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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Podgorica
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2016-10-16

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International consultancy - Developing M&E Framework for the programme on adolescent empowerment and participation in Montenegro

Podgorica (Montenegro)



International consultancy

Developing M&E Framework for the programme on adolescent empowerment and participation in Montenegro

Minimum Requirements:

· Degree in sociology, social policy, economics, law, political science, public administration, social work, statistics or any other relevant field. Advanced university degree would be considered an advantage;

· Sound professional or academic experience on adolescent development would be considered an advantage;

· Sound knowledge and strong previous experience in monitoring and evaluation;

· Demonstrated experience in results based management;

· Previous experience in developing theories of change and M&E frameworks and tools;

· Demonstrated skills in conceptualizing and facilitating capacity development activities;

· Previous experience in working with UN/UNICEF would be an advantage;

· Previous experience in working in Montenegro or elsewhere in South-Eastern Europe would be an advantage.

Terms of Reference

Individual consultancy

Developing M&E Framework for the programme on adolescent empowerment and participation in Montenegro

Background and Context

Adolescence is one of the most complex developmental and transitional stages in the lifespan marked by physical, psychological (cognitive and emotional), and social changes[1]. Recent neurological studies show that during this period the brain still has considerable ability and capacity to develop[2], bringing new cognitive skills that enhance the ability of adolescents to reason and to think abstractly, as well as to re-build and reinforce early years’ interventions or to remedy previous difficulties.

Adolescents develop emotionally by establishing a new sense of identity, and socially by developing new relations (with both peers and adults), and experimenting with new behaviours as they transition from childhood to adulthood. As biological maturity tends to precede psychosocial maturity, there may be a disconnection between physical capabilities, sensation seeking and impulse control. This may lead to risk-taking behaviours that have short-term and sometimes longer term consequences, for example in relation to health problems.

Linked to this is an increasing desire for autonomy, independence and responsibility, which can be accompanied by the need to detach from parental authority and control.[3] At the same time, there is a growing concern among youth about what others, and particularly peers, think of them. For some, this increases their vulnerability in decision-making and their behaviours that can have long-lasting impacts on their future development.[4] The majority of young people**,** however, explore and experiment in ways that contribute to their development rather than undermine their health and well-being.

At the present time, the culture and practice of public dialogue on adolescent development and youth issues in Montenegro is limited as they are not always recognized as a resource to be invested in, and they are not prioritized in the public policy agenda[5]. Government services and non-governmental organizations are often disconnected from the latest thinking and innovations on empowering young people through learning and skills development as well as through opportunities for meaningful participation and civic engagement.

Although adolescents in Montenegro (aged 10 to 19) make up approximately 14 per cent of the country’s roughly 620,000 population, these girls and boys have a low level of democratic participation, and two thirds believe that they cannot influence decision-making processes. Disparities, exclusion, poor education attainment, and stress often blight the lives of the most vulnerable adolescents, including those from the Roma minority, those with disabilities, adolescents in the care of the state, and adolescents affected by physical and sexual violence and neglect. There is now a global consensus that such life experiences undermine the abilities of young people to survive, thrive, and succeed in school and beyond and to build relationships and support networks. Young people themselves, the society they live in, and the public services that serve them need support to harness the potential of adolescents to tackle the most acute issues that they face.

In this regard, UNICEF Montenegro supports system strengthening as well as reform in the justice, health, child protection, and education sectors to fulfil the rights of children from early childhood through adolescence.

Since November 2015, UNICEF has been implementing a three-year long programme titled “Empowerment and Participation of Adolescents in Montenegro”. UNICEF strives to empower the most marginalized adolescent girls and boys with social, emotional, and cognitive knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about their own lives and future; to be civically engaged; and to be supported by parents, communities, as well as enabling policies and social services to reach their full potential. UNICEF contributes to the following results:


The most marginalized adolescent girls and boys are empowered to make informed decisions about their own lives and future; are civically engaged; and are supported by parents and communities as well as enabling policies and social services to reach their full potential.

