SOMALIA Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant
TERMS OF REFERENCE
Vacancy reference no.:
Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant
Place of performance:
up to 11 months (@26days/month)
OVERVIEW OF CTG GLOBAL
CTG support and manage humanitarian projects in fragile and conflict-affected countries around the world. With past performance in 15 countries – from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and Central and South America – we offer a holistic fabric of project management, implementation and support. Skilled in emergency response to crises such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we have the ability to act quickly (crisis response teams can be on the ground in 24 hours) and to establish structured operations in high-risk environments. CTG recruit and manage qualified, skilled teams with extensive experience operating in challenging conditions.
OVERVIEW OF THE POSITION
Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation (MOPIC) with UNDP support has completed developing a new National Development Plan (NDP), the first in a period of 30 years. The NDP has been formulated through an inclusive and transparent process while engaging sectoral ministries of the Federal Government, Puntland and the Emerging Federal States, civil society, parliament and academia as well as the international development partners. The plan sets up priorities for Somalia for the period 2017 – 2019 and embeds sustainable development goals, adapting them to the national context.
As per decision announced at the HLPF meeting which took place in Mogadishu in December 2015, the National Development Plan builds upon the achievements to date in the implementation of the New Deal Compact, maintaining a slightly modified oversight, planning and coordination architecture as well as the link between political, security and development priorities. It also addresses the aid management and coordination, development effectiveness and New Deal principles for engagement in fragile states. It is a priority for the Federal Government of Somalia to ensure coherence and continuity between the expiring Somali Compact and the National Development Plan (NDP), both in terms of development and reconstruction priorities and of use of existing coordination structures, funding and implementation mechanisms.
The purpose of the National Development Plan is to provide guidance to national authorities, international partners and other stakeholders (private sector, civil societies and citizens at large) in Somalia as they shape a medium term strategic framework to build upon achievements of the past few years, further strengthen the Federal Member State structures, create a favourable environment for private and non-government sector development, and – importantly – bring the benefits of the development efforts to the citizens.
The National Development Plan has four keys interrelated objectives:
- Articulate government development priorities: to set out a clear vision for Somalia’s security, social and economic development priorities. In addition, to define the key state building and peace building priorities including democratic governance and align with the SGDs as much as possible.
- Provide a structure for resource allocation and management: to guide the NDP priorities within the annual budget allocations in 2017 and beyond.
- Guide Development Partner support within the defined FGS priorities in the coming three years: in terms of structure and well defined funding priorities, whilst ensuring FGS leadership of the development agenda and existing and new development Trust Funds.
- Serve as an Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy for Somalia that is aligned with the global SDG initiative. The Plan also meets Somalia’s on-going commitments as set out in the Somalia Compact as prioritized within the NDP.
As the approval process for the newly developed NDP kicks into gear, MOPIC (with UNDP support) seeks to hire an M&E consultant to support in the development of an implementation plan for the M&E framework that is ready to be rolled out as soon as all the necessary approvals are obtained.
The main objective of this assignment is to support the Federal Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MOPIC) develop a well-articulated, coherent and realistic Implementation Plan for the M&E framework to guide the implementation, measurement and reporting on the NDP. In addition, there are existing sector M&E plans and strategies from the line ministries that are currently being used to monitor and report on progress in the implementation of government program’s. All these need to sifted and integrated into the overall NDP M&E framework as appropriate.
The Consultant is expected to support the MOPIC in the achievement of the following results:
Developing an Implementation Plan for the NDP M&E framework:
- Review baselines, targets, and data sources for all output and impact indicators that are currently included in the NDP.
- In consultation with the relevant line ministries and other relevant stakeholders, make recommendations and adjust (where necessary) to ensure that they are realistic and achievable within the 3-year period.
- With the support of the relevant stakeholders, fill all data gaps in the baselines and targets of the indicators included in the NDP.
- Establish the frequency, data sources and means of verification for the various data requirements for reporting on the indicators.
