Institutional Capacity Assessment for Transform: MELA’s Local M&E Partners
Transform: MELA is a 5-year (2017-2022) USAID/Ethiopia-funded Activity, that was awarded to The Mitchel Group, Inc. (TMG), a US-based firm, in March 2017. The goal of Transform: MELA is to provide and synthesize high-quality monitoring and evaluation data for USAID/Ethiopia, which will guide the U.S. Government (USG) and the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) in adaptive learning and management of their reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) portfolios of activities. The Transform activities include Transform Primary Health Care (PHC), Health in Developing Regions (HDR), and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), referred to as Transform: Implementing Partners (IPs).
Transform: MELA collaboratively works with local M&E partners (PRIN International Consultancy and Research Services and SuDCA Development Consultants) through coordination, participation, and ownership of monitoring and evaluation processes and initiatives to enhance a culture of information use. In jointly implementing Transform: MELA activities, skills are imparted to local partners and other Transform stakeholders, thus sustainably strengthening local capacities for M&E capacity among local partners and stakeholders.
TMG/Transform: MELA is seeking a firm or an individual consultant to assess the capacity of Transform: MELA's local partners in executing various M&E or research-related assignments on their own to the standard of USAID and other development partners/clients.
The objective of the Assessment:
The overall objective of this exercise is to assess whether the local partners are capable of undertaking contracts independently at the end of Transform: MELA for USAID/Ethiopia, GOE, and other international and local organizations to provide, synthesize, and communicate strategic information for decision-making because of the M&E capacity strengthening support received from TMG/Transform: MELA. In addition, the exercise aims at compiling learnings observed during the implementation of the capacity strengthening interventions for future programming.
Key Responsibilities and Deliverables:
- A firm/consultant is expected to undertake the capacity assessment by employing appropriate methods and reviewing relevant documents to:
- Undertake a desk review of all relevant documents such as capacity strengthening plans (CSP) of the local partners and other documentation generated by local partners.
- Review partner annual performance scoring as measured by the scorecard which has been developed by Transform: MELA’s to measure capacity strengthening support to its local partners.
- Develop/refine key informant interview (KII) guides and share with Transform: MELA for comments.
- Interview key informants from Transform: MELA’s local partners (PRIN and SUDCA).
- Review and identify gaps of the local partners using different domains of capacity strengthening such as organizational management, project management, human resources management, governance, financial management, and technical capacities.
- Analyze, consolidate, and draft capacity gap assessment report. The report should detail the level of project implementation capability of the local partners and forward-looking recommendations for future capacity strengthening interventions.
- Present the findings and solicit comments from Transform: MELA.
- Finalize the report based on the feedback received from stakeholders.
- Submit any working document, hard and soft copies, to Transform: MELA at the end of the assignment.
Number of consultant required : One (1)
Place of Performance : Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Level of Effort (LOE) : 12 Days (Max)
Period of Performance : The assignment will be accomplished during the period starting May 2022 through June 2022.
Qualifications and Experience:
The consultant, or in the case of a firm, the lead researcher, is required to have the following educational background as well as professional and technical qualifications.
- Master’s degree in organizational management, or another relevant field.
- At least 10 years of work experience in organizational capacity development and assessment.
- Very good communication and strong report writing skills
- Ability to work and deliver under tight work schedules.
- A high standard of ethical conduct, honesty, and integrity.
- Proof of competency certificates/support letters to conduct such assignments.
- Knowledge and understanding of USAID programming approaches and methodologies will be an added advantage.
How to Apply
Interested applicants shall submit an updated CV/resume and a 3-4-page proposal to [email protected] that include:
- Assignment description- that contains activities of the assignment, proposed approach, and methods, timetable, steps for the tasks, etc.
- A financial breakdown of the assignment- Please note that Transform: MELA will deduct 30% withholding tax from a consultant without a business license, and 2% tax will be applied if the consultant has a business license. Transform: MELA withholds this tax on behalf of the Ethiopian government. Please make sure to include it in the financial proposal section as this might be a ground for disqualification.
In the subject line, please indicate “Organizational Capacity Assessment Expert - Ethiopia”. CV/resumes will be reviewed as they are received. Early application is encouraged, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply!