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Terms of Reference (ToR) for Final Evaluation

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May 182022
 

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Country: Somalia
Organization: CARE
Closing date: 23 May 2022

Terms of Reference (ToR) for Final Evaluation

1. General Information

Post/Title:

Final Evaluation of the Education Sector Program Implementation Grant (ESPIG)

Program

GPE Funded ESPIG

Reporting to:

Program Manager- Education Sector Program Improvement Grant

Duration

40 working days

Closing date

23nd May 2022

2. Background Information

2.1. About Education Sector Program Implementation Grant (ESPIG)

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE)-funded Education Sector Program Implementation Grant (ESPIG) is aligned with the priorities of the Federal Government of Somalia’s Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP 2018-2020). The overall objective is to increase access to quality education for more than 50,000 out-of-school children; enhance the quality of primary education; and improve the capacity of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education (MOECHE) at Federal/Member States to regulate and manage the education sector. The Federal Government of Somalia Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education (MoECHE) is implementing the grant in collaboration with the Federal Member States Ministries of Education in Jubaland State, South West State, Galmudug State, Hirshabelle State and Benadir regional administration with CARE as the grant agent and Concern Worldwide as sub-contractor.

The main objective of the ESPIG is to improve equitable access to and quality of education outcomes for all Somali primary school children through strengthened system capacity to design evidence-driven Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) reforms, and collaborate effectively with partners in their implementation. ESPIG was envisioned to maximize the potential of development investments in education in Somalia through the combination of four key principles:

  • Use of evidence-based approaches to address key gaps in access, learning and retention, and inform tailored efforts to reach marginalized groups;
  • Creation of conditions to implement solutions that address the intersection of multiple barriers to access, retention and learning;
  • Generation of synergies with privately managed schools/networks, development actors and the private sector to ensure complementarity of efforts and leverage existing capacity/ investment;
  • Capacity building of federal, state, regional and district-level actors for a cohesive, efficient and dynamic approach to the design and implementation of solutions.

The program’s five components are described below:

  • Equitable access to quality education will increase through changes in three intermediate outcomes: Increased access to education for out of school children; strengthened capacity of community education committees; and community actions towards improved school safety.
  • Enhanced quality of education, leading to grade-appropriate improved learning outcomes, will be achieved through the following intermediate outcomes: effective monitoring of teacher education and management policy, strengthened and harmonized efforts in teacher pre-service training; improved access to teaching and learning materials; and a strengthened assessment framework.
  • Enhanced system capacity to regulate and manage the education sector will emerge from the combination of the following intermediate outcomes: (i) strengthening regulatory and monitoring system for private, community and government schools and (ii) improved capacity of education officers for planning, budgeting, policy implementation, coordination and progress tracking.
  • Build a strong framework for program monitoring, accountability and communication, generating evidence to track progress, inform adaptive management and support planning and management processes.
  • Effective and efficient program management, embedded within government systems at local level and leveraging the grant agent’s capacity and experience in country and globally

2.2. Program beneficiaries

Direct program beneficiaries includes: (i) about 50,000 out-of-school poor or marginalized primary children who will benefit from school inclusion grants; (ii) about 600 Community Education Committees who will benefit from training to improve inclusion, security and learning at their schools; (iii) 6,570 teachers who will benefit from teaching guides associated to the new curriculum; (iv) 240 primary pre-service student teachers who will benefit from new teacher training institutes; (v) 2,000 teachers benefitting from tailored in-service teacher training; (vi) 297,168 grade 1-8 pupils who will receive textbooks linked to the new curriculum; (vii) 150 education officers will benefit from professional development to improve skills in planning, coordination and monitoring.

3. Objective of the Final Evaluation

The Education Sector Program Implementation Grant (ESPIG) is seeking to procure the services of a consultancy company to conduct a final evaluation to assess the extent to which the stated objectives and ESPIG components were achieved (or not) in the project i.e. the extent to which the expected results of the ESPIG intervention have been achieved. The evaluation should generate relevant findings, lessons learned and recommendations to guide and inform on the best practices and strategies/approaches for improving other future phases and education programs. The final evaluation will have full participation of the project staff and key stakeholders.

3.1 Specific Objectives of the Final Evaluation

The consultant will critically evaluate the outputs and outcomes achieved under each component and how those have influenced the situation of target groups and beneficiaries. This will require critical examination of the individual activities to understand their contribution towards achievement of the results. The consultant is expected to reference changes in target groups, final beneficiaries and school conditions at the end of the project vis a vis the endline and baseline. The specific objective of the evaluation is to: “evaluate the outputs and outcomes achieved under each component and the project’s overall relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, validity of design, sustainability, factors affecting performance, alternative strategies and its strengths and weaknesses.

Overarching evaluation questions: The final evaluation will be guided by the overarching questions below;

Table 3 : Overarching questions

1

Effectiveness

  • To what extent were the overall objectives and specific objectives achieved?
  • What were the major factors influencing the achievement or non-achievement of the objectives?
  • Were the assumptions underlying the overall program ToC valid?

2

Efficiency

  • Which interventions were most effective in contributing to change relative to the personnel and associated costs?
  • What have been the most and least efficient interventions?

