Accord Worldwide is submitting a proposal for the following project. It is a government and UN collaboration project in Afghanistan and requires the following experts. You can apply for the position if it meets your qualifications. Applicants can update their profile on consultortrain.com and/or send a message to @claire.o with your CV and details of 2 references from a previous M&E project experience. If your user account shows you meet the qualifications, we will send you a separate email requesting your CV. 

One (1) M&E Expert Team Leader

  • Leading the team of M&E expert consultants
  • National consultant preferred
  • English, Dari and/or Pashto language skills preferred
  • Minimum 7 years of experience on global/international levels in surveying, baseline data collection and analysis. 
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in displacement related issues.
  • Prior experience working with local communities in Afghanistan desirable
  • Familiarity with SPSS/STATA/R a plus

Five (5) M&E Experts 

  • Working with a team of M&E expert consultants
  • International or National consultants
  • Minimum 4 years of experience
  • Proven experience in the field of survey/assessment/research and evaluation in the areas of displacement/migration/social and community cohesion in the Afghan Context
  • English speaking mandatory
  • Preferred additional language skills in: Urdu, Dari, Pashto
  • Prior experience working with the UN system preferred
  • Prior experience working with local communities in Afghanistan desirable

Duty Station

Kabul, Afghanistan with frequent travel to the field (minimum 6 missions, 3 per province in Herat and Nangarhar).

Timeframe

3 Months from the date of execution (preferably October – December 2019).

Scope of the Project

Background

The project is a UN and government collaboration focusing on the promotion of culture and sports for social cohesion and sustainable reintegration for Afghan Returnees and IDPs (Hamdeli). The project proposes rights-based interventions that will engage youth through cultural and sport activities, as a means to prevent violence and to improve social re-integration.

The proposed project is intended to facilitate the social integration, social cohesion and peaceful co-existence of Internally Displaced People (IDPs), returnees and host communities in two major provinces in Afghanistan (Nangarhār and Herat) with a high density of displaced population. The overall objective of proposed activities is to contribute to the improvement of citizens’ engagement, social integration and social cohesion in post-conflict Afghanistan of the 3.5 million returnees and Internally Displaced People that the country has received since 2012.

Within the scope of this project, the government and UN mechanism will involve athletes and artists in grant programs to support local cultural initiatives and emerging artists, promote sports and team-building initiatives, develop culture-related awards and industries, establish mobile libraries, and other similar actions. The UN mechanism will work with local leaders and educators to raise cultural awareness, push back against cultural polarization, and promote integration.

Objectives 

Overall Objective: Conduct a needs assessment and baseline data collection for the project. This exercise aims at revising the existing Results Framework and M&E plan in order to ensure that the proposed activities match the beneficiaries’ needs, are in line with the capacities of local organizations and that a comprehensive and achievable M&E framework is in place.  

 Main Objectives Include:

  • Understand the needs of the communities of IDPs and Returnees in Nangarhār and Herat provinces;
  • Understand the cultural and sports activities currently taking place in the two selected project locations, organizations working on it and its structure, resources and expertise; and how these programs/activities respond to the needs for social cohesion and re-integration of the IDPs and returnees;
  • Identify the preferences and interests of the cultural and sports related institutions and practitioners in the field;
  • Identify innovative activities that can support the re-integration and social cohesion of local communities;
  • Re-define and fine-tune the results framework proposed in the project document to adhere to the new findings of this baseline data collection and needs assessment;
  • Propose a monitoring scheme to be applied throughout the project that allows regular data collection of indicators with special focus on measuring social integration based on the provided resources;
  • Explore areas, venues and spaces for gender-inclusive programming and collaboration;   
  • Explore whether the IDPs/returnees are involved in any community development programs, are they part of the CDCs, are they provided with the scope/authority to make decisions in the local levels, can they access basic services provided by the government;
  • Identify potential local NGOs, CSOs, Government Institutions and/or INGOs focusing on the same thematic areas serving the purpose of Hamdeli’s; and identify basis and benchmarks for the mid-term and final evaluations of the program

Project Outputs and Activities

  1. Focused mapping of cultural and sports organizations ((INGOs/CSOs/CDCs/NGOs or similar) in Herat and Nangarhar
  2. Conduct a baseline assessment in Herat and Nangarhar
  3. As a result of these exercises the group of experts will conduct a revision of the existing result framework as follows:
    1. Fine-tuning the result framework and indicators
    2. Development of M&E Methodology
    3. Results monitoring system to track effects and impacts
    4. Process (activity monitoring)
    5. Beneficiaries monitoring (beneficiaries satisfaction and psychological, social integration issues)
    6. Context (situation) monitoring
    7. Financial monitoring of the entities that will receive the grants
  4. Baseline Data Collection

The M&E planning shall be in line with the findings, indicators and means of verification proposed in the revised results framework. Means of verification shall be coordinated with existing systems and processes that might be currently used by other UN Agencies (i.e. IOM or UNHCR) and/or NGO’s. The financial monitoring shall be in line with UNESCO’s rules and regulations. 

Reporting

  1. Methodology Plan and Schedule
  2. Mapping and Baseline Assessment
  3. Final report including baseline data collection and revision of results framework (if applicable).
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