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Consultant Vacancies at Neem Foundation, June, 2019

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Neem Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded as a direct response to the problem of insecurity in Nigeria. The Foundation was established under Nigerian law in January 2016 and is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission. We are committed to improving the lives of those affected by the insurgency and preventing violence through building inclusive communities and providing and raising the standards of psychosocial care.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Consultant – Radicalisation Monitoring and Response System (RMRS) – Monitoring and Evaluation

Location: Abuja
Project Title: Radicalisation Monitoring and Response System (RMRS)
Duration: 1 Year
Work Planning Period: July, 2019 – June, 2020
Consultancy Mode: National
Mode of Selection : Competitive
Duration of Contract: From July 1, 2019 to: June 30, 2020

Consultancy Service(s)

  • Conduct formative and process evaluation of the RMRS project as well as develop a comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation plan detailing the M&E needs of the various components of the RMRS Project.

Outputs to be Delivered:

  • Development of a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for RMRS Activities
  • Field Monitoring of Project Activities
  • Production of reports.

Context
The Radicalisation Monitoring and Response System project was therefore designed to, through research identify and understand factors and signs that lead to radicalisation and violent extremism, develop community-acceptable models for reconciliation, establish early warning and response mechanisms, owned by the supported communities, and institute credible community leadership structures to facilitate peaceful dialogue and reconciliation.

The basic approach adopted by the project to address is the development and implementation of participatory and inclusive peace building and conflict mitigation systems. This is based on the concept that local communities would be in the best position to respond to their challenges, identify best context-appropriate measures for addressing issues that threaten peace, and have the credibility, if empowered, to ensure that whatever is done is sustainable in the long term. Overall, the project has been designed to achieve the following over-arching objectives:

  • Engage in community targeted advocacy and sensitisation intended to promote the importance of peace building and reconciliation, and preventing violent extremism.
  • Develop the capacity of key credible leadership structures within communities to support peace building and reconciliation, as well as early warning and response system to mitigate radicalisation and conflict.
  • Develop the capacity of institutions (e.g. government, CSOs, security agencies) to support communities and importantly improve civil-security relations and partnership as a route to achieving sustainable peace and stability.
  • Extend support for non-punitive community-led early warning and early response mechanisms for monitoring and responding to radicalisation and violent extremism.
  • Identify and understand through evidence-based research, context-appropriate and non-punitive models and practices for supporting reconciliation and reintegration within insurgency-affected communities.
  • Develop a comprehensive Framework and Action Plan for Peace and Reconciliation which is context-specific and actionable by various relevant stakeholders.
  • Set up and support a credible and sustainable community-based reconciliation process.
  • Build the capacity of traditional leadership structures (traditional, religious, youth and women Leaders) within communities to lead efforts on peace building, reconciliation and preventing violent extremism.
  • Build the capacity of locally-based civil-security institutions to support reconciliation and peace building efforts while promoting the sustainable reintegration and preventing violent extremism.
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With the expansion of the project to include more activities, it is important to revise and expand the various goals, outcomes and outputs to measure progress and ultimately success of each activity through indices to be identified in the evaluation plan. To this end, Neem Foundation has decided to engage the services of an external Monitoring and Evaluation consultant to undertake the process of developing a comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Plan consistent with the overall project objectives identified activities on the project, and conduct period project evaluation in the field (Maiduguri, Borno State) to ensure compliance with project objectives.

Activities/Scope of Work
(Output 1): Draft Monitoring and Evaluation Plan for RMRS Activities (Deadline: 29th July, 2019):

  • Develop a comprehensive M&E plan detailing the log frame and theory of change for the project using the project documents and newly identified activities
  • The log frame must include (as applicable):  Activities, Outputs, Outcomes, Objectives, Goals/Impact, Monitoring Instruments, Performance Indicators for outputs and outcomes with clear definitions, Data collection strategies and data collection frequency;Develop tools for measuring various aspects of the project and Develop draft terms of reference for conducting mid-term review and an end of project/final evaluation for the project

(Output 2): Final Document (Deadline: 5th August, 2019):

  • The draft Monitoring and Evaluation Plan will be reviewed by the internal Monitoring and Evaluation Officer as well as the Social Cohesion, Stabilisation and Reintegration department. Upon conclusion of the internal review, the consultant will incorporate revisions and recommendations identified, to come up with a final document
  • The Consultant shall work closely with Neem Foundation’s Monitoring and Evaluation Officer and the Programme Officer for the Department of Social Cohesion, Stabilisation and Reintegration to ensure at all stages that the M&E plan is well aligned across all aspects with the overall project document.
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(Output 3): Development of Evaluation Questionnaires (Deadline 29th July, 2019):

  • Work closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer and the Programme Officer for the Department of Social Cohesion, Stabilization and Reintegration to design, validate and approve the list of questions and focus of the evaluation exercise for components of the project for the duration of the contract.
  • Provide advice and input to measure indicators for evaluation.

(Output 4): Monitoring and Evaluation (Deadline: TBC):

  • Evaluate the impact of peace building activities and impact of capacity building trainings using a sample size of beneficiaries to determine impact of overall programme on peace building and conflict prevention.
  • Assess and evaluate community perceptions of peace building activities, including the perspective of parents/caregivers of supported beneficiaries, and its impact on community stability.
  • Make proposals to NEEM Management to combat challenges that exist which can hinder achievement of the required outputs.
  • To carry out any other assignment not specifically mentioned in this ToR, but within the confines or related to the activities stated above.

(Output 5): Evaluation Reports (Deadline: TBC):

  • Develop Baseline report
  • Produce interim report from Evaluation assessments carried out in the field.

Deliverables
The consultant shall deliver the following:

  • A comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Plan including an implementation plan for monitoring activities (M&E workplan) as detailed in Output 1 – “Activities and Scope of Work” delivered by 29/07/2019
  • Baseline assessment report
  • Terms of reference for independent mid-term review and final evaluation
  • Project M&E tools
  • Mid-term project evaluation report

Deadline: 26th June, 2019.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV to: recruitment@neemfoundation.org.ng using the Job Title as the subject of the mail

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