Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

Consultancy Greater Accra Ministry of Finance

REPUBLIC OF GHANA – MINISTRY OF FINANCE
GHANA ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION PROJECT (GETP)
IDA CREDIT NUMBER 6465-GH
SPECIFIC PROCUREMENT NOTICE
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (REOI)
(CONSULTING SERVICES – INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANTS SELECTION)
Background
The World Bank is providing funding support to the Government of Ghana (GOG) for the implementation of the Ghana Economic Transformation Project. The overall development objective of the Project is to promote private investments and firm growth in non-resource-based sectors. The guiding principle of the Project is to promote and strengthen a growth model that is conducive to economic transformation, to achieve higher rates of investment and productivity growth across the economy, especially in non-resource-based sectors. The Project has four components, as follows:
Component 1 – Enabling investments: This component will focus on improving the enabling business environment, investment attraction capacity, and the quality infrastructure support system for companies that want to invest and grow their businesses in Ghana.
Component 2 – Crowding-in investments: Promoting spatial and industrial planning and development: This component will focus on enhancing the Government’s programs in investment promotion and spatial development (including Special Economic Zones), thereby addressing the constraint to access quality industrial land in the country.
Component 3 – Accelerating Entrepreneurship and Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) growth: This component will support entrepreneurship and MSME growth in non-resource-based sectors, addressing specifically the limited development of the MSME and entrepreneurship support ecosystem, including early stage financing.
Component 4 – Project Management and Evaluation: This component will finance project management activities including fiduciary responsibilities, procurement, communication and dissemination, as well as monitoring and evaluation of project implementation and its impact. This will include capacity building for the Project Coordinating Unit (PCU), the Economic Transformation Unit and the Resource Mobilization and Economic Relations Division (RMERD) within the Ministry of Finance (MOF).
MONITORING AND EVALUATION SPECIALIST – REFERENCE NO. GH-MOFEP-197534-CS-INDV
The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist is to establish the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) function and system for the GETP and especially with regard effective operation through engagement of key stakeholders including implementing partners, primary project beneficiaries and other stakeholders. This will be undertaken through the joint development of a shared M&E system among key stakeholders. This will be supported by facilitating stakeholders to undertake their own M&E activities and to link these into an overall assessment of project progress and needed actions. The M&E Specialist will thus guide the overall strategy and implementation of the M&E function and system and provide timely and relevant information to project stakeholders including the World Bank.
Duties and Responsibilities of the Consultant
The M&E Specialist’s detailed tasks will include, but not be limited to the following:
Establish the indicator-based M&E plan and institutional framework, systems, and operations of the GETP and its objectives and strategy including detailed design of data collection, analysis, and reporting plan for each indicator, M&E implementation arrangements, roles and responsibilities, work plan and budget and ensure that the M&E system is aligned to and supports the Management Information System (MIS) of MoF;
Liaise with primary TIAs and Private Sector stakeholders and other staff to ensure a two-way flow of information on implementation;
Work with the TIAs and external consultants to define and establish the DLIs protocols and also monitor Results Framework and DLI table which are included in the PAD and published online and approved by the World Bank;
Ensure that an effective and participatory M&E system and methodology are established consistent with a robust M&E function;
Supervise the implementation of approved M&E Work plans and, during implementation, if required, update and amend the M&E process following ongoing consultation with stakeholders, partners, and beneficiaries;
Generating and assessing information required for monitoring and reporting on key operational and performance indicators and outcome objectives established for the Project as detailed in approved work plans and results frameworks;
Promoting accountability by drawing on information, efficiency and effectiveness to assess and communicate whether project activities are likely to achieve expected results and/or realize its objectives;
Identifying and promoting the actions necessary to improve implementation;
Preparing and implementing an approved evaluation plan to ensure effective assessment of intermediate and project outcome evaluations;
Overseeing the preparation of monthly, quarterly progress reports and annual report;
Coordinate the preparation of mid-term evaluation report, and end-of- project report;
Develop simple reporting formats to be used in collecting data by the Project implementing agencies which will be compatible with the available Management Information Software;
Develop and maintain partnerships with implementing TIAs to assist in the monitoring and evaluation of GETP;
Undertake regular visits to the field to support implementation of M&E and identify where adaptations might be needed;
Conduct in-house M&E training for GETP staff & other key TIAs;
Supervise the activities of the M&E section of the GETP;
Advise the Project Coordinator on all M&E systems relating to the Project;
Any other duties assigned by the Director, RMERD.
Deliverables
The Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist shall submit the following reports:
I. Weekly performance tracking reports to the Project Coordinator,
II. Monthly, Quarterly and Annual reports on the following
a. Current status of indicators in the Results Framework
b. Regular field visits which will identify where adaptations might be needed to support implementation of M&E
c. In-house M&E training for GETP staff & TIAs
The reports should provide information on whether or not project activities are likely to achieve expected results and/or realise project objectives based on an assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of information gathered. The reports must include recommendations of necessary action to improve project implementation.
Outputs of this assignment include:
An overall Monitoring and Evaluation Coordination Plan with manuals, systems, procedures, tools for data collection and Implementation
Arrangements with clear specification of roles and responsibilities of all relevant institutions and individuals.
M&E indicators and DLIs protocols defined and established.
Monitor the Results Framework and the DLI’s as contained in the GETP PAD, and also the general operations of the GETP and its objectives and strategies in coordination with the various TIAs.
A Work Plan and Budget for the development and implementation of the monitoring and evaluation coordination plan and results framework.
Maintain a participatory monitoring and evaluation system involving institutions and individuals involved with the implementation of key activities
Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly and Annual reports on performance of implementing partners towards the realization of the objectives of the GETP.
Reports on other duties assigned by Director RMERD or the Project Coordinator.
Duration of Assignment
The assignment will be for two years, with the possibility of renewal subject to work requirements and satisfactory performance of the life of the GETP.
Reporting Requirements
The M&E Specialist will operate at the GETP PCU. The M&E Specialist will coordinate with other Project Implementing Units of the TIAs to ensure that coherent and standard M&E data gathering and reporting systems are in line with the Project Development Objective (PDO) and Key Performance Indicators (KPI) established for the Programme. The M&E Specialist will report to the Project Coordinator and PCU to ensure that the M&E requirements under the Ghana GETP are developed and implemented efficiently and effectively.
The M&E Specialist will also establish close and cooperative working relationships with the World Bank M&E Specialist team based in the Country Office in Accra.
Required Skills or Experience

