The Millennium Village Project (MVP) is a 10-year UN-backed integrated rural development project that aims to demonstrate how African countries could accelerate progress to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It is implemented by The Earth Institute at Columbia University (EI) in villages of 10 sub-Sahara African countries namely: Pampaida (Nigeria), Tiby (Mali), Potou (Senegal), Bonsaaso (Ghana), Sauri (Kenya), Ruhiira (Uganda), Mayange (Rwanda), Mbola (Tanzania), Koraro (Ethiopia) and Mwandama (Malawi). Since its inception in 2005, the MVP has been working closely with local rural communities and local Governments to strengthen basic rural systems for effective service delivery of a set of low-cost, but high-impact, interventions in food production, nutrition, education, health, roads, energy, communications, water supply and sanitation, environment, and business development. Four rounds of household survey data collection have been conducted: baseline Y0 (2005–2007), Year 3 (2008–2010), Year 5 (2010–2012), and Year 7-9 (2013-2014). A final round of data collection will be conducted in Year 10 (2015).
African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is a non-governmental international organization based in Nairobi (Kenya), committed to conducting high quality and policy-relevant research on population, education and health issues facing sub-Saharan Africa. APHRC is collaborating with EI to conduct the final evaluation of the MVP in the 10 sites. APHRC’s role is to assess the quality of the evaluation procedures including implementation of the sampling framework, trainings, data collection and processing and analysis systems and advise on how to strengthen them.
APHRC is recruiting, on a consultancy basis, Quality Assurance Advisors (QAAs) to be based in 7 sites in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Mali, and Nigeria. The QAAs will work closely with the data collection teams in each site and report to the project’s Technical Coordinator at APHRC.
Participate and assist when needed in the trainings of enumerators and data entry clerks
Monitor data collection processes in all phases of the survey to ensure high quality data
Discuss regularly with the data collection supervisors and manager on technical and logistical issues that may affect the quality of the survey, and advise on how to find appropriate solutions
Conduct spot checks in listed structures and surveyed households to ensure the survey implementation follows the outlined sampling plans, ethical procedures, designs, and methods
Review regularly a sample of edited questionnaires in the field to confirm that majors issues (missing data, skips, instructions, etc…) are properly addressed
Observe how questionnaires transfer and data entry are implemented at the central office and advise on how to improve them;
Submit to the project’s Technical Coordinator weekly reports on the field processes, key challenges faced by the field teams and on how they were mitigated. A report template will be provided to that effect.
Have a Master or equivalent University degree in one of the following disciplines: Statistics, Public Health, Demography, Economics, or related field;
Fluent in English or French and the local languages spoken by respondents in the data collection sites;
Resident in the country of evaluation;
At least seven years of hands-on experience in conducting large-scale household based surveys. Past experience in managing or supervising data collection teams in large-scale surveys is preferred;
Excellent supervisory and leadership skills ;
Detail oriented with excellent writing, editing and communication skills;
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with other people;
Initiative and innovation in assessing situations, conflict resolution, team building;
Ability to work under pressure;
Work is scheduled to start in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda in April 2015; and in Tanzania and Rwanda in May 2015.
The contract period is two months.
Interested candidates should submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday 27 March 2015at 4pm (Nairobi time) the following documents:
A motivation letter;
A detailed CV including contacts (title/position, address, email, phone) of three referees.
Please mention MVP – QAA – [Country] on the subject of the email. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.