Unicef : Consultant National – Knowledge Management Officer, NO-2, Kinshasa

Job no: 513675
Work type: Consultancy
Location: Congo, Dem. Rep
Categories: Social and Economic Policy, P-3

 

  1. JUSTIFICATION Given PEAR+’s established programmatic base, this third phase’s innovative dimensions and the complex context in which it is implemented, UNICEF finds it opportune to refine the program’s key concepts of resilience and test the theory of change (ToC). This would not only allow the program to hone the ToC but also to enhance the capacity to measure evolution of program outcomes during the implementation period. This is especially important to facilitate the program implementation plan review planned for third quarter 2018 and feed into the program’s exit strategy planned for 2019. UNICEF is also expecting that this exercise will improve capacity to measure impact at the end of the program.

    As such, UNICEF is seeking to develop internal and partner organization technical capacity to monitor and demonstrate the effects of the program on the wellbeing of the child, while at the same time demonstrating the effectiveness of the intervention. With regard to the later, a specific focus on the use of cash transfers and access to social safety nets as an appropriate and acceptable manner to reinforce household and community resilience will be explored.

  2. OBJECTIVES The objective of the operational research is to provide a context/program specific resilience model, supported by a refined and validated Theory of Change (ToC), that allows for sound and rigorous monitoring of program components and measurement of effects at impact level, with specific attention to the wellbeing children in progressively resilient households/communities. This validated definition and model for measurement will serve in regular PEAR+ monitoring and refinement, as well as serving as a key pillar of the final impact evaluation of the PEAR+ program. It will provide additional opportunity to explore the use of cash and social safety networks as a means to build household resilience and social inclusion.

    The proposed resilience model grounding the operational research must therefore be:

  1. developed based on good practices and lessons learned in the DRC and from other countries, framed within national and international guidelines and strategies;
  2. specific to UNICEF’s mandate, interventions and intrinsically linked to the founding ToC and strategies of the PEAR+ program (integrated risk-informed programming, community-based approach, gender and social inclusion mainstreaming, etc.);
  3. specific to the fragile environments and the DRC context;
  4. developed with reference to social inclusion, gender equity, participation, and is age-gender- and culturally-sensitive/specific.

It is important to note that the measuring of the resilience of children, households and communities shall not and will not only to be used for demonstrating  the actual benefits of the PEAR+ program on the beneficiaries’ resilience, but also to demonstrate value of the PEAR+ integrated package of interventions in terms of “value for money’ and “returns on investment”.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

  1. Refine the concept of resilience promoted by PEAR+ as defined in the context of the DRC and framed within UNICEF mandate;
    • Render the concept of resilience practical in terms of expected effects/outcomes for children (girls and boys, age-specific), households and communities (management of tension, capacity to prevent and better respond, etc. to specific risks, threats and vulnerabilities) through the development of a resilience model and/or index.
  2. Validate the proposed operational definition of resilience;
    •  Test and integrate the new operational definition into the PEAR+ theory of change, log frame and its associated M&E tools
  3. Work with UNICEF and PEAR+ partners to have the validated concept of resilience built into PEAR+III ToC;
    • Make necessary recommendation to ensure learning in incorporated into implementation plans
    • Develop and build local capacity to use the M&E tools for resilience measurement over the course of the program implementation based on appropriate M&E methodologies (cohort, most significant changes, etc.)
  4. Produce a case study based on a longitudinal engagement following Phase III innovations using cash as a social protection tool;
    • Present an evidence based analysis of the pilot’s effects on household resilience and child wellbeing.
  5. METHODOLOGY AND STEPS UNICEF is seeking two consultants, one team leader in charge of designing the operational research framework and resilience model, and one data collection and analysis expert in charge of the field work. The consultants will work under the supervision of the Chief of the Social Policy Section and with the Emergency/Transition section, and specifically the Transition Specialist/PEAR+III Coordinator to produce the expected deliverables. The consultants will engage with national and PEAR+ program implementing partners, as well with other transition/resilience actors, as required.

