The consultant will work with the GAGE programme office in London to support the impact evaluation and the implementation of the longitudinal research programme Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) programme funded by the Department for International Development (DFID). The duration of the contract will be initially 180 working days from January to December 2018. It is important to note that the research programme in MENA spans a period of five years and therefore, upon successful performance and mutual agreement with the GAGE Programme Office, the consultant could potentially stay engaged with this programme for a period of five years.
GAGE is a nine-year mixed methods longitudinal research and evaluation programme following the lives of adolescents in diverse Global South contexts. We are a global consortium with research and NGO partners in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, North America and the UK, managed by the Overseas Development Institute in London, UK. In the Middle East, we are implementing a five-year programme aiming to generate new evidence on ‘what works’ to transform the lives of marginalized adolescent girls from refugee populations and host communities to enable them to move out of poverty and fast-track social change. The programme is funded by UK Aid from the UK government.
In the Middle East we are implementing a mixed methods and participatory impact evaluation study of the UNICEF Jordan’s Makani programme. Makani (“My Space”) is a comprehensive approach to service provision linking interventions in education – learning support services; child protection – community based child protection services; adolescent and youth participation – life skills and innovation labs; as well as integration of health and nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. The Makani centres are located in host communities, refugee camps and informal tented settlements (ITSs) in all 12 governorates of Jordan, targeting all vulnerable children, adolescent and young people, both girls and boys, families and community members, regardless of their status. The program aims to promote and contribute to children and young people’s full development and well-being – physical, cognitive, social and emotional. Each Makani centre has a community outreach component as well as referral services to refer special cases to appropriate services.
Per the terms of partnership, the longitudinal study of the Makani programme conducted by GAGE will explore the effects of humanitarian aid and recovery assistance with and for adolescent girls and boys from refugee populations and host communities. We will work with approximately adolescents and adults in Jordan to better understand how development and humanitarian actors can more effectively work with adolescents to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.
We will make use of five broad approaches:
- Quantitative annual survey of a cohort of Syrian, Palestinian, Jordanian and Lebanese adolescents in and out of refugee camps and informal tented settlements.
- Qualitative annual tracking of a cohort of Syrian, Palestinian, Jordanian and Lebanese adolescents in and out of refugee camps and informal tented settlements.
- Participatory action research groups in Jordan using innovative tools to capture shifts in adolescent capabilities over time.
- Retrospective participatory data collection with adolescent girls and boys to further understand the legacy effects of empowerment programmes.
The Consultant Research Coordinator (CRC)’s main responsibilities will be to coordinate and supervise the implementation of the impact evaluation of the Makani programme and other key programmes activities from UNICEF. He/she will act as the national focal point for impact evaluation. As detailed below, the most important task for this consultancy is liaising with key implementing partners to ensure smooth supervision and coordination of the data collection activities. The Research Coordinator will work closely with implementing partners including (but not limited to) UNICEF, and the Department for Palestinian Affairs and the King Hussein Foundation’s Information and Research Centre and key government agencies and departments. The consultant will report to the GAGE Programme Office and work closely with the UNICEF Jordan team. It is also expected that the CRC will spend a substantial amount of time travelling to the locations of the Makani Centres across Jordan that are part of this project and liaise with local actors (including key line ministries involved in the programme e.g MOSD, MOY, MoE, centre directors, school district level representatives, and civil society organizations) for the implementation of the impact evaluation project.
To apply for this position please send your CV and a cover letter explaining your suitability to the role and why you are motivated to apply to gage[at]odi.org.uk. Applications will be received until January 25, 2018.
|Job Location:||Amman, Jordan|
|Company Industry:||Consulting Services|
|Career Level:||Mid Career|