3

Relevance

  • To what extent are the objectives of the program ToCs still relevant for the targeted groups and beneficiaries?
  • Which changes in the external context or lessons in its implementation, have influenced the relevance of the ToC and how?

4

Sustainability

  • How sustainable is the ESPIG as a program and what results have been achieved? And how sustainable are these results?
  • What is being done to ensure the sustainability of program results and how successful are those efforts?

5

Impact

  • What has happened as a result of the programme?
  • What the major positive changes are as identified in response to the effectiveness of the interventions?
  • Did the program have any unintended negative outcomes?
  • Did the program intended outcomes lead to unintended positive or negative changes?

6

Lessons and recommendations

  • What are the main lessons learnt during the program design and implementation?
  • Which adjustments to the ToC should be made in the next phase of the program?
  • What are the main recommendations of this component and the program in general?

Specific evaluation questions: The assessment of the program components will be based on specific evaluation questions guided by the overarching questions above. The Specific evaluation questions under each component are listed below;

Component 1: Equitable access to quality education

Main activities:

  • Provide capitation grants to target schools to increase access to education for out of school children
  • Strengthen capacity of community education committees
  • Community actions towards improved school safety[1]

Evaluation questions

  • What was the impact of the intervention on children’s access to school? How did the impact vary per location and gender? To what extent did the intervention result in the enrolment of children from marginalized groups?
  • To what extent did the provision of capitation grants mitigate the impact of COVID-19 crisis and prolonged drought on the most vulnerable children’s education?
  • To what extent did the COVID-19 crisis and drought affect the ability of schools to ensure the attendance of students benefitting from capitation grants?
  • What was the impact of the school grants component on school infrastructure?
  • Are community education committees better prepared to manage schools? Have they developed skills and capacities to deliver needed services?
  • What was the impact of the intervention on education outcomes in targeted schools, particularly in terms of enrolment, attendance and retention?
  • To what extent did the federal member states and communities in underserved areas benefit from the intervention?
  • Were capitation grants implemented in an efficient and transparent manner? To what extent are community education committees and local education officials involved in their oversight? What were the main uses of capitation grants?
  • What activities are being implemented by community education committees? Has the intervention contributed to changes in CEC activities (types of activities, support to subgroups of students and/or how those activities are being implemented)?

Component 2: Enhanced quality of education, leading to grade-appropriate improved learning outcomes

Main activities

  • Monitor teacher education and management policy
  • Construct and equip one teacher training institute[2]
  • Distribution of primary school textbooks
  • Early grade assessments
  • Tailored in-service teacher training[3]

Evaluation questions

  • What was the impact of the provision of primary school textbooks on learning environments?
  • Are learners benefiting from increased access to teaching/learning resources? How?
  • Are teachers benefitting from increased access to teaching/ learning resources? How?
  • To what extent was the implementation of this component affected by the combined negative impact of the COVID-19 crisis, prolonged drought and security issues in 2020-22?

Component 3: Enhanced system capacity to regulate and manage the education sector

Main activities

  • Strengthen regulatory and monitoring system for private, community and government schools
  • Strengthen capacities of education officers for planning, budgeting, policy implementation, coordination and progress tracking.
  • EMIS system development and support
  • Conduct a joint review of education sector
  • Support ESA/ESSP processes

Evaluation Questions

  • In what ways has the program enhanced fiduciary management and utilization of resources at the MOECHE and FMS MOEs?
  • To what extent are the policies developed under the ESPIG, such as the private school policy and CEC training harmonization, being implemented?
  • How have the various trainings, infrastructural support enabled MOECHE and respective state authorities to handle activities within their mandate effectively?
  • To what extent is the new EMIS operational, compared to the previous version?
  • How is the newly developed EMIS different from the previous versions? Does the system enable the MOECHE to better assess the status of the education system?
  • To what extent have planning processes, such as the JRES, been supported by the ESPIG?

Component 4: Build a strong framework for program monitoring, accountability and communication

Main Activities

  • Conduct evaluation studies – baseline, midterm study, and final evaluation
  • Support the MoECHE and Federal Member States (FMS) to carry out monitoring activities to verify progress against ESPIG / ESSP indicators
  • Learning and communication
  • Feedback and Complaints Response Mechanism (FCRM)

Evaluation Questions

  • How have the recommendations of the baseline/midterm survey informed adaptation and reprogramming efforts?
  • Are the MoECHE and FMS Ministry of Education undertaking monitoring activities? Has support to monitoring activities enabled accountability and adaptive management?
  • Are there platforms to share learning and/or communication? How is this working?
  • How is the Feedback and Complaints Response Mechanism working? How can it be improved?

Cross-cutting Issues: Particular attention will be given to cross-cutting issues such as special needs and inclusion, gender, vulnerable and marginalized groups, human rights, child protection and safeguarding, and health and hygiene promotion in the project. A conflict-aware, do-no-harm approach has been used to implement activities.

4. Technical Approach and Methodology

The consultancy company is expected to propose a relevant methodology to assess the intervention’s contribution to the Somali education system, responding to the evaluation questions above. In addition, the evaluation will assess the program’s relevance, efficiency, sustainability, coordination, and lessons learned**. The selected methodology should be able to show the extent to which the program achieved its intended results thus far and reached the intended target populations. The proposed methodology should also allow the program to identify and quantify the impact of contextual factors on the expected results.

