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Consultancy: Social Protection Specialist, Nairobi, Kenya, (Kenyan Nationals Only)

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1262839
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Company Industry
NGO
Work Type
Part Time
Job Level
Senior level
Minimum Qualification
Masters
Years Experience
8 years
Application Deadline
2019-01-19
Location
Nairobi CBD Nairobi
Description

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KENYA CO TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR) FOR INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTORS/ CONSULTANTS

Terms of Reference to support the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation framework for the Social Protection Sector from January 2019 to December 2019

PART I

Purpose of Assignment

Terms of Reference to support the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation framework for the Social Protection Sector from January 2019 to December 2019

Estimated level of the assignment

NOC

Location of Assignment

Nairobi Social Protection Secretariat

Duration of contract

250 days in period of 11.5 months

Reporting to:

UNICEF, Social Protection Specialist

Background and Justification

The Secretariat with the support of UNICEF embarked on the development of an M&E framework, through the technical assistance of an M&E consultant from the period December 2017 to November 2018. The consultant has been working with the SPS and stakeholders along the defined deliverables of the technical assistance and has accomplished the following:

I. Developed inception and mapping report of the Social Protection M&E systems;

II. Developed a draft consultative M & E framework for social protection that incorporates operational and impact level issues, measures to track gender equality issues and the realization of human rights for different categories of groups. An inclusive approach was used to ensure comprehensive indicators to measure the Social Protection Sector. A key action within the approach was establishment of an M&E technical working group (M&E TWG) to bring together key social protection stakeholders from the public, private and civil society to ensure stakeholder involvement and participation in developing the framework. The SP M&E framework considered the players and programs in social protection and necessary information needs that will provide for the expansion of the Single Registry to capture indicators that will provide a stronger evidence base for the growth and expansion of the sector.

III. Developed the Final M & E framework with comprehensive indicators. A Final Social Protection M & E framework with comprehensive indicators was developed, the framework for social protection that incorporates operational and impact level issues, measures to track gender equality issues and the realization of human rights for different categories of groups including children. It extends to consider the complementary aspects that cover nutrition, education and agriculture under social assistance initiatives.

IV. The conceptualization and harmonization of the M&E framework indicators is currently ongoing with the current Single registry system to facilitate automated reporting as part of the central database and system for collecting and collating M & E data across the social protection sector.

It is expected that by the end of the contract period the consultant will have trained and disseminated the M&E system to the relevant National and County staff, jointly produced the first annual monitoring report for the social protection sector and prepared a comprehensive hand over package and report to the GOK. The SPS has requested for a no cost extension to run until 8th January 2019 to complete these processes.

During the period in which this consultancy has been in place, a number of initiatives spear headed by the SPS including the design of a new project, the Kenya Social Economic Inclusion Project (KSEIP), development of a Social Protection Investment Plan, development of the National Social Protection Strategy and review of the National Social Protection Policy 2011, have been undertaken. This presents a need for aligning the Sector M&E framework to provisions that may come up in the outlined strategy documents once these are finalized and published. Similarly, considering dynamism in the SP sector a need for strengthening the role of M&E in learning and knowledge management in the sector has been realized.

In this regard, MLSP with support from UNICEF is requesting technical assistance (TA) to bring together a coordinated approach to implement the National Monitoring framework that considers the inclusion of indicators and agreements within the Social Protection Sector. The Sector framework will further need to be dissected to establish relevant frameworks for National Focus in relation to County outlooks and the established county development structures.

Scope of Work

Goal and Objective

The M&E consultant will assist the SPS in the Implementation of the developed SP M&E framework and development of an evaluation plan. This will ensure the improved design, use and continuity of the framework. With improved and automated reporting, the results of the SP Sector will be captured and reported through a more effective, coherent and efficient system. The stakeholder engagement and M&E reports generated expected to contribute to the successful implementation of the M&E framework. In addition, the consultant will be expected to support the establishment of a Knowledge Management and Learning system as an aspect of the framework.

RWPPCR/IRs areas covered

This consultancy contributes to Outcome 4, Social inclusion: An increased number of children from the poorest & most vulnerable households benefit from shock-responsive & integrated social protection interventions, as well as from child-specific policies, Output 4.2: Scalable and flexible social protection delivery, targeting and M&E systems are in place at national level and in targeted counties to facilitate shock-responsive national social safety net programmes;

The process of implementing the M&E framework will require further support of the technical assistance in the following areas;

· Support M&E departments in the Ministry and other relevant ministries in the development and implementation of relevant and standardized tools and guidelines that support monitoring activities,

· Work with the M&E MIS and SR registry team to propose a reporting module with standard tables from the MIS and single registry for generation of automated sector reports. This will also facilitate quality and timely generation of data and disaggregation of reports,

· Support the development of relevant indicators that can be easily included in national and routine surveys in order to assess impact of SP programmes.

· Develop simple and user-friendly templates for monthly, quarterly and annual reporting and build capacities of relevant staff in conducting reporting

· Support the development of first monthly, quarterly and annual reports for the social protection sector in Kenya

· Work with relevant M&E departments in the Ministry and other relevant ministries to conduct regular M&E meetings to discuss M&E issues, validate relevant reports and prepare memos to inform Cabinet meetings.

