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Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant job in Mbarara Uganda

Relief International (RI)
Closing date: 09 Jan 2011
Location: Uganda
BACKGROUND:
Relief International (RI) is implementing a 4 year pilot project to increase the use of domestic rainwater harvesting by poor households in rural Uganda in order to improve the quality and quantity of water available at the household and to reduce the drudgery of fetching water. The primary objective of the Domestic Rainwater Harvesting Pilot is to demonstrate that the private sector can increase the use of rainwater in rural households and that rainwater can be used as an improved drinking water source. The project is based upon the commercial introduction of a low cost easily transportable storage product and a social marketing promotional campaign that will combine product promotion with education on the best practices for rainwater collection and storage.
Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the project will be undertaken in several ways. Product sales will be tracked and a sample of users will be tracked to permit a better understanding of the use and benefits of adoption of the storage product. Baseline levels of rainwater harvesting in the targeted districts will be evaluated and this will be compared with the levels at the end of the project period. The quality of rainwater at the household level will be compared with other water sources, both improved and unimproved.
CONSULTANT:
RI is seeking an M&E Consultant who has experience in setting up monitoring programs for rural household level projects. The consultant will have at least 10 years of field experience in Africa and preference will be given to those with East African experience. The Consultant will work with the local project M&E Coordinator to design and plan necessary surveys, data management, and reporting templates. Ideally the Consultant will be able to remain engaged in the project for its full course (3 years), providing support to the field team and participating in annual program reviews and suggest changes in implementation to improve the outcomes.
The project office is based in Mbarara, Uganda and will provide administrative and logistical support to the Consultant and the survey. Technical oversight will be provided from RI Headquarters in Washington, DC, USA.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide overall leadership for the design of a monitoring system for the project
Work with the project M&E Coordinator to develop reporting templates, survey instruments, and monitoring plans for the project to track impacts.
Provide follow-up to the project and support the ongoing data collection and interpretation of results.
Participate in annual program reviews and review the annual monitoring report to be written by the project M&E coordinator.
Provide suggestions for ways to improve the tracking of impacts.
OUTPUTS:
Detailed monitoring plan for the project.
Survey field guide and training tools
Survey data collection tools
Annual Evaluation Report, following thr May 2011 evaluation
REQUIREMENTS:
Minimum 10 years of relevant experience in the development of M&E plans for rural household monitoring and evaluation.
Experience in training and managing field teams.
Master's degree minimum qualification.
Related experience in developing countries, particularly in the East African setting.
Fluency in English.
DURATION:
2-week field visit to develop M&E Plan, November - December 2010
10 days of consulting in 2011 to provide backstopping support to M&E Coordinator
2- week annual evaluation, May 2011
Ideally the Consultant will remain involved in the project throughout the 3-years, taking the lead on the annual project evaluations.
How to apply
Please submit your Cover Letter, previous experience, and References to Uganda-Consultancy@ri.org
Subject line must include: M&E Consultant Uganda. Applications missing any of the above materials will not be considered.
Reference Code: RW_8AZNUU-97 

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