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    Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Expert

    Oxfam - Beirut, Lebanon

    Bedros Majarian

    Job Description

    1. Introduction
    Oxfam is seeking an expert to support the MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) system
    definition and establishment for the regional programme “Supporting Women’s Transformative Leadership in
    Changing Times in Middle East and North Africa (AMAL) programme” and to provide remote and face to face support
    to Oxfam country Offices in oPt, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen and partner organizations in implementation of the
    system.
    2. Background
    Oxfam has been working in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for over five decades. Over the past four
    decades it has been promoting gender equality and supporting women’s right to participate and be represented in
    governance and decision-making structures and processes.
    This focus is complementary to other areas of Oxfam’s work on women’s rights and to the broader goal of Oxfam to
    contribute to a ‘world without poverty.’ Oxfam is committed to supporting women, men and children, living in
    poverty, to claim their rights to sustainable livelihoods, to basic social services, to life and security, to be heard, and
    to an identity.
    AMAL is a three-year multi-country programme to be implemented jointly by Oxfam GB, Oxfam Novib, Intermon
    Oxfam and partners. It is aimed to promote active participation and leadership of women in the MENA region,
    including the poorest and most marginalised women, in local, national and regional governance structures and
    decision-making processes. By doing so, the programme aims to ensure that they have a say in formulation and/or
    their needs and priorities are reflected in socio-economic policies and practice at all levels. The programme is set to
    be implemented in the OPTs, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen.
    AMAL started in October 2012 and activities are underway. A baseline study was completed in each country focusing
    on selected indicators and a consolidated report will be available on 21 November. All country offices are currently
    working on developing their MEAL strategies based on common guidelines.
    3. Purpose
    This consultancy is envisioned to provide systematic support to the teams involved in this regional programme on all
    aspects of monitoring and evaluation of the programme. It will thus be based on specific deliverables based on the
    programme timetable. The consultancy is arranged around the following components:
     Elaborate the overall MEAL strategy and system for the programme based on Oxfam policies and specific
    guidelines
     Provide remote support and in-country training to Oxfam offices and partners in development and
    implementation of their MEAL strategy
     Manage the processes of midterm and final evaluation of the programme and contribute to learning reviews
    of the programme
    4. Indicative Approaches
    Oxfam MEAL systems are tailored in order to adapt to different context and specificities. They are meant to be
    coherent with our rights based approach and for this reason emphasis is given on participatory approaches, balance
    of quantitative and qualitative methods, and feedback.
    Oxfam will seek to apply and integrate the principles of transformative leadership in its Monitoring, Evaluation,
    Accountability and Learning (MEAL) system, this was included in the baseline. The approach will:
     Be rights based, participatory and horizontal approach, meaning that partners will be involved from the very
    beginning of the inception phase and at each stage of the MEAL process;Incorporate key questions, indicators and mechanisms to monitor trans formative leadership within Oxfam
    and partners; and Emphasis the Cross Programme Learning.
    The monitoring and evaluation system will be designed based on the log frame, indicators and some tools preidentified
    that will be adapted for the purpose of monitoring and evaluation this programme.

    Skills

    5. Main activities and Timeline
    The duration of the consultancy will be 1 December 2013 until 30 November 2015. The main activities are
    elaborated in the table below with an indicative timeline that will be confirmed at the beginning of every stage
    Action Duration Timeframe
    Component1: MEAL strategy Development ASAP - 15 Feb
     Review the draft MEAL strategies submitted by each Cos
    and provide support for completion: comments, advice
    and actual write up of sections to help them finalize
    5 days
     Develop and write the regional MEAL strategy, including
    the MEAL tools, MEAL plan and capacity building plan in
    discussion with the programme manager
    5 days
     Develop data collection tools for the indicators in the logframe
    that were not included in the baseline for country
    and regional components as requested
    5 days
     Draft the consolidated MEAL strategy for AMAL
    programme making use of the above and the baseline
    study results
    5 days
     Share and validate MEAL strategy with Programme
    Manager and Oxfam MEAL committee
    2 days
    Component 2: Technical input and training for country offices and partners during
    implementation of the MEAL strategy-
    Feb 2014 – September
    2015
     Monitor the implementation of the MEAL strategy and
    plan in terms of timing and quality on a monthly basis
    through skype follow ups with MEAL/Programme Officers
    and report any issues back to the programme manager
    2 days/month
    22 Days
    March, May, June, Aug,
    Sep 2014
    Fed, March, May, June,
    Aug, Sep 2015
     Provide technical assistance to the programme team at
    Cos on the proposed methods in the collection of
    quantitative & qualitative information from various
    sources
    Remote support by
    reviewing documents
    Up to 5 days/month
    Up to 60 days
     Provide training to the programme team and partners on
    programme standards and on knowledge, skills and
    competencies necessary for effective monitoring,
    evaluation, learning and accountability.
    2 trainings/country
    32-40 days including
    travel
    As per capacity building
    plan tentative timing 1 in
    March 2014
    And 1 in March 2015
    Component 3: Carry out the MEAL work for the regional activities, provide feedback on
    programme progress
    Feb 2014 – September
    2015
    1st draft 21 Nov 2013 3
     Data collection and/or analysis for MEAL of regional
    activities at agreed upon milestones utilizing the agreed
    upon tools (1 seminar, 3-4 workshops, Online resource
    centre, study tours, advocacy work)
    12 days As per regional work plan
    (to be shared)
     Data collection and analysis for MEAL of the innovation
    fund
    25 days 10 days in 2014, 10 days
    in 2015 (exact dates to be
    identified)
     Consolidation and analysis of MEAL data collected at
    country level on a quarterly basis
    18 days 3 days in each of Jan, Apr,
    Jul 2014
    3 days in each of Jan, Apr,
    Jul 2015
     Producing reports presenting the above results and
    recommendations to the AMAL programme manager
    Included in above
     Developing lessons learnt reports, criteria for success
    stories/ case studies derived from implementation at
    country and regional levels
    12 days 2 days in each of Jan, Apr,
    Jul 2014
    2 days in each of Jan, Apr,
    Jul 2015
     Prepare the sections on progress on indicators, outputs
    and outcomes in the annual programme reports to the
    donors, based on data analysis
    10 days 5 days in October 2014,
    5 days in October 2015
     Develop TORs for the midterm review of the programme
    and follow up on implementation
    15 days March-April 2014
     Develop TORs for the final evaluation of the programme
    and follow up on implementation
    15 days August- Sep 2015
    (Tentative)
    Total 251
    6. Outputs
    - AMAL MEAL Strategy and plan
    - AMAL MEAL Tools
    - Analysis reports and sections of annual reports
    - Training material and reports
    - Case studies and lessons learnt reports
    - TORs for midterm and final evaluations.

    Job Details

    Job Location:
    Beirut, Lebanon
    Company Industry:
    Support Services
    Company Type:
    Employer (Private Sector)
    Job Role:
    Other
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    Number of Vacancies:
    1

    Preferred Candidate

    Career Level:
    Management
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    About This Company

    One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilizing the power of people against poverty. Around the globe, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. We save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes. And we campaign so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them. We work directly with communities and we seek to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them. In all we do, Oxfam works with partner organizations and alongside vulnerable women and men to end the injustices that cause poverty.