    The methodology should include desk research, field visits, testing through established research techniques, capacity building seminars and technical reviews/support, and necessary engagement to produce a longitudinal study on the cash pilot. The methodology should reflect a commitment to support the program and monitor evolution throughout the program’s expected two year implementation period and for a period of six months beyond the end of the program. The consultants are expected to work from distance and during regularly spaced visits to the DRC.

It is expected that the development of the operational definition and model of resilience will consider (1) children, (2) households and (3) communities; as such the consultants, must take into account the cost aspects of implantation within the framework of PEAR+. It may be necessary that two equity-focused, gender-based, risks-informed and integrated/cross-sectoral resilience models are proposed and selected based on their respective relevance as well as the required funds to operationalize it over the course of PEAR+.

ACTIVITIES and DELIVERABLES

The consultants are responsible to proposing the final work plan and key steps/benchmarks. However, the following provides an outline of basic considerations which must be integrated. Timeframes and sub-activities can be negotiated based on consultants’ proposals.

Month Activity Deliverables

 

June 2018 Desk review of resilience models
Develop tools for implementing partners to collect and analyze data on resilience for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
Develop methodology for the longitudinal study
1. Inception report (review of resilience literature and resilience conceptual framework in line with PEAR+ and ToC)
2. Development of resilience tool (indicators, metrics, survey questions, guidelines)

home-based

July-August 2018 Test and validate the operational concept of resilience
Roll out M&E resilience tools
Support longitudinal/resilience focused data collection capacity of local partners
Identify longitudinal case study subject  Develop methodology to ensure capacity to use evidence based approaches to spotlight key program innovations (cash and social protection)
3. Identification and contract of data collection partner
4.Training session to development local capacity to use the M&E tools for resilience measurement
5. Pilot test of resilience tools
6. Identification of resilience key performance indicators
7. Baseline data collection
8. Development of data base
9. Identify longitudinal case study subject
10. Evidence collected and analyzed in 1st progress report

field visit

home-based

September 2018 Data collection to gather evidence over time in specific locations and continue refinement of resilience strategy and program implementation.
Support longitudinal/resilience focused data collection capacity of local partners
11. Training session to development local capacity to use the M&E tools for resilience measurement
12. Data about resilience of children, households and communities and disagragated analysis (age, gender and vulnerability-specific)
13. 1st report containing insights about the field tests of the resilience tool and the baseline data collection.

field visit

home-based

October 2018

Nov-18

Dec-18

Jan-19 Data collection to gather evidence over time in specific locations and continue refinement of resilience strategy and program implementation.
Support longitudinal/resilience focused data collection capacity of local partners
Support the documentation of the effects of PEAR+ program through the production of 1 case study
14. Training session to development local capacity to use the M&E tools for resilience measurement
15. Data about resilience of children, households and communities and disagragated analysis (age, gender and vulnerability specifics)
16. 1st case study
17. Evidence collected and analyzed in 2nd progress report

field visit

home-based

Feb-19

Mar-19

Apr-19 Data collection to gather evidence over time in specific locations and continue refinement of resilience strategy and program implementation.
Support longitudinal/resilience focused data collection capacity of local partners
18.  Data about resilience of children, households and communities and disagragated analysis (age, gender and vulnerability specifics)
19. 2nd report containing an evidence based analisys of the pilot’s effects on household resilience and child wellbeing during the program implementation period.

field visit

home-based

May-19

Jun-19

Jul-19 Supervisory visit to support data collection and continue refinement of resilience strategy and program implementation.
Support longitudinal/resilience focused data collection capacity of local partners
Support the documentation of the effects of PEAR+ program through the production of 1 case study
20. Data about resilience of children, households and communities and disagragated analysis (age, gender and vulnerability specifics)
21. Evidence collected and analyzed in 2nd progress report
22. 2nd case study

field visit

home-based

Aug-19

Sep-19

Oct-19

Nov-19 Supervisory visit to support data collection and continue refinement of resilience strategy and program implementation.
Support longitudinal/resilience focused data collection capacity of local partners
Support the documentation of the effects of PEAR+ program through the production of 1 case study
23. Data about resilience of children, households and communities and disagragated analysis (age, gender and vulnerability specifics)
24. Evidence collected and analyzed in 3rd progress report
25. 3rd case study

