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Terms of Reference for External Consultancy to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework and strategy for beneficiary feedback

Who we are

We are Leonard Cheshire – supporting individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability. Led by people with experience of disability, we are at the heart of local life – opening doors to opportunity, choice and support in communities around the globe.

Like our founder, we believe that diversity creates a world of possibility. Through pioneering research and innovation we’re building a fairer, more inclusive society.
One that recognises the positive contributions we all make, and where we are all proud to play our part.

Leading by example, we do everything humanly possible to empower people to live their lives as freely and as fully as they choose.

Background
Innovating pathways for employment inclusion (IPEI) is a new programme funded by the Department for International Department (DFID) to ensure people with disabilities are engaged in waged employment, particularly in the private sector. IPEI is a 44-month programme (including an 8-month co-creation period) focused on Kenya and Bangladesh.

The Leonard Cheshire led consortium brings together a diverse and complimentary group of northern and southern actors: CBM, Plan International UK (Plan), Action Network for the Disabled Kenya (ANDY), International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Bangladesh Business and Disability Network (BBDN), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The implementing partners will be advised by international experts from Accenture, World Bank, The Nippon Foundation and Benetech.

During the co-creation phase (from August 2018-March 2019) IPEI will hold in-depth consultations in country with stakeholders, such as businesses, civil society and persons with disabilities utilising participatory approaches to further refine the outputs mentioned above. The co-creation phase will also conduct different pieces of research in Kenya and Bangladesh to contextualise the IPEI theory of change.

Purpose of Consultancy:
Leonard Cheshire is seeking a suitably qualified consultant to develop an overarching monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) framework and including a clear strategy for beneficiary feedback during the co-creation phase.





Scope
Over the next 5 months you will lead a sub-committee of consortium members to develop the framework and beneficiary feedback mechanism in consultation with partners and beneficiaries from the project countries.

Liaise and consult with key project staff especially learning and inclusion advisor and assistive technology advisor and the global innovation disability hub.

You will be required to travel to both Kenya and Bangladesh to consult with partners and beneficiaries on the framework and to gain a better understanding of the partners capacity to deliver the framework and make recommendations.

The project proposal and Theory of Change will be your guiding documents but these will need to be reviewed and refined against new evidence and insight collected from your visits and the research components during the co-creation phase.

Inclusive technology and gender are key cross cutting themes underpinning this project therefore the MEL framework and strategy for beneficiary feedback should strongly reflect this.

Methodology:
Desk review of key project documents and other relevant internal and external literature especially international MEL frameworks with recognised disability outcomes and indicators and other beneficiary feedback mechanism.

Full participatory approach with regular face to face and virtual meetings with the sub-committee

Consultative workshops and focus groups discussions with country partners and beneficiaries.

Presentation and feedback from consortium management team

Deliverables:
By the end of the co-creation phase (end of March 2019)

1. Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning framework (including refined Theory of Change and log frame)

2. Accountability strategy for beneficiary feedback defining the key approaches

Proposed timeline:
• Nov- Dec 2018: Draft monitoring, evaluation and learning framework and draft strategy for beneficiary feedback

• Jan 2019: Visits to the project countries to share and get feedback on the MEL framework and get a better understanding of the partners capacity to deliver the framework and test ideas for beneficiary feedback mechanisms.

• Feb-March 2019: Including feedback from the research components, finalise the monitoring, evaluation and learning framework and strategy for beneficiary feedback

Consulting days:

30 days including 6 days for country visits (excluding travel days)

Location:
This can be office based or home based but frequent visits to the London office in Vauxhall will be required

Contractual Responsibilities
Reports to: The Learning Impact and Quality Manager in the Global Influencing and research team, International Department.

The consultant will be responsible for managing the workload and delivering the products in a timely and efficient manner as set out in this document.

The consultant will have regular reporting points with the Learning, Impact and Quality Manager, and will be expected to keep them informed on progress and key issues.

The consultant will need to regularly liaise with key staff at the UK office as well as regional representatives and relevant project staff overseas and especially the head of consortium.

All draft documents to be delivered on time and shared with the head of consortium and the Consortium Management Team (CMT) for approval.

Knowledge Skills and Experience for the Consultancy
To successfully undertake this assignment, the Consultant(s) should meet the following minimum requirements.

Essential Qualifications

• Educated to a Masters level in a relevant discipline or equivalent

Essential experience

Minimum five years proven experience of:

• Excellent knowledge of designing, developing and implementing evaluative frameworks and systems for the purposes of impact analysis.

• Excellent knowledge of M&E methods, such as Theory of Change and the logical framework approach and other strategic planning strategies for demonstrating impact.

• A solid understanding of international development with a focus on disability and / or gender issues

• Demonstrable experience in quantitative and qualitative, participatory research methods and conducting field work

• Knowledge of open source on-line software options for data collection

• Data analysis using Excel, SPSS or equivalent programme applying statistical methods and Qualitative software such as Nvivo where applicable

• Experience of writing and presenting reports to management committees and key stakeholders.

• Relationship management and coordination between a wide range of internal and external stakeholders for evaluation and learning purposes.


General Competencies

• Willing to undertake international field visits and interact with different stakeholders

• Excellent written English and communication skills

• Excellent analytical skills and attention to detail

• Extremely well organised and able to coordinate and prioritise varied activities

• Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines

• A flexible team player, able to work both proactively and supportively with different levels of staff

• Able to work on own initiative

• High levels of personal integrity and commitment


Expression of Interest
The consultant that meets the above requirements and is available within the time period indicated above should submit an expression of interest including a detailed proposed work plan, budget and a copy of the candidate’s CV with three references to Amy.Martin@leonardcheshire.org copied to rachel.gondwe@leonardcheshire.org by 29th October 2018.

For further information please contact Rachel Gondwe Learning Impact and Quality manager on rachel.gondwe@leonardcheshire.org or by phone +44 (0)203 2420 218




Organisation Leonard Cheshire

Country UK