Start Up Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Consultant, Commercially-Viable, Conflict-Free Gold Project (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 12 June 2019
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Job Description

Global Communities is seeking a consultant who will help to establish the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) framework for CVCFG and help to manage MEL activities for the startup phase of the program, in partnership with the Global Communities MEL team based on its headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.

This is a temporary position to based in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. This position will report to the Chief of Party or his/her designee (e.g. Acting Chief of Party).

Note: This position is not a guarantee of permanent employment with the project

Responsibilities

The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Consultant will help to collect baseline data and assist in the establishment and initial implementation of CVCFG MEL System. Specific responsibilities include:
* Work with the Chief of Party and the CVCFG Monitoring and Evaluation point of contact based at Global Communities headquarters in the revision of the CVCFG Activity Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan (AMELP).
* Oversee performance, context and impact monitoring activities, including setting up data collection and management processes, tools and platforms.
* Provide training, mentoring, and coaching to the project team and partners on the MEL System during the startup phase of the program.
* Lead initial startup data analysis and use data to promote evidence-based programming and provide timely feedback in relation to project start up targets, work plan activities and objectives, and addressing gaps in programming where necessary.
* Ensure Activity data quality by performing spot checks, internal Data Quality Assessments and establishing mechanisms to verify the quality of data submitted by partners.
* Manage the baseline assessment or evaluation activities as needed.
* Lead CVCFG’s Action Learning Plan, with the support of the COP, which outlines the Activity’s Collaborating, Learning and Adapting activities.
* Support the COP to regularly apply iterative learning and analysis to adapt programming to the changing conditions and/or identify new opportunities.
* Contribute to program start up reports for submission to USAID during the period of performance specified below.
* Perform other duties as assigned.

Deliverables:
* Oversee the collection of all baseline data needed baseline assessment for input into the final AMELP submitted to USAID for approval
* Support site selection/cooperative selection process;
* Templates for activity result tracking in collaboration with the Global Communities Headquarters based MEL team and Chief of Party/Acting Chief of Party.
* Complete results tracking for quarterly reports submitted during the startup reporting period that falls within the period of performance for this consultancy outlined above.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

* Previous experience designing and/or implementing assessments and evaluations.
* Experience integrating Collaborating, Learning & Adapting (CLA) approaches into program design and implementation.
* Experience working in a conflict or post conflict zone is required and experience working in the DRC is preferred.
* Familiarity with the responsible minerals trade is desired.

Qualifications

* Bachelor’s degree in political science, sociology, economics, statistics or other related areas; advanced degree preferred.
* A minimum of five years of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning experience, of which a minimum of three years of previous experience working with international cooperation agencies is required.
* Experience working on a USAID- funded program is required.
* Fluency in written and spoken English and French required.

About the Organization

Overview

The mission of Global Communities (formerly CHF International) is to create long-lasting, positive and community-led change that improves the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people across the globe.

In December 2018, Global Communities and its multi-national consortium of partners were recently awarded the $12 million USAID/DRC-funded Commercially Viable, Conflict-Free Gold (CVCFG) program (2018-2023), to develop and deliver a program to establish a sustainable, conflict-free, artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) gold supply-chain originating in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Through this program, we will identify scalable models for successfully linking ASM cooperatives, traders and responsible gold exporters to key international markets.

The three primary objectives of the program include:
* Increasing demand for, and co-investment in conflict-free traceable ASM gold from Eastern DRC (Objective 1)
* Increasing exports of traceable ASM gold from Eastern DRC (Objective 2)
* Improving governance and business operations of ASM gold Cooperatives (Objective 3)

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