Consultancy: MEAL Framework and tools Development
December 07, 2020
Term of Reference (ToR)
Consultancy: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Framework and tools Development
ASB Indonesia and the Philippines
Background and purpose of the consultancy
Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) is a German relief and social-welfare organisation engaged in a wide range of social service provision in Germany and abroad. ASB started working in Indonesia in 2006 following the Yogyakarta earthquake and in the Philippines in 2014 following Typhoon Haiyan.
ASB Indonesia and the Philippines is currently commencing a partner-led project titled “Strengthening Resilience in South and South-East Asia by Integrating Risk Management, Social Inclusion and Socio-Economic Development.” This project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development, Republic of Germany (BMZ), and runs from 1 November 2020 – 31 October 2023. There are three regional partners leading the country-level implementation of this project with the technical support and partnership management led by ASB Indonesia and the Philippines Office. Activities in Bangladesh are implemented by Centre for Disability in Development (CDD), in Indonesia by Farmer Initiatives for Ecological Livelihoods and Democracy – Indonesia (FIELD), and in the Philippines are implemented by People's Initiative for Learning and Community Development (PILCD).
Overall, the project aims to improve the socio-economic development and resilience of disaster-prone communities in South and Southeast Asia. This is done through climate-smart and risk-sensitive livelihoods and greater involvement and leadership of women and persons with disabilities. By the end of this project, 28 disaster-prone project communities (including at-risk population groups) are capacitated and ready to understand climate and disaster risks and consider them appropriately with regards to creating sustainable livelihoods.
A robust Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) framework need to be established since the beginning to ensure project quality and relevance in achieving the aforementioned outcome. By having clearly defined and workable MEAL framework, partners will be able to implement effective and structured MEAL activities. In turn, this will produce valuable information regarding the future sustainability and possible replication of the project. Considering that each individual partner may already have their organisational MEAL tools, it is also important to take into account the coherence of the specific requirements of this project’s MEAL and the organisational level MEAL tools. Based on these needs, the objectives of the consultancy are to:
1. Assess the existing organisational MEAL tools of each individual partner organisation involved in this project.
2. Develop the MEAL framework and tools specific to this project while considering the relevance of each organisation’s MEAL tools.
Scope of work
This consultancy will be carried out by external consultant with management by ASB from the Partnership Manager.
The consultant will be responsible for:
• Consulting with ASB and partners in designing the MEAL framework and tools.
• Conducting desk review on project documents including project proposal, project logical framework, project brief and reporting templates.
• Conducting assessment on individual organisation’s MEAL tools.
• Developing the draft and final MEAL framework and tools for this project.
• Providing training on the MEAL framework and tools to ensure relevant operationalisation and maintenance.
This consultancy is planned to run for 9 days over the period of January – February 2021.
Days of the consultancy and tentative plan:
½ day - Inception meeting with ASB and partners (online)
1 day - Desk review of key project documents.
½ day - Meeting with ASB and partners (online) to discuss: (a) their existing MEAL system within organisation and how they fit with the project, (b) their draft of project MEAL tools.
½ day - Meeting with ASB and partners (online) to: (a) present input on partner’s MEAL tools, (b) present recommendation on lessons learned topics.
5 days - Develop draft of MEAL framework and tools.
½ day - Presentation and training to ASB and partners (online).
1 day - Revision and final submission of MEAL framework and tools.
Total 9 days within the period of two months.
The consultant(s) will be responsible for the quality and timely submission of these deliverables:
• Input on partner’s MEAL tools, presented in the online meeting.
• Recommendation on lessons learned topics, presented in the online meeting.
• Draft and final project MEAL framework and tools.
• Training on the operationalisation of MEAL framework and tools to ASB and partners.
Requirements of experience and qualifications
• Relevant background and extensive functional experience in conducting/managing MEAL and developing MEAL framework, with strong technical knowledge including in disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and sustainable livelihood.
• Strong analytical skills.
• Extensive experience in inclusive and participatory technical support provision.
• Fluent written and spoken English.
• Knowledge and demonstrable skills on social inclusion is an advantage.
• Good cross cultural communication ability and sensitivity.
• Availability to undertake the consultancy within the desired timeframe.
Information for application
To apply, interested consultant must submit an application to ASB that includes:
• A cover letter outlining their experience against the requirements,
• CV of the consultant(s) highlighting relevant experience that is no longer than 2 pages for each consultant (more than two pages will not be considered),
• Contacts of 3 references,
• Work plan and initial design for the consultancy works,
• A proposed daily rate (in Euro) inclusive of the consultant’s fee and tax.
ASB encourage persons with disabilities, persons from minority groups and women to apply.
Applications must be submitted to email@example.com by 4 January 2021. Please write IDN 2005 MEAL Consultant in your subject.
Candidates will be reviewed in the order that their resume is received, so please apply early.
Also, please note that we only contact shortlisted candidates.