4.1 Document Review

The consultant will be expected to review all relevant documentation to understand the assignment and the context beforehand. This will enable the consultant to gather secondary data that will complement the primary data that will be collected. CARE will provide other relevant documentation on implementation once services are contracted.

4.2. Primary Data Collection

The primary data will be collected from various qualitative and quantitative data collection methods namely:

  • School survey (longitudinally tracking the schools sampled at the ESPIG baseline and midline studies);
  • Analysis of school enrolment records, retention and transition records, test scores and attendance records, and observation of students’ attendance through headcounts, where possible.
  • Interviews with CECs, teachers, and headteachers;
  • Key informant interviews with the regional and district officials, other MOE and MOECHE staff, and partner agencies;
  • Case studies with beneficiaries, including but not limited to students (particularly girls) who have enrolled/ re-enrolled through capitation grants.

Other methods may be added as appropriate.

4.3. Data Collection, Processing, and Analysis

The consultant is expected to train enumerators on data collection methodologies and tools; quality assurance’; confidentiality; ethics and informed consent. CARE Somalia will provide training on child protection and prevention of sexual harassment, exploitation, and abuse (PSHEA) and require all enumerators to comply with its PSHEA and child protection policy. In addition, the consultant will be expected to supervise data collection in the field, translation, and transcription of qualitative data, ensuring quality is maintained throughout the entire process. The data collection tools will be prepared and shared with CARE before the training and thereafter piloted and revised accordingly after the pre-test exercise to ensure they are acceptable and match the program’s needs. The Consultant will then analyze the data collected, prepare the final evaluation report and present the findings, conclusions, and recommendations to CARE who will then share it with consortium partners, the donor, and other key stakeholders.

5. Deliverables

Deliverables under this consultancy will include the following:

  • Inception report: Including the proposed methodology, data collection tools, analysis framework, and a detailed work plan.
  • Data collection report
  • Complete datasets and syntax files used for analysis.
  • Complete transcriptions of qualitative data and respective audio files.
  • Draft report: Will be presented to CARE for input and feedback. CARE will give feedback within seven days of receipt of the draft report.
  • Final report inclusive of CARE’s feedback.
  • Summary of findings and presentation.

6. Duration and Time

The exercise is expected to commence immediately after the contract is signed by all parties. The estimated deadline for completion is July 30, 2022.

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Tasks

Duration (Man days)

Literature review/Desk Review

2

Preparation of inception report, data collection tools, translation into Somali, and testing/revision of tools

5

Travel to and from target locations

2

Enumerator training

3

Field data and information collection

15

Data and information analysis

6

Report writing and presentations

7

Total

40

7. Desirable Qualifications:

This assignment requires previous experience in evaluating large-scale system development programs and in particular, large-scale education programs, preferably in the region and/or in Somalia. In addition, the consultancy company should have experience in working in fragile, conflict-affected contexts. The consultant will be required to devise appropriate strategies to generate as much information as possible within the allocated period, considering the ongoing crisis and potential challenges to reach some locations.

Education and background required:

  • Extensive experience in assessing large scale education programs, particularly system development/ strengthening initiatives;
  • Demonstrated expertise in quantitative analysis and use of mixed methods;
  • Excellent report writing skills in English;
  • Adequate knowledge of the context, including the Somalia education system, policies, and guidelines.
  • Previous experience in conducting community-based and school surveys in Somalia, provide contracts with previous NGOs and evidence of previous reports.
  • Ability to roll out large-scale data collection and ensure data quality in the South Somalia context.

8. Core Values & Critical Key Competencies

  • Strong analytical skills with a strong ability to do editing and proofreading
  • Ability to think critically and strategically in difficult conditions
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, relationship building, and networking skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines in stressful conditions

9. Administrative/ Logistical Support

9.1 Budget

The consultancy company will submit to CARE a financial proposal covering consultancy fees, operational costs and reimbursables, in line with the methodology described in the technical proposal.

9.2 Schedule of payment

The following payments will be paid to the consultant based on an agreed upon mode of payment.

  • After inception report: 30%
  • After data collection is completed and datasets are received: 40% (totaling 70% of the payment)
  • After Final Report: 30% (final payment)

The payments will only be made when the deliverables have been assessed by CARE to meet quality standards.

9.3 Logistics

CARE will provide the following support towards the successful execution of this consultancy:

  • Provide all relevant internal documents needed during the desk review.
  • Pay for all flight costs.
  • Provide transport and accommodation in the field during the activity
  • Provide stationeries and supplies required during the activity
  • Provide linkages with key stakeholders and actors at all levels to facilitate key informant interviews.
  • Pay consultant’s fees upon satisfactory completion of the assignment.

10. Conditions of Work

The ESPIG MEAL Lead will coordinate activities related to this consultancy in Somalia. CARE USA’s Senior Research and Learning Advisor will provide technical assistance to the evaluation process. The MEAL Lead and the Senior Research and Learning Advisor will review and approve the deliverables. The consultant will be required to abide by the organization’s applicable rules and regulations, code of conduct, and child safeguarding policy. CARE upholds the principle of working independently of political, commercial, military, or religious objectives. CARE has a zero-tolerance approach toward sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, and child abuse.

