Terms of Reference: Consultancy to Conduct MEAL Training to Project Staff in Garowe, Somalia
Organization: Adeso – African Development Solutions
Project: Cash Assistance and Recovery Support Project (CARSP)
Position Type: Consultancy
Study/Assessment Topic: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Training
Position Location: Garowe, Somalia
Duration: 15 Days
Reporting To: Monitoring & Evaluation Manager
Working With: CARSP Project Staff
Application Deadline: 23rd July 2016
Vacancy Contact: Please send applications to [email protected] – Adeso will only respond to short-listed applicants.
Adeso is an expanding and vibrant African based international development and humanitarian organization. At Adeso, we work with African communities who are yet to realize their full potential; working inside these communities to create environments in which Africans can thrive. Our belief that economic, social and environmental security is the bedrock of a healthy community drives the nature and intent of our programming. We work to prevent and overcome situations that adversely affect community well-being by: reinvigorating the economy, developing skills for life and work, providing humanitarian aid, and influencing policy.
For the past 20 years we have strengthened rural livelihoods through environmental awareness, training, technology transfer and innovative humanitarian projects in pursuit of a peaceful, self-reliant, and greener future.
Adeso is an exciting and dynamic organization experiencing managed rapid growth. It offers sound employment conditions with opportunities for personal growth and development.
BACKGROUND FOR CONSULTANCY
Those involved in funding, planning, or coordinating programmes and projects not only need to implement them, but also need to assess the progress made during implementation. This will assist those involved to improve the way in which they plan and implement and coordinate projects/programmes. For such assessments, a monitoring and evaluation system is essential.
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) is vital across the project cycle (design, planning, implementation, evaluation and dissemination). An effective MEAL system is one which provides timely and reliable information for learning to support implementation of project activities in an accurate manner through evidence based reporting as reported by the community among other stakeholders that we serve. Based on evidence gathered, project staffs are able to make informed decisions to guide the improvement of project performance aimed at addressing emerging issues from the community based on their needs.
MEAL provides opportunities to beneficiaries and partner communities to provide input into and perceptions of our work with open criticism and their suggestions based on their experiences and to adapt to changing needs. MEAL is essential to uphold accountability and compliance systems and to determine whether or not the programs implemented by us are carried out as agreed and in compliance with established standards and procedures.
Further, MEAL contributes to organizational learning and knowledge sharing within the organization and with external stakeholders including donor communities. It plays an integral part across the project cycle especially in supporting organizations to assess the impact of activities by highlighting accomplishments, achievements and shortfalls of the interventions. It facilitates performance tracking and gaps identification whose information is used in resource mobilization.
Adeso Somalia MEAL team and other project staffs have been trained on cash based response and MEAL including the use of CT software’s and online data management platform. With the current debate on what an effective MEAL system should comprise, especially with innovations within the MEAL sector and CT programming, much still needs to be done so as to achieve effectiveness and efficiency in our programming. There is need to bring the Adeso Somalia staffs up to speed on the current thinking in MEAL and mainstreaming MEAL in our CT programming to ensure effective data collation, validation analysis and reporting.
Based on the above, Adeso MEAL unit intends to provide a training for its field based programme staffs (managers, project officers, Somalia country team management unit, M&E officers) on effective MEAL approaches. The training will look at how best Adeso can improve on its approaches based on its learning from the past looking at what has worked best within the organisation and within other implementing partners whose learning we can borrow. The training will also look at how best we can mainstream MEAL within our CT programmes in Somalia among especially on the current trend of innovation (web based platform and PDA data collection processes).
OBJECTIVE OF THE TRAINING
The purpose of the MEAL training will be to transfer advanced knowledge and build advanced skills in MEAL concepts and MEAL system design to Adeso staff in Garowe, Somalia. To some extent, this will be a refresher training but it is also expected that the consultant/firm will also bring on board new insights in MEAL based on the current debate/talk as informed by the current wave of innovation in MEAL.
SCOPE OF WORK
The consultant/firm will be expected to carry out and deliver on the following responsibilities:
Conduct a need assessment/capacity gaps whose finding shall be used to strengthen further the training modules and approaches
Work closely with Adeso M&E Manager in developing a training modules as informed by the current MEAL practice within the organisation and learning from what has worked best in other organisations based on the Somali context. Specifically, the training modules should cut across the following key areas;
Mainstreaming MEAL across the Project Cycle: Based on our current learning within the organisation, how best can project staffs improve on its current practice of mainstreaming MEAL within the project cycle? How can we draw learning from others to improve our current practice? And most important, how can we make the learning more actionable?
MEAL Concepts: Provide insights/refresher on the current thinking on various MEAL approaches as used in humanitarian and development contexts. Specifically, this will look at;
Ø Take the project staffs through the current thinking/talk on Theory of Change in planning and programme evaluation, Outcome Mapping, Results Based Management and Logical Framework Approaches.
Ø An insight on effective Accountability approaches both to our stakeholders and the within the project staffs.
Ø An insight on how can learning can be made more actionable based on the emerging evidence from our projects and learning from other organisations
Ø Based on the learning from the current innovations, within the organisation, and other organisations, take the project staffs on how best to improve our current practice in data management practices (real time data collection among others)
Use interactive and inclusive approaches to conduct an effective five day training as informed by the training module
Draft a training report with key and actionable recommendations to be adapted by the project staffs in Somali
The consultant/firm will report directly to the M&E Manager. Adeso will be responsible in mobilising the staff to be trained including supporting all the logistical arrangements in the field. The consultant will be responsible in executing the training and reporting.
The consultancy is expected to take 15 days broken down as below;
· 3 Days – Preparation of the training materials
· 7 Days – Travel and conducting the training in Garowe, Somalia
· 5 Days – Report writing and submission
· A comprehensive training module based on the needs/gaps as reported by the project staffs
· Trained project staffs on MEAL based on the agreed training module
· A training report with key and actionable recommendations
· Minimum of a Master’s degree in Monitoring and Evaluation or related field
· Minimum of 10 years in conducting MEAL training including coordinating capacity to prepare logical, coherent and consistent documents
· Proven experience in Theory of Change, Outcome Mapping, Logical Framework, Results Based Management, Accountability and Real time data management
COPYRIGHT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
In consideration of the fees paid, the Consultant expressly assigns to Adeso any copyright arising from the works the consultant produces while executing this contract. All images (whether used for online or print purposes) must however bear the consultant’s photo credit, as specified by international intellectual property rights. The consultant may not use, reproduce or otherwise disseminate or authorize others to use, reproduce or disseminate such works without prior consent from Adeso.