Research and Evaluation Expert
Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD)
Address of host institution
Nela Bagh Street – Dar-u-laman Road, Kabul Afghanistan
Name and email address of focal point in host institution
Baryalai Helali or Arif Mirkhel
Background information about host institution
MRRD is government Institute mandated to contribute to poverty alleviation, improve livelihood and social protection in rural Afghanistan through the delivery of a comprehensive package of services, including:
- Water management
- Enhance access to water, energy and irrigation infrastructure
- Improve connectivity between rural areas and markets
For more information please see, www.mrrd.gov.af
II. Position Information
Organizational unit/ Department:
Research and Evaluation Department
Duration of assignment:
3 months with possible extension
III. Objectives of Assignment
Regional Programs Coordination Office (RPCO) was established in the MRRD compound in 2007 as one of the largest rural support programs in terms of scope and coverage area, working across the county. The demand for rural development motivated the program management to operate in several sectors that created a stage for diversified activities, whereas all other national programs of the ministry are engaged in their specific sectors. In addition, the Program responds to expressed needs of the rural people, who require various basic services (community based infrastructure) which no other single rural development program has addressed so far. The program development efforts are focused on helping the poor in dealing with many of the risks they face in their lives – such as unemployment, low household income, low agriculture production, poor irrigation systems, lack of accessibility to market, lack of education and health facilities, lack of community based disaster risk reduction infrastructure and insufficient potable water.
RPCO created a platform for sustainable community - based participatory irrigation infrastructure rehabilitation and development to increase farmers’ access to irrigation systems. Management of water is the country’s first priority for involvement of communities in poverty reduction. It generates employment in rural areas, and increases agricultural production. Protecting irrigated land and houses from flash floods is another important activity of this Program
RPCO works to enhance the potential abilities, skills and knowledge of rural men and women, to enable them to articulate their aspirations and to effectively arrange the resources through participatory methods to meet their recognized needs. The purpose is poverty alleviation – enabling people to break the cycle of poverty, which begins with lack of opportunity, low income, extends to the well-known miseries of economic and nutritional poverty and leads new generations to endure the same conditions. Furthermore, RPCO locates funding to respond to community’s needs and implements uncomplicated projects through a community contracting method including their contribution, but carrying out large and complex projects through qualified contractors.
Evaluations & research need to be carried out to assess the outcomes of any project implemented by RPCO anticipated at the outset of the project. The final evaluation is expected to provide a comprehensive analysis of the project’s achievements, lessons learned, and recommendations for future actions in the different districts / area of Afghanistan. The target audience for the evaluation includes such key stakeholders as government, international donors, UN and nongovernmental organizations responding to natural disaster particular flood and irrigation in Afghanistan.
IV. Responsibilities and Accountabilities
- The consultant can help RPCO/MRRD with the following strategically advise: Assess the quality of the implementation of any project against agreed, planned and expected actions, with a view to improving programme design.
- Overall assess the main gaps of Regional Program Coordination Office (RPCO) particularly in the evaluation & research strategy and advice for SMART supports.
- Assess the outcome and impact of any project in relation to its objectives, activities and outputs as set out in the log frame and recommend ways of improving the delivery model of similar program in future.
- Design and formulate policies, guidelines and reports to streamline the activities of evaluation & research component.
- Develop an effective mechanism and logical framework for the evaluation & research component to implement the program plan and execute the budget in the appropriate and efficient manner.
- Practice and advice standard international and national evaluation and research method for the best result to develop rural area of Afghanistan.
- To provide technical support and to facilitate and assist evaluation & research team of RPCO.
- Assess the level to which identified gender issues were addressed.
- Provision of Research and Evaluation reports on regular frequencies and ad-hoc basis.
Main tasks include:
- To Established a well defined Evaluation and Research (E & R) system for RPCO. The consultant is expected to design a practical E & R system with regard to the following key aspects:
- What needs to be measured?
- What is the most appropriate source of information that needs to be collected?
- How to collect the information and how often?
- How to store and analyze data?
- To formulate a set of relevant, simple and straightforward indicators to evaluate the program output.
- To design socioeconomic baseline surveys based on the set of indicators.
- To identify sources of verification.
- Study the relevant project documents (including but not limited to the project document, provisional work plan, first annual work plan, budget), review and revise the log frame, and revise the indicators if necessary.
- Establish data collection and reporting forms for capturing quantitative and qualitative information.
- Identify sources of verification that any project can use. As much as possible, use existing data sources embedded in existing systems.
- Design simple means of registering information.
- Design simple ways and means to store such information and the pathways for dissemination of that information.
- Produce a manual that includes the above and guides project coordination in processing and evaluating the information
- Account to local stakeholders and funders for the project’s performance.
- Verify whether the funds were used effectively and efficiently to deliver results (assessing Value for Money).
The CD4D participant is expected to demonstrate the following competencies:
- Knowledge of development evaluation methods and techniques, including a thorough understanding of data collection, evaluation methodologies and design, and strong qualitative and quantitative research skills.
- Fully conversant with the principles and working methods of project cycle management. The expert should have solid knowledge of and practical experience with gender issues and gender integration analysis.
- An evaluation plan and methodology for mid-term and final evaluations (to be developed and delivered during inception phase of studies).
- Baseline questions to guide RPCO in ensuring that planned baseline data and report cover all areas of evaluation study.
- Ability to build and sustain effective work relationships with a diverse range of clients, collaborates, peers and subordinates to achieve common goals.
- Ability to multi-task, be flexible, and effectively lead a team in a highly-pressured working environment.
- Willingness to enhance knowledge through training and personal initiative.
- Ability to work independently and as an effective team member.
- Professionalism in appearance and demeanor.
- Teamwork, good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
- Ability to represent an organization to external stakeholders including donors, Government of Afghanistan, and other development agencies
- Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given – extremely high level of discretion.
- Ability to determine and review priorities and meet deadlines.
VI. Education and Experience
The ideal candidate must meet the following requirements;
- The expert must have a Master degree in the field of development (irrigation management, disaster risk management / international development) or equivalent, or MBA management.
- At least ten year experience in evaluation and research, particularly in the context of disaster risk management and / rural development projects.
- Knowledge of and experienced in project cycle management and well versed in logical frameworks. Previous experience with evaluation, research and monitoring for development funded projects.
- Previous experience working in Afghanistan or any similar developing countries an advantage. Experience in natural disaster flood and irrigation management and issues is an advantage.
VII. Language requirements
Fluent in written and spoken English and National Language (Pashto/Dari)