Consultancy: Annual Results Report Writer / Coordinator - Education Cannot Wait, (Home-based) 4 months
New York City (United States of America)
The ECW Annual Result Reports outlines the organization’s results against the Strategic Plan to advance children’s right to education in humanitarian emergencies. The report should present an analysis on two levels: • ECW systemic results: resource mobilized, diversification of sources of funding, speed of response, etc.; • ECW grantees results: results achieved by ECW grantees versus the objectives in-country as well as versus the outcomes outlined in the ECW strategic plan, with a focus on results for children. The purpose of the consultancy is to support the preparation of the Annual Results Report (ARR) for 2019.
Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the first global multilateral fund dedicated to supporting education for children and youth in countries affected by wars, disasters and crises. It was launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 by a broad coalition of international aid agencies and public and private donors to usher in faster and more sustainable education responses in crises settings. ECW inspires political commitment to financing education in humanitarian contexts, catalyzes financial resources, facilitates joint programming between humanitarian and development actors, empowers local partners and seeks to strengthen quality and accountability. ECW is hosted by UNICEF. The Fund is administered under UNICEF's financial, human resources and administrative rules and regulations, while operations are run by the Funds own independent governance structure that provides strategic guidance and oversight to its investments. ECW's day-to-day activities are carried out by a Secretariat under the direction of the ECW Director.
The ECW Annual Result Reports outlines the organization’s results against the Strategic Plan to advance children’s right to education in humanitarian emergencies. The report should present an analysis on two levels:
- ECW systemic results: resource mobilized, diversification of sources of funding, speed of response, etc.;
- ECW grantees results: results achieved by ECW grantees versus the objectives in-country as well as versus the outcomes outlined in the ECW strategic plan, with a focus on results for children.
The purpose of the consultancy is to support the preparation of the Annual Results Report (ARR) for 2019.
Tasks and Expected results
Under the supervision of the Chief of M&E team, the consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks:
Based on the ECW background documents (ODI papers, strategic plan, previous ARR, etc.) provide a short analysis (indicatively two or three pages) of the 2018 ARR, highlighting:
- Strengths of the document
- Weaknesses of the document
- Recommendations for improvement, including any foreseeable data gaps and options connected with different approaches to report structure and messaging.
- Coordinate the production of the 2019 Annual Results Report by compiling ECW staff inputs and other materials and draft, copy-edit and fact-check the report. This includes the production of data tables and charts to be shared with the designer in relevant formats to support design. Note that the Secretariat will provide most of the write-up for each section of the ARR.
- Liaise and conduct consultations (by phone, skype, or email, as required) with key ECW staff and ECW partners (as required) to gather relevant information on 2019 results and other relevant information on trends in EiE;
- Prepare a first draft of the ARR, a semi-final draft and a final version*of the ARR; including editing, strengthening, fact-checking and proof-reading contributions from the ECW staff;
- Propose and develop stories on the impact of ECW’s work in 2019;
Highlight main results and the successes/challenges for 2019 and develop an executive summary that can be used as a standalone document.
* Number and date of draft submissions required is subject to change pending forthcoming guidance and adjustments to timeline.
Home based. One trip to the ECW office in NY is strongly recommended.
(est. # of days)
Analysis of 2018 ARR and workplan for production of the 2019 ARR
Submission of final draft of the 2019 ARR (including all draft submissions)
Revisions of final draft of the 2019 ARR
Phase 1: Analysis of 2018 ARR and workplan for production of the 2019 ARR
- Preliminary discussions with work streams focal points (especially M&E) and agree to plan of action/timelines and synthesis of existing data/relevant information from key documents
Liaise and conduct consultations (in person, by phone/Skype, or email, as required) with key staff and grantees focal points (as required) to gather relevant information
Phase 2: final draft and revisions*
- Produce draft submissions as required of Annual Results Report and incorporate feedback from ECW staff
Develop an executive summary that can be used as a standalone document.
Phase 3: Finalization
- Finalize Annual Results Report based on feedback from ECW staff, including final proofread, so that all required information and data is available in a suitable format for the design phase.
Key competences, technical background, and experience required
Consultants must offer the following demonstrated experience, knowledge and competencies:
- Advanced university degree in social sciences or other related field, preferably with some specialized training in development studies;
- At least 7 years of senior level professional work experience in a relevant field;
- Previous annual results report writing experience, particularly with UN agencies or international NGOs producing global reports is mandatory;
- Strong knowledge in education aid programming and in relevant fields (policy analysis, statistical analysis or other social sciences);
- Strong knowledge of partnership principles in development and humanitarian work;
- Strong knowledge of results-based management;
- Outstanding demonstrated skills in copywriting, copy-editing and proofreading;
- Demonstrated experience and excellent understanding of standard requirements (file formats, writing style, data visualization, etc.) to produce a report suitable for professional design and publishing.
- High level proficiency in standard computer software, in particular, Microsoft Word and Excel;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, of publication standard;
- Strong analytical and critical thinking skills;
- Persistence in follow up, tact and diplomacy to work with international personnel;
- Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines;
Familiarity with UN and international NGOs programming.
How to Apply
Applicants are requested to apply by January 31st 2020, 23:00pm EST.
Applications must include:
- Cover letter,
- CV, and
- Writing samples of reports or similar work.
Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above, including travel for a short mission to NY. Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.
NOTE: Files should not exceed 5.0MB limit
ECW is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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