Review and articulate the M&E institutional structures in MOPIC, Line-Ministries and Federal Member States (including detailed roles and responsibilities) that are necessary to lead the implementation of the M&E framework.
In consultation with MOPIC, UNDP and other relevant stakeholders, plan and conduct a number of validation and training meetings/workshops to ensure all relevant stakeholders are on the same page regarding the implementation of the M&E framework and that responsible government staff (at the Federal government and FMS level) are trained in the requisite skills to play their roles and responsibilities.
- To ensure strengthened FMS ownership of the M&E implementation Plan and that the necessary behavioral change starts to take place, part of the training will be hosted by and conducted in Federal Member State capitals for the staff member working there.
Support the alignment of sector ministry policy and strategy documents with NDP M&E framework.
Contribute towards the establishment of mechanisms for effective coordination of M&E staff among sector Ministries, regions and states.
Successful completion of this work will contribute towards the:
- Implementation of a robust M&E system that will render achievement of government priorities as articulated in the NDP measurable, leading to more evidence-based reporting and ultimately contribute to more effective delivery of public services by the government at all levels.
- A stronger national M&E directorate in MOPIC as well as M&E units in the line ministries and the Federal Member States that are able to measure and report on progress made in the implementation the national development priorities as articulated in the national development plan.
- The establishment of a stronger partnership between the users (demand) and suppliers (supply) of development data.
- An inception report defining the approach, methodology and timelines for the execution of this assignment.
- A completed M&E indicator matrix with complete baselines, targets, data sources, data collection frequency and means of verification.
- Properly articulated M&E institutional arrangements (at the federal government and FMS level) with roles and responsibilities as well as an M&E strategy that is able to effectively guide the monitoring and reporting on the implementation of government priorities articulated in the NDP.
- A training plan for training government officials (at both federal and FMS level).
The consultant is expected to report formally back to the UNDP as follows:
- Inception report –1 week after the start of the assignment, including initial deployment plan
- Monthly progress reports or earlier as appropriate.
Permanent Secretary, MOPIC and Team Leader, Capacity Development – Strengthening Institutional Performance.
This role does not have team management responsibility.
§ Master’s degree in Monitoring and Evaluation, Economics, Public Administration, Social Sciences or any other related discipline. and/or Bachelor’s degree in Monitoring and Evaluation, Economics, Public Administration, Social Sciences or any other related discipline..
§ Minimum of 10 years of demonstrable relevant Monitoring & Evaluation experience.
§ Minimum of 10 years of experience in Africa and/or Africa with local experience in Mogadishu is an advantage.
§ Fluency in English (essential) and Somali ().
Master degree preferably in Monitoring and Evaluation, Economics, Public Administration, Social Sciences or any other related discipline.
Years of Experience:
- At least 10 years of experience in supporting national governments in the elaboration of national M&E frameworks, preferably directly related to national development plans.
- Demonstrated technical experience in one or more of the following areas:
a) M&E techniques suitable for national development plans.
b) Participatory coordination methodologies.
c) Institutional Development, preferably in a post-conflict setting.
- Solid document drafting skills.
- Sound organizational skills to support the organization of extensive outreach/consultation efforts, preferably in a post-conflict setting.
- Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values.
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
- Mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations.
Planning and organizing:-
- Effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner.
- Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work.
- Ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and handle multiple concurrent activities.
Teamwork and respect for diversity:-
- Ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender.
Leadership and Self-Management:-
- Focuses on results for the client and responds positively to feedback.
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
- Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure.
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
- English is the working language for this assignment.
- Knowledge of Somali is an added advantage.
Other relevant information:
- The total number of working days foreseen for this assignment is a maximum of 100 working days over the period December 2016 – December 2017.
- However, the detailed deployment strategy will consist of 5-6 missions to be developed on an incremental basis in line with the work-load as it arises.
- There will be a period of 20-30 calendar days between each mission to enable MOPIC staff to complete tasks and/or practice knowledge learned from the consultant.
- The assignment is contingent on the security situation, the security situation is volatile and last-minute adaptations to the program may emerge.