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Armenia: Child Care Reform M&E Consultant [Armenia]
Closing date: 2017-02-28
Application : Apply for the jobOrganization: Palladium International Country: Armenia Closing date: 28 Feb 2017
Company Overview Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.
For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.
Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.
USAID-Funded MEASURE Evaluation Project Palladium is a consortium member of the USAID funded MEASURE Evaluation Project. The Project's Mission is to contribute to better health for people living in low-income countries by assisting governments and health institutions to generate and use information to change what doesn't work and to scale up what does. https://www.measureevaluation.org/
Project Overview Palladium is currently seeking a consultant to support its work through MEASURE Evaluation in Armenia, which will focus on strengthening country leadership in advancing the reform of national care systems for children without adequate family care by building capacity to assess, address, and monitor progress on country care reform efforts. Using a learning-centered approach, MEASURE activities will be aimed at enhancing capacities of government partners to:
Provide leadership in implementing a structured assessment of national child care reform systems and strategies using a standardized framework/tool;
Identify gaps and continuing needs in child care reform;
Develop plans to address priority needs;
Establish monitoring indicators and systems for regular assessment of progress and monitoring of results against country plans for child care reform; and,
Promote ongoing inter-country learning and collaboration through periodic workshops and virtual meetings
Period of Performance and Reporting The period of performance will be for one year, starting in March 2017, and involve up to 50% level of effort. The consultant will work in Armenia in collaboration with MEASURE Evaluation counterparts in the United States to aid the government of Armenia in assessing and monitoring its reform efforts and systems in relation to care for children who are outside of family care or at risk of losing family care. The consultant will report to Palladium counterparts through routine reports and agreed upon deliverables.
Consultant Responsibilities The consultant will provide ongoing technical assistance, mentoring and implementation support aimed at building the capacity of government partners to effectively lead country stakeholders in collaboratively undertaking country level activities supported through the MEASURE project. Activities are organized around three phases: pre-assessment planning and preparation, assessment implementation, and post -assessment engagement.
Pre-Assessment Planning and Preparation
Support the MEASURE team in conducting a stakeholder analysis and working with government to collaboratively develop a stakeholder engagement plan to guide national child care system assessment and to monitor reform efforts (e.g. laws and policies, community support for vulnerable children and families, case management services, gatekeeping, alternative care services, family strengthening services, family placement and reintegration services);
Support MEASURE Evaluation in conducting an M&E capacity assessment and working with government to develop and monitor an M&E capacity building plan.
Facilitate government -led collaborative country planning and implementation of the child care reform system assessment in Armenia;
Support government partners in preparing results of assessments;
Support government partners in planning for and carrying out dissemination and use of assessment findings through workshops and other means.
Conduct follow-up meetings with government partners in regular monitoring of assessment of findings;
Through training and mentorship, build capacity of government stakeholders to undertake regular review and monitoring of engagement/implementation plans.
Bachelor's degree public health, social work, or related field (Master's Degree preferred);
At least four years of experience at the national level working with high-level stakeholders, such as government staff and multi-lateral and bi-lateral development agencies
Legal permission to work in Armenia
Minimum of 3 to 5 years' experience in reviewing, developing, and implementing activities in Armenia's support of the national child care system (with an emphasis on alternative family care);
Minimum of 5 years' experience in monitoring & evaluation experience including conducting assessments, indicator development, and use of data for decision making;
Demonstrated expertise working with country counterparts in M&E capacity building through training, mentorship or other methods;
Demonstrated expertise in group facilitation, with presentation skills;
Familiarity with the United Nations' Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children strongly preferred;
Excellent communication and diplomacy skills;
Willingness to travel within Armenia as well as abroad to participate in an inter-country workshop