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Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Expert

Oxfam - Beirut, Lebanon

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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)
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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

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JB2996979
Job Location:
Beirut, Lebanon
Company Industry:
Support Services
Company Type:
Employer (Private Sector)
Job Role:
Other
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Number of Vacancies:
1

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