Vacant position of an External Evaluation Specialist

Vacant Position of an External Evaluation Specialist at
Civil Society Institute (CSI)

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The External Evaluation (EE) Specialist is a full-time, temporary position at the Civil Society Institute (CSI). The EE Specialist will support CSI in the implementation of the “Abovyan prison: Establishing the Culture of Transparency, Efficiency and Rehabilitation” Project, a 6-months initiative, supported by the United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. The initiative aims to encourage corrections reform and rehabilitation programs for women to support their successful reentry into the community, and reduce recidivism.

Please see the summary of the project at the end of this announcement.



The EE Specialist will provide overall technical leadership for the EE approach and strategy for the project. Under the overall guidance of the Project Director and in close cooperation with the Monitoring and Evaluation specialist the EE Specialist shall provide EE expertise in the development and implementation of the Program Evaluation Plan and the timetable as well as shall deliver a final report by the 15th of Jan. 


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES                                                                                                     

  • Design and plan activities necessary to evaluate the Project.
  • To analyze the Project Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP), assess the validity of the information and indicators that contribute to that plan and include the necessary information gathered through the final evaluation into the PMP
  • Consult with the Project Manager and Project Coordinators on selection of data collection methods for evaluation of the Project Team performance and of the program as a whole.
  • Evaluate progress towards achieving project objectives through program reviews, portfolio reviews or other processes.
  • Present a plan for evaluation activities and an outline of structure for the prospective evaluation report as a condition for entering the job to the Project Manager and finalize it before the start of the Contract.
  • Conduct all necessary activities presented in the plan and prepare the draft report for CSI review
  • Deliver the final report by the 15th of January, 2019.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Administration, Information Management, Project Management, or other relevant academic background (essential), Master’s Degree (desirable)
  • Experienced in Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Capacity to produce high-quality briefs and reports in both Armenian and English.



  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to summarize disparate information in a clear and concise manner
  • Excellent research and data collection methodology skills
  • Ability to create organizational work plans based on higher-level goals
  • Skills in supporting staff with a variety of levels of knowledge and capabilities
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently to efficiently meet deadlines 
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Oral and written communication skills to deal effectively with mid and high level partner contacts, and the local communities.  
  • Excellent computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheet programs and data base management



To apply for this opportunity, please send your resume and the final report outline (basic structure) with salary expectations to, quoting “External Evaluation Specialist” in the subject line.

As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer, CSI will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, nationality, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, marital status or any other characteristics protected under applicable law.



Project title: The Abovyan prison: Establishing the Culture of Transparency, Efficiency and Rehabilitation.

Duration of the project: 6 months (June – December 2018)

In the framework of this project Civil Society Institute (CSI) proposes activities aimed to improve conditions for incarcerated vulnerable population of “Abovyan” prison, their well-being; their ability to establish themselves safely in society after their release.


In the framework of the OBJECTIVE 1 of the project CSI provides:

Training and vocational skills and educational programs in the following areas:

  1. English language,
  2. computer literacy, Microsoft office,
  3. cooking class,
  4. crochet and felting workshop,
  5. therapeutic exercise class or/and yoga class and
  6. expanded hairdressing course
  7.  In addition, inmates will be provided with basic strategic plans and sample business plans on how to proceed with the offered professions, tax regulations, promotion of business, as well as basic skills of developing a career plan, starting up and/or improving a micro business in offered professions to ensure their safe, self-reliant reentry upon release.

Facilities for the above mentioned activities are being renovated.


In the framework of the OBJECTIVE 2 of the project CSI:

Trains and monitors the performance of the staff and relevant state agencies. The activity is being implemented in the form of on-site training and coaching (90 days of training). The staff of the Social Services Department staff of the prison, officers of “LERPIC” SNCO and Penitentiary Department of MoJ are being trained in female and juvenile rehabilitation and reentry processes and opportunities, as well as in preparation of a standard and individual rehabilitation and reentry plans for female and juvenile offenders are being provided.

Develops individual intervention plans: CSI experts and officers of the social department are developing individual intervention plans for selected inmates. As a result at least 50 percent of inmates are involved in the rehabilitation and training programs developed in the framework of the project and corresponding to the identified needs. Also social department staff is beinhg trained in applying the case management model and data management of selected prisoners.

Increases the awareness of the inmates: Joint training (CSI expert and prison staff) for female and juvenile inmates are being conducted in order to increase their awareness on their rights, rehabilitation and parole opportunities, protection mechanisms, as well as prison rules, guidelines and their responsibilities.

Develops standard operating procedures and resources for social workers working with incarcerated females in order to facilitate social worker performance for:

  1. assessing new arrivals to the prison.
  2. developing treatment and/or support plans for inmates.
  3. providing referrals for various services and community resources.
  4. monitoring of the progress of targeted inmates to ensure their safe, self-reliant, and productive reentry upon release.

Each of the mentioned phases of case management are being elaborated in the respective SOPs and presented during introductory trainings delivered prior to the on-site coaching sessions.