11. How to apply

All interested consultants/firms are requested to write an expression of interest following the attached EOI format ONLY by email to: SOM.Consultant@care.org. Please indicate ‘Final Evaluation – Education Sector Program Implementation Grant’’ as the subject heading. Application deadline 23

May 2022. Any canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

[1] Noting the modifications made to this subcomponent as part of the revisions agreed with the GPE

[2] The original agreement with the GPE required the construction of two teacher training institutes and was later revised to include the construction of only one TTI. The revised agreement is currently in effect.

[3] Due to a protracted approval process, this subcomponent’s implementation started in April 2022 and will not be included in the final evaluation.

How to apply

All interested consultants/firms are requested to write an expression of interest following the attached EOI format ONLY by email to: SOM.Consultant@care.org. Please indicate ‘Final Evaluation – Education Sector Program Implementation Grant’’ as the subject heading. Application deadline 23 May 2022. Any canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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Feb 112022
 

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Country: South Sudan
Organization: Amref Health Africa
Closing date: 18 Feb 2022

Amref Health Africa was founded in 1957 and has since grown to become the largest African based international health development organisation; currently implementing more than 140 programs, directly reaching more than 12 million people across 35 African countries. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, Amref Health Africa has offices in eight countries in Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, South Sudan, Zambia and Senegal. Amref’s work in each country responds to local needs and priorities strengthen existing capacities in communities to take control of their health and strengthen the local health systems. In additional eleven advocacy and fundraising offices are located in Europe and North America. In the spirit of Ubuntu, partnership and networking are key elements of Amref Health Africa’s approach. Amref has a staff complement of over 1,500.

Amref Health Africa is driven by its vision of ‘Lasting health change in Africa’ and its mission ‘**To increase sustainable health access to communities in Africa through solutions in human resources for health, health service delivery, and investments in health’.**

Job Purpose

Reporting to the Amref Business Development Director, the Business Development Manager provides support in business development and implementation of resource mobilization strategies of countries in line with the corporate strategy. This includes development and submission of high-quality proposals, identifying partnerships, capacity building, coordination of efforts and knowledge management aimed at winning new business that grows the organization. Heavily centered on institutional donors and proposal development, the position is part of the Amref Health Africa Business Development Unit based at Amref’s Headquarter in Nairobi, with a specific focus on business development for the Amref South Sudan Country Programme.

The Business Development Manager will position and manage all components of the proposal development process, ensuring a high quality and timely submission. S/he will manage and/or support post submission and lessons learned processes as well as utilize program design expertise to guide and lead quality program design (HQ and field based technical and finance colleagues) that builds on evidence-based approaches and is responsive to the guidelines and specification outlined by the donor.

The job holder will work with colleagues from various units in Amref Health Africa, including Programmes, Finance and Monitoring and Evaluation, to develop and submit high quality Page 2 of 3 institutional and high value proposals. S/he must be proactive in identifying new and non-traditional sources of funding from a range of institutional donors and working to leverage Amref Health Africa’s funding prospects.

The Business Development Manager will build the capacity of Amref Health Africa staff in developing and managing strategic consortium partnerships with other NGOs and private sector organizations where appropriate. S/he will liaise with the Business Development counterparts at HQ in developing and implementing the Amref Health Africa’s Fundraising Strategy and Operational Plan as well as engage in the teams’ development of best practice and evidenced base approaches utilized in proposals.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Pre-Positioning

· Identify relevant upcoming funding opportunities, track grant forecasts, and using resources for advance intelligence gathering.

Identify and nurture relationships with strategic partners (CSOs, academic organizations and private sector firms) to increase Amref Health Africa’s chances of success in partnering with strong partners for competitive calls for proposals.

· Prepare recommendations based on specific go/no-go decision criteria; identify and reach out to potential partners.

· Manage pre-solicitation proposal preparations and bid planning; participate in pre-design meetings and drafting sections of the proposal in advance of the solicitation; coordinate and facilitate design workshops.

· Support field teams to collect relevant country and technical area information that informs design.

2. Proposal Preparation and Coordination

· Lead the coordination and development of high-quality proposals from initial development to grant submissions; manage partners’ inputs to the cost application.

· Coordinate/provide technical input to field and HQ-based finance officers to support the completion of the cost application in alignment with the technical program design.

· Manage proposal review process and check for budget alignment, responsiveness and compliance with donor guidelines.

· Build effective working relationships with partners on proposal bids; support the management of consultants recruited to support proposal development.

· Support the recruitment process to ensure identification and inclusion of qualified key personnel in proposals.

3. Post Submission

· Contribute to collecting and sharing proposal process lessons learned after the submission; coordinate program design hand over to program manager(s).

4. External Engagement and Networking

• Identify international, and local partners for future opportunities; develop and cultivate strategic partnerships that grow Amref Health Africa in SS.

• Identify international, and local partners for future opportunities; and work with the country teams, business units and Europe and North America offices to gather, update and share intelligence on upcoming opportunities, pipelines and donor priorities.

• Networking with strategic donors, collecting strategic intelligence on opportunities, updating the donor contacts and database, and liaising with key in-country and international donors.

• Arrange client meetings and calls with partners.

• Conduct client outreach and follow up with subject matter experts for organizing meeting; support technical advisors to develop organizational capability statements in coordination with the communications team.

