Uganda: Consultancy to support MoGLSD to develop M & E framework for the NIECD policy (90 days spread over six months)

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 23 May 2018

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Under the supervision of the ECD Specialist, the consultant will support MoGLSD and the ECD secretariat to clearly articulate the Ugandan context in terms systems, structures and approaches to establishment of a functional performance measurement framework for implementation of integrated ECD.

Background

Early Childhood Development (ECD) is recognized by the government of Uganda as a strategic priority to realize the vision 2040 under the Human Capital Development Pillar as articulated in the National Development Plan (NDP II 2016-2020). In pursuit of this strategic goal, the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MoGLSD) has spearheaded the development, approval and implementation of Uganda’s National Integrated Early Childhood Development (NIECD) Policy in consultation with all key sectors.

The purpose of the NIECD Policy is to guide the effective delivery of coordinated early childhood development services in Uganda. The Policy is expected to regulate the provision of services and activities of relevant Government sectors that are responsible for ECD (eg MoGLSD, MoES, MoH, MoWE, MoAAIF, MoIA, MoLG) along seven core program areas, bridge gaps within existing sector policies and programs and harmonize them for better coordination and utilization of resources. The accompanying Action Plan (2016-21) for the NIECD Policy articulates priority program initiatives with corresponding outcomes, outputs and indicators with an initial five year budget for each of the seven core program areas. It also outlines institutional structures and processes to be put in place for implementation, coordination and governance of the integrated ECD system, led by the ECD Secretariat (under MoGLSD) at national level and Integrated ECD Committees at all districts and all sub-district levels.

As an essential element of good governance, the NIECD Policy explicitly pronounces the need to develop a NIECD monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework. To achieve this, an international consultant was hired by UNICEF HQ to support MoGLSD develop a performance measurement framework for implementation of integrated ECD. During this process sectors are expected to identify and define sector specific ECD targets and indicators in respective existing M&E systems. Accordingly, a NIECD M&E framework will be established with a clearly articulated ‘Theory of Change’ and with a results framework, tools and processes to monitor progress towards: (a) systematic planning, budgeting and coordination across sectors and stakeholders that support early childhood; (b) the delivery of integrated ECD services and (c) resulting outcomes focusing on children as well as relevant targets under the National Development Plan II and the Sustainable Development Goals. The M&E framework will include an evaluation framework designed to identify the most operationally feasible and cost effective delivery mechanism(s) of ECD programs vis-à-vis the NIECD policy and its action plan.

In tracking outcomes focusing on children, this framework will consider existing monitoring and evaluation mechanisms capturing sector specific ECD measures (eg. children are well nourished and healthy; learn, play and grow up in safe, clean and stimulating environments; are protected from abuse and violence; have age appropriate development skills; join primary school timely and ready to learn, progress and achieve success in school). It will include contextualized overarching child well-being indicators linked to developmental milestones of children conception to 8 which go beyond sector specific areas of intervention.

The Framework will consider indicators for sector-specific interventions (eg for health, nutrition, WASH, learning and protection); cross sectoral interventions (eg parenting support) and inter-sectoral coordination for delivery of integrated services. The M&E system will enable policy makers to monitor the entire ECD space across Government and non-government partners in line with the Policy’s action plan. It will not only track progress but also guide the MoGLSD to effectively coordinate the implementation of the NIECD policy and ensure, to the extent possible, compliance with established standards in service provision in terms of access, quality, costs and effectiveness.

The evaluation framework will focus on a strategic evaluation design to better understand “how” to deliver integrated ECD services (rather than what package of services to deliver). It will provide an evaluability assessment of carefully selected interventions (or packages of interventions) that are differentiated enough to enable the evaluator to measure the impact of each individual piece separately. Technically, this can be achieved by building complementary yet uncontaminated arms of the evaluation targeting different population clusters. In order to capitalize on the notions outlined above, the evaluation timeframe will need to stretch over the medium- to long-term to measure impact over time. Finally, the evaluability assessment shall be supplemented by various aspects of cost/benefit analysis to strengthen policy advocacy.

Key Tasks:

  • Support the process of consolidation of the three sets of indicators
  • Support the process of conducting an evaluability assessment of the agreed indicators
  • Support the drafting the framework and its associated evaluation strategy; validating the two and finalizing them
  • Expected Deliverables

  • Inception report on the assignment within 14 days after commencement of assignment;
  • Refined three sets of indicators (sector specific, cross sectoral and indicators of integration)
  • Evaluability assessment report of the agreed indicators
  • Two Validation reports for the framework and the strategy
  • Roadmap for baseline study
  • To qualify asan advocate for every child you will have…

  • Qualifications – First Degree (BA/B SC. B Ed…); Masters or Advanced Degree;
  • Employment experience – e.g. four (4) years progressively responsible professional work experience at national in information management, programme coordination, policy development
  • Language skills required e.g. spoken and written fluency in English
  • Good analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills, report writing skills, work experience in Uganda government.
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    Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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    Remarks:

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