Technical Assistance for the formulation and management of CSO initiatives and activities in Sustainable Agriculture and Social Protection

Key expert 2: Monitoring and Evaluation Expert
Expected Start
02 April 2018
806 working days
20 December 2017
Gregory Barker ( )

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Overall and specific objectives

In order to contribute to inclusive growth and reduction of social inequalities as part of interventions to support the priorities set in the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA) II, an Action Document was prepared and approved: "Civil society Organisations in Research and Innovation Sustainable Development (CSO-RISE)".

CSO-RISE has the specific objective to foster the initiatives of the civil society organisations in their capacities to address economic, social and climate-resilient issues through innovative interventions contributing for sustainable management of ecosystems. To achieve the objective, 3 results have been identified:

  • Result Area No.1: Development of technologies, economic activities and sector policies coherent with the principles of sustainable agriculture and decent work, are fostered in 20 Districts Assemblies of the savannah ecosystem of Ghana;
  • Result Area No.2: Access and quality of service delivery related to social protection and employment as well as decent work opportunities in the fields of sustainable agriculture and green economy, are improved in 10 pilot-areas;
  • Result Area No.3: Influential role of the CSOs as actors of governance within the respective sectoral policy dialogue platforms is enhanced.

The action will be implemented with a call for proposals (result 1 and 2) and procurement of services (result 3) through technical assistance to follow up the implementation, evaluation, monitoring, communication and dissemination of the call for proposals.

The specific objective for the contract to be signed by the Technical Assistance Team (TAT) is to enhance the role of the CSO's as actors of governance within the respective sectorial policy dialogue platforms.


The purpose of this contract is to request the services of a TAT in assisting the Contracting Authority with the preparation of the evaluation of a Call for proposals, design and implementation of a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework, develop a knowledge management and communication strategies with third parties including dissemination of best practices and any other ancillary tasks that might be requested.


Education and Skills

  • The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Expert should have a Master's Degree in Development Cooperation, Development Studies, Social Sciences OR equivalent professional experience of 5 years in addition to the general experience required below.

General Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years of working experience in M&E, programme formulation based on the logical framework approach with at least 2 assignments in designing and management of an M&E framework;
  • At least three years relevant professional work experience within public administrations, decentralized public bodies or authorities, research institutes, NGOs, or other international organizations in working in the sectors of social protection, job creation, sustainable agriculture or natural resources management out of which two years must be at management level;
  • Field experience in agriculture related areas including livelihood resilience, safety nets or social protection;
  • Good knowledge of the M&E principles at international level (OECD, UN system, EU) with at least 1 specific assignment undertaken in an African context to be considered as an asset;
  • Proven experience in M&E with donor agencies operating in the area of sustainable agriculture and social protection is an advantage;
  • Demonstrable experience of working with CSOs with at least 1 assignment undertaken in M&E framework to support initiatives of CSOs.

Desired Specific Professional Experience

  • Design and operationalise an M&E framework aimed at fostering relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability;
  • Ability to build an IT tool for data collection at programme level showing the attainment of the output and outcome delivery by each grantee;
  • Hands on experience in the design M&E capacity building strategies including training material (such as manuals) based on clear needs identification and understanding of the operating context to ensure the operationalization of the M&E framework;
  • Experience in curriculum development including teaching materials/tools (such as lecture notes, power point presentations etc.);
  • Ability to develop creative and pragmatic approaches to capacity support in M&E;
  • Skills in mentoring and coaching grantee's teams and their local partners to build organizational/structural capacity;
  • Ability to build the capacity of local implementing government partners;
  • Competence to communicate data in written and/or graphic format through briefing papers, reports etc. as part of the capacity enhancement/development strategy.

Communication, Facilitation and Language skills

  • Facilitation and coaching/mentoring skills applied within multi-cultural contexts;
  • Must have good and leadership/ team building skills;
  • Fluency in English with excellent communication and writing skills is required;
  • Excellent analytical skills; capacity to deliver as per work plan;
  • Flexibility and willingness/ability to travel.

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