Panagora Group/ MEL-P Vacancy: Trade and Investment Expert for USAID/ASEAN Joint Mid-Term Performance Evaluation

 Scope of Work


Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Platform (MEL-P)


USAID/ASEAN Joint Mid-Term Performance Evaluation




Panagora Group, a woman-owned small business providing novel and integrated solutions in global health and international development, is supporting USAID/Indonesia to implement its new Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) through a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Platform (MEL-P) Activity. MEL-P provides its services through five components: 1) monitoring support services, 2) designing and conducting performance and impact evaluations, 3) providing research, assessment, and data analysis, 4) providing consulting and advisory services and logistical support services, and 5) initiating collaboration, learning, and adapting activities. Along with enhancing MEL capability, we also promote use of the empirical evidence for programming, learning and adapting as USAID support the Government of Indonesia (GOI).


Under MEL-P, Panagora has been assigned to conduct a joint mid-term evaluation of three USAID/ASEAN activities: 

(i)                           ASEAN-USAID Partnership for Regional Optimization within the Political-Security and Socio-Cultural Communities (PROSPECT) – This is a $11.3 million activity which started in August 2018 and focuses to support ASEAN and the ASEAN Member States (AMS) in increasing the capacity to resolve regional and global challenges and advance an effective rule-based for cooperation among AMS to uphold human dignity and opportunity for marginalized and/or vulnerable group, with DAI as the implementation partner; 

(ii)                        ASEAN-USAID Inclusive Growth in ASEAN Through Innovation, Trade, and E-Commerce (IGNITE) – This is a $10.4 million activity that started in October 2018 and focuses in the areas of Trade Facilitation, Digital Economy, and Science, Technology, and Innovation to reduce trade costs, spur ecommerce, and increase economic integration and foster inclusive economic growth, with Nathan Associates as the implementation partner;

(iii)                     and ASEAN Policy Implementation (API) – This is a $9 million activity that stated in November 2019 and aims to strengthen ASEAN as a leading Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS) partner through support to AMS in implementation of ASEAN policies under the ASEAN Economic Community, with IBI International as the implementation partner.


The purpose of the evaluation is to investigate and collect insights on project design, management and implementation of the three activities, and to inform the design of future programming. The evaluation will begin in or about September 2021 and finish by January 2022. Remote coordination and data collection will be considered depending on Covid-19 restrictions and GOI and AMS policies and procedures. 



Position Summary


The Trade and Investment Expert for the USAID/ASEAN mid-term performance evaluation will have primarily responsibility for evaluation and analysis related to USAID support to ASEAN in the areas of trade and investment development, and economy growth.


·       Conducting project background reviews and identifying relevant ASEAN policies, initiatives and achievements related to ASEAN trade facilitation, digital economics, and economic growth. 

·       Collaborating with other team members in developing evaluation design and workplan, including data collection instruments and data analysis plan.

·       Providing technical insights related to ASEAN trade facilitation, investment, digital economy, and economic growth.

·       Collecting primary and secondary data related to ASEAN trade facilitation, investment, and digital economy, including conducting interviews with the key informants.

·       Synthesizing and analyzing collected data.

·       Collaborating with other team members to produce presentation materials, and draft and final report.



·       5 to 10 years of professional experience in in researching, assessing, or evaluating regional trade and investment facilitation, economic growth, and science, technology, and innovation of economy programs. 

·       Prior work experience in Southeast Asia or similar operating environment is required. 

·       At least a master’s degree in a relevant discipline to position, such as economics, public administration, public policy, business administration or development management. 

·       Prior evaluation experience is desirable.

·       Ability to conduct independent research and analysis.

·       Excellent English speaking and writing skills.

·       Position open only for citizen of ASEAN member countries. 



The Trade and Investment Expert will report to the Evaluation Team Leader, with the guidance of MEL-P Senior Evaluation Advisor.


Period of Performance

The estimated level of effort for the STTA for Trade and Investment Expert will be 55 days. The duration of the assignment would intermittently cover the period September 6, 2021, to January 28, 2022.


How to Apply

Fill out the online application here. Please include a cover letter and resume. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Please apply before July 23, 2021.  


No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted. Only applicants who include the required application components will be considered. 


Panagora Group is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.  


*Note: Panagora does not offer visa sponsorship at this time.

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