MEAL Consultant (short-term mission)

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 09 October 2020

Job title: MEAL Expert to build MEAL Plan and Tools for SABIR project.

Country of assignment: IRAQ (Erbil).

Duration of assignment: 40 days (combining home-based and field work), spread from Oct to Dec 2020

Type of contract: Service contract

Sector: Stability and crisis recovery

Deadline for applications: Oct 9th, 2020

Name of the project: SABIR- Syria Area Based Integrated Recovery.

1. Presentation of Expertise France

Expertise France (EF) is a public agency created on 1st January 2015 and merging 6 French public agencies under the supervision of the French Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Economy and Finance with a strong inter-ministerial vocation. EF offers programme engineering and technical assistance by developing and implementing international cooperation actions worldwide. EF operates in various fields of development and institutional cooperation including safety and security reform, post-crisis/ stability, public health, human rights, strengthening of institutions and NGOs and governance. Carrying out large-scale, multi-stakeholder programmes, EF can ensure the cooperation between individuals, teams and institutions with very different statuses, cultures and specialties. Besides, EF has acquired a sound experience in administrative and financial management of large-scale international programmes.

2. Context & Needs

The Syrian conflict is having a devastating and lasting impact on Syria and across the region. With the conflict entering its eight year, the needs of the affected populations for assistance, including 13.1 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, 6.1 million internally displaced persons and more than 5.6 million refugees in neighboring countries, are of an unprecedented scale.

At present, it is particularly those who live outside of Government of Syria controlled areas who are facing at best irregular humanitarian supplies and quickly deteriorating public services and infrastructure. Local councils have been formed in many places as makeshift governance structures to maintain or rebuild a minimum of basic services. In that context, and since 2013, Expertise France has developed and manages direct stabilization projects to conflict affected communities in Syria, including through support to civilian structures.

Following the territorial collapse of the Islamic State (IS) in North Eastern Syria in 2017, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) took control of quarter of the Syrian territory. The significant support provided by the international coalition to the SDF led to the military defeat of IS. However, in the absence of sufficient efforts and investment by the international community in reconstruction and development within a comprehensive stabilization strategy for post-IS territories, escalation is likely to reemerge.

In this context, Expertise France has developed direct stabilization programmes to respond to the needs of conflict affected communities in North East Syria, strengthen the resilience of local populations Support and support civil society actors.

3. Programme background

Funded by the French MoFA, the overall objective of the SABIR Project is to reinforce stabilization in North-Eastern Syrian areas recently liberated from Islamic State through the contribution to enhancing the resilience of Syrian populations the by supporting the progressive recovery of essential services and economic activity and the reinforcement of civil society.

4. Presentation of the Assignment

Purpose of the assignment

The consultant should define the MEAL requirements of SABIR project and develop a MEAL system and plan including designing the data collecting tools to be adopted and used by the EF MEAL in-house team to monitor the implementation, progress, and performance of the project.

Assignments and tasks:

Under the supervision of the Project Manager and in close coordination with the M&E Advisor, the MEAL Consultant will work with the project team to perform the following assignments:

  1. Develop a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation framework and plan to follow-up the implementation of the project action plan and to report the progress against the indicatorsโ€™ values targeted in the project.

  2. Review the project and partners log-frame, assess the quality of the indicators, and suggest improvements.

  3. Develop and prepare monitoring and data collection tools and system including electronic inputting forms (in Arabic and English) for the use of MEAL in-house and partners team to follow-up the implementation of the project activities.

  4. Conduct training to the partners staff and project team on MEAL requirements and tools.

  5. Develop tools to collect the project baseline data and measure the baseline value for required indicators.

  6. Develop a map to visualize the project activities and scopes of different project interventions.

  7. Develop an automated template for dashboards that could be linked/updated based on the user-determined entries.

  8. Define the MEAL missions (case-studies, evaluationsโ€ฆ etc.) to conducted by TPMs firms based on available resources.

Timeline and deliverables

The support mission should take place from Oct to Dec 2020, as follows:

1)

Activities

Assessment and identification of the MEAL needs for the project

Deliverable

Assessment report with recommendations on monitoring, data collection and reporting systems

Number of Working Days

5

Time of Implementation

Oct 2020

2)

Activities

Review the project and partnersโ€™ log frame, assess the quality of the indicators, and suggest improvements.

Deliverable

Log frame reviewed with suggestions for enhancement.

Number of Working Days

10

Time of Implementation

Oct 2020

3)

Activities

Support the development of the MEAL framework and plan

Deliverable

MEAL framework and plan of SABIR project.

Number of Working Days

5

Time of Implementation

Nov 2020

4)

Activities

Set up a data collection system

Deliverable

Data collection tools and electronic inputting forms.

Data collection methodology.

Number of Working Days

8

Time of Implementation

Nov 2020

5)

Activities

Train EF M&E and Project teams on the MEAL tools and processes

Deliverable

EF project, Partnersโ€™ and M&E staff trained on MEAL tools and processes.

Number of Working days

2

Time of Implementation

Nov 2020

6)

Activities

Develop tools to collect the project baseline data.

Deliverable

  • Baseline tools and methodology.

  • Measure the baseline value for the required indicators Number of working days

3

Time of implementation

Nov 2020

7)

Activities

Develop a map to visualize the project activities and scopes of different project interventions.

Deliverables

  • Interactive map with details.**Number of working days**

1

Time of Implementation

Nov 2020

8)

Activties

Develop an automated template for dashboards that could be linked/updated based on the user-determined entries.
Deliverables

  • Automated dashboard template.

Number of working days

5

Time of Implementation

Nov 2020

9)

Activities

Define the MEAL missions to be implemented by TPMs firms based on available resources.
Deliverable

  • proposition of missions with time frame.

Number of Working Days

1

Time of Implementation

Nov 2020

A detailed workplan will be elaborated by the MEAL expert and EF at the start of the assignment to agree on milestones for the deliverables and work modalities for each stage of the process (on distance / in the field).

Skills and experience of the Expert

ยท Relevant university degree (eg. Political or social science, international development, monitoring and evaluation);

ยท At least 8 years of work experience in M&E/MEAL design and implementation at the project and programme level;

ยท Familiarity with EU and French MoFA policies related to evaluation and performance management

ยท Excellent training and facilitating skills with ability to adapt to a diverse multicultural environment;

ยท Excellent command of English (oral and written). Knowledge of Arabic would be an asset;

ยท Previous work experience in building MEAL system in remote management would be an asset.

ยท Proficient with the following software: Kobo/ODK, Power-BI. **

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