#CANADA - Monitoring and Evaluation Training Consultant, Plan International Canada - Toronto

Plan International Canada Inc. (Plan Canada) Terms of Reference (TOR)

Post Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Training Consultant Time requirement: 10 working days total Duty Station: Toronto, Canada

The Organization: Imagine working for a leading international non-governmental organization (NGO) that’s dedicated to creating a better world. That’s Plan, a global movement for change, mobilizing millions of people around the world to support social justice for children in developing countries. Founded in 1937, we are one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, we have only one agenda: to improve the lives of children.

Plan Canada is part of a global network of offices in over 69 countries. Our busy Toronto-based office undertakes fundraising, donor engagement and public outreach, as well as overseeing a wide variety of field programs led by our International Program Department, which includes experts in Health, Education, Microfinance, Gender Equity, Child Protection and Humanitarian Assistance. We have a dedicated, passionate and diverse team of approximately 200 employees who are committed to making a difference in the lives of children. Join us and plan to change the world. Visit our website: plancanada.ca

A. Background / Purpose of the post: The Plan Canada Program Effectiveness Unit (PEU) is responsible for monitoring, evaluation, and research for Plan Canada’s child-centred community development projects in various parts of the Global South. The program portfolio of Plan Canada covers sectors from maternal and new-born health, education, economic development, water and sanitation, as well as food security in development contexts.

The PEU team also supports the capacity building of Plan Canada program teams in monitoring, evaluation, and research. Our program teams are looking to strengthen their knowledge and use of tools and methodologies in monitoring, evaluation, and research through customized training sessions with an external facilitator/trainer. A pre-training assessment has already been conducted with specific learning outcomes that will inform the customized training content to be developed and delivered. The successful consultant will be working closely with the PEU team to develop and delivered a customized training on specific topics in monitoring, evaluation, and research.

The PEU team would benefit greatly from the support of a participatory, methodical, and experienced trainer in monitoring, evaluation, and research.

B. Major duties and responsibilities:
  1. Review the pre-training assessment results of the training participants as well as Plan Canada-identified training topics in Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research. See technical requirements section below on topics to be included (not exhaustive).
  2. Develop customized training session plans and training content toward achieving specific learning outcome. The training content must meet the objective of building capacity of participant groups of varying level of existing knowledge and skills in monitoring, evaluation, and research. See technical requirements section below on topics to be included (not exhaustive).
  3. Meet with PEU team to present and finalize session plans and identified learning outcomes. Guidance from the Plan Canada PEU team will be provided at various stages before, during, and after the trainings.
  4. Deliver training and facilitate sessions in an inclusive and participatory manner, using facilitation methods that are varied for different learning styles. Training participants will be in two different groupings and sessions are expected to run twice, with specific customization for each group.
  5. Conduct on-going assessments and evaluation of trainings to adjust and improve for subsequent training sessions, as well as conducting a post-training assessment to determine learning outcomes.
C. Deliverables Expected:
  1. Training proposal including work plan, desired learning outcomes, facilitation approaches to be used, practical exercises, tools, and methods addressed, etc.
  2. Meet with PEU team and incorporate the PEU feedback to training proposal into the training session plan.
  3. Training session plans, outlines, and time table including learning objectives and schedules, hand-outs, presentations submitted for review to PEU team ahead of training delivery
  4. Trainings delivered with two groups of Plan Canada program staff, as agreed in the training plan
  5. On-going training assessments/evaluations report provided after each training to show the progress of training and areas of improvement
  6. Post-training assessment/evaluation report provided on the learning outcomes of participants, compared against training pre-test
D. Technical Requirements: The objectives of the trainings will be to improve the learning outcomes of participants in the follow topics and issue areas in relation to project monitoring, evaluation, and research: i. Approaches:
  • Results-based management, management by objectives, etc. (benefits and disadvantages)
  • Developing logic models, theories of change, log frames, outcome mapping etc. (benefit and disadvantages)
  • Monitoring vs. Evaluation
  • Evaluation vis-a-vis Research ii. Monitoring:
  • Performance measurement framework development
  • Practical indicator development
  • Donor reporting vs. project learning needs
  • Management Information Systems used in development countries
  • Acceptable monitoring data and error rates
  • Monitoring data and sampling iii. Evaluation:
  • Survey question design (pitfalls and best practices)
  • Focused group discussion design (pitfalls and best practices)
  • Project results and attribution iv. Research:
  • Basic sampling theory and application for quantitative methods
  • Sampling for qualitative methods
  • Introduction to quantitative data analysis
  • Introduction to qualitative data analysis
  • Introduction to Randomized Control Trials
E. Duration of the assignment: The assignment will require approximately 10 working days spread across April and May 2014.

F. Minimum Qualifications: The consultant should have the following qualifications: • Advanced degree in Economics, Sociology, or Statistics or equivalent in relevant professional experience • Fluency in English required; Fluency in a second language required • Adult education training certification an asset • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in international development cooperation • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in economic and/or social research methods, statistics, monitoring, and evaluation in a development context

G. Required competencies : • Technical
  • Economic and/or social research methods including RCT
  • Survey and Focused Group Discussion design
  • Participatory rural appraisal methods
  • Statistics
  • Performance measurement
  • Management information systems design
  • Program monitoring systems
  • Program evaluations • Demonstrated experience providing training in economic/social research methods, statistics, monitoring, evaluation, and management information systems • Managing resources – Organizes and manages time in an optimum manner • Possess ability to be systematic and logical in training preparation • Communication –
  • Listens well to instructions and feedback from large groups of people
  • Effectively presents data and information in a way amenable to others’ understanding • Good interpersonal skills –
  • Able to facilitate a safe, open, and respective learning environment
  • Able to work with a team and incorporate feedback from and address needs of client – Plan Canada • Ability to work independently and show initiative
How to apply:
Please submit your training proposal along with a cover letter and CV of the training consultant to gethired@plancanada.ca by March 16th, 2014. Please reference Monitoring & Evaluation Training Consultant the subject line. Please note that short-listed candidates will be asked in an interview setting to demonstrate their adult learning facilitation approaches and technique