• Work collaboratively with team members to achieve the set business development objectives.

• Perform other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Professional Qualifications

· Master’s degree in health, public health, international development/relations, economics, human rights, political science or a related relevant technical discipline strongly preferred. Required Qualifications and Experience

· At least five (5) years of experience with an NGO in a senior business development/programme funding position(s) involving proposal development and donor liaison.

· Two or more years of experience working on USG proposal responses as a prime or subpartner, including participating in capture efforts, writing relevant sections of proposals, and developing proposal budgets.

· Experience of developing successful proposals and/or tender bids to Institutional Donors, Foundation and Private Funders. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

· Demonstrated strong writing, editing and communication skills.

· Keen interest and excitement in business development with a willingness to learn and ambition to take on positions of increasing responsibility.

· Detail-oriented, flexible, and able to handle multiple concurrent tasks. • Able to work independently as well as part of a team.

· Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.

· Ability to prioritize own workload and work with minimal supervision. • Ability to lead complex proposal development teams.

How to apply:

Submit your application to jobs.southsudan@amref.org and indicate Business Development Manager, South Sudan (BDM/SS/001) in the subject line. Your application should include a cover letter detailing why you are the best fit for this position and your CV with relevant skills and experience. Please do not attach certificates and testimonials to your application as the email should not exceed 2MB.

Closing date will be February 18, 2022, at 11:59 p.m, EAT. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Duly note that Amref Health Africa does not require applicants to pay any money at whatever stage of the recruitment and selection process and has not retained any agent in connection with recruitment. Amref Health Africa is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

Amref Health Africa is an equal opportunity and has a non-smoking environment policy

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HR Manager – GOAL South Sudan (national hire)

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Jan 122022
 

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Country: South Sudan
Organization: GOAL
Closing date: 4 Feb 2022

Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian agency, with a team of 2,400 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 14 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater resilience and sustainable livelihoods.

GOAL has an annual budget of an estimated €120 million and is supported by a range of donors including the Governments of Ireland, UK, USA, the European Union, individuals, trusts and foundations. GOAL values the power of partnership and works with local and international partners to achieve its mission.

Job purpose:

Reporting to the Country Director, this post sits on the Senior Management Team (SMT) and will contribute to the design and delivery of staff development strategies and the management of change in support of GOAL South Sudan’s strategic and operational plans, providing information, advice and services as required. The HR Manager will work with teams across the country programme to support a process of continuous organizational and individual performance improvement to help the country office achieve its ambition of becoming a high performing and impactful one. The purpose of this job will also include:

· Ensuring that GOAL human resources policies and procedures are consistent with the South Sudan legal framework and implemented across the country programme

· Ensuring that human resources activities and priorities are aligned to the country strategic objectives.

· Promoting diversity, equity and inclusion, staff development, retention and engagement in the workplace

· Providing guidance/advice to the SMT for informed decision-making.

Key Responsibilities

Main responsibilities:

· To contribute to research, analysis and ideas for the development of the country office’s HR strategy and ensure it is appropriately integrated into and aligned with strategic and development goals of GOAL South Sudan.

· To support specific performance improvement initiatives through the implementation of a continuous assessment and competency framework for staff and their line managers.

· To identify opportunities for performance improvement such as undertaking internal diagnosis, process/system reviews in order to understand barriers and possible solutions; conducting external research into good practice and new ideas.

· To design and facilitate in-house events (e.g. workshops, staff retreats) as required.

· To work with line managers to ensure effective communication and consultation processes and to build staff engagement culture.

· To support line managers to conduct recruitment of staff with the required competencies, skills and experiences

· To facilitate and support an internship scheme from individuals and institutions to support the various functions

Learning & Development

· To develop the country office’s approach to talent attraction, retention, management and succession planning and to coordinate the contributions of line managers to ensure effective implementation.

· To work with line managers on the design and delivery of appropriate and relevant Personal Development Plans for their staff; to commission and evaluate agreed internally-delivered interventions and to ensure best use of the country office’s development budgets.

· To develop coaching, mentoring and secondment schemes to support staff development and the achievement of Personal Development Plans.

· To lead on the development of a staff skills and knowledge database in order to maximise the diverse talents of the country office.

Human Resources Management

· To be responsible for the country office’s job evaluation and management (JEM) system, advising on job design, job descriptions and the correct grading of jobs.

· To oversee the annual appraisal process, monitoring compliance within the timetable and working with line managers to ensure consistency of quality in appraisal documentation.

· To manage new staff induction programmes.

· To contribute to the development of policies and procedures in collaboration with HQ.

· Be familiar with country labour laws and ensure that GOAL’s employment policies are not in conflict with the country laws.

· Support line managers in recruitment and training of staff and HR policies interpretation.

· Collect and analyse employee data and maintain accurate and complete employee records.

· Maintain all records pertaining to staff employment, monitor and report fulfilment of contractual terms and conditions.

· Analyse and ensure that GOAL International’s policies and practices are translated and implemented to fit local customs and practices in South Sudan.

· Maintain International staff annual Leave, loyalty leave and R&R travel records and advise their line managers on these as appropriate

· Contribute to regular reviews of GOAL South Sudan staff handbook ensuring that policies remain in compliance with local labour laws and recommend updates where required.