Social Impact 1

Adolescent girls and boys in targeted areas are empowered with social, emotional, and cognitive knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about their own lives and key social issues that affect them.


1.1 Strengthened systems to support innovative learning and skills-building

1.2 Increased knowledge and skills of adolescents, parents, teachers, and community members

Social Impact 2

Adolescent girls and boys in targeted areas are empowered through social entrepreneurship to identify problems, create solutions, and influence policies and services that affect them


2.1 Youth and adolescents more capable to create solutions and influence policies and services

2.2 Youth and adolescents more actively involved in policy making and the decision making process

The results and resources framework has already been created, including a number of monitoring tools. However, there is a need to design a programme theory of change, identify gaps in the monitoring framework and prepare the missing M&E tools. This preparatory work is essential in order to set up baseline values, firm up the M&E framework, so as to set the ground for the upcoming programme evaluation (planned for 2019).

Purpose and Objective

The purpose of the consultancy is as follows:

  • To perform an analysis of the existing M&E framework of the programme in question, create a programme Theory of Change, as well as to create missing or upgrade existing monitoring tools.

The M&E framework should identify mechanisms and tolls to monitor and, later on, evaluate the efficiency, effectiveness, relevance, impact and sustainability of the programme, including implementation progress, programme reach and coverage, and both intended and unintended consequences on beneficiaries.

  • To design and carry out a succinct, effective training on Results Based Management for a selected group of national partners, mostly non-governmental organisations working in Montenegro on issues such as child and women’s rights, rights of children with disability, education and youth issues.

The training should result in increased capacities of NGOs to design results and resources matrices, as well as to monitor and report on the results at different levels: output, outcome, and impact. Once the training is finalised, the consultant should be in a position to assess the level of capacities for RBM, and outline proposals for further capacity development. That should be a succinct report with actionable recommendations.

Methodology and Technical Approach

The methodology to undertake this assignment requires both desk review and meetings with relevant counterparts which are involved in the programme, such as Ministry of Education, Youth Innovation Lab, Directorate for Youth and Sports, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and Ministry of Health. Therefore, some portion of the assignment can be done home-based, but the workplan should also include a mission to Podgorica, Montenegro for face-to-face discussions with UNICEF team and key stakeholders.

The proposed methodological approach should include as a minimum the following components:

1. A comprehensive desk review of programme documents, lists of global indicators, studies, reports;

2. Interviews with key stakeholders (individual and group interviews);

3. Training/workshop.

Activities and Tasks

The consultant will undertake the tasks, as follows:

  • Desk review of the existing documents: programme document for Montenegro, monitoring reports, current results and resources matrix, relevant analysis and strategies;
  • Building on the existing framework, develop a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation framework focusing on the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, sustainability and impact, including reach of the programme and its processes

  • The monitoring framework should include:

  • Programme Theory of Change;

  • Fine-tuned results framework (aligned with the global menu of indicators for the partnership in question), including outcome and output indicators with clear definitions, baseline and target values, means of verification and frequency of collection.

  • Data collection tools (for measuring progress) as well as baseline and target values, as relevant depending on the final list of indicators.

  • Data processing, presentation and reporting of monitoring finding tools as relevant, and depending on the indicator.

  • The framework should also take into consideration national monitoring systems, draw on existing data available and ensure new data collection proposed is complementary to existing systems, to the extent possible.

  • The framework should also take into consideration the findings and recommendations of a Capacity gap analysis of the education, health and social protection systems in relation to supporting adolescent development in Montenegro that will be available in late March 2017. Thus, the draft M&E Framework, Theory of Change and key evaluation questions should be updated in line with these findings.

  • The monitoring framework should be designed taking into account requirements of the Norms and Standards of the United Nation Evaluation Group (UNEG): ([7]#).

  • Identify key evaluation questions (stemming from the developed theory of change) for the final independent evaluation, covering the criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact. The evaluation questions need to be aligned with the overall M&E framework.

· Design and deliver a training on Results Based Management;

· Prepare a final report for UNICEF Montenegro.

