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Consultancy: M&E Partner At Mercy Corps

Date Posted: 22/Jan/2014
Deadline: 07/Feb/2014
  • Specialization Admin / Finance
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  • Location Nigeria

Globally, Mercy Corps’ mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. This occurs when public, private and civil society actors interact with accountability, inclusive participation and mechanisms for peaceful change. Our global strategy 1) takes an integrated, systems approach, 2) works in partnership with diverse actors, 3) is grounded in evidence and learning, and 4) uses a gender lens. Last year, we improved the lives of 19 million people globally. Mercy Corps manages programs in 43 countries. Working in Nigeria since 2012, Mercy Corps works across 11 states with a focus on the Middle Belt and Northern states through partnerships with USAID, DfID, GHR Foundation, Nike Foundation, MasterCard, and the Foundation for Partnerships in the Niger Delta (PIND). Mercy Corps links peace-building with economic development, focusing on vulnerable populations such as adolescent girls.

PROGRAM SUMMARY

OVERVIEW:

The Girls Opportunities for Advancing Literacy (GOAL) program is transformative. It addresses several challenges faced by girls in Nigeria by ensuring secondary education for marginalized girls is equitable and scalable by increasing girls’ learning outcomes and directly supporting girls’ increased control of economic assets. GOAL will increase financial literacy and labor-market relevant skills for 1,800 marginalized female junior and senior school students (ages 15 to 19) in Ministry of Education (MoE) and Islamiyya schools in Kano State. To ensure scale and sustainability, GOAL will support the Government of Nigeria (GoN) to operationalize the girl-centered financial curriculum in 30 schools. Mercy Corps has strong relationships with the MoE and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) who are increasing financial literacy in secondary schools under the GoN’s National Financial Inclusion Strategy for 2020.

GOAL’s Theory of Change states if work readiness skills are embedded into schools and the educational environment for girls is improved, then girls will be more likely to transition successfully from school to work.

GOAL will accelerate innovation in Nigeria through the operationalization of a girl-centered curriculum at the secondary school level that will enhance employment-relevant skills for marginalized girls in Kano State, Nigeria with a focus on strengthened financial literacy skills and financial inclusion. GOAL will: 1) develop proof of concept of a tailored financial literacy curriculum for female students in junior and senior secondary schools and 2) enhance transferable and entrepreneurism skills relevant to the labor market. GOAL will be supported at multiple-levels by the GoN, specifically the MoE and CBN, to build an evidence base of strategies and tactics for teaching female secondary school students employment-relevant skills to inform a government-led scale-up of financial literacy curriculum while providing girls a supportive environment through a Safe Space model linked to their schools. Each aspect of the GOAL program is designed to be innovative and test new models for adolescent girls in Nigeria. GOAL will:

  • Integrate financial education at the school level. The Safe Space and GOAL financial literacy curriculum will be girl-centered targeting the lowest common denominator in the social and academic hierarchies - older adolescent girls.
  • Reinforce classroom learning with new technologies including SMS messaging groups.
  • Positively influence the GoN operationalization of the financial education curriculum.
  • Increase girls’ financial capabilities through direct savings and links with formal financial institutions.

ROLE OF M&E PARTNER

Mercy Corps plans to hire an external evaluator firm to conduct the baseline, midline and endline at Months 4 (April 2014), 10 (October 2014) and 19 (July 2015).

As the target group for the GOAL program are the same girls who will be involved in Mercy Corps’ ENGINE program, some baseline data will already have been gathered in February for this target group, which minimizes the need for a comprehensive baseline. Instead, the baseline will build upon ENGINE’s baseline data, to incorporate additional analysis into issues specific to GOAL including use of technology among adolescent girls. Qualitative analysis will be particularly relevant here. Analysis that draws attention to the specific value-add of GOAL at the mid-line and end-line will also be important.

The external evaluator team members should fulfill the following criteria:

  • Masters degree in International Development, Research or related area
  • Minimum of eight years professional experience in providing monitoring and evaluation technical assistance for international and local organisations
  • Demonstrate exceptional technical statistical knowledge of data collection and analysis, both quantitative and qualitative
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation methods for baseline data purposes.
  • Experience in conducting data collection in Northern Nigeria, especially among adolescent girls.
  • Experience in using GPS mapping and other technology in conducting research.
  • Agreement with the Mercy Corps Child Safeguarding Policy and willingness to abide by it.
How to apply:

Applicants should submit a proposal outlining their firm’s capacity under each of the criteria, an initial overview of M&E approach for the baseline (5 page maximum), Curriculum Vitae documents for each team member, as well as a proposed budget for the baseline, midline and endline. The budget should reflect the fact that data will already have been collected through the ENGINE program via the baseline, midline (occurring in March 2015) and normal quarterly reporting, so the data needs under GOAL are less than for a normal program. Budgets should include daily fees and all travel expenses for team members as well as any local enumerators. Please note the intent is that the firm should be based in Nigeria, or be an international firm with local presence in Nigeria.

Applications should be sent in hard copy to Mercy Corps Nigeria at 5 Peka Close (off Buchanan Street), Wuse 2, Abuja. Applications should be placed in a sealed envelope and submitted by the deadline of Friday 7th February 2014. Any technical questions on the bid should be sent to Michelle Lokot at [email protected].

 







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