Short-term M&Econsultant, Wash.DC
World Learning - Washington, DC

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Terms of Reference
I. Background

World Learning is currently implementing several components of a four-year project titled, “Project to Combat Rural, Exploitative Child Labor in Peru,” which is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. This program aims to reduce child labor in 3 provinces of Peru (Huancavelica, Pasco, and Junin) through initiatives that increase vulnerable children’s access to quality education and by promoting sustainable livelihoods for their households to help their families overcome dependence on children working to meet their basic needs. Specifically, the project will reach 6,000 children and adolescents through flexible academic leveling programs, after-school support programs, technical training, and teacher training programs designed to improve the quality of rural intercultural education. In addition, the project will reach 3,500 families by assisting farmers to improve agriculture practices and increase crop yields. Other key objectives of the program include: strengthening the institutional capacity of regional and local institutions and policies to address the root causes of child labor, raising public awareness about exploitive child labor and the importance of education, supporting research and the collection of reliable data on child labor, and promoting the sustainability of these efforts.

As part of this project, World Learning is responsible for overseeing all aspects of monitoring and evaluation, including developing and conducting baseline research, establishing and utilizing a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plan, conducting operational research to contribute to the evidence base on child labor issues in Peru, developing a database to track the status of project beneficiaries, and assisting with a rigorous impact evaluation to be led by an external organization selected by the U.S. Department of Labor.

II. Objective

The primary objective of this task is to assist the Lima-based project team with technical assistance in the area of project monitoring and evaluation. This should include review of survey instruments and provision of written feedback; assistance with indicator development and tracking, as requested; technical assistance to help inform the design of a rigorous, quasi-experimental impact evaluation, and other specific tasks falling within the general category of M&E technical assistance for the project.

III. Scope of Work
The selected consultant, in coordination with World Learning’s Senior Program Officer based in Washington, DC as well as the project’s Monitoring and Evaluation Officer based in Lima, will:
  • Review all relevant project documents in order to gain familiarity with project strategies and donor requirements.
  • Review results frameworks, log frames, performance monitoring and evaluation plans, and databases developed by field team based in Lima. Provide technical recommendations to improve tools and systems, as relevant.
  • Assist the field team to develop reliable project targets and establish benchmarks
  • Provide guidance on data collection methodologies (including developing sound survey instruments as well as pre-testing of instruments to ensure reliability and validity)
  • Review draft protocols for focus group discussions or key informant interviews and provide technical assistance, to improve tools, as relevant.
  • Ensure that all M&E systems adhere to program standards and comply with donor expectations
  • Assist the project team to use data in order to continuously adjust strategies and improve interventions, and formulate more targeted and coordinated responses to combat exploitative child labor in Peru, based on available evidence. Provide recommendations, as relevant, as to how project data can be used to inform management decisions.
  • Review research design and methodologies for small-scale research studies aimed at increasing the knowledge base on child labor, and provide technical guidance for carrying out this operational research.
  • Provide technical advice to the project team, as requested, on the design and implementation of an impact evaluation of one or more selected project interventions, which will provide rigorous evidence of the impact of selected interventions on reducing exploitative child labor.
  • Provide technical assistance, as relevant, with the development of a direct beneficiary monitoring system (DBMS). The system must provide an effective way to monitor direct beneficiaries at regular intervals.
  • Field questions related to M&E methodology, and provide written or oral guidance, as relevant.
IV. Required Competencies
  • Demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluation system design, applied research, indicator development; strong analytical skills; and understanding of USG donor requirements and expectations, particularly the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Advanced degree in a field related to international development or the social sciences
  • Excellent inter-personal, inter-cultural and teamwork skills, as well as sound judgment and strong initiative; ability to work collaborate with individuals located in other geographic areas and time zones
  • Previous experience using statistical software packages such as SPSS or SAS to run descriptive or inferential statistical analysis.
  • Experience leading rigorous impact evaluations of interventions that evaluate program outcomes by comparing treatment and control groups
  • Substantial experience developing indicators to measure the impact of programs focused on capacity building, especially capacity building of local NGOs or government entities
  • Familiarity with the context of Peru is highly desirable
  • Fluency in both English and Spanish
V. Expected Outcomes / Deliverables
The expected outcomes include reviewed M&E instruments, tools or documents (including written feedback) and technical assistance provided on an as-needed basis to ensure well-functioning M&E project systems which allow World Learning to track all relevant indicators.

VI. LOE and Timeframe
Level of effort is expected to vary considerably on a week to week basis depending on project needs, but the total estimated ceiling for the consultancy will be 20 days, occurring between May 15, 2012 and July 31 1, 2012. Estimated start date is May 15, 2012 or as soon as possible.

VII. Application Process
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and their Curriculum Vitae to: and include “M&E consultant – Peru” in the subject heading.

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