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Evidence Building Consultants

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Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Australia Wide
Categories: Technical Specialists

The Opportunity to be a Changemaker

World Vision Australia (WVA) has embarked on an evidence building and research agenda to strengthen evidence of impact around a few priority areas in alignment with our strategy. A stronger evidence base will enable us to demonstrate impact at scale and strengthen our thought leadership and external influencing within the sector. To move the evidence building agenda forward, WVA plans to leverage the broad reach and range of our annual monitoring and evaluation (M&E) cycles and reports to support reporting of impact at scale.

We are now seeking expressions of interest from consultants willing to support the next phase of our evidence building agenda as outlined in the following consultancies.  One consultant can bid for more than one consultancy but will have to demonstrate the necessary capacity.

Detailed terms of reference (ToRs) specific to each consultancy will be shared with selected candidates.

Consultancy A: Review of Project Approaches & Indicators

We have been working on an Evidence Building Framework (EBF) that helps us to connect the evidence from our project M&E as part of baseline, midterm and endline measurements. The next step then is to connect the evidence from these documents into a credible and consistent view of how change for children takes place, and World Vision’s contribution to that change. We have already identified priority models for evidence pillars, along with best-fit indicators for quantitative aggregation, guidelines for measurement and planning for meta review to bring information together.

We are now seeking, for approximately 75 days work (to be completed between February and June), an individual consultant to support the review of project approaches within our evidence pillars in terms of conceptual framework, theory of change and indicator definitions, including developing simplified guidance notes and templates. This is aimed at enhancing our ability to measure, report and influence good practice.

Consultancy B: Meta-Review of WVA’s Economic Empowerment Programming

World Vision Australia (WVA) has a significant portfolio of programs in the field of economic empowerment, i.e. three interlinked key pillars of work: inclusive market systems development (iMSD), financial inclusion, and women’s economic empowerment (WEE). While there are project impact briefs, which outline evaluation results and recommendations at the project level, there is no portfolio level synthesis of evidence and learning in economic empowerment.

We are now inviting expressions of interest from interested consultants who can support us, for approximately 20 days work (to be completed between May and June), to produce a short (20 pages maximum) publishable meta-review report based on meta-analysis of recent program / project evaluations within the area of economic empowerment. The purpose of the consultancy is to provide a synthesis of evidence and learning from economic empowerment programs across the three core pillars of programming.  This is the first of two planned meta-analysis that will look at the effectiveness and impact of economic empowerment projects, considering the evolvement explained above.

Consultancy C: Literature Review of WVA’s Resilience Programming

Resilience is a key area within international development and the humanitarian sector, and there are wide ranging definitions of resilience and different approaches to achieving resilience outcomes. World Vision has worked on various resilience related programs over at least a decade. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, resilience and resilient development is now more important than ever as households, communities, businesses and economies are facing multiple and inter-related social, economic, environmental shocks and stresses. A clear framework can help World Vision to develop appropriate pathways of change in our programming and support measurement of progress towards resilient development outcomes, including the SDGs.

We are now inviting expressions of interest from interested consultants who can support us, for approximately 20 days work (to be completed between February and March), to produce a short (12-20 pages maximum) publishable literature review of existing World Vision approaches to resilience.

Consultancy D: Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Meta-review

Rates of conflict have been rising globally – in some locations, this trend has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic aftereffects. As such, WVA projects increasingly take place in locations where violent conflict is either a high risk or an ongoing reality.  Drivers of these conflicts can often be one and the same as focal areas for our projects, such as natural resource scarcity, food insecurity, and unequal access to economic opportunity. However, the degree and manner in which past projects have addressed conflict in their theory of change varies widely – whether considered as conflict sensitivity, conflict management, conflict prevention or peacebuilding. Even for projects in our technical focus areas, project intervention and measurement techniques for conflict-related outcomes have often been ad-hoc, due to lacking standardised WVA guidance.

We are now inviting expressions of interest from interested consultants who can support us, for approximately 20 days work (to be completed between March and May), to undertake a meta-review that will give a clear overview of how WVA has to date mainstreamed conflict prevention and peacebuilding in projects in our technical focus areas; thus allowing us to give credible evidence of impact in this increasingly in-demand area. It will also generate lessons learnt and recommendations to improve upcoming programming in conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

Consultant criteria

Required:

  • Technical knowledge and experience in a number of sectors e.g. economic development, women’s economic empowerment, livelihoods, agriculture, resilience, fragility, agriculture, health & nutrition etc.
  • Good understanding of M&E frameworks and tools relevant to impact and evidence building.
  • Experience in analysis and writing, including meta-reviews and evaluations and ability to write in non-technical language.
  • Technical knowledge and experience in both qualitative and quantitative analysis methodologies and drawing appropriate conclusions.
  • Academic qualifications in international development, economic development, M&E, research or an associated technical discipline. Higher degree (Masters or above) is strongly preferred. 
  • Demonstrated experience in working with multiple stakeholders sensitively across cultures.

Preferred:

  • Previous experience in developing or reviewing approaches, M&E frameworks, indicators, meta-analyses or portfolio program reviews for areas such as the following: - economic development; women’s economic empowerment; livelihoods; agriculture; resilience; fragility; health & nutrition.
  • Previous experience working with World Vision or other international child-focused NGOs.
  • Previous experience working on external publications for the Australian NGO sector.

What you need to know

This is a home-based assignment with no travel expected. If the consultant is based in Melbourne, then travel to WVA’s Burwood office may be required.

Candidates are invited to submit expressions of interest addressing the following before Friday 22 January 2021 (COB):

  • Addressing the Essential criteria as set out in the ‘Requirements’ section
  • A copy of your CV, 
  • Any relevant examples of work.

Expressions of interest that do not cover these requirements will not be considered.  Be sure to let us know in your cover letter which opportunity/s you are applying for, aligned with your subject matter expertise.

If you would like more information regarding this opportunity, or you would like to express interest pending an application, please contact the Talent Acquisition team by email only (AUSO.Jobs@worldvision.com.au)

World Vision Australia takes our Safeguarding responsibilities seriously and we provide an environment that is safe for our child and adult beneficiaries. We have strong recruitment procedures to make sure the safest and most suitable people work with the children in our programs. All successful candidates will undergo a criminal record and Working with Children check prior to employment. We provide our staff and volunteers with ongoing supervision, support and training in their work with child and adult beneficiaries.

Why World Vision

World Vision is a global community, working together for the one purpose – to bring about positive change in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.  People are inspired to work for us because they want to contribute to making a difference.  We are part of an international team, using our talent, determination and influence to invest in a better tomorrow.

With us, job satisfaction takes on a greater meaning. We have over 50,000 dedicated and passionate staff and volunteers, 10 million committed supporters who are changing lives and 100 million people as a part of World Vision’s supported communities.

When it comes to our people, as an organisation we embrace diversity, employing people from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds.

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