GEP3 State Monitoring & Evaluation (M & E) Consultant
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Purpose of Assignment
The purpose of this consultancy is to ensure the effective monitoring, data collection and maintain records on all Girls Education Project Phase 3 (GEP3) interventions in the respective GEP3 focus state of Katsina according to the GEP3 state work plan and GEP3 monitoring and evaluation framework, contributing to the results of the project. A State M&E Consultant will be contracted for Katsina focus state. GEP3 activities are implemented in close partnership with government education agencies and civil society partners.
The consultant will report to the State Project Coordinator under supervision of the Katsina Education Specialist/Officer and with technical guidance of the Education Specialist, M&E based in Abuja. The consultant will work closely with the Education Specialist/Officer responsible for GEP3, based in the respective UNICEF Field Office. It is expected the State M&E Consultant will form effective professional relationships with relevant education sector stakeholders in GEP3 focus state at all levels to advance GEP3 activities and results. The consultant will work collaboratively with the other GEP3 state consultants – coordinating activities, analyzing operating environment, sharing lesson learnt and progress and maximizing synergy between activities towards key result areas.
The UNICEF Country Office, Nigeria is implementing a DFID-funded multi-year Girls' Education Project Phase 3 (GEP3) which aims at contributing to improve social and economic opportunity for girls in northern Nigeria. With a total of 10.5 million children out of school, Nigeria accounts for almost one in five of all school age children living in extreme educational poverty worldwide. GEP3 (Girls’ Education Project Phase 3) is managed by UNICEF in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education, Universal Basic Education Commission at the national level and with the state Ministries of Education and State Universal Basic Education Board of target states and other implementing partners (IPs). GEP3 involves an investment of up to £103 million over eight years (May 2012 to September 2020).
In 2014, UNICEF took steps to redesign GEP3, through a process with government partners. The purpose of the redesign was to: (1) amend the Theory of Change to become more strategic and systematic; (2) focus the project more on early grade learning; and (3) simplify the project by eliminating some components and interventions. The outcome of the redesign was an updated Operational Plan, which outlines a new Theory of Change, logical framework and strategies planned to achieve change for girls’ education. The Operational Plan also presents how the delivery of the proposed interventions will take place, in such a way that the key outcomes for which UNICEF is accountable – over one million additional girls receiving and using a good basic education - are delivered and measured.
In GEP3 States, results will be delivered under three outputs, with the following focus areas: Output 1: Increased enrolment and retention for girls in basic education; Output 2: Improved capacity of teachers to deliver effective learning for girls; and Output 3: Improved governance to strengthen girls’ education.
As per the GEP3 redesign, the project has two implementation phases: testing and expansion. The testing phase commenced in April 2015 and ended in September 2017. The expansion phase started in October 2017 and will end in September 2020. As part of the expansion plan, UNICEF agreed with DFID to expand the project to Kano state building on the success of implementation and results achieved so far in the five GEP3-supported states (Bauchi, Katsina, Niger, Sokoto and Zamfara).
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The assignment will entail the M&E consultant to effectively ensure monitoring, data collection and maintain records on all GEP3 and EAC interventions in the respective focus state as per the state work plan and M&E Framework contributing to the overall results of GEP3/EAC and in partnership with state education agencies.
Under the management of the State Project Coordinator (SPC), the supervision of the Katsina Field Office Education Specialist/Officer and further technical guidance of the Education Specialist M&E Abuja, the State M&E Consultant shall carry out the following tasks in fulfilling the expectations of this assignment:
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Advanced degree in Education, Statistics, Mathematics, or Computer Science.
Fluency in English language and good English writing skills. Fluency in language of the immediate environment.
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