Local Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Specialist for Kenya
Palladium
US, Kenya
2h ago

Local Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Specialist for Kenya Company Overview Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact -

the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved -

and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

The E3 Analytics and Evaluation Project is a contract that has been recently extended for another two years after an initial five-

year run, with current end date of September 30, 2020. The purpose of the contract is to support technical sectors in USAID's Economic Growth, Education, and Environment Bureau (E3) and provide a vehicle for rigorous evaluation and analytic services in order to support Mission accountability and the needs of Mission Technical Offices.

The project plans and executes rigorous impact evaluations. In addition, evaluation design support including consultations, concept paper development and / or 'in country' scoping is carried out for other evaluations, some of which may be performance evaluations.

The project also conducts project design activities that may include literature reviews, logistics pilots, needs assessments, uptake surveys, and other studies to support USAID project or program design efforts.

Palladium is seeking a Local AEC Specialist for Kenya to advise and support the Palladium team during field data collection activities in that country.

The Specialist will ideally have experience in one of the key sector areas : engineering, construction, architecture, city planning, and / or infrastructure, as it relates to Kenya, as well as experience facilitating and scheduling interviews, meeting with government and NGO stakeholders, and taking and organizing interview notes.

Preference will be given to individuals with prior experience working on USAID projects, with other donor organizations specializing in AEC activities, government agencies responsible for standards / codes in construction, and other similar experiences.

The Specialist should be familiar with country standards for AEC projects and have knowledge of which government offices oversee these efforts.

Responsibilities

  • Identify government stakeholders involved with the regulation and enforcement of AEC standards to form interview and FGD sample.
  • Provide information about the AEC sector in Kenya, trends and sources of data for the study.
  • Assist in data collection by conducting interviews and focus groups, as well as reviewing relevant documents and data.
  • Assist in scheduling and coordinating meetings with key stakeholders for data collection.
  • Review data collection instruments for cultural sensitivity, country norms, technical accuracy, and improved data quality.
  • Ensure that data collection schedule is reasonable and relevant, including confirming interviews with respondents and confirming participation with focus group respondents in advance.
  • Contribute to relevant study documents, including data collection instruments, data collection and analysis plans, work plans, sampling plans, and other relevant sections.
  • Participate in relevant USAID meetings, in collaboration with the Palladium team.
  • Contribute to the analysis and write up of the final report, as needed, which may include : reviewing and analyzing secondary documents, conducting key informant interviews in person and remotely, conducting structured observations on AEC activities, facilitating group discussions, reviewing trends for the country by sectors, and a write up of sector specific information (if appropriate
  • Requirements

  • Must have at least a Master's Degree in social science, evaluation, city planning, urban planning, architecture, civil engineering, or similar field.
  • Certification in general construction will also be considered.

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience, including experience conducting relevant data collection or AEC activities in Kenya.
  • Familiarity with codes and standards for construction / engineering / city planning in Kenya is preferred. Experience with USAID projects or working with USAID / other donors preferred.
  • Prior knowledge and experience conducting qualitative data collection in Kenya.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with local firms in Kenya.
  • Native or near-native fluency in English including speaking, writing, and reading preferred.
  • Outstanding analytical and report writing skills.
  • Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

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