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Work type: Contract
Location: United Kingdom
Categories: International development

The Position

We are seeking to recruit an independent expert to provide senior level guidance and support to design and implement multiple Impact Evaluations of development programmes. The selected candidate will provide guidance to teams on numerous IEs currently being conducted by Coffey, and may directly lead on selected IEs. The role will be primarily desk based, with potential for in country travel depending on the availability and interest of the candidate.

The ideal candidate will have over 5 years’ experience designing and leading Quasi-experimental / experimental Impact Evaluations, with strong skills in the use of mixed method approached.

Note: The successful candidate will be issued an independent contract and will not be employed by Coffey. Contractual details will be negotiated and agreed before work begins.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Providing guidance to IE teams in designing appropriate research to assess the impact of development programmes;
  • Ensuring that IE designed are informed by overall Programme Theory of Change and Evaluation Framework;
  • Desk based review of proposed IE designs, and recommendations for improvement;
  • Quality Assurance of research tools;
  • Review and QA of research reports;
  • Dependent on availability and need by the project, may also lead on the delivery of IEs, which would involve: Research management, enumerator training and piloting tools, leading analysis, Report writing.
  • May be required to participate in client discussions around the appropriate IE approach, and in the presentation of IE findings.

Timing and level of effort

The level of effort required is dependent on the specific project / programme, and therefore there is some flexibility dependent on the availability of the candidate, and needs of the specific programmes which require support. A detailed Terms of Reference will be provided to successful candidates which will include a clear set of expectations and timelines.

The Person

We are looking for a quantitative analyst with a specific set of skills and experience. The successful candidate will demonstrate the following key skills and experience:


  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience designing and leading experimental / quasi-experimental impact evaluations;
  • Understanding or experience of conducting Quasi-experimental or experimental Impact Evaluations (e.g. difference in difference or randomised control trial designs);
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills, and a very good understanding of different qualitative social research techniques and methods for complex assignments in international settings;
  • A university degree or equivalent (preferably with a relevant post-graduate qualification);
  • Experience of conducting evaluations in the international development sector;
  • Clear, confident and articulate communicator;
  • Ability to lead geographically dispersed teams in delivering complex work;
  • Strong organisational skills with high attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated excellent command of the English language – written and spoken.


  • Understanding of one or more of the following in International Development: gender equality; women and girls’ economic empowerment; social impact and entrepreneurship; business and innovation.

 Who we are

Coffey has a 40 year history in successfully delivering international development projects on behalf of donors right around the world, including Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, USAID and the UK’s Department for International Development. Our people work side by side with local partners to support stability, economic growth and good governance, positively changing people’s lives.

Coffey’s Evaluation and Research team is a highly successful specialist consultancy, employing a multi-national team, based in central London. We have built up a strong reputation in the research and evaluation of public sector activities. We are part of a specialist global professional services consultancy, Tetra Tech, operating in 80 countries and employing 16,000 professionals world-wide.

We have a long track record of delivering high quality evaluation, impact assessment, research, analysis and advice on the policies, programmes and other interventions of our public sector clients, in particular the European Commission, but also other public sector clients in the US, Australia, Europe and the UK.

Our evaluation work for EU clients focuses on interventions in a wide range of policy areas. These include: agriculture, enterprise and industry, employment and social affairs, education and culture, fisheries and maritime affairs, health, justice and consumer affairs, information and communication, public diplomacy, research and technological development, taxation and customs policies, and transport. Coffey’s Evaluation & Research Practice is also active in the field of international development.

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