Consultancy - Development of a Programme monitoring Tool Kit

New York City | Washington D.C


UNICEF is in the process of enhancing Results-Based Management (RBM) across all levels of the organization. A number of initiatives, such as development of an e-learning and face-to-face course on RBM, a requirement to develop Strategy Notes prior to development of Country Programme Documents, have been instituted to support application of RBM principles in UNICEF's programming. To further strengthen guidance on programme monitoring, Field Results Group (FRG), is developing a Programme Monitoring Tool Kit that offers a compendium of tools and methods to draw upon to facilitate programme monitoring. The Programme monitoring Tool Kit will be a repository of methods/approaches/protocols* for programme monitoring in programme areas related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UNICEF specific programmes in child survival and development, education, child protection, youth and adolescents, social inclusion, C4D and policy advocacy. The Programme Monitoring Tool Kit will be a resource for both UNICEF staff and partners including governments.

*Programme Monitoring tools/methods such as mTrac, EduTrac, mVRS, participatory Community Monitoring, meetings, field visits, focus group discussions, etc.

Scope of work

The assignment will entail the development of a Programme Monitoring Tool Kit. The tool kit will capacitate UNICEF staff and their counterparts, through a reference user friendly tool, in effectively monitoring programmes, projects, interventions and policies.

In the programme monitoring tool kit, the consultant/consulting firm will flesh out a range of methods and approaches that can be used in both development and humanitarian contexts. Methods and approaches applicable to both low income countries, with mostly service delivery focused programmes, and those in middle/high income countries, with mostly upstream programmes, will also be included.

Through the tool kit, UNICEF staff and their counterparts will have access to different monitoring tools and methods described step-by-step on how to use them, with at least one example for each method/approach, on how it has been applied in the field.

Through this assignment, the consultant/firm will address the lack of a single repository of methods/tools/protocols for programme monitoring in UNICEF's areas of work. As such, the Programme Monitoring Tool Kit will provide a repository of the most commonly used tools and methods for monitoring UNICEF areas of work. The tool kit will provide a single repository where these tools are explained in detail on how to use them, with examples on how they have been applied in the field.

Specific tasks

The Consultant/Consulting Firm will:

  • Develop an overall methodology for the assignment
  • Develop a work plan (with clear timelines) and budget for the assignment
  • Consult relevant documents (in UNICEF and outside UNICEF, such as NGOs, multilateral donors and bilateral donors) to get material for the Programme Monitoring Tool Kit
  • Consult relevant staff (in UNICEF and outside UNICEF) to source materials for the tool kit
  • Compile a list of resources on monitoring through literature search and share them with authors of different tools to use in their update and review of the different tools
  • Develop a Programme Monitoring Tool Kit in collaboration with authors of tools, expert review teams and reference group (see content of tool kit in Annex I)
  • Orient UNICEF staff on the Programme Monitoring Tool Kit through a workshop and a global webinar.
  • Work with a design consultant to design the Programme Monitoring Tool Kit
  • Work with an expert review group to finalise the Programme Monitoring Tool Kit
  • Work with a Reference Group to finalise the Programme Monitoring Tool Kit
  • Selection of methods/approaches/protocols/tools

    The tools/methods to be included in the tool kit will be prioritised based on:

  • Potential impact – Tools/methods that have the potential to revolutionize programme monitoring in UNICEF such as Rapid-Pro based tools
  • Tools/methods with good examples – Such as tools that have been used successfully for third party monitoring in different humanitarian settings
  • Ease of adoption. Tools/methods that are already commonly used in UNICEF
  • Deliverables

    The expected deliverables will be:

  • An Inception report that includes (i) methodology of assignment; (ii) comments on their (Consultant) understanding of the ToRs, feasibility of the assignment/ToRs and suggested changes on ToRs; (iii) outline of the final deliverables of the assignment and (iv) timelines of the assignment;
  • Draft Programme Monitoring Tool Kit;
  • An Assignment Report detailing status of the Programme Monitoring Tool Kit, challenges encountered, recommendations for next steps;
  • Final Programme Monitoring Tool Kit;
  • Facilitation of two global webinars on the Programme Monitoring Tool Kit
  • Facilitation of workshop to present the Draft Programme Monitoring Tool Kit to UNICEF programme staff
  • Qualifications

  • Consulting firms experienced with monitoring and evaluation or individual consultants with minimum of a Master's degree in science, social science and business related disciplines. Consulting firms will have an added advantage.
  • At least 10 years of work experience in programme development, planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication and presentation skills in English.
  • Experience in similar assignments will be an advantage.
  • Responsibilities of a consultant/Consulting Firm

  • Diligent work to deliver satisfactory outputs specified in the 'deliverables' in a timely fashion.
  • Make available draft materials for review by the expert review team(s) and reference group
  • Adherence to all rules and procedures customarily required by UNICEF in the conduct of such work including maintaining confidentiality, recognizing that all products of the work are intellectual property of UNICEF and its partners.
  • Responsibility of UNICEF

  • Facilitate availability of data and documents.
  • Payment of agreed fees and costs.
  • UNICEF shall not be responsible for any other payments, insurance and reimbursements other than those specified here. The consultant is strongly advised to take out medical and evacuation insurance for the duration of stay in New York.
  • Responsibility of Reference Group

  • Decide on content of the tool kit
  • Review draft tools developed by the consultant
  • Support the consultant in getting documents from different Country Offices, Regional Offices and HQ Divisions
  • Facilitate availability of data and documents.
  • Support the consultant in identifying potential authors
  • Approve the final tool kit
  • Support the consultant in facilitating webinars and workshops
  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link

    Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
    Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
    • Organization: UNICEF
    • Location: New York City | Washington D.C
    • Grade: Junior
    • Occupational Groups:
      • Development Cooperation
      • Human Resources
    • Closing Date: 2016-12-07