Disability Rights Fund seeks Consultant to Design Monitoring and Evaluation System

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The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) has been spearheading a participatory model of grantmaking to advance the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). DRF is a unique collaborative grantmaker addressing disabled person's organizations (DPOs) in the developing world. The launch of the Fund in 2008 coincided with the entry into force of the CRPD, and its grantmaking has been supporting the first efforts of DPOs to advance the Convention at country levels. 

At the launch of the Fund, little was known about DPOs in the developing world and skepticism about their capacity to address rights advocacy was widespread. There was generally a lack of information about how best to fund people with disabilities and DPOs in the regions of the world where DRF makes grants; consequently, very little funding reached these populations. DRF was founded to address this funding gap through its grantmaking and technical assistance to DPOs. DRF also advocates with key stakeholders to build the field of disability rights. Since its launch, DRF has fielded 471 applications and made 115 grants to 87 DPOs in 14 countries. These grants have targeted partnership efforts, marginalized groups, emergent DPOs, and innovative tactics to advance the CRPD. 

A Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system will help to collect, measure, and document information about DRF's impact (as one of the only funders currently doing this work) as well as about successes and challenges in the Fund model. The information can also help to widen general knowledge and attention to the rights of persons with disabilities.

About the Consultancy

This consultancy offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with an innovative grantmaking initiative supporting the rights of persons with disabilities. The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) consultant will design and help institute a robust M&E system that will track and improve the effectiveness of the DRF in meeting its goals and objectives. 

This system will be based on DRF's framework document and strategic plan. It will also build on other key documents, including DRF's theory of change, meeting reports, and existing grantmaking processes, as well as external good practices in advocacy and development evaluation. The M&E system is intended to provide the means to collect data for an independent evaluation, which will be conducted at the end of 2012. 

The design and implementation of the system will also emphasize an organizational learning approach that is aligned with the CRPD principles and DRF's organizational values. The design of the system will be participatory and draw from consultations with and experiences of DRF staff, Advisors, and Steering Committee members. 


Objective of the Consultancy

The primary goal of the consultancy is to design an M&E system for DRF to maximize its capacity to meet its goals and objectives. It will primarily gather data about the impact of the organization itself, rather than about the impact of its grantees. The consultancy will focus on three objectives:

(1) To maximize DRF's capacity to meet its goals and objectives 
The consultant will design an M&E system that will enable DRF to both systematically collect data and information on its support to DPOs and to improve its own processes, strategies, and structure. 

(2) To assess grantee portfolio for lessons learned and its effect on DRF's objectives 
The consultant will identify trends and indicators for grantees' project success or failure as it relates to DRF's grantmaking processes and other factors. The methodology may include a desk review of key documents and interviews of a sample of grantees and with Program Officers. The information should serve as an input to the M&E system design (objective 1 above). 

(3) To improve DRF's ability to make an impact in field-building in disability rights 
The consultant will design an M&E system, which will enable DRF to gain insights into its impact on the disability rights field. Specifically, the M&E system will allow staff to track and monitor the quality of outreach that DRF is conducting with donors, the global disability community, and other key stakeholders.

Deliverables

1) M&E system for internal DRF use. The system will include (but not be limited to): indicators; data collection system; methods, tools, and reporting forms for data collection; clarification on roles and responsibilities; and an M&E manual for staff use. 
2) Report of desk analysis and an assessment of the grantee portfolio. The report should identify trends or indicators for project success or failure as it relates to DRF's overall impact. It will also help DRF to improve grantee's M&E capacity and relations between DRF and grantees. Report will include case studies which can be used to inform external stakeholders. 
3) Summary report with key findings. The report should include recommendations and feedback for DRF's strategy and operations as well as findings that may be applicable to the broader field of rights funders and disability rights organizations. The report's primary audience will be DRF staff, Steering Committee, and Global Advisory Panel. The secondary audience will be donors, grantees, DPOs, and other human rights organizations. 

The consultant will report to the Director of DRF and will work closely with other staff. The day-to-day supervision will be by the Operations Director. 

Timeframe

The consultancy is scheduled to start in July 2010. The review of the grant portfolio and preliminary findings should be ready to be presented to the DRF joint Steering Committee and Global Advisory Panel meeting in November 2010 in Boston. All deliverables should be finalized by March 2011. 


Skills and Qualifications

The ideal candidate may be a team of consultants (such as a consulting firm, nonprofit organization/NGO, or academic institution) specializing in evaluations. The successful applicant would ideally have the following skills and qualifications:
* Demonstrated experience in program management and evaluation, especially relating to disability rights, human rights, and advocacy in an international development setting
* Familiarity with disability rights and CRPD preferred
* Familiarity with international advocacy grantmaking, preferably for small grants in multiple countries 
* Advanced degree in an area related to the field, preferred
* Strong competencies and experience in data collection, processing, and management
* Good understanding of issues related to confidentiality, data safety, and other ethical concerns related to the sharing of sensitive data
* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: the ability to successfully and effectively liaise with people in a wide range of functions in a multi-cultural environment. Demonstrated experience in communicating complex concepts to a range of stakeholders in multi-cultural settings
* Experience in communicating evaluation or research findings in clear, written format for multiple audiences 
* Fluency in written and spoken English

Compensation

Commensurate with experience

How to apply

Please submit a two-page proposal with proposed methodologies, budget, and qualifications and suitability for the position. Please include three references (with contact information and relationship) and sample evaluation report or similar product. Any travel costs should be included in the budget as part of the consultant fee. Indicate on the subject heading: Application for M&E Consultant. Submit the proposal by email to:
Diana Samarasan, Director, Disability Rights Fund
dsamarasan@disabilityrightsfund.org (please no phone calls)

Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2010. Only short listed candidates will be notified. 

Disability Rights Fund, a Project of the Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, and people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

DRF is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with staff located worldwide. 

Note: Hiring for this position is dependent on donor funding

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