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CONSULTANT OPPORTUNITIES

The Asia Foundation is an international organization based in San Francisco with 18 offices in Asia, and an office in Washington, D.C. The Human Resources Department in San Francisco handles all employment and internship inquiries for the entire organization. The Asia Foundation is committed to a policy of providing equal opportunities in recruiting and selecting employees.

The Asia Foundation believes in providing equal opportunities without regard to age, color, country of origin, handicap, veteran status, religion, sex or sexual orientation. For U.S.-based positions, you must be legally eligible to work in the U.S.

We are currently seeking qualified motivated individuals for the following consultant positions:

ASIA

Cambodia

Civil Society Strengthening Advisors, Chief of Party

Civil Society Strengthening Advisors, Deputy Chief of Party

Timor-Leste

Monitoring and Evaluation Expert, Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) Program

UNITED STATES

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For U.S.-based positions you must be legally eligible to work in the U.S.


Cambodia

Civil Society Strengthening Advisors

The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia is seeking qualified long-term and short-term advisors in the area of Strengthening Civil Society to serve as Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party and Short Term Technical Advisors for an upcoming project in Cambodia.

Candidates should be development professionals with specific sectoral expertise, including but not limited to: activities aimed at providing financial support, capacity building and technical assistance to CSOs to improve their technical and organizational capacities to serve in a more influential role in the country's transformation to an enduring democratic and prosperity. The proposed project seeks to provide innovative means to improve the effectiveness of civil society. The project seeks to enhance the external advocacy tools and methods, research and analysis capabilities, to expand networks and collaboration and to improve outreach and accountability.

Qualifications

Chief of Party

  • Chief of Party candidates must have a relevant advanced degree in international development, social science, public policy, or another relevant field of study.
  • A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible international experience managing similar programs and at least 5 years of senior managerial level experience in a developing country, preferably in Southeast Asia.
  • Demonstrated capabilities in high-level strategic visioning and leadership, and experience in working effectively with senior government officials/ agencies, civil society, local, and national government authorities and with USAID or other development partners and donors.
  • Proven technical and managerial experience and skills, preferably in Southeast Asia.
  • Demonstrated leadership and administrative skills in program management, including managing budgets and personnel, motivating and supervising team efforts and achieving success in complex activities are required.
  • Candidates must have experience developing and managing multi-sectoral projects, leading and supervising multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams, and working with donor communities.
  • Proven effectiveness in relationships with counterparts, partners and clients is required. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills required.
  • Previous experience of managing USG funding preferred.
  • Knowledge or experience of the CSO environment in Cambodia preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English required.


Deputy Chief of Party

  • Deputy Chief of Party candidates must have an advanced degree in a relevant field.
  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible international experience managing civil-society and programs in the democracy and governance sector.
  • Proven leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of similar sized program.
  • The ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and the ability to lead multidisciplinary teams.
  • Practical experience establishing and operating programs, and monitoring and reporting on complex, interdisciplinary activities.
  • Experience in Southeast Asia preferred.
  • Knowledge or experience of the CSO environment in Cambodia preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English required.


Essential Skills

All candidates must be able to demonstrate an understanding of value systems, traditions and social norms and practices of different cultures and religions. Excellent consulting skills will be required including: communication, both oral and written, consensus building, team facilitation, all with an emphasis on results and cultural sensitivity.

Desirable skills include but are not limited to: knowledge and experience of the legal, political, economic, administrative and socio-cultural context of civil society programs in Cambodia or Southeast Asia; experience undertaking effective consultation with a wide range of national and international stakeholders; and familiarity with USAID program design principles and methods. Excellent written and spoken English are required. Local language capability is desirable. Experience or knowledge of Cambodia and/or Southeast Asia is strongly preferred.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV to consultantssf@asiafound.org with the position listed in the subject line by Cambodia Civil Society Advisor. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.

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Timor-Leste

Monitoring and Evaluation Expert, Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) Program

Project Introduction:

The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is implementing an Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) Program in Timor-Leste under a Grant Agreement with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The program will run from 15 April 2014 to 30 June 2017 (Phase 1) with an option to extend for an additional four years (Phase 2). The EVAW Program goal is to reduce the proportion of women who have experienced violence, and to better meet the needs of women and children affected by violence. The objective is to improve outcomes for women in prevention, support services, and access to justice by improving capacity in key ministries, reducing levels of violence, improving services, and strengthening judicial processes serving the needs of women survivors of violence.

