National Individual Consultancy: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist for the Project on Digital Innovation of Moldovan Education System
UNICEF Moldova is hiring a M&E Specialist (National Individual Consultancy) to support MER and PIU to establishing measurable results of the Multiplier Grant Programme, develop M&E framework and ensure that data is collected on a regular basis to monitor the results achieved.
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To ensure the continuous and sustained access to education for all children and in line with Moldovan authorities' efforts to achieve the objectives of SDG4, the Ministry of Education and Research (MER) in cooperation with UNICEF, as Grant Agent for Education Sector Programme Implementation Grant (ESPIG) under the partnership with Global Partnership for Education (GPE), has developed a new long-term “Education 2030“Development Strategy which is under finalization. One of the objectives of the new education strategy is to facilitate the digital transformation of the education sector.
To achieve this important goal, UNICEF supported MER to develop a funding proposal and a programme, and successfully secured financing through the GPE Multiplier Fund for 2022-2025. The funding will be solely used for digital transformation of the education sector. Based on a competitive process and its valuable experience and expertise in education globally and nationally, UNICEF was identified as Grant Agent (GA) for the Multiplier Fund.
The Multiplier Grant will be used to establish the education ICT/Digitization policy and strategic framework which will allow for a prioritized approach to providing ICT resources from the programme to the most disadvantaged.
How can you make a difference?
To implement the above-mentioned programme, a Programme Implementation Unit (PIU) will be established to assist MER, therefore UNICEF is seeking for the national consultant who will serve as a M&E Specialist to coordinate relevant activities.
- Purpose of the assignment of the consultancy
The main purpose of this consultancy is to support MER and PIU to establish measurable results of the Multiplier Grant Programme, develop M&E framework and ensure that data is collected on a regular basis to monitor the results achieved. In addition, the support will be provided at the reporting stage, and in evaluation of the results achieved to strengthen MER institutional capacity in policy planning.
The consultancy is expected to be carried out within the period November 2022 – September 2023 (with possibility of extension on).
- Objectives of the consultancy
Key objectives of the consultancy are as follows:
- Planning and development of M&E Framework
- Monitoring and data management
- Reporting on programme results and enhancing capacity building
The M&E Specialist will work with relevant sections of the MER as part of PIU to strengthen programme's M&E and generate evidence and/or lessons learned for policy planning and formulation.
- Details of how the work should be delivered
The M&E Specialist will become a member of the PIU and along with other complementary personnel, Project Manager (PM), Finance and Procurement Specialist and Project Assistant, will work together as a team to achieve the programme outcomes.
The incumbent will provide support to the Project Manager (PM) to monitor the implementation of the Multiplier Grant Programme and work with the relevant sections/units from the MER, Office of the Deputy-Prime Minister for Digitalization, Ministry of Finance, LPAs, national and international NGOs, private sector etc. to implement the Multi-Annual Work Plan, report on project activities, outputs, and results on a timely basis. The focus will be on designing and implementing the M&E activities, development and maintaining the data management system and analysis of different data in relation to the project activities.
M&E Specialist will provide technical assistance in data collection and will be responsible for reporting on activities, maintaining a record and filing system of programme documentation. The M&E specialist will collaborate with the EMIS department of the MER to ensure effective data collection and the development of an efficient management tool for the general education system of the Republic of Moldova.
4. Reporting requirements
The M&E Specialist will report directly to the Project Manager (PM). Quarterly M&E reports will be elaborated and submitted to the MGPSC for progress review, agreement of adjustments and changes to the next quarter activity plan. At the annual meetings organized by the MGPSC, a report on the project progress will be presented and discussed with the invited stakeholders.
The UNICEF Moldova Education Officer (NOB) will regularly communicate with the M&E Specialist and provide feedback and guidance on his/her performance and all other necessary support to achieve objectives of the consultancy, as well as remain aware of any upcoming issues related to his/her performance and quality of work.
5. Work arrangements and official travel involved
The incumbent will serve in the located offices of MER and monitor the implementation of the Multiplier Grant Programme to ensure effective delivery of project activities, outputs, and results. Home-based teleworking as a temporary alternative arrangement can be applied whenever necessary, although not on a full-time basis.
MER will provide the Consultant with necessary support to complete the assignment: project documents necessary for assignment accomplishment, necessary work conditions, including office space, telephone, fax and other office equipment and supplies.
This assignment envisages part-time engagement from the incumbent.
The work will require local travels to conduct in-person visits and interviews with the different local authorities, as per their availability. The UNICEF office will facilitate introductions to key informants.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
- Advanced academic degree in Economics, Social Sciences, Management, Statistics, Public Administration, or equivalent qualifications in a relevant field.
- A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in project management, M&E, including results-based management, designing of M&E framework and data collection tools, data analysis and report writing.
- Previous experience with UNICEF/UN and other international funding organizations will be an asset.
- Familiarity with the education system of the Republic of Moldova and special education needs.
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills, both at technical level and policy level.
- Advanced knowledge of English and strong writing skills.
- Fluency in Romanian. Knowledge of Russian is desired.
For every Child, you demonstrate
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).
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For more details on deliverables and minimum requirements, please refer to attached Terms of reference (ToR)
HOW TO APPLY: Your online application should contain two separate attachments: Technical Proposal and Financial Proposal (templates below). Please secure the Financial Proposal *.pdf document with a password on document view; the password will be requested only from technically qualified candidates.
Applications for this assignment must be received no later than: 15 November 2022
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