Position: M&E expert consultant.
Duration: It is envisaged that the assignment will last up to 15 days over 2 months.
Estimated starting date: As soon as possible.
Estimated end date: End of September 2023.
Application deadline: 26 July 2023, midnight CET.
EuroMed Rights is looking to recruit a Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) expert consultant who will be responsible for the development of the M&E framework of the EU co-funded project Majalat II.
About EuroMed Rights
EuroMed Rights is a non-governmental organization aiming to promote cooperation and dialogue in and between countries on both sides of the Mediterranean Sea. It is a network representing 68 human rights organizations, institutions and defenders in 30 countries.
It was founded in January 1997 in response to the Barcelona Declaration of November 1995 and the establishment of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP), by civil society organizations dedicated to promoting human rights and democracy within the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. EuroMed Rights’ organisational structure is built on a general assembly, an executive committee, working groups and a secretariat.
EuroMed Rights’ mission is to promote and strengthen human rights and democratic reforms at regional and national levels. By creating network opportunities and encouraging civil society cooperation, EuroMed Rights aims to develop and strengthen the partnerships between NGOs located within the Euro-Mediterranean area, to spread and promote human rights values and to increase members’ capacities to reach these objectives.
EuroMed Rights’ head office is situated in Copenhagen. The organisation has offices in Brussels and Tunis, and presence in Turkey and Morocco. For further information, visit our website at www.euromedrights.org.
EuroMed Rights aims to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the ground of race, colour, nationality, religion, ethnic or national origins, gender, marital status, caring responsibilities, sexual orientation, disability or chronic illness.
The word Majalat stands for ‘spaces, opportunities, fields and domains’ in Arabic.
In a context of multiple political, social, economic and environmental challenges in the Southern Neighborhood regions, the Majalat II project aims to foster an inclusive and structured dialogue between civil society organisations (CSOs) and a wide range of national and European stakeholders, conducive to identifying policy solutions to the main challenges in the region.
The project is implemented over three years (Jan. 2023 – Dec. 2025) by a Consortium of three civil society organisations in the Euro-Mediterranean region: EuroMed Rights (EMR), Forum Alternatives du Maroc (FMAS) and Legal Agenda. It builds on the results of the first phase of Majalat, which ran from February 2018 to September 2021, adopting a similar approach and tapping into the extensive network of CSOs partners that has been established across the target countries. he project is regional in scope, involving stakeholders from across the region and examining cross-cutting issues and entry points to common dialogue, while activities will take place in four main target countries (Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon).
Through a cycle of capacity building sessions, subgrants, Thematic Workshops, South Seminars, advocacy missions, culminating in the annual Brussels Civil Society Forum, Majalat II aims to empower and enable CSOs from the SN region to engage with national and European policy makers, propose priorities for regional dialogue and share recommendations that could be integrated by the EU in its future external action towards SN countries. Activities will act to promote dialogue in three priority thematic areas:
(1) Good governance, democracy and human rights;
(2) Climate change and social justice;
(3) Judicial independence and transparency.
The project specific objectives are the following:
- Strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations in the Southern Neighbourhood to monitor the implementation of policies that affect their constituents and to run advocacy campaigns that hold local duty-bearers to account
- Empower CSOs to develop and share evidence-based insights or informed recommendations that can influence EU and national policy-making processes, legal frameworks and public debates for the wider benefit of democracy and fundamental freedoms;
- Increase the participation of CSOs in policy-making processes and policy dialogue, thereby strengthening the advocacy role of civil society in the Southern Neighbourhood;
EuroMed Rights seeks to engage a consultant to develop a comprehensive M&E framework and undertake an update of the current project logframe.
- Description of the assignment
The selected M&E expert consultant will assist with developing and adopting a comprehensive M&E framework for the Majalat II project to track and report on progress, measure impact, as well as promote accountability and learning. This framework will incorporate a set of common indicators, as well as practical tools and processes for data collection at activity and project level.
Guidance will also be provided to Consortium members on monitoring, evaluation and learning processes. In line with Majalat II objectives and donor requirements, the framework should have a learning component, which will enable good practices and lessons learned from implementation to be captured and shared.
The M&E framework will also inform the revision of the project logframe that will serve as reference for the three-year implementation period of the project.
The expert consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:
- Analyse key project documentation (ie. grant agreement, evaluation reports, logical framework, etc.)
- Carry out consultations with Consortium members;
- Establish a M&E evaluation framework and a data collection plan for the project, including specific tools to measure project outputs and outcomes;
- Review the project logframe and prepare draft revisions for approval by the Consortium;
- Develop guidance for Consortium members.
The following outputs will be expected from the consultant:
- A M&E framework and a data collection plan, including specific tools and processes for data collection and indicators;
- A revised logframe;
- Guidance on the new M&E framework to support consistent implementation and ownership.
All documents will be written in English.
It is anticipated that this work will take approximately 15 days over two months, to allow time for reviewing and commenting on drafts. The expected process and time frame for the work is as follows:
Kick off meeting and workplan agreed: end of July 2023
Desk research and review of current logframe: from end of July until mid-August 2023
First draft of M&E framework and revised logframe submitted for review by the Consortium: mid-August 2023
Revision of first draft and submission of final draft: early September 2023
First draft of M&E tools and processes, including guidance documents, submitted for review of the Consortium: mid-September 2023
Final outputs delivered: end of September 2023
Throughout the process it is expected that the consultant will provide updates on progress and will be available for online meetings with the project implementation team, notably after each stage of the delivery.
Roles and responsibilities
The consultant will:
- Develop a detailed workplan for completing the objectives of the consultancy, consistent with the timeframe proposed in section 4;
- Maintain strong and effective communication with EuroMed Rights throughout the duration of the consultancy, including being available for virtual review meetings;
- Adhere to the agreed time plan and deliver all the deliverables.
EuroMed Rights will:
- Provide relevant internal documents and arrange a virtual kick off meeting with the consultant at the beginning of the contract to clarify any questions relating to outputs;
- Facilitate contacts with staff and members of the Consortium;
- Set up a reference group to support the consultant and provide feedback on drafts of outputs;
- Provide a contract to the service provider and pay for the services after satisfactory completion of work.
Required experience and skills:
- Proven experience in developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks;
- Experience working with civil society organizations, particularly in the field of advocacy, international cooperation, human rights, governance;
- Experience working with international organizations, networks, and/or EU-funded projects;
- Excellent writing skills and command of Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, etc);
- Ability to deliver timely and high-quality results under tight deadlines;
- Fluency in written and spoken English and French;
- Good command of Arabic is an advantage;
- Interest in and knowledge of the political context of the MENA region and of the EU-civil society dialogue in the Southern Neighbourhood.
This application is open to organisations, research institutes, firms or individuals.
If you believe you qualify for this position, please send the following documents by 26 July 2023 at midnight CET to Andrea Soler, Senior Coordinator (at: [email protected]) and Ines Yahmed, Coordinator (at: [email protected]):
- A workplan proposing how the work will be done and how the objectives above will be met (including estimated number of working days);
- A financial proposal, including daily rate (with VAT) for the completion of all deliverables;
- A sample of previous work, relevant to this consultancy
- 3 professional references;
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