field visit

home-based

Dec-19

Jan-19

Feb-19

Mars 2019 Supervisory visit to support data collection and continue refinement of resilience strategy and program implementation.
Support longitudinal/resilience focused data collection capacity of local partners
Produce final report on the capacity of the program to effectively contribute to beneficiary households, children and communities resilience, including the findings of the use of cash in fragile contexts as an effective resilience building tool
26. Endline data collection
27. Feedback session
28. 3rd report
containing insights on the endline data collection and the changes in resilience over time after program implemention, together with an analysis of the impact of the cash pilot on beneficiaries’ resilience.

field visit

home-based

  1. DURATION OF THE CONTRACTThe duration of the contract is estimated at 1 year, starting July 2018, with possibility of extension until end of May 2020, with a maximum of 185 working days, permitting for strategic research and accompaniment during program implementation, as well as 6 months post program data collection and follow up. Regularly spaced visits, efforts and production of products are expected.
  2. MANAGEMENT AND ORGANISATION MANAGEMENT

    The consultants will report to the Chief of the Social Policy Section and work closely with the Emergency/Transition Section, and specifically the Transition Specialist/PEAR+ Coordinator. As PEAR+ is an integrated program and resilience is a transversal theme, the consultants will work close with all section chiefs and field staff. The consultants will develop a working relationship with the PEAR+ program partners, as they develop their capacities and coordinate data collection and production of outputs.

    Work conditions and institutional arrangements

    The consultants will be recruited by UNICEF in accordance with HR policies and in accordance with terms and conditions of consultancy contracts. The consultants may be required to submit a number of supporting documentation with their proposal or prior to deployment, including proof of insurance.

    The consultants are expected to work with their own equipment, software and materials. When in country, UNCIEF will provide the consultants with shared office space. Additional logistical and administrative support can be negotiated between parties, in line with terms and conditions outlined in the contract.

    The consultants will be required to provide UNICEF all intermediate work material (preliminary analysis, qualitative/quantitative data, interview notes, etc.).

  3. PROFILE OF THE CONSULTANTSThe profile of the candidates should clearly demonstrate technical expertise in the sector of resilience/early recover/transition programming, with specific technical expertise in cash based programming in fragile contexts. The candidates’ expertise should be commiserate with a P4 level in the UN professional categorization system.

    Specifically, both consultants must dispose of the following:

  • Master degree in social sciences or related field, or years of professional experience equal to or surpassing a master’s degree
  • At least 5 years of experience in conducting similar pieces of work (in terms of thematic, approach, size, and/or technical expertise, etc).

Additionally, the Team Leader must have demonstrated experience in the following:

  • Resilience: programming, modeling, research, publications, etc.
  • Cash based programming: especially in early recovery programming in fragile contexts
  • Research: quantitative and qualitative data collection, conducting longitudinal studies, development of monitoring and evaluation tools, and testing of theories of change through established and respected research methods, development of large scale and multi-year research frameworks. Have demonstrated experience providing technical support at a distance.
  • Fluency in French: capacity to read in English
  • Outstanding communication skills: exceptional written and oral communication skills with various audiences

The Data Collection and Analysis Expert must have:

  • Research: quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis proven experience, conducting longitudinal studies, and roll out of monitoring and evaluation tools. Demonstrated experience using statistical software. Previous field experience in in the DRC or Great Lakes region will be considered an asset.
  • Capacity building: proven experience in training and building and/or reinforcing local partners’ capacities.
  • Fluency in French: capacity to read in English
  • Outstanding communication skills: exceptional written and oral communication skills with various audiences

Ideally, the consultants will have experience with working with UNICEF and/or working for the best interest of the child, promoting social inclusion, centered on addressing equity gaps

Advertised: W. Central Africa Standard Time
Applications close: W. Central Africa Standard Time

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