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Activity: USAID/ZAMBIA Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Platform Activity(Z-MELP)

Implementer: SoCha LLC

Company background:

SoCha (a portmanteau of Social and Change) is an independent Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&L) firm that provides bespoke solutions to social challenges. Since SoCha's inception in 2010, we have grown into a fully-fledged ME&L services firm that specializes in advancing innovative methodologies and changing the way donors find solutions to social problems.

Activity background:

USAID/Zambia has a diverse portfolio with programs in the following areas: Health (HIV/AIDS, Maternal and Child Health, Family Planning and Reproductive Health, Water Supply and Sanitation, Nutrition, Malaria, Tuberculosis); Education (basic education and early child development); Economic growth (Agriculture policy support, private sector, economic opportunity, energy, environment, global climate change, wildlife conservation, energy); and Democracy and Governance (rule of law and human rights, good governance, political environment and consensus building, civil society).

Z-MELP is an implementing mechanism which gives the Mission access to technical and advisory services to design and carry out specialized multiple, third-party, MEL tasks including practices, processes, and requirements that support Program Cycle implementation.

Scope of Work

Z-MELP is looking to recruit a team leader for an anticipated evaluation of a large-scale USAID/Zambia Health Activity focused on providing a multidisciplinary approach to support HIV epidemic control. The Team Lead will be responsible for the overall management of the evaluation, including coordinating, drafting, and packaging the deliverables in conjunction with Z-MELP management. The Team Lead will also develop the outline for the draft report, present the report, and submit the final report to USAID/Zambia within the prescribed timeline after incorporating USAID/Zambia staff comments. This position is contingent on donor approval and funding. The evaluation is expected to run from May 2023 to September 2023.

Evaluation Team Leader Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and guide the delivery of a high-quality evaluation according to the Scope of Work (SOW).
  • Provide technical leadership throughout the evaluation process.
  • Coordinate and manage the design of evaluation tools with the Z-MELP assigned evaluation specialist/methodologist.
  • Prepare the draft and final reports.
  • Prepare final presentation of evaluation results to be presented to USAID.
  • Provide technical guidance to the staff, consultants, and other partners brought on board to support this activity under the Z-MELP contract.
  • Facilitate, participate in, and contribute to technical and coordination meetings, workshops, learning platforms, capacity building exercises, and other events.
  • Assist Z-MELP staff as needed in project management.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 15 years of experience in HIV related health programing, health evaluation, health research or similar field.
  • At least 5 years of program evaluation experience.
  • High-level of technical expertise in evaluating the implementation of clinical and non-clinical components of HIV/AIDS programs; in-depth knowledge of current global strategies.
  • High-level of technical expertise in reviewing and evaluating HIV prevention, care, and treatment (including prevention of mother-to-child transmission) programs, and the integration of nutrition and family planning in HIV/AIDS programs.
  • Expertise in monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience in leading USAID funded evaluations and knowledge of USAID evaluation requirements (as laid out in ADS 201 required)
  • Excellent English report-writing and presentation skills required.
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity.
  • Ability to manage a team of local experts within a defined timeline.
  • Experience in Zambia strongly preferred.
  • Master’s Degree/MD/PhD preferred.


This position is in Lusaka with travel within Zambia.

LOE or Contract Length

This is a short-term technical Assistance (STTA) position, and the total estimated Level of Effort is anticipated to be 45 days.