The EVAW program will be implemented based on the DFAT EVAW Design Document. It will be informed by research conducted on the underlying causes and opportunities for EVAW in Timor-Leste relating to the core pillars of prevention, service provision, and access to justice. For the prevention pillar, the program will seek to involve the government, in particular the Secretary of State for the Promotion of Equality, and civil society in designing, implementing and monitoring research based prevention projects. The EVAW Program will work with the Ministry of Social Solidarity as the key government implementing agency for services to women and children who experienced violence. The primary mechanisms under this pillar will be grants to CSO service providers, and institutional strengthening support to the Directorate of National Social Reinsertion (DNRS) within MSS who will be the program's primary counterpart. The justice pillar will support the provision of legal assistance to women and children affected by violence. Support to court and case monitoring, and research into alternative sentencing and rehabilitation programs intends to provide pressure for service improvements, while contributing to identifying necessary specific interventions.

The EVAW program will make strong efforts to develop evidence-based practice across the program and to close the feedback loop between research, activity design, monitoring results and impact and revising design. Research must both inform practice, but also research questions must be developed based on experiences of practitioners and used as a way to strengthen or to reframe practice. The program will need to consider a variety of approaches to research, based on the Theory of Change. In addition, the program will need to consider what would be some of the most appropriate way to conduct research, including research regarding service provision and research in collaboration with service providers. The program hopes to identify relevant international experience and link with research both internationally and locally.

The EVAW program is comprised of four teams, a Prevention Team, a Services Team, an Access to Justice Team and a Research and M&E Team. The Research and M&E Team will be staffed by a Coordinator and two program officers. The team will be supported and advised by a consultant M&E Specialist who will provide short term inputs to the program.

Summary of Position Responsibilities:

The M&E Expert will provide short-term consultancy services (likely to be between 70 to 80 days per year) to support the Research and M&E Team within the EVAW Program during the life of the program. The consultant will develop the M&E system for the EVAW program. The M&E Specialist will provide guidance to the program to ensure compliance with DFAT M&E Standards and to support the development of evidence based programming, research uptake and drawing on and contributing to international learnings. The M&E Expert will provide advice on international learnings regarding M&E for programs on prevention, supporting service provision to women and children affected by violence and access to justice.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Develop the program monitoring and evaluation framework and plan in accordance with DFAT Monitoring and Evaluation Standards;
  • Assist the Research and M&E Coordinator to develop the M&E activities, including methodologically robust tools, TORs and plans with attention to sampling frames, matching of methods to purpose, and analysis frameworks;
  • Identification of international learnings on M&E for EVAW programs and programs in relation to prevention, service delivery and access to justice; work with the Research and M&E Coordinator to integrate learnings as appropriate across the program;
  • Provide advice based on international practice regarding the use of innovative data collection, collation, and dissemination tools such as SMS and social media to support the M&E work of the program;
  • Review of program theory and logic and accompanying M&E frameworks as part of the design of new activities particularly under the prevention and access to justice pillars;
  • Support and advise the Research and M&E Coordinator to ensure program staff are conducting monitoring and collating data in accordance with the program M&E Plan;
  • Ongoing assessment of M&E tools to ensure robust monitoring and evaluation of program impacts by both program staff and partners;
  • Ongoing assessment of the program's M&E including program learning, review of program progress reporting against end of program outcomes, and program logic;
  • Advise the Research and M&E Coordinator on the ongoing need for program adjustments;
  • Development of a plan for the capacity building of partners in M&E, including assessment of needs, development of capacity building strategies, and monitoring of progress;
  • Provide advise regarding specific evaluation activities linked to key decisions.

Requirements:

Qualifications and Experience

The Foundation invites expressions of interest from individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Post-graduate qualifications in a field related to the development sector.
  • At least 10 years of experience at senior levels in implementation of development programming.
  • Significant M&E experience in developing contexts and demonstrated practical experience in design and management of monitoring and evaluation systems for programs in international development and ability to meet DFAT standards.
  • Demonstrated skills in program logic/theory of change.
  • Experience in program design and M&E for programs with a strong element of social change, including M&E for service providers and downward accountability.
  • Experience in innovative methods and approaches to data collection in resource-constrained environments.
  • Experience in programming on gender equality or violence against women.
  • M&E experience on programs with significant gender components.
  • Understanding of the development context of Timor-Leste.
  • Willingness to engage in collaborative processes around M&E such as linking with international research organisations leading innovations around M&E and research on EVAW programming.


Interested candidates are requested to submit:

  • A written application
  • An updated CV Examples of past work (M&E Products).
  • Applications must be submitted by 25 July 2014 to Kerry Brogan, EVAW Team Leader, (Kerry.Brogan@asiafoundation.org).
  • Interested candidates will need to be available to work for most of August and September 2014, with most of that time working in Timor-Leste.

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