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Consultant, Performance Improvement Plan, Safe Migration in Central Asia (SMICA)
Winrock International
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Job Description

Position:                   Short-term Consultant for Developing Performance Improvement Plan with a SMICA Partner Organization

Location:               Remote/Online (unless consultant is from Kyrgyzstan)

Duration:               Ten months (July 2021-April 2022)

Level of Effort:        Not to exceed 12 working days


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Safe Migration in Central Asia (SMICA) project aims to strengthen the ability of Central Asia (CA) to promote safe migration and reduce trafficking in persons (TIP). SMICA is a 5-year initiative (through August 2024) providing support for the Central Asian (CA) republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan that fosters a coordinated and evidence-based regional response.

The overarching goal of SMICA is to strengthen the mutual accountability of all stakeholders, including governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector to become more self-reliant in efforts to prevent trafficking in persons, protect survivors of human trafficking, and promote safe migration. With support for governmental, nongovernmental, and business stakeholders, the project addresses both push and pull factors for TIP and protection for vulnerable migrants, recognizing that these factors and the political and economic climate of each country are unique.


In order to achieve this goal, the SMICA project will carry out activities that generate the following intermediate results:

  • Strengthened bilateral and multi-country strategies and actions to promote rights-based migration and counter trafficking in persons (IR1)
  • Vulnerability of at-risk populations to all forms of TIP reduced (IR2)
  • Identification and assistance to trafficked persons expanded and improved (IR3)
  • Increased Prosecution of TIP cases (IR4).

Purpose of Assignment

Under its Acquisition and Assistance Strategy, USAID has adopted a new approach (CBLD-9 indicator) that measures local capacity-strengthening based on an organization’s performance improvement in areas that advance its own objectives. SMICA intends to pilot this new approach using the CBLD-9 indicator “Percentage of service providers (organizations that received training, technical assistance, or capacity building in victim-centered and trauma-informed services) with improved performance” with one of our grantees that receives capacity strengthening in victim-centered and trauma-informed services.

This approach will enable SMICA and its partner organization to track capacity strengthening and its performance improvement in victim-centered and trauma-informed services consistently across the project. It offers multiple benefits, among them:

  • Emphasis on the partner organization’s growth and performance priorities.
  • Focus on the expected outcome of capacity strengthening support, not the process of issuing an award.
  • A detailed roadmap of how to meaningfully and consistently measure capacity strengthening outcomes.

Key Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Define performance improvement priorities with the partner organization (and its stakeholders).
  • Analyze and assess gaps between current and desired performance with the partner organization (and its stakeholders).
  • Identify and select solutions that contribute to performance improvement with the partner organization (and its stakeholders).
  • Identify performance improvement metric for self-assessment by partner organization.
  • Consult and provide expert knowledge in developing tools or procedures to partner organization.
  • Conduct verification and monitoring of results.


  • Develop performance improvement metric for self-assessment for SMICA partner organization to monitor and measure change in performance.
  • Develop Performance Improvement Plan according to identified gaps and priorities.
  • Produce summary report with recommendations during reporting and verification of results.

Qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in social sciences, human resources management, program evaluation and measurement, public administration, or related field required, master's degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity building, developing creative and pragmatic approaches to capacity support and institutional strengthening of local partners. Significant experience could be demonstrated by having undertaken at least 2 assignments in the above-mentioned areas
  • Proven experience in conducting organizational or institutional assessments. Field experience in Support to Civil Society Organizations, local governance, public administration and related areas.
  • Prior knowledge of international CTIP/safe migration projects and victim-centered approach is preferred.

Facilitation and Communication Skills:

  • Excellent Russian, written and spoken; English language proficiency is a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Good facilitation and negotiation skills;
  • Excellent skills and experience in drafting papers/proposals, reports, training materials and guidelines;
  • Good analytical skills in coordination, facilitation and networking.


The consultant will report to SMICA Chief of Party.

Level of Effort:

The expected level of effort (LOE) or this assignment will be 12 working days from approximately July 10, 2021 through April 30, 2022[1]:

  • Develop Performance Improvement Plan according to identified gaps and priorities - 8 days
  • Develop performance improvement metric for self-assessment for SMICA partner organization to monitor and measure change in performance -2 days
  • Produce summary report with recommendations to be monitored during reporting and verification of results - 2 days.

Interested candidates should apply by submitting their CV and cover letter describing relevant achievements and expected daily rate.

Applications received by June 30, 2021 will receive full consideration.  

Winrock would like to thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are shortlisted will be contacted.

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