Jun 20, 2017

Arabic-Speaking Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Consultant

NGO/UN Job Vacancy



Organization: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Closing date: 07 Jul 2017

Background

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is an international non-governmental organisation with national sections covering every continent, an international secretariat based in Geneva and a New York office focused on the work of the United Nations. Since its establishment in 1915, WILPF has brought together women from around the world, united in working for peace, to promote political, economic and social justice for all. WILPF's approach is always through non-violent means. WILPF uses international legal and political frameworks to achieve fundamental change in the way states conceptualise and address issues of gender, militarism, peace and security. WILPF's strength lies in its ability to link the international and local levels. WILPF was one of the first NGOs to gain consultative status with the UN, and remains the only women's anti-war NGO so recognised.

Context

WILPF is implementing the WILPF International 2017-2019 Strategy. The Strategy for the next three years aims to advancing feminist peace for equality, justice, and demilitarised security by way of two interlinked paths: by addressing the root causes of violence with a feminist lens and by mobilising for nonviolent action. The Strategy uses theory of change proposed by the evaluator.

The WILPF Strategy includes a Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Framework. There are 6 interlinked outcomes in the Strategy.

One focused region is the MENA region which is managed under the Crisis Response Programme. This programme aims to “develop fuller documentation and tracking of the dynamics of transformation in specific settings and identify opportunities for building on successful actions”. Since the Evaluation, the Crisis Response Programme has reframed its results framework (Project Monitoring Matrix) and results chain (Theory of Change) to make the programme indicators and interventions more relevant and attainable. The programme has also developed tools and mechanisms for better tracking and documentation and for the purpose of measurement of and identification of opportunities for progress towards the programme's objectives.

Objective

The MEL Consultant has two main objectives:

  1. Support implementation and data management for the WILPF Mel Framework

  2. Maintain and further develop the improved systems and practices focused on WILPF’s Crisis Response Programme (MENA V).

Responsibilities

The MEL Consultant will lead the ongoing monitoring, evaluation and learning of the 1. WILPF Strategy MEL framework and 2. Crisis Response Programme and the wider MENA team activities and interventions by undertaking the following tasks:

1. WILPF Strategy Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (50%)

  • Implementing Framework
  • Verifying and checking outcome indicators
  • Updating tracking tools and data management

2. Crisis Response Programme Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (50%)

  • Designing and implementing mid-term review of Crisis Response Programme
  • Developing action plans and timelines with MENA partners for new project cycles
  • Supporting the Programme Manager in defining and implementing the project performance indicators as well as monitoring them throughout the duration of the projects, in close collaboration with other WILPF programs
  • Monitoring and evaluating overall progress on achievement of results
  • Updating tracking tools on a weekly and monthly basis
  • Updating indicator monitoring excel workbook on a monthly basis
  • Drafting monthly monitoring report
  • Preparing progress reports
  • Generating case studies
  • Compiling summaries of for monthly membership news contribution
  • Feeding into trainings/workshops and taking notes on outcome
  • Calculating targets for new project cycle (see Baseline Report)
  • Preparing monitoring reports on specific programme interventions
  • Liaising with other programme staff on wider WILPF MEL strategy
  • Reviewing and following up on partners' annual reports

Reporting and communication

  • Drafting tools as well as data collection procedures under the supervision of the CR Programme Manager, such as the logical framework, tracking project performance, project indicators, data flow chart etc.
  • Supporting and participating in program and project evaluations
  • Establishing log frames, MEL work plans, and targets during the drafting donor project proposals as well as throughout project implementation
  • Reviewing and analyzing activity reports to enhance quality of reporting
  • Supporting all other MEL initiatives for assigned projects and grants
  • Compiling briefs on target MENA countries
  • Compiling advocacy reports on target MENA countries
  • Writing blogs on MENA events
  • Editing submissions/reports etc.
  • Reviewing/contributing to other submissions on MENA by WILPF Programmes
  • Liaising with partners to coordinate MENA Day activities
  • Contributing to statements on target MENA countries
  • Liaising and following up with stakeholders in target MENA countries on key issues
  • Translating emails/evaluation forms etc. from English into Arabic and vice versa
  • Liaising with partners and collecting/collating information in preparation for events
  • Interviewing potential partners to ensure they meet eligibility requirements
  • Feeding into WILPF donor reports
  • Taking notes at events/MoM

Profile of consultant

Essential:

  • Oral, written and spoken fluency in both Arabic and English
  • Up to date knowledge of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning best practices, concepts and tools
  • Knowledge and experience working with organisations in high threat environments in MENA
  • At least 3 years' progressive experience in MEL, reporting and/or communications
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills
  • Ability to operate independently, maintain regular contact and manage time with minimal supervision
  • Access to office space and reliable internet
  • Availability during Geneva office hours: 9AM - 5PM CEST

Desirable:

  • Experience designing and implementing internal evaluations
  • Experience working with women's organisations with a feminist vision
  • Knowledge of and experience in the Middle East and North African region
  • Professional proficiency in French

Conditions

  • Reporting line: The MEL Consultant will report to the Global Programmes Director (50%) and to the Crisis Response Programme Manager (50%)
  • Duration: 1 November 2016 – 31 March 2017
  • Terms: Full time – the MEL consultant should be available during Geneva office hours: 9AM - 5PM CEST
  • Based in: Flexible location.
  • Salary: 2000 CHF per month.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit the following to jobs (@) wilpf.ch with “Application for MEL Consultant” in the subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

  • Up-to-date CV outlining relevant skills and experience
  • Cover letter (not exceeding one page) outlining the added value you will bring to the post.

The deadline for applications is 7 July 2017. The consultant is expected to be available to start the post as soon as possible.