The assignment entails bringing into the UNICEF Education Team, knowledge and expertise in information/data processes generated from both qualitative and quantitative methods and in overall programme monitoring that is based on the results framework. The consultant will provide technical guidance and provide direct input in UNICEF’s engagement with Government and with the LEGO Foundation with respect to the operationalization of the LEGO MEL Plan and on matters of data availability and validity.
Prior to undertaking the assignment, the consultant will familiarize with the LEGO Playful Parenting Programme Proposal and MEL Plan which includes
- Theory of Change
- Programme/Results Log frame
The specific tasks of the consultant are as outlined below:
- Facilitate and strength programme monitoring for improved performance and decision making. The consultant, will, in consultation with Government, map out the information needs defined in the MEL Plan; analyze and assess the adequacy of the existing information processes at national, district, community and household level and identify gaps that need to be addressed. Examples of gaps could include adequacy of existing data collection tools; efficiency/timeliness of data processes; quality assurance in data processing and assessment of existing capacity for implementation of the MEL etc.).
- The consultant will support Government to put in place measures to address the identified gaps in the existing data /information systems to enhance the availability of quality information/data required for programme monitoring.
- The consultant will support government to orient/train programme implementors in the MEL Plan (e.g. orientation in the use of the various data collection tools, methods, responsibilities etc.) to ensure its effective operationalization.
- The consultant will support government in operationalizing the MEL Plan and in generating information required for regular monitoring and contribute to its effective usage as part of knowledge management.
- The consultant will establish and maintain an electronic monitoring system that has capacity to generate periodic reports. These will be based on the data collection tools and the data flow mechanisms
- The consultant will coordinate quarterly reflection meetings where stakeholders will be updated on the status of
- the indicators (reflecting on the target) and guide/inform the development of a programme improvement plan
- The consultant will advise the Education Specialist (ECD) and Chief of Education on any emerging issues in relation to monitoring of the LEGO programme and on matters of the data availability as outlined in the MEL Plan.
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The consultant should possess a minimum qualification of master’s degree in a relevant field such as: Early Childhood Development, Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation, Education, Public Health etc. The consultant should however have relevant experience in data processes and programme monitoring &evaluation.
In terms of experience and specialized knowledge, the consultant should have:
- At least 5-10 years' work experience in monitoring &evaluation, designing of information systems for programme monitoring, data management and analysis etc. Experience working in the field of early childhood development; child health; public health, or such related fields will be an advantage.
- Demonstrable experience in developing and operationalizing programme results framework that involve the generation of data from both quantitative and qualitative data sources.
- The consultant should exhibit capacity to synthesize large amount of data and exhibit strong analytical skills.
- Proven strong oral and written communication skills in English.
- Good computer knowledge, especially in excel, access. Skills in statistical software (SPSS, STATA,) will be an asset.
- The consultant must exhibit competency of working and communicating effectively with a diverse group of people.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is considered as an asset