· Contribute to the budgeting of personnel and staff training cost during proposal development.

Staff Relations

· Provide leadership to country office staff in relation to HR, ensuring compliance with GOAL’s approved global policies and procedures.

· Ensure that all staff are aware of HR policies and procedures in place.

· Act as focal point for all initial queries from staff regarding HR policies and procedures.

· Advise on grievance matters in accordance with GOAL policies and procedures.

· Promote healthy relationships between staff and their line managers through mediation, handling staff issues and guiding country leadership team through staff issues.

· Administer GOAL’s Human Resources Information System (including timesheets) to ensure an updated HR data for easy access.

· Administer a benefits program; analyse compensation and other competitive data as basis for preparing budgets.

· Maintain accurate personnel records for all GOAL staff in South Sudan and ensure that the payroll is being computed rightly and that salaries are paid on time.

· Monitor the HR budget; prepare information for management decision-making.

Government and External Relations

· Represent GOAL at the Ministry of Labour in pursuit of GOAL’s interests.

· Work with management and legal adviser to solve emerging HR related issues with authorities.

· Ensure that all legal requirements with regard to employment in South Sudan are reviewed, monitored and implemented.

· Mitigate risk by keeping Goal compliant with South Sudan labour laws and regulations.

Staff Evaluation and Capacity Building

· Ensure that the performance management procedure is systematized, all staff inducted on it and following it.

· As part of the organization HR team, ensure that cross-organization training and development programmes are put in place.

· Oversee the organization’s HR development priorities within GOAL South Sudan including skills audit, advising the SMT where appropriate.

· Liaise with line managers to assess training needs of staff to be able to plan and budget a training programme for staff.

· Work with line managers to identify and develop talents for succession planning

· Work with line managers to instil a healthy staff culture and behaviours as well living the organisational values

Technical Skills, Experience and Knowledge

Person Specification

Technical knowledge and experience

· A first degree in HR management or equivalent

· Experience in HR function, organizational design, performance management, reward management, recruitment and selection

· Able to demonstrate up to date knowledge, Learning & Development, particularly management development and talent management.

· Experience of, and commitment to, continuous organisational improvement and the ability to act as a change agent.

· Legal background an enormous advantage.

Skills

· Excellent influencing and interpersonal skills with people at all levels, internally and externally.

· Strong written and oral communication skills, including presentation skills.

· Strong coaching/mentoring skills.

· Effective planning and project management skills with the ability to set and work to (personal, team and Fund) deadlines.

· The ability to engage, conduct diagnosis, analyse findings, generate options and build commitment to solutions.

· Change management skills.

· Event design and facilitation skills.

· Numeracy and ability to analyse quantitative and qualitative data.

Personal qualities

· Self-motivation, enthusiasm and results-focused.

· Flexible, adaptable and comfortable with ambiguity.

· Negotiating, influencing and holding to account.

· Pragmatic and solution-oriented.

· Committed to high standards and continuous improvement.

· Ability to move between big picture and detail.

· Previous experience working in an NGO would be an added advantage

· Commitment to principles of diversity, equity, inclusion

· Must be a South Sudanese national

Accountability within GOAL

A commitment to GOAL values and GOAL’s integrity framework is critical to working with GOAL. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability:

  • Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.

  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.

  • Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.

Safeguarding

  • Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

General Terms and Conditions

  • GOAL has a suite of integrity policies which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants, children, vulnerable people and staff from exploitation. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies and employee obligations. Job offers may be subject to police clearance.
  • This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.
  • GOAL is an equal opportunities employer.

How to apply:

Please apply through our website at: Careers – GOAL Global

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Final Evaluation of Nutrition Intervention in Aweil West, South Sudan

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Oct 232021
 

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Country: South Sudan
Organization: Concern Worldwide
Closing date: 5 Nov 2021

Background

Concern Worldwide (Concern), has been implementing community nutrition interventions supported by World Food Programme (WFP), under a 5-year project (June 1, 2017 – December 31, 2021), in Aweil West County of Northern Bahr el Ghazal (NBeG), South Sudan. The Strengthening Preventive Approaches against Malnutrition project was a pilot, to demonstrate the impact of targeted malnutrition preventive interventions on sustainable reduction of malnutrition in a conflict-recovery context.

Programme Overview

Title: Strengthening the Preventive Approach against Malnutrition

Impact: Reduced malnutrition among children under 2 years

Specific objectives:

  • To provide Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) at community level to improve skills knowledge and practices on infant and young child feeding.

  • To build the capacity of Boma Health Committees as a community governance structure to increase their participation in strengthening preventive approaches to malnutrition.

Indicators:

  • Proportion of the children 6-23 months and PLW who participate in the programme (target > 70%)

  • Proportion of children 6-23 months and PLW who participate in adequate number of distributions ( target > 60%)

  • Proportion of children 0-5 months old who are exclusively breastfed

  • Proportion of children 6-23 months who consume a minimum acceptable diet (MAD)

  • Prevalence of acute malnutrition among children U5 (target <15%)

  • Number of Mother Care Groups established and active

  • Number of beneficiaries reached with IYCF messages

  • Proportion of Boma Health Committees participating in planning, adapting or monitoring of community nutrition interventions

Linkage to other programmes: This show case pilot will be aligned to Concern’s integrated programme funded by Irish Aid. It will build on achievements of Concern’s Nutrition Programmes implemented in Aweil West.

