Mozambique: Ex-post evaluation RAC project consultant

Organization: International Potato Center
Country: Mozambique, Nigeria, United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 31 Mar 2017

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a consultant with global experience in conducting evaluations with special focus on advocacy and capacity building projects.

The Center:

CIP is a not-for-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato, and Andean roots and tubers. Its vision is of roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor.

The Project:

The Reaching Agents of Change (RAC) project (2011-2015) was implemented by the International Potato Center (CIP) and Helen Keller International (HKI). The project was designed with the aim of reducing vitamin A deficiency in 5 African countries (primarily in Mozambique, Nigeria and Tanzania, and to a lesser extent in Burkina Faso and Ghana) through increased investments and commitment to the dissemination and use of orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) as a means to support vitamin A deficiency and food insecurity in Africa. To learn more about this project please, visit the following link: http://www.sweetpotatoknowledge.org/project/the-reaching-agents-of-change-rac/

Expected duration:

This consultancy contract is for 15 working days spread over the period March to April 2017, with possibility of extension, subject to performance and availability of funding.

Scope of work:

The consultant will be required to lead on the following task in consultation with Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation Specialist:

  • Develop a scientific research proposal replete with methodology for conducting the evaluation;
  • Hold inception meeting with the project team and conduct a desk review of key relevant documents and understanding the project design and contextual framework;
  • Design tools/questionnaire and methodology for data collection of both qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Pre-test the data collection tools;
  • Implement and supervise field data collection;
  • Analyze and synthesize data; and prepare report;
  • Submit data analysis and draft report for feedback; and,
  • Incorporate, compile and submit final report.

Deliverables:

  • An acceptable inception report.
  • An acceptable draft report after the analysis incorporation of staff and stakeholders’ feedback.
  • A final acceptable report in English of no more than 40 pages (excluding references and annexes)

Qualifications/special skills:

  • Academic Qualifications: Relevant PhD degree with specialization in agriculture economics, agriculture, extension, seed system, agronomy, sociology, education, or community development or related fields;
  • Experience: Extensive experience in evaluation of advocacy, capacity building and seed systems in developing countries;
  • Global expertise: Relevant work experience in international organizations or NGO’s in multi-cultural environments and complex partnerships both in private and public sectors;
  • Language: Proven communication skills in English. Portuguese language will be an added advantage

Logistical Arrangements: BNFB will facilitate logistical arrangement for field visits, and meetings. The consultant will be expected to provide his/her own equipment. Working space can be provided with prior notification. Payment will be based on deliverables as outlined in the contract.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply online through our CIP’s Job Opportunities website (http://cipotato.org/open-vacancies/). The expression of interest should include but not limited to:

  • A one-page technical proposal illustrating your understanding of the ToR, research questions and methodology;
  • A tentative work plan for entire consultancy exercise (including logistics required);
  • A financial proposal for the entire consultancy;
  • Curriculum vitae.

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United Republic of Tanzania: Team Leader, Building Sustainable Anti-Corruption Action in Tanzania

Organization: Palladium International
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 31 Mar 2017

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. Palladium is seeking a Team Leader for an expected upcoming DFID Tanzania programme, Building Sustainable Anti-Corruption Action in Tanzania.

BSAAT will be a £11-13 million, 5-6 year programme and will aim to reduce elite incentives for corruption through a combination of improved deterrence in the criminal justice system, increased company transparency, governance of professional services, and collective actions that reshape social norms and expectations around corruption. The Team Leader acts as the central point of leadership for the programme. The Team Leader will be responsible for representing the programme with a range of Tanzanian partners, government stakeholders and external organisations and individuals, including regularly reporting to DFID, and maintaining strong working relationships with other DFID Tanzania anti-corruption programmes. Relationship Management

  • Developing strong working relationships with the programme’s contact points in the Tanzanian Government, DFID and other donor programmes in the anti-corruption space, and leading on reporting to them, through both formal and informal channels.
  • Manages relationships with the host country government, counterpart agencies, project partners and stakeholders and business partners.
  • Develop strong working relationships with the leadership of other development programmes, in particular DFID’s and exploit complementarities and synergies between BSAAT and them where possible.
  • Develop strong working relationships and a regular dialogue on programme progress and challenges with relevant Palladium staff.

Strategy and Operational Planning

  • Lead with the Technical Director in the preparation of work plans and budgets; staffing plans; performance improvement plans and other plans as required.

