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M&E Consultant, Google-funded project in India combating bonded labor

Background
International Justice Mission (IJM) seeks a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) consultant to assist a three year Google-funded project based out of India, in developing a package of M&E tools, including a conceptual structure for reporting between the partner organizations.

The goal of this program in India is focused on eradicating bonded labor, a form of modern day slavery, by establishing coalitions in strategic districts to combat the issue. Two main strategies will be employed to accomplish the goal:

1) Reproduce the IJM ‘casework model’ of victim relief, perpetrator accountability, and supportive aftercare services into six new districts in India.
2) Increase advocacy efforts at the national level, and use media and community mobilization to educate and raise awareness among vulnerable communities.

There are four strategic objectives: First, to reinforce to the Government of India that bonded labor is a significant problem in India, by demonstrating the prevalence of the crime through identification and rescue in multiple states. Second, the project will equip frontline district government officials to enforce the Bonded Labor Act. Third, this project will empower and equip partner organizations with the skills necessary to continue doing successful casework after this project is completed. Fourth, the project will equip partners to provide effective rehabilitation to ensure that rescued laborers remain free from bondage.

Primary Responsibility
The consultant will work with the Program Design and Evaluation Unit based in at IJM HQ to support the India project team in developing a M&E toolkit for the project and an overall reporting structure for the consortium of partner organizations.

Specific Tasks
Prior to joining the team on-site, the consultant will need to review existing project documents. The project concept and log frame will be particularly relevant. Two days will be spent on-site at IJM Headquarters (HQ) briefing with the Program Design and Evaluation (PD&E) Unit as well as the team supporting the India field office and this project specifically. This time will be used to identify a core set of documents to be enclosed in the M&E toolkit and outline all essential and recommended indicators for capture in the project. During the first week on site in India, the consultant will conduct interviews with key project staff as well as conduct site visits to the three main sub-partners in the consortium. This time will be used to gather information on the current data collection tools being employed by the sub-partners and get a better understanding of the types of data available in each organization and the methods of which each is storing and managing their data.

During the second week, in consultation with key field staff, the consultant will complete a first draft of each of the data collection tools for review by the PD&E Unit. Throughout the two weeks in the field, in parallel with the development of the M&E toolkit, the consultant will support the project team in developing a conceptual reporting structure among the consortium partners to the lead organization, IJM. Upon return from India, the consultant will incorporate feedback from IJM HQ project team and field staff, write up guidelines for each data collection form and the toolkit as a whole, and provide an in-person presentation of the M&E toolkit at IJM HQ for final approval before dissemination to the field for implementation. Finally, in collaboration with the PD&E Unit, the consultant will provide an online training to field staff on the M&E toolkit.

Key Deliverables:
• M&E toolkit:
o Capacity assessment tool
o Capacity building plan template
o Reporting template for partners
o Other data collection/monitoring forms (Excel-based)
o Instructions for each tool developed
• Guidelines and operational manual for M&E toolkit
• Conceptual structure for reporting between consortium partners

Required Skills and Experience:
• Master’s degree in International Development, Public Health, or related field
• Five years of experience in monitoring and evaluation of community-based or national-scale programs
• Exposure and experience working with government-funded programs as well as those funded by private institutions and foundations
• Expertise in developing M&E systems (data collection tools, strategies, M&E plans, data management systems, etc) for large-scale consortium-led projects
• Experience developing low-literacy tools or easy-to-understand guidelines/instructions, job aides, etc, for local non-governmental organizations is preferred
• Experience conducting operations research, implementation science, or other evaluations an added benefit
• Ability to work proficiently in all Microsoft Office programs such as Word and Excel
• Proven written and oral capabilities in English
• Experience working cross-culturally and with colleagues from non-Western educational backgrounds

Organisation International Justice Mission

Country USA, India