Location: Aweil West covering all Payams

Duration: 1st January 2017 – 31st December 2021

Target beneficiaries:

Direct:

  1. 35,444 Children under the age of 5 years

  2. 15,752 Pregnant and Lactating Women

  3. 154 Community leaders and 1,154 Men through capacity building activities with male role models, and Boma Health Committees

Indirect:

The entire population of target households

Purpose of the Consultancy

Specific objective: To conduct an end of project evaluation for the above mentioned project using the DAC[1] criteria of development evaluation, i.e. Relevance, Coherence, Efficiency, Effectiveness, Impact and Sustainability.

[1] Evaluation Criteria – OECD

Research questions:

Relevance:

  • To what extent is the intervention responsive to context and needs of the target population?

  • Were the approaches used, specifically the Mother Care Group (MCG) and Male Change Agent (MCA) approaches, socially and culturally appropriate in the NBeG context and suitable to address malnutrition?

Coherence:

  • Did the project leverage Concern’s other nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive projects and contribute to a collective impact?
  • Did the project take into account relevant national policies/guidelines and interventions by other partners that likely influenced project design, implementation and results?

Effectiveness:

  • Have attitudes and practices on maternal, infant and young child nutrition changed as a result of the intervention and to what degree? Where this is not the case are there justifications provided explaining potential reasons?

  • Were adaptations made to take into consideration issues of accountability to affected populations, inequality and conflict sensitivity to ensure the most marginalised were reached and unintended negative consequences were reduced? How effective were these efforts?

Efficiency:

  • To what extent did the scale and coverage of MCG and MCA approaches provide value for money?

Impact:

  • What indications are there of significant changes taking place in Aweil West County, to which the project may have contributed (both positive and negative)?

Sustainability:

  • Are the results sustainable? Will the outputs and outcomes lead to benefits beyond the life of the existing programme/project (specifically examining Boma health committees and county health department engagement for exit strategy of the preventive approaches)?

Specific Tasks

Planning:

  • Develop a technical proposal/inception report for the evaluation detailing methodology, data collection and analysis plan, activity timeline, presentation of findings and final report.

Field work:

  • Conduct desk review of project documents, assessments and existing data, specifically the endline data that will be collected prior to the start of the consultancy. Conduct where necessary interviews, KIIs and FGDs and document the constraints of the evaluation process, for learning.

Data analysis and report writing:

  • Analyse and interpret findings and prepare a short preliminary report for debriefing.

  • Complete reports and all other activities timely as per the agreed schedule.

  • Conduct a debriefing workshop to share preliminary findings with Concern.

  • Submit the draft report and review according to comments /feedback from preliminary debriefing session.

Outputs

  • Evaluation technical proposal/inception report

  • Survey tools: FGD guides, KII guides, Templates for DAC scoring, etc

  • Debrief workshop to share preliminary findings with Concern

  • Report (25 pages without appendices) containing the following;

a. Executive Summary

b. Introduction and Programme/Project Overview

c. Methodology and Limitations

d. Findings and Discussion on the specific research questions under the relevant DAC criteria including a score under each criteria (see scoring scale below)

5 = Outstanding Performance
4 = Very good overall performance with few shortcomings
3 = Good overall performance but with some minor shortcomings
2 = Generally acceptable performance but with some major shortcomings
1 = Barely acceptable performance with many major shortcomings
0 = Totally unacceptable performance or insufficient data to make an assessment

e. Conclusions and Lessons Learned

f. Recommendations and Management Responses

g. Report Annexes

h. Updated results framework/ logframe with endline values and analysis

i. Evaluation schedule including lists of site visits/discussions

j. Final Terms of Reference

Present three copies of signed hard copies, soft copy and a power point presentation of findings.

Lines of Communication

The consultant will report to the Project Manager – Community Nutrition, based in NBeG.

Working Arrangements

  • Consultant will work and reside at the Concern compound in Nyamlel, when in NBeG as per agreed work plan, and Concern will provide transport during the work activities. Consultant will use their laptop.

  • The consultant must sign and adhere to Concern’s Code of Conduct and associated policies during the assignment.

  • The consultant must adhere to Concern’s procedures, notably on security and transport.

  • Concern will cover the cost of international travel to Juba and internally in South Sudan. Per diems for travel in line with Concern’s standard procedures will be provided. Any expenses incurred that qualify for reimbursement (with the exception of per diems) will require receipts to be submitted to Concern. Please note visa and insurance costs will not be provided by Concern.

Timeframe

Planning phase (5 days), desk review (2 days), data collection (12 days), data analysis and final report writing (5 days), presentation of preliminary findings (1 day). 25 contract days; from 22nd November to 29th December 2021.2

Essential and Desirable Experience/Qualifications

Academic qualifications: Master’s Degree in Nutrition/Public Health or Humanitarian Action with relevant technical knowledge in, M&E, survey methodologies, research methods, etc.

Necessary experience: Extensive experience (4 – 7 years) in designing and implementing programme evaluations, assessments or baseline surveys including qualitative and quantitative data collection.