Technical Management

  • Oversee political economy analysis of corruption in Tanzania
  • Ensure the programme translates political economy analysis into practical programming decisions
  • Ensure BSAAT adopts an adaptive management approach which regularly re-orientates programming based on what works and work does not work

Project Management

  • Provide guidance, oversight and quality assurance for all project activities, outputs and deliverables.
  • Assume overall responsibility for the effective implementation of work plans to ensure delivery is on time, within budget, meets Client and stakeholder expectations and is contractually compliant.
  • Monitor implementation progress; maintain up to date project logs and registers; work to resolve issues, manages and mitigates risks; and escalate material issues and risks as appropriate.
  • Develop and implement plans for results measurement, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management, value for money analysis and communication management.

  • Educated to university degree level or above, preferably holding a Master’s degree

  • At least 10 years experience in managing teams and programmes delivering public sector reform or anti-corruption

  • Experience working with key government departments and institutions involved in anti-corruption

  • Experience working with donor (preferably DFID) funded programmes

  • Experience in Tanzania or East Africa

  • Strong expertise building and managing programmatic relationships with high level stakeholders from government, civil society and donors

  • Strong expertise in leading complex programmes, including managing and mentoring senior members of staff

  • Good understanding of governance and public administration in Tanzania

  • Strong experience in managing complex teams

Tanzanian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply

How to apply:

Please follow this link to apply: http://www.aplitrak.com/?adid=ay5rYXVmbWFuLjYyNDcxLjM4MzBAcGFsbGFkaXVtLmFwbGl0cmFrLmNvbQ

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United Republic of Tanzania: Special Assistant to the Resident Coordinator – UN Coordination Specialist

Organization: UN Development Programme
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 15 Mar 2017

Background

Tanzania has since 2007 been piloting the UN Delivering as One reform initiative. The overall purpose of this reform is to unify and align in order to more efficiently and effectively deliver results in support of national priorities. Working as one, the UN can have a far greater impact on the development and humanitarian challenges that face the country, avoiding the fragmentation and duplication of efforts seen in the past. By combining the skills and resources of UN Agencies active across the country, the UN can complement the efforts of the Government, civil society, private sector and other development partners by providing policy advice and technical assistance to Tanzania.

The vision of ‘Delivering as One’ in Tanzania is therefore about being a more effective partner for Government; focusing on the UN’s comparative advantage; being strategic about the development areas where the UN prioritizes support; and continuing to support Government on humanitarian issues.

The current UN Development Assistance Plan 2016-2012 started in July 2016, following evaluation of previous program, assessment of the development context and consultation with Partners. UNDAP II represents both continuity and change. It reflects a continued commitment to strong ownership and leadership by national stakeholders, a continued emphasis on the shared values, norms and standards of the UN system and a continued determination to achieve results which will contribute towards a positive difference to the people of Tanzania. UNDAP II therefore maintains and builds upon many of the systems, structures and processes which have facilitated progress towards sustainable development in country over the past five years. Notwithstanding, UNDAP II also represents a more holistic, integrated approach to programming and a more explicitly multi-sectoral approach to interventions. Further, there is a heightened focus on the normative agenda, with greater emphasis on policy coherence and the use of data. Finally, there are real efforts to be more strategic in approach, tightening focus to core priorities, whilst remaining much more flexible to respond to changes in national priorities and needs, as and when they arise.

UNDAP II is formulated along 12 programmatic outcomes and two non-programmatic outcomes (covering Communicating as One and Operating as One) and implemented through the four Thematic Results Groups, led by Agency Representatives on a rotational basis.

Although Tanzanian is mainly a development context there are humanitarian challenges and emergencies caused by natural disasters to take into consideration in the planning and coordination of UN Interventions. The refugee response operation is included alongside the development activities in UNDAP II.

The Office of the UN Resident Coordinator support the UNCT in the implementation of UNDAP II and Delivering as One SOP through: communication and advocacy, policy and programming support, results based management, business operation and harmonization; and partnership and resource mobilization. The office currently consists of 3 international staff (one secondment from Sweden and one international UNV), 2 national officers (NOC and NOD), 2 national UNVs, and two assistants.

SARC Programme:

The Special Assistant to the Resident Coordinator (SARC) Programme is managed by the JPO Service Centre on behalf of the UN System.

The objective of the SARC Programme is to strengthen UN coordination and coherence in the field. SARCs are placed with the Resident Coordinator Office. They support a wide range of management and coordination functions of the UN Development System at country level, including among others: UNDAF and joint programming processes, annual reporting and M&E, joint UN communication strategies, and interagency coordination of SDG campaigning and implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities

Job Purpose:

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC), the UN Coordination Specialist supports efforts to strengthen the capacity of the UN Country Team and provide support to the RCO in coordinating and planning a coherent UN response to national development/humanitarian priorities. She /he will collaborate with the UNCT members, RC Office staff, Programme and Operations Management Teams, UN Agencies, Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society.