· Work as focal point and facilitator in writing reports, facilitating meetings and mobilizing partners/stakeholders.

· Support the establishment of a knowledge management system for documentation for learning and development in the social protection section. This will support the use of evidence-based policy decisions for planning, monitoring and evaluation for posterity in social protection sector.

The Sector framework will further need to be dissected to establish relevant frameworks for National Focus in relation to County outlooks and the established county development structures. This would require an inclusive process to have forums with the county governments which have Social Protection initiatives.

Deliverables

Time frame

I. Bi Monthly Progress Report including but not limited to progress on:

1) Evaluation Plan:

- Draft TORs of joint reviews, evaluations, field monitoring visits, learning & knowledge sharing events and Joint monitoring progress reports.

- Technical Assist to the Social Protection Secretariat in planning and coordinating the SP sector independent evaluations and in monitoring the implementation of conclusions

2) Monitoring and Evaluation Tools and guidelines development

- Development of user friendly reporting template for monthly, quarterly and annual reporting

- Tools and guidelines development, capacity building and support in their utilization for data collection that are aligned with the M&E framework

- Propose mechanisms for periodical (annual, mid-term) review and evaluation of the SP M&E framework and Plan

End of February 2019

II: Bi Monthly Progress Report including but not limited to progress on:

3) MIS and Single Registry Linkages

- Support the linkages to SR with SP sector stakeholders to automate M&E reports

- Enhance the reporting module and generate periodic reports based of the agreed indicators.

4) Knowledge Management and Learning System linked to the Social Protection community of Practice

- Develop a repository of study, survey, evaluation, review reports, that are prepared by participating SP stakeholders and make them easily accessible to all interested partners.

- Draw lessons learned from the SP M & E events/activities as well as from the use of the monitoring and evaluation framework and share them with all interested partners;

End of April 2019

III: Bi Monthly Progress Report including but not limited to progress on:

5) Knowledge Management and Learning System reviews linked tp the Social Protection Community of Practice

- Support in the preparation of program improvement plans based on reports and recommendations from evaluation.

- Support the annual knowledge management annual events.

- Document challenges and successes during implementation of SP M&E framework

6) Capacity building of KMS and M&E Framework

- Capacity building and awareness of the Knowledge Management System for the National and selected county governments

- Capacity building on M&E tools to stakeholders

End of June 2019

IV: Bi Monthly Progress Report including but not limited to progress on:

7) Facilitation of joint M&E activities

- Support joint monitoring missions with key stakeholders;

- Support the SPS in carrying out joint evaluation studies, or others;

- Manage the conduct of surveys (baseline and annual follow-up) to obtain vital feedback on impact and shared to all stakeholders.

8) Support Joint Monitoring Mission with SP Stakeholders

- Assist the Social Protection Secretariat in planning, organizing, coordinating joint periodical (annual, mid-term,) internal reviews for the Sector framework and in monitoring the implementation of conclusions/ recommendations that come out from such events ensuring action is undertaken.

End August 2019

V: Bi Monthly Progress Report including but not limited to progress on:

9) Annual Monitoring and Evaluation Report 2018/19

10) Review of the SP M&E Framework

- Review the SP M&E framework based on the ongoing revision of the ongoing National Social Protection Policy and National Social Protection Strategy documents.

End of October 2019

VI: Bi Monthly Progress Report including but not limited to progress on:

11) Capacity building of the reviewed SP M&E Framework

Network with national and county partners in M&E in the SP sector and interact with colleagues in the sector to exchange information for learning purposes with a view of inputting data from the sector

12) Comprehensive Hand over Report

Mid December 2019

N.B.

· Payment is on satisfactory completion of deliverables duly authorized by the Supervisor of contract.

· Specific deliverables of acceptable quality must be submitted at the planned times.

· Performance will be evaluated considering quality of deliverables, consultation with stakeholders, timeliness of deliverables of and comprehensiveness of work as defined in the terms of reference.

· The consultant is expected to carry out the design process in accordance with professional communication development standards

Required qualifications, desired competencies, technical background and experience

Key requirements for the post:

· Hold a Masters degree or equivalent in Social Sciences (Sociology, population studies, demography, anthropology, economics, etc) or statistics

· At least 8 years experience in designing, managing and implementing M&E systems

· Previous experience should include working with complex government and multilateral programs

· Experience in social protection sector programs and policy

· Experienced trainer of M&E approaches

· Excellent report writing skills

· Good presentation and facilitation skills

· Should be a team player

Conditions

The consultant is expected to commit fully to this task as per the TOR and adhere to the timeline, subject to changes and revisions by UNICEF KCO team. The consultant will not have supervisory responsibilities nor authority on UNICEF budget and other resources.

As per UNICEF DFAM policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary. The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts.

All applications must include an all-inclusive financial proposal (including travel expense) to carry out the deliverables listed in the TOR.

How to apply:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

Expressions of interest are invited for the above consultancy opportunity.

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