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Unicef recruits 01 National Consultancy – Planning Monitoring and Evaluation

Unicef recruits 01 National Consultancy – Planning Monitoring and Evaluation in Liberia

UNICEF

Liberia
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National Consultancy – Planning Monitoring and Evaluation in Liberia
Job Number: 526929 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Liberia
Work Type : Consultancy
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For every child, a commitment
Background
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Nutrition Forum has become the flagship nutrition event in the Region in recent years.  The Forum started in 1996 as the West Africa Nutrition Focal Points network based on recommendation by the Ministers of Health of 9 francophone West African countries.  The aim was to provide a consultative platform for solving the nutrition problems in the region.  In 1999, the network was extended to cover all ECOWAS Member States.  After its establishment in 2000, the West African Health Organization (WAHO) started coordinating the Forum in 2001.  Initially, the meeting frequency was annual but became biennial in 2004. The Forum lasts for 3 days. Typical attendees include technical high-level staff from the Ministries of Health, financial and technical partners (UN agencies, NGOs, etc.).
These fora provide ECOWAS Member States and Partners with an opportunity to brainstorm on nutrition problems affecting the sub-region, share experiences and best practices on nutrition, develop a common vision of the nutrition profile of the sub-region, identify financing mechanisms, review the implementation level of past Forum recommendations, and provide a technical update to participants on topical issues.
Financial support for this event comes from ECOWAS and nutrition partners (Donors, UN agencies and international NGOs).
Thirteen ECOWAS Member States have hosted the Nutrition Forum since its inception, with Liberia and Nigeria being the only countries yet to host it.  Typically, the Nutrition Forum is made up of Opening and Closing Ceremonies; Media briefing / Ad hoc interviews; Exhibition of nutrition achievements and products; Delegates’ group meetings, Social events (welcome cocktail, diner gala, tourist visits) and a Technical session.
The technical update session comprises:
country presentations on nutrition sector developments (which includes also key points regarding the implementation of the recommendations and the action plan from the last Forum and countries’ experiences);
a review of nutrition initiatives in the region; and
 technical presentations related to the conference theme.  Panel discussions on different topics are also organized, as well as group work on topics of current relevance to nutrition in the region.  There is also a formal anonymous participant appraisal of each Forum which aims to improve the organization of future fora.
The last event, the 15th ECOWAS Nutrition Forum was held in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau in October 2017.  As usual, a regional mid-term review meeting was organized to review progress in the implementation of recommendations of the preceding Forum by Member States, WAHO and Partners. The last mid-term review took place in November 2018 in Monrovia.   The preliminary dates for the 16th ECOWAS Nutrition Forum to be held in Monrovia are the 12-14 November 2019.
The objectives of the 2019 Nutrition Forum are defined as follows:
To update participants on the regional nutrition situation and current initiatives.
To review the current state of adolescent malnutrition and diet-related diseases, risk factors, consequences, co-morbidities and current response in the region.
To evaluate the current (nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive) policies, programmes, interventions and best practices to improve and sustain adolescent nutrition in the region.
To explore mechanisms for strengthening health systems and financing for adolescent nutrition.
To analyze existing surveillance systems and the needed information on adolescent nutrition in the region.
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Scope of work
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Objectives
This evaluation will have two purposes: accountability and learning.
This evaluation will provide both the members states and financial partners (vertical accountability) and the participants (horizontal accountability) and evidence on the extent to which the ECOWAS Nutrition Forum contributed to the nutrition discourse in the ECOWAS region.
With respect to learning, this evaluation is expected not only to inform the Forum implementation strategy in the years to come but it will also shed light on some potential corrective actions that may want to be explored further in the future. More specifically, this evaluation is expected to generate recommendations that will help UNICEF, ECOWAS and their partners to adapt the Forum to the emerging needs.
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Deliverables and Schedules
Schedule of Tasks, Deliverables, Duty-Station & Timeline
The evaluation is planned for a period of 30 working days during the period from October 2019 to January 2020. This period includes the desk review, field work, elaboration of evaluation reports and policy briefs, as well as all required workshops. The Table 2 below presents the indicative work plan for the evaluation.
Table 2: Preliminary Work Plan
Evaluation phases and Tasks

