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Virtual Service Pilot

Co-Develop Monitoring and Evaluation Policy Manual and Tools

Activity/project background

Partner: Save Your Holy Land Association (SYHLA) (Local NGO)

Save Your Holy Land Association (SYHLA) is a non-partisan, non-political, non-religious, local non-profit Civil Society Organization that was founded in 2001 in Ethiopia. It focuses on youth-centric initiatives such as health and nutrition, education, emergency response and recovery, climate change and justice, agriculture and food security, job creation, human rights advocacy, social accountability, peace-building and conflict resolution, youth empowerment and media literacy, gender equality, and an end of violence against women and girls.

To strengthen its impact and ensure efficient allocation of resources, SYHLA recognizes the importance of implementing a robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) policy manual and tools. In facing funding challenges and resource limitations, SYHLA understands the necessity of maximizing the effectiveness of its programs and interventions. Through the establishment of an M&E framework, SYHLA aims to systematically track and assess the outcomes and impact of its initiatives. By doing so, SYHLA can demonstrate accountability to stakeholders, donors, and beneficiaries, thus enhancing transparency and trust. Additionally, the M&E policy provides valuable insights into decision-making, allowing SYHLA to identify areas of success and areas for improvement. This evidence-based approach not only optimizes resource utilization, but also strengthens SYHLA's ability to adapt and respond to changing needs and circumstances. By investing in monitoring and evaluation policies and tools, SYHLA can enhance its effectiveness, credibility, and sustainability in achieving its mission and goals.

To achieve this goal, SYHLA seeks the support of a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to enhance SYHLA’s capacity in M&E and to develop an M&E policy manual and tools that will govern SYHLA’s organizational system.

SYHLA has not previously worked with a VSPP. SYHLA understands that the role of a VSPP is very different from that of a two-year Volunteer.

Engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:

• Co-plan and conduct a needs assessment to identify the organization's M&E needs - including stakeholder requirements, program goals, and available resources
• Co-design and develop an M&E policy manual and M&E tools
• Co-plan and deliver four 2-hour sessions for 15 members of SYHLA’S M&E and programming teams on the M&E policy manual and tools

VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week. This engagement is estimated to be 5 hours per week.

Online collaboration will generally occur between 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. East Africa time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to email, phone, Zoom, and WhatsApp 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 in any field

Experience:
• 1 year of experience in designing, implementing, and operating M&E tools and systems, or related experience in international development
• Experience in conducting M&E capacity-building

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 monitoring and evaluation, project management, or ICT-related field
• Certificates in Monitoring and Evaluation or project management for nonprofits and charities or related skills.

Experience:
• Experience with virtual engagement and communication
• Experience in data analysis
• 3 years of experience in designing, implementing, and operating M&E tools and systems, or related experience in international development

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 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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