Build Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity

Eligibility

Open to all RPCVs

Activity/project background

This project is related to capacity building on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) best practices and facilitating the development and trainings of M&E systems/mechanism in line with Association Espoir pour Demain (AED) requirements and needs. Association Espoir pour Demain is a non-governmental organization fighting against HIV/AIDS founded in 2001. The Association works in synergy with grassroots communities, national, and international partners to ensure universal access to prevention, care, and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Since its inception in 2001, AED-Lidaw has not been able to develop an up to date monitoring and evaluation system/mechanism to assess input and output of activities that can be used to monitor programmatic success and challenges over time. The primary reason for not having developed an up to date M&E system/mechanism is due to AED-Lidaw staff not having the capacity, training or facilitation skills on M&E best practices and instrumentation tools. AED has a long standing experience in hosting Generalist Peace Corps Volunteers in the past at the main office in Kara and in some of their satellite offices in the region. With the VSPP they will have the opportunity to work with Volunteers that have more experiences in the area of M&E. The VSPP will be able to assist the staff as they strengthen their M&E systems and practices.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

AED-Lidaw local staff will benefit from the support provided by a VSPP who is knowledgeable in capacity building, facilitation, training and developing M&E systems/mechanisms. To accomplish the aforementioned, the VSPP in collaboration with AED M&E Assistant will support the organization with the following tasks:
• Co-Facilitate the development of an assessment/survey of AED-Lidaw past and present use of M&E systems/mechanisms to analyze programmatic successes and challenges relating to HIV; Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) (by end of March 2022)
• Based on the results of the assessment, design training to develop appropriate M&E strategies and tools, (both quantitative and qualitative)
• Co-Train staff on ways to design M&E systems/mechanism in line with AED-Lidaw requirement and needs based on assessment/survey data result that will lead to improved services for people living with HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health , (by end of April 2022)
• Co-Train and build the capacity of AED-Lidaw staff to utilized identified M&E systems/mechanism for programmatic implementation (by end of July 2022)

This engagement is expected to be approximately 25 weeks. VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week.
Meetings between VSPPs and Host Country Counterparts will take place during normal office hours, 2:30pm Togo time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.
Activities, classes, trainings, etc. will take place between 3pm to 5pm Togo time

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Zoom, WhatsApp, or any communication platform conducive to the needs of the VSPP, AED-Lidaw counterpart, PC Togo Health Program Manager and Program Assistant for regular communication and collaboration.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart 1-2 times per week initiated (time of meeting to be discussed once VSPP is selected) by the VSPP to update on progress of tasks. The counterpart suggests a standing weekly meeting (time of meeting to be discussed once VSPP is selected) for consistency and continuity.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree, certificate in monitoring and evaluation, or relevant experience in monitoring and evaluation

Technical Skills: Proficient in using an M&E database, tools and strategies

Language: Intermediate level (oral and written) in French

Experience:
• Six months (or more) training experience in monitoring and evaluation, especially in the context of development
• Six months experience (or more) in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, data collection tools development
• Six months working experience on public health interventions in low income countries
of years working on public health interventions in low income countries

Intercultural Skills and Motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

Technical Skills:
• Strong interpersonal skills, coupled with ability to influence, advise, facilitate and train others
• Ability to involve other people, harness and build on their ideas
• Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication

Experience:
• Have experience in partnership development
• Six months experience or more in design and implementation of capacity building trainings in M&E

Partner background

Name: Association Espoir pour Demain (AED) [Association Hope for Tomorrow]

Type of entity: Local NGO

Mission and goals:

The mission of AED-Lidaw is to develop the capacities of people living with HIV/AIDS, Orphans and Vulnerable Children, and other populations vulnerable to HIV/AIDS to take control, not only as individuals, but also as a group, of their own health.
The Goal of AED-Lidaw is to ensure the moral, psychological and socio-economic well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS are taken into consideration.
The Association is able to achieve both its Mission and Goal through the following:
• Transform the HIV/AIDS landscape in Togo
• Strengthen networks of people living with HIV/AIDS beyond the borders of Togo
• Integrate people living with HIV/AIDS into their community to ensure full participation in local and national development process

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement-specific safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.


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