This role is suitable for applicants who have experience in developing MEL strategies along with plans to operationalise it, and refining results chains/theories of change and results frameworks.
Project Overview and Role:
The Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE) is a 6-year and €114 million programme funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that aims to create a prosperous future for 200,000 young women and men in the Middle East, North Africa, Sahel & West Africa and Horn of Africa regions. The Fund will be supporting initiatives in 23 focus countries that will offer youth, in particular young women, opportunities for work that is demand-driven and productive, offering a stable income and safe working conditions, and that is contributing to their personal development and social protection.
The clients have varying specializations; from the enhancement of cyber security visibility through capacity building in cyber security and data analytics, and research; to agriculture processing, value-addition and agro-exports, thereby creating decent formal jobs.
The client(s) require a MEL TA consultant responsible for supporting the day-to-day MEL-related activities for some time (usually 3 months) during IPs’ implementation phase. He/She will also support with IPs’ data collection, preparation of validation documents and reporting. The role requires a candidate with substantial experience providing hands-on, in-depth support and coaching to partners, building their capacity to create and maintain a high-quality project MEL system and appropriate progress tracking, data collection processes and tools.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The main output/deliverable that the MEL advisor will be responsible for delivering is the IP data collection system and tools that mirror the CFYE results frameworks. This involves supporting IPs to understand results chain and results measurement frameworks, help track set targets against KPIs, preparation of validation documentation, collecting data, and determining project-specific job decency definitions. The MEL advisor will also be expected to work with the IPs on identifying project management risks affecting delivery of defined KPIs and set targets and support to develop effective mitigation strategies for the data being reported through MEL TA support during this project implementation phase.
Objectives and Activities:
– The consultant will train the IP staff on best practices in data collection and validation to ensure effectiveness and consistency with CFYE results framework and milestones guidelines.
– Support the IP to develop new or modify existing MEL systems and data collection and KPIs tracking tools.
– Support IPs in documenting and tracking progress towards achievement of CFYE job outcomes.
– Support the IPs during reporting, especially in the preparation of KPI validation documentation that accompanies reporting.
– Provide training to IPs staff on doing basic analytics for the purpose of measuring project impact.
– Include in the work plan learning activities that support reporting of results and lessons learned, and dissemination of Project impacts.
– IPs data collection system and tools that mirror the CFYE results frameworks in place.
– Reports and learning for on-going work with IPs.
– Training of IP staff on various MEL components.
– IP specific MEL operational guide (which includes guide on data collection, data validation, results measurement and checking for data quality) and checklist.
– The consultants will report directly to the country team and work day to day with the Implementing partners.
Level of Effort and Reporting:
– Up to 18 days over a period of 3 months (September – November 2022).
– Experience in MEL, including developing and refining results chains/theories of change and results frameworks, indicator selection, baseline assessments, and setting targets.
– Demonstrable experience supporting programme partners to develop and apply suitable MEL processes and tools, including creating an overall MEL strategy and plan to operationalise it.
– Experience working on job creation programmes and knowledge of the key data quality risks in job creation programmes preferable.
– Working knowledge of key issues and opportunities related to decent work in the country, and how these should be captured and applied in results measurement plans (e.g., establishing and measuring decent income) preferable.
– Experience using both qualitative and quantitative data collection/research techniques, and advising programme partners on the use of appropriate research techniques.
– Familiarity with the DCED Standard of Results Measurement preferable.
– Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships across teams and organisations.
– Excellent attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities often within a required timeframe.
– Previous experience advising or working with private sector preferable.
– Fluency in written and spoken English compulsory.
– Basic knowledge in office suit.
How to Apply:
Apply on the website by sending a cover letter explaining how you match the role. Attach your CV which should be at most 3 pages long.
Closing Date: 10 August 2022 at 23:59.
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