Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant Child-friendly Accountability Project

ChildFund Alliance seeks a motivated and experienced Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant for its Child-friendly Accountability initiative. The Consultant will provide overall monitoring and evaluation of the project. S/he will work closely with the Project Coordinator and the Senior Technical Advisor.

 

Background

ChildFund Alliance is a global network of 11 child-focused development organizations that help close to 13 million children and their families in more than 60 countries. We work to end violence and exploitation against children, to overcome poverty and address the underlying conditions that prevent children from achieving their full potential. 

Child-friendly Accountability is an initiative of the Alliance, which aims to empower children to hold governments and local leaders accountable to their obligations to end all violence against children, as per Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 16.2: End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children. A rights-based approach builds on children’s knowledge and provides them with the skills they need to take action to improve child protection in their communities. Child-friendly Accountability is a strategic priority within ChildFund Alliance’s five-year strategic plan, Toward a Safe World for Children. In the plan, the Alliance commits to prevent violence against children, protect children from violence and exploitation, and enable children to participate in decisions related to achieving the SDGs. 

In September 2015, the United Nations unanimously adopted Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which frames the global development agenda for the next 15 years. In collaboration with other child-focused agencies and supportive governments, ChildFund Alliance played a key role in positioning a stand-alone target on violence against children in the Agenda, namely to end abuse exploitation trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children (Sustainable Development Goal[SDG] Target 16.2). ChildFund has developed a methodology, field manual, toolkit and web-based platform to implement the initiative and help its members adapt it within their country programs. The initiative was successfully pilot tested in four countries in 2017 and over the course of the next two years, ChildFund will roll out project activities in at least 10 additional countries.

In 2018, ChildFund received funding form the OAK Foundation to support at least ten county offices with implementing the Child-friendly Accountability program over a period of two years. This will include training workshops, production of child-friendly materials, and direct engagement with children and young people to hold government and other stakeholders to account.  

We hope to learn from this consultancy, how young people are developing skills in leadership and advocacy for their rights. In addition, we hope to learn if young people are receiving feedback from those who are accountable, based on their actions in pillar three which involves action planning. Our learnings from this will feed into the initiative’s future strategy and program development.

To learn more about our Child friendly Accountability Methodology, please click here.

Responsibilities of Monitoring & Evaluation Consultant 

This position is for a part-time M&E consultant for the Child-friendly Accountability initiative, funded by the Oak Foundation. The consultant will focus on the following key tasks:

  1. Using a standard checklist, the consultant will map out, analyze and verify the completion of all established preparatory activities (Module 1 of the Toolkit) before project implementation begins and issue a report with certification to enable implementation to start. Preparatory activities will include:
  • Conducting a context assessment
  • Selecting project settings and local partner
  • Undertaking risk assessment
  • Connecting with key adult stakeholders
  • Identifying a referral network 
  • Identifying psychological support
  • Signing up to the Child –friendly Accountability web-platform
  • Selecting child participants
  • Establishing internal feedback and internal systems, and
  • Reconfirming child safeguarding measures
  1. Review all resources on Child-friendly Accountability and develop a monitoring and evaluation plan for the project.
  2. Monitor the project implementation process to ensure country teams in the field are progressing and that the steps are being followed in accordance with the pillars of the methodology.
  3. Develop a standard set of indicators (including standardized child-friendly     accountability indicators for countries) that will serve as benchmarks for monitoring progress.
  4. Monitor outcomes related to amplifying children’s voices for use by country teams and advocacy.
  5. Document cross-country learning from implementation, which will be used as case studies and examples.  
  6. Participate in the midterm review process and prepare Monitoring and Evaluation reports to support the donor’s reports.
  7. Building project staff technical capacity in monitoring/evaluation
  8. Conduct at least one field visit.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Advanced degree in a development field, social sciences or economics, or relevant discipline
  • At least 8years of proven professional experience in performance Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and research expertise
  • Experience with program design and implementation in diverse contexts
  • Knowledge and understanding of child-rights based approaches to programming
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills in English
  • Oral and written communication skills to communicate effectively with staff in the field and the local communities
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently to meet deadlines
  • Excellent computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheet programs and database management 

Policy guidelines and pre-employment checks

All tasks will be performed in line with the ChildFund Alliance’s Child Safeguarding Policy Guidelines: https://childfundalliance.org/resources/publications/tools-guidelines/1469-keeping-children-safe. Furthermore, any employment with ChildFund Alliance will be subject to a set of pre-employment checks prior to start date, which include:

  • a satisfactory police record check to include a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and/or an International Criminal Record Check (if applicable)
  • receipt of satisfactory references
  • proof of eligibility to work in the United States
  • a range of pre-employment checks in conformity with ChildFund Alliance’s child safeguarding policy

 Timing and location

The assignment will be carried out between September through October 2019, and in March of 2020 for an estimated 29 working days. The assignment will be homebased. However, travel to the field will be required to monitor and evaluate programs, conduct assessments, and for training and coaching related to the position. 

Application procedure

To apply, send a résumé and cover letter to jobs@childfundalliance.org, with the subject line “Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant.”