judgement Ability to work in a professional and cordial manner with fellow staff members, the general public, and partner institutions Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity Fluency in written and oral English is required. Written and oral fluency in Arabic or Kurdish is preferred How to apply Application instructions:
Please complete the linked application form (where you will be asked to attach your most up-to-date CV and a brief cover letter/expression of interest) by Wednesday, December 15. No telephone inquiries, please. Chemonics will contact finalists.
Chemonics is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.
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