The UN Coordination Specialist works in close collaboration with UNCT members, programme and operations teams of the Agencies, UNDOCO staff and Government officials, technical advisors, experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful and transparent coordination of UNCT activities

Local reporting structure and partners:

While the UNRC is the formal supervisor the Resident Coordinator Office (RCO) staff works as a team. The UN Coordination Specialist will be working closely the other colleagues in the RCO team.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides effective support to UNCT in preparation and implementation of the One Country programming processes, and UN programmes coordination focusing on achievement of the following results (20%):

  2. Assist in analysis and research on polices in the areas related to the key elements of the Delivering as One (DaO) reforms to support the RC and UN Country Team (UNCT).

  3. Support coordination in identification, planning, implementation of inter-agency joint programs with a focus of achieving synergies, complementarities and coherence.

  4. Provide advice on adjusting strategies and implementation modalities, cost-effective and efficient implementation of Joint Work Plans (JWP), Common Services and other UN functions.

  5. Supports the application of Results Based Management in all UN interventions ensuring accountability and transparency focusing on the achievement of the following results (20%):

  6. Support the effective implementation of UN Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP) II mechanisms for planning, monitoring and reporting.

  7. Support application of Results Based Managed in all aspects of UNDAP II including development of JWPs, management of results matrix, in consultation with UN Agencies, Government, Civil Society, Multilateral and Bilateral institutions.

  8. Support the management and administration of the online Monitoring and Reporting system, Pamoja, in close collaboration with the system developers, UN results groups, and Programme Management Team.

  9. Support development of UNDAP Annual Report and other results based reports throughout the UNDAP II period.

  10. Support the planning and execution of UNDAP II mid-term review in 2018/19.

  11. Ensures management of the Common Budgetary Framework and the Tanzania One UN Fund, focusing on achievement of the following results (20%)

  12. Support promotion of the use of the One Fund through liaison with donors, communication colleagues and agencies.

  13. Ensure timely administration of the One Fund including management of SAA, MoUs, allocations and reporting

  14. Support identification, development and coordination of funding proposals.

  15. Support tracking of resources mobilized and ensure an up-dated over-view of the funding situation.

  16. Support the analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on donor strategies and national development strategies, provision of advice to UN RC on ensuring synchronicity, alignment and complementarity between these strategies and UN activities.

  17. Ensures the implementation of UN Tanzania Business Operations Strategy, aiming at reducing operational cost and contributing to global innovations focusing on achievement of the following results (20%):

  18. Ensure implementation and reporting on Business Operations Strategy for 2016-2021 in close collaboration with UN agencies, Operations Management Team and technical operational groups.

  19. Advocate for business harmonization and enhanced efficiencies and effectiveness in UN business operations and identification of innovations and potential efficiencies in inter-agency programs.

  20. Support the Operations Management team and sub groups in implementation of common services, dialogue with Government, and internal coordination.

  21. Closely liaise and network with other UNCTs, UNDG regional offices and UN DOCO and HLCM to ensure UN Tanzania continues to be in the forefront of Business Harmonization and innovation. Assist in detailed policy analysis in the area of business harmonization, coordination of operations related working groups and reporting of progress to UN HQ

  22. Provide support to the Tanzania One Procurement Team in efforts linked to enhance common procurement, reporting and planning.

  23. Supports humanitarian coordination end emergency preparedness and response focusing on achievement of the following results (10%):

  24. Ensure development and update of emergency preparedness planning and implementation of minimum preparedness actions.

  25. Liaise with Government Counterparts to ensure well-established relationship and functional support to Government leadership in emergency preparedness and response.

  26. Closely liaise with relevant OCHA entities to ensure sharing of information, inclusion in planning and reporting and request further assistance where required

  27. Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results (10%):

  28. Synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt on coordination.

  29. Make sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

  30. Support internal knowledge management within the RCO

How to apply:

Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent Advanced Degree in a related field of expertise

Experience

  • A minimum of five years of paid working experience in a relevant field
  • Relevant working experiences a developing country is preferable
  • Hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.
  • Past experience with the United Nations and/or UN Coordination-related activities will be considered an advantage.

Language requirements

  • Fluency in English with excellent drafting skills
  • Good communication skills.

Nationality

  • This post is opened in the context of the Special Assistants to the UN Resident Coordinator (SARCs) Programme sponsored by the Government of Finland and is addressed exclusively to nationals of Finland.

Other desirable education, languages and work experience

  • Knowledge of the UN system, UN reform and its operational mandates. Previous UN field and coordination experience will be considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of humanitarian system is considered an asset.
  • Excellent skills in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.

The selected candidate will expected to participate in the training course on Finland’s Development Policy and Development Cooperation in 2017 organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, from 7-9 June, 2017, in Helsinki

For more details on the JPO Programme and detailed requirements, please visit: http://www.undp.org/content/jposc/en/home/how-to-join/current-vacancies.html

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