Thursday, April 24, 2014

A short term consultant M&E reporting

“IMPROVING PRIMARY EDUCATION OUTCOMES FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN RURAL MONGOLIA” PROJECT

A short term consultant

M&E reporting

Terms of Reference (ToR)

BACKGROUND

Save the Children in Mongolia (SC-M) has received a grant from the World Bank’s Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) to commence the “Improving primary education outcomes for the most vulnerable children in Mongolia” project (June 2012-June 2016). The project is designed to comprehensively address the unmet needs and gaps in lower-primary education delivery for the most disadvantaged nomadic children in remote rural communities of Mongolia, who face very specific challenges in adjusting to school and school dormitory life.

The development objective of the project is to improve the education outcomes of some 7,500 most vulnerable children (aged 5-10) in four educationally underperforming and underserved rural aimags (Dornod, Sukhbaatar, Arkhangai and Uvurkhangai) of Mongolia. The project is comprised of three main components:

Strengthening school preparation programs for new school entrants in remote communities (home-based curriculum development; capacity building and technical support; and community mobilization);

Introducing extracurricular after-school programs specifically targeting lower-primary age children living away from home (development of after-school programs ; capacity building and technical support; program delivery support; and community participation); and

Piloting compensatory distance education programs for lower-primary age children in rural communities (program curriculum and learning resource material development; parents’ education; capacity building and technical support; and program delivery support).

The project will regularly document and publish reports on innovative interventions developed for the project. Lessons learnt from project activities and best practices collected during monitoring will be compiled and published for sharing with key government agencies, civil society, academia, INGOs, UN agencies and other stakeholders.

This consultancy service is to help project staff and local M&E officers to produce high quality reports and documents in English.

SC-M invites individuals (English native speaker, residing in Mongolia or elsewhere) to apply for this consultancy opportunity expressing their interest.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

The consultant will perform the following tasks:
Support project staff to review and edit reports in English, including quarterly project progress reports as per donor reporting requirements in a timely manner;
Prepare project progress reports, annual reports (2014 and 2015), midterm and final reports based on information, monitoring the database of project performance indicators and case studies on best practices provided by the project team;
Review and edit national consultants’ reports (3 components) to produce best practice case studies to attract donors and share outcomes.
Review, proofread, and edit other program and organizational reports as requested by SC-M Country Office.

In addition to the above tasks more focus will be on the M&E related tasks (i.e., providing technical inputs to designing midterm evaluation, capacity building of the local M&E Specialist, etc.)

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

The consultant should have the following skills and qualifications:
University degree in education and/or relevant social sciences fields.
Minimum of 5 years relevant experience in international organisations and non-governmental organisations in development field;
Prior experience in M&E, and/or writing high quality reports;
Excellent analytical skills;
Excellent communication and writing skills;
Demonstrated experience in working by distance;

The consultant is expected to remain available for consultation (by phone or email) until the final reports are published.

CONTRACT DURATION

Expected contract commencement date is May 20, 2014. The initial contract will be made on a short-term basis (3-4 months), and will be renewed upon satisfactory performance.

SUPERVISION AND REPORTING

Consultant will report directly to the Save the Children Project Manager, and is requested to work closely with the local M&E Specialist assigned for the project.

DUTY STATION

The consultant can be based anywhere. The consultant will be expected to have frequent communication with project staff, the project manager, and/or SC-M management as needed, to review and edit necessary reports.

How to apply:

If you meet the above qualifications and are interested in applying for the post, please send your letter of application with a consultant fee schedule, along with Curriculum Vitae (with a list of publications), a copy of university diploma/s, and at least 3 reference names from current/past employers by May 11, 2014 via e-mail to the address below. Please indicate in the subject line for which position you are applying. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by Save the Children for interviews/tests. Submitted documents will not be returned.

Save the Children in Mongolia

4th Floor, Arizona Center

Khoroo #1, Chingeltei district, Ulaanbaatar

Tel: +976-11-329365, 329371

Email: secretary@savethechildren.mn

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