MEL & CLA Senior Consultant

  • Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 18 June 2019

Job Description

Scope of Work – MEL & CLA Senior Consultant

Maximum Level of Effort: 30 billable days

Period of Performance: July—August 2019

Objective: Under this assignment, the proposed MEL & CLA Consultant will support the Feed the Future Tanzania Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise Program (ENGINE) in two areas: strengthening the program’s application of USAID’s Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) principles, and aiding the program as it undergoes a quality assessment (DQA).

This engagement will be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Travel outside of Dar es Salaam is possible, but not anticipated. The consultant will be expected to spend up to five weeks in Tanzania working with the ENGINE program team.

Background: The Tanzania Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise Program (ENGINE) is a USAID-funded Feed the Future activity that aims to streamline and enhance many of the regulatory, informational and financial channels that encourage domestic and foreign investment in the southern mainland agricultural regions of Mbeya, Morogoro, and Iringa, and in Zanzibar.

ENGINE works at the district level, using a broad-based approach to engage with district Local Government Authorities (LGAs), private sector associations, business development service providers, financial institutions and small and medium enterprises.

Tasks: The Senior Consultant, working under the supervision of the ENGINE Chief of Party, and in close coordination with ENGINE’s MEL team will provide technical support to ENGINE as it initiates its annual work planning process and undergoes a data quality assessment (DQA).

  1. CLA Support
  2. In a half-day workshop with the ENGINE program team, introduce USAID’s CLA Framework, provide detailed training on areas of particular relevance, including adaptive management and context monitoring, and facilitate a discussion with ENGINE staff, reflecting on progress to date and identifying examples of successful application of CLA principles.
  3. Provide additional support to the program’s leadership and MEL team to identify ways to better incorporate CLA into regular program implementation.
  4. Identify one or more good examples of ENGINE application of CLA principles and develop a case study to assist with future learning and CLA application.
  5. DQA Support
  6. Review the ENGINE program MEL plan broadly and as it relates to those indicators subject to DQA.
  7. Meet with ENGINE senior leadership and MEL team to understand the program’s data collection and reporting processes.
  8. Participate in in-person meetings related to the DQA, serving as expert on applicable regulations and best practices and serve as an advocate for the program, ensuring that assessments are relevant, fair and within the mandate of the activity.
  9. Final Report and Briefing
  10. Submit a final report that includes the following:
    1. Summary of work performed,
    2. Lessons learned from the DQA process and recommendations for improving the program’s MEL system, and DQA preparation.
  • Any training materials developed under the assignment included in annexures.
  1. Brief the Chief of Party and relevant ENGINE staff on the contents of the report and impressions of the assignment prior to departure.

Expected Outputs and Deliverables:

  • Completed training on CLA;
  • Completed CLA showcase;
  • A final report which documents DQA outcomes and lessons learned.

Consultant Qualifications:

  • In-depth knowledge of policies and procedures from USAID’s Automated Directives System (ADS) and any other relevant sources related to CLA and the DQA process.
  • At least 8 years relevant experience in designing, administering and assessing monitoring, evaluation, learning systems, with at least 4 of those years working on USAID-funded programs.
  • In-depth understanding of USAID’s CLA framework, with demonstrated experience with its successful application on USAID-funded programs.
  • An advanced degree in international development, social sciences or other relevant field with significant additional training on statistics, operations research, survey methodology, quality assurance.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in the conceptualization, design, management, and performance monitoring of complex development programs.
  • Demonstrated ability in working with MEL approaches for systems and complexity.
  • Fluency in English required. Candidate must have the ability to present information, analysis, and recommendations in clear written and oral formats.
  • Ability to build positive working relationships with USAID and other U.S. government agencies.
  • Excellent organizational, writing and communications skills.
  • High degree of professional proficiency in MS Excel.

About the Organization

The International Executive Service Corps is a Washington, DC based not-for-profit that focuses on private sector growth. We support and catalyze the development of private enterprises, business support organizations, financial institutions, and public institutions around the world. Utilizing skilled consultants and expert volunteers, we’ve implemented over 25,000 short-term projects and 200 programs in 130 countries. True to our mission — Promoting Prosperity and Stability through Private Enterprise — we’re proud to have created over one million jobs across the globe

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