Competency and Expertise Requirements
The successful candidate shall be a highly technically accomplished professional, well organized; with excellent communications skills and have the following qualifications, expertise and experience:

Post-graduate degree in Statistics, Economics, Monitoring & Evaluation, a field related to development and/or management and experience in field research;
A minimum of 8 years of proven experience in M&E;
Knowledge and experience in logical framework approach and other strategic planning approaches including M&E methods and approaches (including quantitative, qualitative and participatory);
Experience with planning, design, implementation of M&E systems;
Experience in delivering capacity building & training in M&E development and implementation;
Leadership qualities, personnel and team management (including mediation and conflict resolution).
M&E working experience in relevant public andor private sector settings and in providing advice to policy and programme decision makers
Proven track record working with different teams across institutions, particularly the Government of Ghana;
Analytical skills, ability to develop and implement M&E IT systems;
Knowledge of M&E software and applications;
Strong computer skills and experience in data processing;
Report writing and presentation skills;
Statistical skills are essential;
Integrity and Confidentiality;
Fluency in written and oral English is essential
Capacity to work under tight deadlines and to handle potentially controversial and/or very sensitive issues that require clarity, accuracy and speedy responses
How To Apply

Required Documents
The application should include the following documents:

An updated CV
Copies of relevant diplomas (university degrees, etc.)
The Consultant will be selected in accordance with Individual Consultant Selection Method as set out in the Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers (Procurement in Investment Project Financing Goods, Works, Non-Consulting and Consulting Services [July 2016 Revised November 2017 and August 2018]).

Submission of Expressions of Interest
Interested Consultants may obtain further clarification and Terms of Reference, preferably by e-mail, at the address below from 9.00AM to 4.00PM, Monday through Friday (except on public holidays).

Expressions of interest shall be in English and must be delivered via electronic submissions to the following email addresses: lateefpro@gmail.com and ntow.kofi@gmail.com by 10.00am on Monday, November 9, 2020.

THE PROJECT COORDINATOR
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
BOX MB 40, ACCRA, GHANA

ATTN: PROCUREMENT SPECIALIST
PROJECT OFFICE

ATTN: PROCUREMENT SPECIALIST
PROJECT OFFICE
SHIPPERS HOUSE
GHANA ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION PROJECT
THIRD FLOOR, CONFERENCE ROOM
TEL: 0247404444
GA 078-6244

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