Localization Monitoring & Evaluation framework consultancy
The Lebanon Humanitarian & Development NGOs Forum (LHDF) is an independent entity composed of over 85 local and national NGOs active in the humanitarian and development fields in Lebanon and operating across a wide range of sectors. LHDF facilitates the coordination between its members and other relevant stakeholders, including public entities, donors, international community, and affected communities, to ensure an efficient response to both humanitarian and development needs in the country. LHDF is hosted by Himaya Association.
LHDF co-leads the Lebanon Localization Task Force (LTF), along with LiveLoveLebanon (LLL). The LTF was established in 2022 within the framework of the Shabake I project, led by Expertise France, funded by AFD and CDCS. It is a multi-stakeholder, locally-led platform that gathers UN agencies, donors, INGOs and LNNGOs working together to advance the Localization agenda in Lebanon.
In 2022, the LTF developed, through an external consultant, a Localization of Aid Framework for Lebanon. The Framework aims to promote the empowerment and involvement of local and national organizations and communities in aid programs and projects, increase their capacity to lead and manage development efforts, enhance their sustainability and self-sufficiency, foster collaboration and coordination among international, national, and local actors, and ensure that resources are used in a way that is responsive to the needs and priorities of the local context. The development of the framework involved an inclusive process that engaged more than 500 stakeholders through surveys, FGDs, KIIs, case studies, co-creation workshops, and validation workshops. While the primary focus was on developing the themes of “Capacity Strengthening” and “Partnership Principles”, significant findings emerged regarding the themes of “Fundraising” and “Coordination” were also included in the framework, albeit with less emphasis.
Within the framework of its strategic priorities for 2023-2024, the LHDF as co-lead of the LTF is hiring a consultant to develop a Localization Monitoring & Evaluation Framework. The purpose of the consultancy is to develop a results framework and indicators required to track the progress in implementing the Localization agenda in Lebanon, building on the recommendations highlighted in the Localization of Aid Framework for Lebanon.
Objectives of the assignment
As part of its contribution to the work of the LTF, LHDF seeks the services of a Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) consultant to support the development of a relevant M&E framework and indicators for the Localization agenda. The main objective of this assignment is to deliver a M&E framework for the LTF that captures progress towards achieving localization goals and objectives and that is accessible to and can be operated by a variety of international, national and local actors with varying capacity, including those who might not have any internal dedicated MEAL staff.
Scope of work and expected tasks
Under the overall direct supervision of the LTF co-leads, LHDF and LLL, and guidance of the LTF members and other key stakeholders, the Localization M&E Consultant will be responsible for the following illustrative tasks:
- Conduct a comprehensive desk review of key existing Localization Task Force (LTF) documentation, which should include a thorough examination of documents such as the Shabake report, the Localization of Aid Framework for Lebanon, and the Advocacy Roadmap. This desk review should focus on extracting pertinent information, insights, and indicators related to Localization M&E from these documents.
- Develop and deliver an operational Localization M&E framework, including a set of simple, scalable, longitudinal indicators (both qualitative & quantitative) to track progress of localization in Lebanon through which to monitor and report progress against the recommendations of the Localization of Aid Framework for Lebanon;
- Design and create the necessary tools for the implementation and evaluation of the framework components. These tools may include data collection instruments, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) tools, and Means of Verification (MoVs), among others.
- Present the draft M&E Framework to the LTF members and key stakeholders, and seek their feedback and input (with support from the LTF co-leads and members);
- Organize a rollout event for the M&E framework, and consider including a feedback collection mechanism on the finalized draft to ensure that LTF members and stakeholders understand it and can effectively implement it. Provide technical support as needed during this process.
- Manage the implementation phase of the M&E framework, which includes data collection, analysis, and the production of progress reports.
- Collaborate with LTF co-leads and members to ensure the effective dissemination and utilization of project outputs. Additionally, ensure strict adherence to research ethics and compliance with relevant local research requirements if applicable.
The consultant is expected to work with the LTF to deliver the following results:
- 1 final strategic framework and plan for the operationalization of the model endorsed by the LTF
- Buy-in to a shared monitoring system among donors, INGOs and local CSOs/NGOs;
- Within the implementation phase of the M&E framework, focus on increasing the presence of multiple, strengthened Lebanon CSOs actively engaged in humanitarian and development programs, contributing to the localization dataset. Additionally, work towards the growth of a comprehensive dataset that monitors progress against agreed localization indicators. This task may align with the specific phase(s) of M&E framework implementation, such as Phase IV.
- Final report about the progress and achievements, lessons learnt, and recommendations.
Duration of the assignment
The duration of the assignment will be 45 working days.
- At least 7 years of progressive experience in the humanitarian and/or development sectors, including in senior roles related to M&E
- Excellent knowledge of the humanitarian and/or development sector including the major current humanitarian policy issues around localization, globally and in Lebanon.
- Excellent understanding of the Lebanon aid ecosystem
- Experience working with and supporting NGOs– local, national or international
- Proven research experience including conducting interviews, convening meetings, coordinating amongst various stakeholders, and development of tools
- Excellent writing and communication skills and data analysis
- Fluency in Arabic and English is mandatory
- Proven ability to work autonomously
- Proven ability to work under pressure and be flexible, including ability to cope with deadlines, multiple tasks, and competing and changing demands.
Interested candidates should submit:
A CV and cover letter including a brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment and all past experience from similar projects
1-3 examples of recent similar deliverables (at least 1 written output such as a report or publication; other examples can include training guides, tools, webinars etc.)
A proposal including an action plan with a proposed methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment and a timeline
All-inclusive breakdown of fees
How to apply
Submission: Interested providers should send their CV, Cover letter, Technical and Financial proposal before 20.12.2023 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm at the address mentioned below in a sealed envelope. Non-sealed envelopes will be disqualified.
Deadline: The deadline for submission of the tenders is on 20.12.2022 at 5:00 PM
Location: The location for submitting the sealed envelopes is himaya’s headquarters, Fanar - Street 58 - Building Saint Rita, floor -01.
An internal tender opening session will take place at himaya’s offices in Fanar. All applicants will be informed about the final decision on the day after.
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