Individual Consultant: Learning Reviews and Evaluations

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 9 June 2020

Job Description

PSF is looking for researchers and evaluators to conduct creative learning reviews and evaluations with our partners. Successful applicants will be placed on a roster, then contacted based on their availability and expertise for an upcoming assignment. We are looking for national, regional and international consultants, who depending on experience may be paired in a team. Organisations who have staff with the skills required can also apply.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

PSF is seeking expressions of interest from consultants able to provide learning reviews and evaluations for our grantees. These will take place from mid-2020 until mid 2022. Specific Terms of Reference (TOR) will be developed for each consultancy. Assignments may range from 10 days over the course of a month, to more than 50 days over 18-months. Individual contracts will be either a) directly with PSF or b) directly with the PSF grantee. Specific reporting lines on reviews and evaluations will be decided on a case by case basis, but there will always be some oversight by PSF’s MEL Team.

CONSULTANCY DETAILS

Learning reviews and evaluations are expected to use one of the following approaches:

• Theory-based evaluation
• Developmental evaluation
• Feminist evaluation
• Action Research
• Outcome harvesting
• Contribution analysis
• Most Significant Change
• Quasi-experimental evaluation
• Portfolio/cluster evaluation

Consultants require experience in at least one of these specific approaches, or alternatives with similar participatory and learning-focused goals. Familiarity with OECD-DAC criteria may be useful, but we do not expect evaluations to follow this exact structure. We will also support Myanmar specific methods (for example locally-developed forms of narrative story-telling) where they achieve the same aims. Some reviews and evaluations can be written in Myanmar language. Due to the nature of the organisations and thematic focus of their work, often evaluations will be based on qualitative data. Methods, learning or evaluative questions will be decided in a participatory way with PSF and grantees, based upon the available information and most important focus areas. Where assignments are iterative, consultants may provide support for grantees to improve their MEL systems and methods.

TIMELINES AND TRAVEL

Across our 30+ projects, some reviews and evaluations need to begin immediately, whereas others will start in a year. As stated above, applicants will be placed on a roster, then contacted based on their availability and expertise for an upcoming assignment. Our timelines will be chosen to match the needs of PSF and grantees, which may result in reviews and evaluations taking place at over several intervals and months. For example, in a 3-year project, an initial review may take place after 18 months, with subsequent short assignments every 6 months to the conclusion. We do this to ensure grantees have the time to draw on learning from these processes to adapt their projects, but also so that consultants have more time to really understand the project, and therefore come to stronger conclusions.

Given the current COVID-19 crisis, remote (and possibly home-based) reviews and evaluations may be required. Applicants based outside of Myanmar are welcome, however travel to and within the country may be encouraged, should the Myanmar government and WHO guidelines deem it possible.

CONSULTANCY REQUIREMENTS

Levels of skills and experience required vary by review and evaluation. However, all applicants must have at least 5 years relevant professional experience, which includes conducting reviews or evaluations in Myanmar on a relevant theme.

Essential

• Minimum 5 years’ relevant professional experience working on Myanmar and/or a key theme
• Experience implementing at least one of above listed evaluation methods, or similar alternatives
• Master’s Degree in a relevant area AND/OR proven publication track record
• Previous experience in conducting reviews and evaluations in Myanmar
• Demonstrable understanding of social cohesion and peacebuilding concepts
• Demonstrable understanding of cross-cutting gender, conflict and COVID issues
• Demonstrable ability to work closely with organisations in to support learning
• Excellent interpersonal, intercultural, and communication skills
• Demonstrable ability to independently design and deliver evaluation and research assignments
• High level of computer literacy skills
• High level of written and spoken English

Desirable

• Experience in developing monitoring, evaluation and learning plans and frameworks
• High level of written and spoken Myanmar and other ethnic languages
• Willingness to travel to and within Myanmar, within government and WHO guidelines

APPLICATION

Please submit a) your CV and b) an expression of interest letter, addressing the above specification, as well as the following:

a. Initial experience or ideas you have in conducting COVID-sensitive reviews and evaluations
b. Declare relevant past organizational or personal affiliations
c. List relevant evaluations conducted and your role in them, attaching one example
d. If you speak Myanmar languages, please specify which ones and your level of ability
e. Expected availability in next 6 months and daily rate

Please note, we have an urgent need to pair reviewers and evaluators with organizations working on gender-based violence public awareness campaigns; and mass media and communications for social cohesion during COVID-19. The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday July 3rd 5pm Myanmar time, however some reviews and evaluations may be commissioned on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should submit their CV and expression of interest letter via our dedicated online system, which may be accessed at: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/16f37aa762b34331bebe091027fb4d7a

DEADLINE: July 3, 2020

More information

20200604_TOR_Evaluation_Consultants_and_Organisations_0.pdf

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