Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisement for Water Innovations Technology (#2)

Mercy Corps

Amman, , JO

The Water Innovations Technology (WIT) project is a 5-year $35 million USAID-funded program designed to catalyze water conservation in Jordan. The WIT project will contribute to the overall objective of conserving water in Jordan, through the adoption and proven water-saving technologies and techniques, by achieving three integrated outcomes: 1) Water conserving technologies and behavior changes are adopted at the agricultural, community and household levels; 2) Access to financing for adoption of water conservation technology is improved; and 3) Institutions strengthened to support water saving technologies. As part of the start-up phase WIT team submitted an MEL plan to USAID using an external consultant (since the project’s MEL manager was not hired).  Until the WIT team hires a qualified MEL Manager an MEL Advisor will be brought on board for a short term assignment to support the MEL functions during this crucial start-up phase.  

Consultant Activities:

  • Assist MC and id:rc with the recruitment and onboarding of MEL team (MEL Manager and MEL GIS officer).
  • Participate, as necessary, in the MSD Assessment Analysis with Springfield to be able to reflect on the Results Frame process.
  • Use the developed Results Frames to review and modify indicators in the Indicator Plan
  • Lead the updating of MEL Plan narrative and charts including building out the PIRS.
  • Map data flow for each indicator to identify who is responsible for collecting information and what tools are needed
  • Start to plan, with id:rc, the needs of the WIT project database.
  • Work with SoukTel (WIT digital solutions partner) to develop the project data hub.
  • Set-up file structure for indicator data which will be stored at the Data Hub server hosted by SoukTel
  • Work with IMWI on identifying methods and tools for accounting the water saved in the Agricultural sector and feed this to Id:rc.

Consultant Deliverables:

  • Hire and onboard MEL Manager and MEL GIS officer.
  • Updated indicator plan and targets to reflect the MSD assessment outcomes, including identifying indicators for measuring water saved.
  • Updated MEL Plan to include the MSD assessment and to address USAID feedback once sent.
  • Scoping document detailing needs and requirement for the WIT project database. This could include data flow mapping.

Timeframe / Schedule: 20 August 2017 for 4 – 6 weeks.

Required Experience & Skills:

  • 5-10 years of experience designing M & E strategies, systems, and / or frameworks.
  • Experience in developing MEL plans for complex programs. Preferably USAID funded programs
  • Successful experience in developing learning and capacity development tools for M & E
  • Experience designing and delivering M & E trainings or workshops, either in person and remote using technology based platforms
  • Experience coaching or mentoring staff or partner organizations in MEL.
  • In-depth knowledge of key MEAL topic areas, such as KAP surveys, training pre- and post-tests, beneficiary accountability and complaints mechanisms
  • Direct experience developing log-frames and designing indicators; ability to coach partners through the process a plus
  • Knowledge of the Syrian context and constraints on the ground (or similar conflict contexts) preferred
  • Partnership with local organizations with a specific focus on capacity strengthening is plus
  • English fluency required; Arabic language skills are a very strong added advantage

Mercy Corps consultants represent the agency both during and outside of work hours and are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.