Deliverables and Timeframe

· Programme Theory of Change, by November 30 2016;

· Monitoring and Evaluation framework, by January 10, 2017;

· Programme for the RBM capacity building training/workshop, by December 15, 2016;

· Final report with annexes (up to 10.000 words, including bibliography) and recommendations for further capacity development submitted in English to UNICEF Montenegro, by 30 April 2017.

Description of tasks

Working days

Tentative Timeline

Payment schedule

Desk review and M&E framework

Desk review of the existing documents


November 30, 2016


On December 15, 2016

Development of the programme theory of change


December 15, 2016

Development of the M&E framework (results framework, data collection tools, data processing tools)


January 10, 2017


On January 10, 2017

Defining evaluation questions for the final evaluation


January 30, 2017

Updating the M&E framework, ToC, and key evaluation questions based on findings of the capacity gap analysis


April 2017


On April 30, 2017

RBM capacity building

Design of the training programme


December 1, 2016

Delivery of the training programme


December 15, 2016


Submission of the interim report with consolidated findings and recommendations


January 30, 2017

Submission of the final report with consolidated findings and recommendations


April 2017

20% in April 2017

Total working days



Duration: The assignment will cover a period of 6 months (October 2016 – April 2017). It is estimated that the overall number of days needed for the completion of tasks is 28.

Estimated cost of consultancy: The consultant should provide a lump-sum fee for the completion of the task. The proposed amount should present the breakdown of the daily fee of the consultant in EUR (multiplied with the estimated working days to complete the assignment), cost of travel to Podgorica, Montenegro and a stay of up to 5 working days.

Payment schedule: UNICEF will issue a contract in EUR. The payment will be done in four instalments upon deliverables as per contractual agreement and will be executed in EUR.

Reservations: UNICEF reserves the right to terminate the contract without a prior notice and/or withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if the rules and the regulations regarding confidentiality, ethics and procedures of UNICEF are not followed, if work/outputs are incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.

Management and Organisation

The consultant will be supervised by the UNICEF Programme Specialist.

Skills and personal traits:

  • Sensitivity towards ethics with regards to human and child rights issues, different cultures, local customs, personal interaction and gender roles, disability, age and ethnicity;

  • Strong analytical and interpersonal skills;

  • Ability to work closely with various stakeholders;

  • Very good speaking and writing skills in English;

  • Computer literacy;

  • Passion for results.

Consultancy fee

Proposals are invited based on these Terms of Reference.

Payment schedule

The payments will be made upon successful completion of the deliverables and submission of invoices.

[1]Similarly, WHO identifies ‘youth’ as a critical developmental stage in the lifespan and as a period characterised by tremendous growth and changes that is second only to that of infancy. Source: The World Health Organisation defines adolescence as ages 10-19 years. Source: World Health Organization (2015) Adolescent Health. Available at: adolescent_health/en/

[2] Blakemore, S.J. and Choudhury, S. (2006) ‘Development of the adolescent brain: implications for executive function and social cognition’, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 47:3/4: pp 296–312, (in Ohana, Y. 2016:17-20).

[3] Berk, L. (2012) Development through the Lifespan. New York: Pearson, (in Ohana, Y. 2016:17-20)

[4] Gardner, M. and Steinberg, L. (2005) ‘Peer influence on risk taking, risk preference, and risky decision making in adolescence and adulthood: an experimental study’, Developmental Psychology, 41(4), 625, (in Ohana, Y. 2016:17-20).

[5] IOM research on youth participation (2011)

[6] UNEG Norms:, UNEG Standards:

[7] UNEG Norms:, UNEG Standards:

Terms of Reference for the position and P11 form can be found on the website or picked up at UNICEF Montenegro office.

If you are a dynamic person who would like to contribute to delivering of long-lasting, positive changes for Montenegro’s children, please apply with a CV, P11 form, financial offer and cover letter by email, mail or fax quoting the position “M&E Framework for the Youth programme” to the following address:**

UNICEF, UN Eco House, Stanka Dragojevica bb, 81 000 Podgorica

Fax: +382 20 447 471


Closing date for applications is 16 October, 2016.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interview.


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