Capacity Building on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)


Open to all RPCVs

Activity/project background

ASFECDI is a non-governmental organization for the defense, protection and promotion of the rights of women and children. It was created in January 2005. ASFECDI works to improve the socio-economic and community health of grassroots communities, in particular women and children, by offering women the possibilities of increasing their income through income generating activities, permitting them to raise and educate their children with dignity. Currently ASFECDI is piloting a project called “Women living with handicap in action for inclusion in Togo” (Femme Handicapée en Action pour l'Inclusion au Togo/FHAIT), a project which consists of supervising and supporting 22 groups made up of 600 people with disabilities (men and women).

While the organization has a Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant, the staff lacks the capacity, facilitation and training skills needed to establish a strong monitoring and evaluation culture. Thus, there is a strong need for ASFECDI to strengthen its monitoring and evaluation practices of past activities and the recently piloted FHAIT program to identify areas of challenges and ensure activities are achieving their intended purpose. They hosted some Generalist Peace Corps Volunteers in the past so with the VSP they will have the opportunity to work with Volunteers that have more experience in the area of M&E. The VSPP will be able to collaborate with the M&E Assistant to help the staff as they strengthen their M&E systems and practices.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

ASFECDI local staff will benefit from the support provided by a VSPP who is knowledgeable in capacity building, facilitation, training and developing M&E systems/mechanism. To accomplish the aforementioned, the following virtual service engagement and tasks are needed from the VSPP:
• Co-Facilitate the development of community health assessment/survey of ASFECDI past and present use of M&E system/mechanism to analyze programmatic success and challenges (by end of March 2022)
• Co-Train staff on ways to develop/design M&E systems/mechanism in line with ASFECDI requirements and needs, based on assessment/survey data result, (by end of April 2022)
• Co-Train and build the capacity of ASFECDI staff to utilize 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 or clubs, etc. will take place between 3:00pm to 5:00pm Togo time

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

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 databases, tools and strategies

Language: Intermediate level (oral and written) in French

• Six months experience (or more) of training 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 of experience (or more) 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

Education: Master’s degree in evaluation, public health, or similar

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 in partnership development
• Six months experience (or more) in design and implementation of capacity building activities in M&E

Partner background

Name: Action Solidaire des Femmes Chrétiennes pour le Développement Intégré (ASFECDI)

Type of entity: Local NGO

Mission and goals:

ASFECDI's mission is to increase the human rights of women in rural areas of Togo while ensuring a better quality of life for their children and their communities.
ASFECDI Goals are:
• Fight against all forms of violence towards women and children
• Work for self-promotion and for the socio-economic health of women
• The education of children and especially girls
• Fight against abuse, child labor and the trafficking of children
• Work for the promotion, respect and protection of the rights of the child
• Advocate for the rights of women and children

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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