Other necessary/desirable skills/qualifications:

  • Experience in designing and implementation of mid-term or end of program evaluations with selection of appropriate methodology, in compliance with international evaluation standards

  • Skilled in organising and conducting data collection and analysis including secondary data, and use of participatory methodologies, in fragile environments (conflict-affected, food insecure)

  • Ability to identify impact of project implementation strategies, budget management, HR and management, and make context appropriate actionable recommendations for improvement

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, in English.

  • Experience in working in South Sudan or similar contexts

*Concern has an organisational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy. These have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a consultancy opportunity with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their consultancy contract. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the* Associated Policies *and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies. Additionally, Concern is committed to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults and children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work or volunteer with vulnerable adults and children are recruited by us for such roles. Subsequently, being engaged as a consultant with Concern is subject to a range of vetting checks, including criminal background checking.*

How to apply:

Having critically considered the scope of work and requirements of this consultancy and your suitability for the same, you are invited to submit your Expression of Interest (Eol) to SouthSudan.DeskOfficer@concern.net. The EoI should include:

  • Cover letter

  • CV (s) with details of qualifications, experience, telephone number and names of three referees for similar work conducted;

  • Technical proposal that summarizes your understanding of the ToR and the proposed methodology, including the foreseen work plan for the assignment;

  • Financial proposal providing cost estimates of daily consultancy fees in US dollars ($) using the standardised template. The financial offer submitted will be deemed to be the best and final offer.

Please forward the EOI, in English and marked ‘Concern End of Project Evaluation in NBeG’ no later than 5th November 2021.

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Project Data Manager and Clearance Expeditor

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Jan 292021
 

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Country: South Sudan
Organization: Crown Agents
Closing date: 10 Feb 2021

About the role

The Health Pooled Fund began its third phase (HPF3) in July 2018 and is supported to run until 2023 by the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Government of Canada, the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The programme impact will be an improved health and nutrition status for the population that saves lives and reduces morbidity (including maternal, infant and under-5 mortality), and has the following three principal outcomes:

  • Improved health and nutrition services for the population, especially women and children;
  • Improved community engagement and accountability of health services;
  • Stabilisation of local health systems.

Position Summary

This position is responsible for multi-functional data management and Tax Exemption import operations in support of HPF Supply Chain Management team.

Responsibilities

Clearance Expeditor responsibilities:

  • Acts as the main point of contact with the National Ministry of Health/DFCA/Finance and Customs for all aspects related to the Tax Exemption process.
  • Generates Tax exemption applications to ensure a smooth Customs clearance process for importing HPF pharmaceutical goods in South Sudan.
  • Liaises with the local and international stakeholders to ensure all the necessary Tax Exemption documentation and waivers are in place for each inbound shipment.
  • Travels to the port of entry to ensure smooth clearance of project cargo, resolves any issues that may arise.
  • Coordinates and oversees aircraft turnaround, goods unloading, Customs clearance and dispatch as required in liaison with the contracted clearing agent.
  • Oversees land/sea transport arrangements in accordance with the shipping pipeline covering the international freight scope.
  • Develops Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in support of the clearance-importation of the products procured for HPF programme.
  • Facilitates the return of project assets to London and/or hands over to others as required, ensures the completion of the necessary certificates.
  • Assists with maintaining assets and asset registers as necessary in liaison with the Warehouse Manager.
  • Provides cover for other HPF team members when on leave.
  • Takes on any other duties as requested by the line manager.

Project Data Manager Responsibilities:

  • Proactively assesses data to ensure it is accurate and complete, manages any amendments.
  • Collects, consolidates and analyses inventory and financial information in support of the Supply Chain Director and the Supply Chain Programme Manager’s presentations using diagrams, tables, charts, graphs, and reports.
  • Manages data and documentation to support the supply chain activities, ie. goods distribution, invoicing, waybills and in-transit visibility.
  • Supports the Supply Chain Director and Supply Chain Programme Manager with any other project documentation needed, e.g. Fixed Asset List, R&R schedule, etc.
  • Designs, maintains and improves the Customs clearance and data management processes in conjunction with HPF warehouse management procedures.
  • Provides IT technical support to HPF staff and acts as main point of contact for internet service providers to identify and resolve any network related issues.
  • Assists the Supply Chain Director with project planning, direction and reporting.

About you

Requirements

  • International supply chain experience, preferably in Africa, desired in South Sudan
  • Understanding of supply chain project implementation management, particularly in connection with data management
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft applications
  • Ability to work cross-functionally and commitment to excel
  • Strong communication with internal and external stakeholders at all levels, in particular with Governmental Officials
  • Ability to work in a High Risk Environment under UN Curfew
  • Healthy Fit and Hands on approach
  • Work as part of a Small team under strict Security regulations
  • Resilient and enthusiastic
  • Team player

About us

You’ll be working with Crown Agents which is a high impact social enterprise passionate about transforming the future for millions of people. Since our creation in 1833 we have worked across the globe to improve public services and drive economic growth. Our expertise is finding new solutions to difficult problems for clients in the areas of health, governance, economic growth, humanitarian action and supply chain services. We work with and train leaders at local, national and international level to achieve lasting change drawing on our insight and experience.

About what’s on offer

Crown Agents offers a competitive benefits package.

How to apply:

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