Principal Evaluator

at SoCha LLC
Published February 9, 2024
Location Port Louis, Mauritius
Category Administration  
Job Type Full Time  


SoCha is seeing a Principal Evaluator to provide technical and managerial leadership for evaluations, assessments, and studies in the SoCha home office. The Principal Evaluator will design and lead evaluations, assessments, and studies from inception to final delivery, including developing research questions, methods, and protocols, scoping, planning, and implementing data collection, training, quality assurance, and quality control for teams collecting quantitative and qualitative data in the field, data analysis, writing reports on study findings, and presenting findings to USAID and related audiences.

Scope of Work

The Principal Evaluator will be responsible for:

Leading proposal development for evaluations and other strategic opportunities through capture, partnering, technical proposal writing, and developing proposal budgets.
Building partnerships and client relationships necessary for winning new business.
Actively contributing to SoCha’s methodological innovations.
Executing evaluations directly as team leader or in a supervisory role overseeing evaluation teams, depending on the assignment.
Delivering projects according to contract requirements and budget parameters in a timely manner, and in coordination with support staff and finance.
Implementing mixed qualitative and quantitative designs for performance and impact evaluations, including experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental designs.
Supervising short-term consultants, SoCha project staff, and home office staff assigned to evaluations.
Serving as the technical backstop for evaluations and assessments providing supervision and quality control for local project teams and consultants on SoCha’s mission support platform contracts.
Managing data collection teams, including consultants and subcontractors, to ensure that data collected in the field is valid, accurate, comprehensive, and high quality.
Providing capacity building for local teams, developing tools and training materials specific to each evaluation, assessment and study, and training data collectors using these materials.
Overall quality assurance and control of evaluation and assessment deliverables and building, maintain and continuously improving systems for quality assurance and quality control.
Analyzing data collected in the field to provide robust answers to evaluation and research questions.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience

Advanced degree (Master’s or Ph.D.) in social sciences, evaluation, international development, or other similar field.
Minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience.
Experience as an evaluation Team Leader responsible for final delivery of an evaluation of at least one USAID activity.
Expertise designing and implementing evaluation research methodologies using mixed qualitative and quantitative methods.
Excellent English writing ability (native or highly fluent) a must.
Fluency in French and willingness to move to Mauritius are an advantage.

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