Technovation Program Impact Assessment Consultant

Title: Technovation Program Impact Assessment Consultant
Consultant: Cambodian
Period of Performance: June 01, 2019 – August 15, 2019
Note: DI anticipates the majority of work will be completed prior to July 31 for validation at a public event, followed by minor edits to the final product before August 15.
Level of Effort: Approximately 30 days, including remote LOE

Background

Development Innovations (DI) is a six-year USAID-funded project that helps civil society organizations, technology companies, social enterprises and young innovators to design and use information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and employ innovative processes to tackle Cambodia’s development challenges. The project focuses on providing advisory services and tech coaching, delivering fee-based ICT services and training, implementing grant activities, and building capacity of Cambodia-based partners to deliver sustainable ICT services.

Since 2014, DI has led the Technovation program, a highly popular program that teaches coding to girls aged 10-18, starting with just one team. Technovation uses a global, open-source curriculum designed by Iridescent, a Silicon Valley-based NGO working to build a pipeline of girls in tech and entrepreneurship fields. Participation in Cambodia has grown consistently since its first year, including a Cambodian team attending the culminating World Pitch event in Silicon Valley in 2017. Press on the enthusiastic teams has expanded across the country while teams from both public and private schools continue to participate year after year. In 2019, DI transitioned management of the program to a group of local partners. These include the Technovation Community; the Royal Government of Cambodia’s Institute of Technology Cambodia (ITC), which will manage the orientation, national pitch events and host public school participants for the learning program; and Technovation Clubs based at schools, NGOs and universities around Phnom Penh and Battambang who will host the learning program. The transition to this decentralized management structure was a primary sustainability strategy designed to ensure the longevity of the gender focused program and DI seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of the transition and the likelihood for long-term sustainability of Technovation in Cambodia.

Purpose

DI will hire a consultant to assess the impact of the multi-year Technovation program in Cambodia. DI will measure how this activity achieved its original goal of teaching young women and girls tech entrepreneurship skills; how it has been received by parents and stakeholder communities in Cambodia; and the likelihood of a sustainable transition of the Technovation program after Development Innovations ends. Therefore, the report will consider the effectiveness of the Institute of Technology Cambodia (ITC) and its management of the 2019 program, including its focus on engaging public schools. The final report will then summarize key findings and make recommendations for future programming. The likelihood for sustainability of the Technovation program should consider: i) the Technovation Community and its plan for continuity; ii) ability of mentors and schools to manage the program with fewer resources and support; iii) effectiveness of online materials; iv) training plan for mentors and Technovation leadership in 2020.

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Develop a work plan, including timeline and data collection methodology (survey questionnaires, key informant interviews, etc.).
  • Conduct desk research and preparatory review of DI/Technovation program resources and documents.
  • Conduct interviews with Technovation participants from each year, in addition to private sector sponsors and public institution counterparts.
  • Capture overall impact and results of Technovation Y1-5, stories of change and trends of previous programs, and overall lessons learned to inform future initiatives in tailoring capacity building programs for girls in technology and other similar ICT4D interventions.

Illustrative Timeline

Activity Level of Effort
Finalize work plan and conduct remote / desk research as required 2 Days
Desk Research 2 Days
Stakeholder, beneficiary, and staff interviews 7-10 Days
Compile results and detail key findings for DI Team 5 Days
Draft report and deliver presentation, as required 5 Days
Finalize report 3-5 Days

Reference Tools & Documents

  • Technovation Excerpts from Development Innovations Annual Reports (2015-2018)
  • Technovation Program Analysis – Fulbright Review (May 2018)
  • Target/priority partner list provided by DI
  • Curriculum review and tutorial by DI staff
  • Technovation Cambodia web and FB page

Deliverable(s)

  • Work plan and methodology approved by Chief of Party
  • Final Report on lessons learned/best practices, including limitations in the scope of research and analysis, as well as recommendations
  • Slide deck summarizing key findings
  • Oral presentation in Phnom Penh for internal and external partners, including USAID, as appropriate

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Previous experience conducting program evaluations and assessments
  • Proven writing and communication skills (written samples are encouraged with CV)
  • English fluency required
  • Knowledge of applied innovations and ICT4D preferred
  • Experience working in the Asia region preferred
  • Experience and/or background working on and managing USAID or donor funded projects (LTTA field experience) preferred
  • Travel to Battambang is required
  • Knowledge about current trends related to the digital gender divide and USAID’s Female Empowerment and Gender Equality Strategy desirable

Reporting: This position reports to the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager.

How to apply:
Candidates interested in the position should email 1) a CV and 2) cover letter including three references and 3) put the position of interest in the subject line to: developmentinnovationsrecruit@dai.com by Friday, 7th June 2019 at 17:30pm.

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