Number of Days of Work

Deliverables

I.    Preparatory Phase    
Documentary Review, preliminary interviews with key stakeholders, elaboration of the inception report, which includes a travel to Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina, to meet with the organizing team

 

5 days

Draft Inception report
Integration of the Steering Committee comments

1 day

Approved inception report
II. Data Collection and Field Phase

 

 
Primary data collection in Liberia  + continuous review of secondary data sources

 

10 days

Primary data
Initial analysis and debriefing on preliminary findings to evaluation Steering Committee

2 days

Power Point Presentation (PPT)
Participation to the 16th ECOWAS Nutrition Forum (November 2019) + data collection on site (observation, participant survey, and interviews if possible)

 

5 days

Primary data
III.       Data analysis, report writing, validation and dissemination    
Data analysis and elaboration of draft evaluation report based on the Steering Committee inputs

 

5 days

Draft report
Review of the draft report by the Steering Committee

0 days (allow two weeks for the review)

Reviewed draft report
Integration of comments and submission of final evaluation report

 

1 days

Final report
Elaboration of evaluation policy briefs based on the final approved evaluation report, update of the PPT

 

1days

Policy briefs and finalised PPT
TOTAL

30 days

 

 

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Timinga
The total duration of the contract is 30 days spread over the period from October 15, 2019 to January 30, 2020.
Reporting Requirements
In line with the UNICEF Evaluation Policy, this evaluation will be managed by the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (WCARO) The team of consultants (National Consultant and International Team Leader) will report to the UNICEF Regional Evaluation Adviser (Regional Office for West and Central Africa).
Governance of the evaluation
The contractor will be supervised by the international team leader. Both will report to the UNICEF Regional Evaluation Adviser,. A Reference Group comprising of ECOWAS and UNICEF officers (the UNICEF Regional Nutrition Advisor and the WAHO Programme Officer Nutrition) will be set up to provide oversight to the Evaluation and provide comments to the different deliverables (inception, draft and final report). The Regional Evaluation Adviser based at the UNICEF Regional Office for West and Central Africa (WCARO) will also provide technical oversight over the entire evaluation process, including on the different evaluation products (inception report, draft and evaluation report).
Administrative Issues
UNICEF accepts applications from individual contractors.
All applications should contain the following documents:
I. Technical Project Proposal (max 3 pages), which would include at least the following (applicants are strongly encouraged not to repeat the text from Terms of Reference but rather to demonstrate a critical understanding of it):
Understanding of the evaluation purpose
An adequate conceptual framework and evaluation methodology (to measure the Forum influence on regional nutrition strategies)
Consultant’s profile/portfolio
Proposed timeframes (hour/days)
Names and contact details of reference persons
List of past evaluation reports (if applicable)
Any other additional information to support the application (optional).
Should the national consultant know of someone applying for the international consultant position, please indicate his/her name in the proposal
Financial Proposal:
Detailed budget breakdown (in US Dollars). This will include travel related costs.
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Applicants are strongly recommended to attach their technical and financial evaluation offers when applying.
Applicants without their technical and financial evaluation offers will not be considered.
UNICEF ins an equal opportunities employer
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
    Consultant National (30 days)
The evaluation expert will be assisting the international consultant particularly during the data collection and analysis process andwill need to meet the following requirements:
Advanced University degree in monitoring and evaluation and/or nutrition, or other disciplines relevant to the object of the evaluation;
A minimum of 8 years of experience in evaluation,
Have a good understanding of ECOWAS work and the country specific context;
Have a perfect command of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods;
Have experience in the use of participatory appraisal techniques in data collection, sensitive to gender issues;
Have excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
French would be an advantage
Have excellent analytical, synthesis and writing skills
Must have completed at least one high quality programme evaluation over the past 5 years
A minimum 3 years of experience in evaluating communities of practice, conference and regional fora effectiveness is desirable
A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible work experience in the planning, management and/or oversight of events/nutrition programmes is desirable
For every Child, hope
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
“UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.”
Remarks:
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Closing Date Sat Oct 19 2019 00:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)

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