Duty Station :Semera, Afar Region, with regular travel to the implementing woredas (Amibara; Gelaelo; Dulecha; Adaar; Chifra; Mille; Kunaba; Dalol; Dubti, Berhale, Aysaita)
Duration4 months (June – September)
Start Date:June 1st, 2021
Reporting to: Child Protection Specialist, Afar Field Office, UNICEF
Ethiopia is highly vulnerable to climate-related shocks and stresses, compounded by socio-economic factors, such as high population growth, rapid urbanization, dependence on agriculture, poverty, conflict-induced spikes in internal displacement and others. Consequently, a limited climatic shock now has a greater impact on the most vulnerable households than a few years ago while at the same time extreme weather hazards are more frequent.
While drought leads to a deterioration of the protection environment for the entire affected population, its impact is disproportionately felt by women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities. Protection partners therefore work to ensure indiscriminate access to services, including specialized services for groups deemed at greater risk, as part of a more anticipatory approach. To contribute to the protection of children in this context, and as part of UN OCHA’s Anticipatory Action funded through the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), UNICEF and partners will implement the Anticipatory Action to prevent drought-related protection risks project in Afar Region.
The purpose of the project is for UNICEF and partners to raise awareness on child protection, including exacerbation of existing and new child protection risks during drought-related emergencies, to women, men, boys and girls; and to ensure communities can anticipate for new and increased child protection risks, community-based protection approaches will be strengthened by training existing community structures on child protection and identifying barriers to child protection services. These structures will in turn prepare awareness and outreach campaigns on child protection in their respective communities and work with communities to address the identified barriers to services. The project will be implemented by UNICEF, Government partners and two NGO partners operating in Afar.
Geographical Targeting: eleven Afar woredas: Amibara; Gelaelo; Dulecha; Adaar; Chifra; Mille; Kunaba; Dalol; Berhale, Aysaita, Dubti
The position of the Monitoring and Reporting (M&R) consultant for this project is essential for the monitoring of the progress and results of project activities. The purpose of the position is to actively monitor progress of activities against established indicators, through quality and timely data collection and analysis, and reporting of data. In addition, the consultant will have to conduct project reviews against specific research questions and project indicators. Under the supervision of the Child Protection Specialist in UNICEF Semera Field Office, the Monitoring and Reporting Consultant will be responsible for the overall collection, summarizing, compiling, dissemination, storing and timely reporting of all forms of data generated from the Anticipatory Action project and all implementing partners under this project (UNICEF, Government and NGO partners), with submission of timely, qualitative and quantitative reports to the Child Protection Specialists. The M&E consultant will be in charge of managing project data in accordance with information sharing protocols and standards. The position will require frequent travel to the participating woredas for data collection and quality assurance.
Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks
- Under the supervision of the UNICEF Semera Field Office Child Protection Specialist, and in close coordination with the Child Protection section in Addis Ababa, the consultant is responsible for the following key areas:
- Conduct monitoring and evaluation activities in accordance with the set project indicators (see Annex 1) and the OCHA CERF M&E Checklist (see Annex 2), and maintain strong relationships with implementing partners (government and non-government) for this purpose
- Develop an M&E work plan and tracking matrix, in line with the project’s thematic standards and practice
- Develop and manage tools for collecting, tracking and analyzing data
- Ensure accurate and timely collection of program data from the field (all 11 participating woredas)
- Provide regular updates and contribute to monthly, interim and final project reports with sound analysis and documentation of data
- Provide quality assurance, including data verification, on all reports and information produced by and for the project
- Visualize and depict progress on the project and against targets and key milestones
- Provide technical support and quality assurance to implementing partners on the collection, use, storage and sharing of information related to project activities, results and resources.
- Initiate data analysis and action planning meeting with program team to review data trends and overall project performance on a monthly basis.
1.Clear M&E work plan and tracking matrix in accordance with project parameters, shared with project team in week 1 of the consultancy and revisions as needed
Regular monitoring and evaluation activities in accordance with the set project indicators (Annex 1) and the OCHA CERF M&E Checklist (Annex 2); with field monitoring conducted in participating woredas, ensuring each woreda is reached at least twice during the project period.
First and third Wednesday of each month
3.Bi-weekly updates to the project team based on M&E activities
First Wednesday of every month
4.Monthly data analysis and action planning meeting with program team to review data trends (combined with above updates).
Last week of every month (monthly);
July 2021 (interim); October 2021 (final report)
5.Contributions to monthly, interim and final project report, including visualizations of progress and collected data
6.Quality assurance, including data verification, on all reports and information produced by and for the project
7.Technical support and quality assurance to implementing partners at regional and woreda level
Background and Experience
- University degree (BA) is essential, at an advanced level is preferable, in a subject area relevant to M&E or information management
- Extensive work experience relevant to Child Protection and Gender Based Violence in emergencies may be considered as a replacement for formal qualifications for an advanced level
- Extensive experience and/or training in M&E or information management is desirable, preferably in a similar position involving quality data collection, analysis and documentation
- Proven experience in conducting project or program evaluations based on a specific set of indicators
- At least 2 years progressively responsible humanitarian work experience with UN and/or NGO, including M&E
- Experience working with excel and tools for the collection of data and analysis essential
- Extensive work experience outside the humanitarian sector relevant to this post may be considered as a replacement for humanitarian experience.
- Excellent writing skills in English
- Strong understanding of logical framework approach and different types of indicators (baseline and output especially), basic understanding of the project cycle management (especially monitoring and evaluation steps)
- Proven technical expertise managing data and information cycle: from data collection, storage, and analysis for diverse datasets, as well as presenting information in understandable, effective and visually appealing tables, charts, graphs, maps, visuals and reports (such as snapshots, dashboards, W analysis, gap analysis, etc), especially for assessment and for output monitoring purposes
- Knowledge, skills and experience in participatory data collection/research methods
- High proficiency in MS word, especially formatting documents, formatting shapes and text boxes, formatting graphs, etc. in order to create high-quality visuals
- Basic understanding of child protection in emergencies
- Strong communication skills; oral and written skills
- Diplomatic skills and able to establish excellent working relations with partners in order to collect data
- Ability to perform several tasks in a timely manner with a focus on quality
- Must be flexible and ready to visit remote woredas in Afar on a regular basis
Qualified and interested
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