Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Consultancy to support Girls Not Brides National/State partnerships
Girls Not Brides is the only global organisation uniquely focused on creating and sustaining a worldwide movement to end child marriage, and ensuring that this movement leads to tangible change for the girls at risk or affected by the practice. We are a network of over 1,500 civil society organisations in over 100 countries working in partnership to end child marriage.
Our vision is a world without child marriage where girls and women enjoy equal status with boys and men and can achieve their full potential in all aspects of their lives.
National Partnerships and coalitions are groups of Girls Not Brides civil society members that have expressed a desire to work together to accelerate progress to end child marriage in their national contexts. They can play a crucial role working with governments to develop, implement and monitor national strategies to end child marriage. To ensure strong national-level engagement, National Partnerships and coalitions must include a diverse, representative range of civil society organisations and need to engage in collective advocacy or other activities that add value to existing efforts. Furthermore, National Partnerships and coalitions share information and learning and play a role in raising public awareness of child marriage in their countries by engaging the media and/or by directly conducting public mobilisation and sensitisation activities. National Partnerships have chosen to align their work closely to the Girls Not Brides global strategy and have gone through a process of affiliation by signing up to a Memorandum of Understanding with the Girls Not Brides global secretariat.
As part of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) strengthening programme at Girls Not Brides, there is a need to strengthen the MEL capacity of members and relevant staff within Girls Not Brides National and State Partnerships (NPs and SPs). The capacity strengthening processes will enable the national and state partnerships and the respective members organisations to collaboratively learn, exchange and improve practice on the issues of monitoring, evaluation and learning to increase their ability to effectively plan, design, track and document the change across the national partnerships and Girls Not Brides work.
Purpose of the consultancy
Girls Not Brides requires a MEL consultant/team of consultants to support the MEL strengthening programme, of our National and State Partnerships. The consultant/s will work closely with the Girls Not Brides Impact Delivery team to support partners to strengthen and enhance their knowledge, understanding, skills, and commitment in planning and implementation of MEL within their work to effectively understand, measure the impact, and continuously improve the quality of their work.
The work will be rolled out in two phases, the first phase (phase 1) will involve the assessment of MEL capacity needs and identification of key priorities and plans (responding to the various needs across the partnerships), and the second phase (phase 2) will be focused on the implementation of these capacity plans and promoting an enabling environment for our partnerships in the area of MEL. The broader objectives and deliverables of this work are outlined below:
- Increased best practice sharing, learning and experience to improve planning and practice of MEL across Girls Not Brides National/State Partnerships as a collective, and across the child marriage sector considering the needs of various stakeholders.
- Enhanced commitment, knowledge and understanding in MEL including strengthening of MEL capacity and champion/promote a culture and leadership that values the importance of MEL.
- Effective roll-out of planning and MEL approaches including exploring innovative MEL theories and sourcing guidance and practical tools and systems for planning, measurement and impact delivery processes and documentation.
- Strengthen collaboration across National and State Partnerships including member organizations at national and sub-national levels regarding MEL, including identifying opportunities for peer–to-peer learning and twinning, and support opportunities for ‘learning by doing’.
The specific outcomes related to phase 1 involve having an increased understanding of MEL capacity needs and priorities across the National and State partnerships, effective identification and planning of capacity strengthening activities that will be implemented in phase 2, and beginning to strengthen the NPs/SPs planning, measurement, and impact delivery processes.
The objectives, outcomes and outputs of the work will be further defined with the consultant once they are on board.
The deliverables will be divided into the two phases of the work, the first phase will take place from October 2021 – January/February 2022 and the second phase will be throughout 2022.
The consultant will work closely with regional focal points, and national MEL champion on the proposed deliverables for phase 1 below:
- Review and revise the NP/SP MEL framework (and indicators) aligning it with the updated Girls Not Brides Partnership Strategy and Theory of Change, including outlining national level MEL required to evidence how NPs/SPs contribute to the Partnership Strategy goals.
- Conduct mapping and scoping exercise of MEL capacity needs and priorities of the NPs/SPs including developing a capacity needs assessment report: Gather and analyse primary data (through the form of survey, discussions, and interviews) and secondary data (reviewing existing strategic and capacity plans and resources) to support this scoping exercise.
- Develop a capacity strengthening plan (for implementation in phase 2): Identify and develop a tailored plan of how to support the MEL needs of all 15 of our NPs/SPs and national coalitions (in restricted grants) for roll out in 2022, including a ‘learning by doing model’, running capacity sessions, developing an e-learning package and MEL toolkit, and identifying MEL champions.
- Revise MEL planning and reporting tools including the National Partnership Self-assessment scorecard, Country readiness matrix, the National Partnership annual reporting template, and country engagement plans. Additional tools will be reviewed and developed as part of phase 2.
The longer-term deliverables for phase 2 of the work will be influenced by the results of phase 1. Some of the expected deliverables will involve the set-up of a national partnership MEL working group/reference group, roll out of the capacity strengthening activities identified as part of the phase 1 capacity plan, expanding upon the suite of MEL tools (as deemed necessary through the mapping/scoping piece) and developing guidance, templates, processes, and systems to support the partnerships and coalitions.
Roles and responsibilities
The consultant is expected to work closely and collaboratively with the Girls Not Brides Regional National Partnership/Coalition focal points, the Girls Not Brides Impact Delivery Manager (IDM team), Girls Not Brides Learning and Partnership Development team (L&PD team), as well as identified national partnership MEL champions throughout the period of implementation, agreeing approaches, providing expert guidance and support both in person and remotely. The consultant(s) may be required to travel (when COVID context allows) and is expected to be regularly in touch with the Impact Delivery Manager on the engagement and processes.
Timelines and budget
Phase 1: The consultant is expected to support the work and deliverables for phase 1 from October 2021 – January/February 2022 and will be required for up to 20 days.
Phase 2: The consultant’s support will also be required for phase 2 of this work, from March – December 2022, and the deliverables, timelines and budgets will be defined during the Girls Not Brides annual planning process and once the consultant is on board.
Profile of the consultant(s)
The criteria for the consultant(s) include:
- A highly proactive MEL professional/s with demonstrable experience of previous professional experience in leading MEL.
- Experience of support the strengthening of MEL processes and systems, including capacity strengthening of civil society organizations and networks/coalitions, preferably in child marriage at the global level.
- Strong qualitative and quantitative skills, including designing the data collections tools and understanding the value of anecdotal data and stories of change.
- Strong experience of building capacity of non-experts to implement effective M&E and learning experience of working collaboratively and productively with diverse stakeholders.
- Knowledge of the demands and challenges in conducting MEL for advocacy and experience in (or knowledge of) advocacy evaluation methods including outcome harvesting, contribution analysis, and other qualitative methods.
- Excellent writing, interpersonal, communication skills.
- Fluency in English.
- Fluent in French and/or Spanish or Hindi
Proposals are welcome from individual MEL professional or a team of MEL professionals for this consultancy. We particularly welcome proposals from candidates from the global south. Applications should include a proposal for both phase 1 and phase 2 (with an indication of days) of this work. Please include the following items along with your application:
- A cover letter of interest highlighting your experience carrying out similar assignments, with a proposal of your suggested methodology to carry out both phases of the work.
- CV and an example/s of previous/similar work.
- Financial proposal of both phases (including daily fee rate and any travel or miscellaneous costs associated with this assignment).
- Timelines and milestones of proposed assignment for phase 1 and phase 2 (broad framework and tentative for now) of the work.
The deadline for applications is Friday 17th September. Please submit your application here.