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Recruitment of a Consultancy For Technical Support For Developing A Meal Plan And Institutional Monitoring Mechanism For UNICEF Egypt

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Recruitment of a Consultancy For Technical Support For Developing A Meal Plan And Institutional Monitoring Mechanism For UNICEF Egypt

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Unicef :

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

Methodology :

This consultancy will conduct meetings with Heads of Sections and their relevant staff members, especially from the Education, M&E/MIS, Child Protection, Health & Nutrition, Private Sector Partnership, Communication for Development and External Communications. The consultancy is also expected to directly connect with Papyrus and the UK FCO to ensure that the level of expected M&E mechanism is being developed within UNICEF Egypt.

The consultancy should refer to and utilize the Theory of Change (TOC), M&E Framework, and Risk Matrix of the UK-funded project that will be updated in June 2019.



Activities, deliverables and timelines, plus budget per Deliverable :

Key activities will include the below:

  1. Provide an inception report of the expected activities along with its specific methodology and timeline ;
  2. Provide guidance to all relevant UNICEF Egypt staff members regarding MEAL plan :
  • Hold a workshop to UNICE Egypt on what “robust MEAL plan ” entails ;
  • Collectively review the project (updated) TOC, Log frame, and the Results Frameworks.
  1. Review of UNICEF Egypts’ internal capacity (HR and functions) that will enable a sustainable MEAL plan:
  • Deliver a thorough review of the internal capacity of UNICEF Egypt in relation to MEAL and UNICEF’s accountability for adequately monitor, evaluate, learn and update activities for the project. This process will be conducted by meeting with the relevant staff members within the office.
  1. Propose ways to strengthen UNICEF Egypts’ capacity for operationalizing and sustaining the MEAL plan
  • List the recommendations on how to strengthen the M&E system (both HR, organizational structure and database) that will enable a rigorous accountability mechanism to track the trajectory that interventions are having under this project/in the target governorates. The expected proposal on the MIS systems is expected to include the scope of organizational capacity as well as overall monitoring of data flow for data collection and analysis at the performance level.
  1. Develop an Indicator Matrix (in line with the Log frame) i.e. a Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) :
  • Develop the matrix in close consultation with the team leads –  for each level of indicator (impact/outcome/output), potentially to include details such as:
  • Indicator matrix (in line with agreed log frame) and in close consultation with the team leaders – for each level of indicator (impact/outcome/ output/activity/sub-activity) -potentially to include details such as:


    • Issues to explore ;
    • M&E phase/ frequency ;
    • Type of information – Quantitative/Qualitative ;
    • Tools ;
    • Target Group (unit) ;
    • Definition of Unit ;
    • Indicator definition/ criteria ;
    • Indicator calculation ;
    • Means of validation/verification ;
    • Disaggregation ;
    • Analysis and reporting ;
    • Data source and collection methods ;
    • Data collection responsibility ;
    • Critical considerations and limitations ;
    • Triangulation/ other relevant tools ;
    • Accountability ;
    • Data flow & dissemination.
  1. Develop a MEAL plan (approximately 5-8 pages) :
  • Develop the MEAL plan together with the relevant staff members through meetings, including connecting with Papyrus who provides technical insight over the UK-funded project :
    • Identify headings to be included (split by monitoring/evaluation activity)  ;
    • Reflect Mid-term Review and end line evaluation/assessment ;
    • Confirm the key actions/purpose/specific activities/methods tools/responsibility/timing/reporting / any specific MEL indicators and guidance on using them ;
    • Ensure to reflect-learn-adapt spaces/opportunities to be built-in/Reflect adaptation mechanism, how, which format, how to be approved and added to a new updated framework, when to and not to update or initiate revision of existing framework ;
    • Reflect guidance on needed actions to review and update VFM framework including specific VFM indicators that are linked to programmatic implementation/results framework ;
    • Develop monitoring formats (including data collection tools, verification/validation tools, third-party monitoring tools, for both quantitative and qualitative tools) for regular/routine data collection at component level – working closely with component leads to draft (based on an agreed format) ;
    • Set-up appropriate MEAL database – database should be able to include all the reported data including qualitative data, able to generate pivot tables and charts, real-time dashboards etc. – Able to generate school-based reports based on the links between different entries and targeted schools ;
    • Identify Any key research aspects (potential or existing) – reflect utilizing research results for learning during the project ;
    • Potentially include “learning products” for different audiences – policy briefs, reader-friendly or audience-friendly products (videos, roundtables, etc.).
  1. School-based Performance Monitoring Plan :
  • Develop ways to monitor the performance of teachers, children, and school management.
  1. Follow-up mentoring and training sessions :
  • Upon completion of developing the MEAL plan, ensure the adequacy of UNICEF Egypt and partner’s operationalization after a month, and another after three months.
DELIVERABLES (linked to objectives)


  1. Inception Report

10 days

10 % of total contract

  1. Internal workshop on MEAL plan

2 days

10% of total contract

  1. UNICEF Egypts’ institutional Needs Assessment

1 week

10% of total contract

  1. Recommendations for strengthening the internal M&E and Learning capacity of UNICEF Egypt

1 week

  1. Indicator Matrix

2 weeks

20% of total contract

  1. MEAL Plan

2 weeks

30% of total contract

  1. School-based Performance Monitoring Plan

2 weeks

10% of total contract

  1. Follow-up mentoring and training sessions

Monitoring visit 1: within 1 month after deliverable F, and

Monitoring visit 2: within 3 months after deliverable F.

10% of total contract

Qualifications, specialized experience and additional competencies :

  • The team of experts should have advanced degree in social sciences, statistics, planning development, planning, humanitarian affairs or other related fields ;
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in conducting and leading monitoring and evaluations of social development projects ;
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating social development projects in fragile context
  • Good understanding of the rights-based programming environment for children, and their guiding international frameworks (especially the CRC) ;
  • Good understanding of the strategic relevance for children of upstream work and decentralized local-level interventions ;
  • Previous experience in M&E for UK-funded project, especially CSSF fund, is an added value.

Condition of work :

No logistical preparation is needed from UNICEF’s part. The contracted institution should be responsible for all logistical preparations including travel and transportation. UNICEF will not provide office space.


Please submit a financial offer along with your proposal, which contains the following information:

-Fee for services to be provided based on the deliverables in the Terms of Reference.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.





Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: 12 Jun 2019 Egypt Standard Time
Applications close: 21 Jun 2019 11:55 PM Egypt Standard Time

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