Third Party Monitoring (TPM) Specialist

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Background:

SoCha, LLC is contracted to provide technical and advisory services to the United States Agency for International Development in the Democratic Republic of Congo (USAID/DRC) on the 5-year Mission Strategic Support Program (MSSP). The purpose of MSSP is to provide these services in planning, designing, conducting, disseminating, and learning from monitoring and evaluation of the Mission’s portfolios assisting the Mission with strategy and activity-level performance monitoring, evaluation, and learning, including conducting data gathering and verification, data visualization (including Geographic Information Systems), data quality assessments, impact and performance evaluations, assessments, organizational learning, and collaboration among USAID’s implementing partners. The activity will also implement a capacity-building agenda for the Mission and Implementing Partners, developing a baseline of M&E knowledge within the Mission and tailoring a curriculum to provide skills development to mission staff.

To support this opportunity, SoCha seeks a qualified Third-Party Monitoring (TPM) Specialist. This is a full-time position based in Goma/DRC.

Responsibilities:

The TPM Specialist will report to the Deputy Chief of Party – Field Monitoring, Evaluation, and Verification (DCOP).

Support the DCOP in the direct supervision and reporting of all work-related to Third Party Monitoring; Day-to-day responsibility for leading the TPM activities and for monitoring compliance with contract delivery requirements and USAID policies; Liaise with the Chief of Party (COP) and DCOP on all technical requirements of TPM activities and all matters related to budgeting, recruitment, and subcontracting of data collection firms for these activities; Responsible for developing data collection tools and facilitating training, as needed, for data collection subcontractors; Responsible for planning and oversight of a detailed, high volume work plan for TPM activities, and ensuring that the staff and funds are coordinated effectively and efficiently in the delivery of high-quality deliverables; Obtain necessary documents and information for tool development, planning, and logistics to execute site visits; Directly responsible for the detailed planning of all key TPM work processes from pre-deployment, through data collection and field work to post-deployment and reporting; Routine monitoring of the TPM master work plan and workflow processes and problem-solving against constraints experienced in consultation with the COP and team; Propose appropriate TPM policies and implementation strategy, and update periodically in consultation with the COP and DCOP; Directly responsible for ensuring that TPM processes are executed in accordance with established protocols and guidelines; Timely review and finalization of TPM deliverables and reports for submission to USAID; Presentation of TPM analysis and key findings to USAID and IPs involving the COP and team; Obtain input and approval of new/revised tools and protocols for TPM activities from the DCOP; Review all TPM Team deliverables prior to submission to the COP and DCOP; Play a key role in the day-to-day supervision and management of the performance of TPM contractors (TPMs subcontractors, report writers, other consultants, etc.), including development of scopes of work, selection, procurement, budgeting, and performance monitoring with inputs from the DCOP; Develop analytic framework to identify trends, key findings, lessons learned per each round of TPM activities; Prepare periodic Synthesis and Analysis Reports for selected IPs, working with the DCOP, CLA and Communications Advisor, and Capacity Building and Training Advisor; Key point of contact for TPM activities in the absence of DCOP; Develop and assist in the delivery of training in the field and in Kinshasa for TPM subcontractors, Field Supervisors, and Report Writers; and Other duties as appropriate. Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, advanced degree preferred; At least seven (7) years of increasingly responsible experience in TPM, data collection, and consultant supervision; Strong organizational skills, analytical capabilities, able to work in a fast-paced environment, demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks; High level verbal and written communication skills in English and French; Familiarity with standard/office IT applications, including program management software; Demonstrated previous involvement in research or monitoring and evaluation projects; and

Demonstrated ability to produce and edit reports and technical documents.

Location:

Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.

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