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EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Senior EU Aid Volunteer, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Georgia

Senior
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Deployment dates: 
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Assignment

About DRC South Caucasus

In line with DRC’s mandate to promote durable solutions to refugees, internally displaced and other conflict affected populations and in accordance with DRC’s global policy of a balanced approach in providing humanitarian assistance, DRC initiated its program in Georgia in 1999.

 

About the project

Among multiple projects, DRC is currently implementing one NMFA–funded (Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) education and youth development initiative targeting mainly the Georgian-speaking community in Gali district, Abkhazia and IDPs in West Georgia. The immediate objective of the NMFA intervention is to support the protection of vulnerable groups in Abkhazia and West Georgia. The project – which also includes a legal aid component – runs from January 2018 to December 2019 on both sides of the ABL.

 

About the position

Senior M&E Officer is expected to carry out ex-post evaluation of the abovementioned NMFA-funded project for the activities conducted since inception in West Georgia (Samegrelo and Imereti regions).

 

The evaluation shall specifically:

  • Measure the social impact of Community Support Projects, including impact on interaction between community members;
  • Measure the contribution the Community Support intervention has made to the development of local services; 
  • Identify the impact of the pre-school education activities on the quality of education services.

Overall the evaluation will seek to identify whether the project interventions contributed to the improved access of IDPs to their social and education rights and ultimately their local integration.

The Evaluation findings will be used by DRC in Georgia to reflect on the success and challenges of the project, identify areas for improvement for better implementation of future projects. DRC globally will utilize the findings of the evaluation to inform the strategic planning and programming. The evaluation findings will be shared with relevant stakeholders and discussed at program planning or review meetings.

The M&E Senior EUAV deployee is, therefore, expected to produce a comprehensive report by the end of the assignment

This evaluation is based on the principles for evaluation of development assistance of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development – Development Assistance Committee (OECD DAC). These principles for evaluation are based on main set criteria that should be used when conducting the evaluation of a project.

 

Evaluation deliverables

The report should be submitted in English language. The report should not be longer than 20 pages excluding annexes.

 

The EUAV deployee should fill in the attached Guide to Collecting Lessons Learnt before the submission of the Evaluation Report.

Recommendations should be as realistic, operational and pragmatic as possible; that is, they should take careful account of the circumstances currently prevailing in the context of the action, and of the resources available to implement it.

Conflicts in the early 1990s and later in 2008 in the South Caucasus have led to the displacement of large population groups. In Georgia the displaced are mainly originated from Abkhazia and South Ossetia. For the majority of these groups – defined in Georgia as Internal Displaced People (IDPs) – return to areas of origin is not an option due to the absence of peace agreement between the conflict parties.

DRC office in Zugdidi covers the regions of Samegrelo and Imereti. These regions accommodate a large portion of the displaced from the conflicts in the early 90s.

Considering the security situation, Zugdidi and the rest of West Georgia is at level 1, which confirms it as a safe place. Rampant criminality is reduced to a minimum in West Georgia.

Tasks
Senior Volunteer Role and tasks

The Senior M&E Volunteer – in close cooperation with DRC staff and supervised by MEAL Coordinator and DRC Area Manager for West Georgia is expected to assess the relevance, performance, management arrangements and the achievements of the project “Improved access to education and social rights for Georgian-speaking returnees in Abkhazia and IDPs in West Georgia” funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The EUAV deployee will specifically assess the potential or achieved outcomes of the project activities and outputs on target groups and final beneficiaries and likely sustainability of results, including the contribution to pre-school education and community development.

The Evaluation will also identify, and document lessons learnt and make recommendations to DRC, project partners and stakeholders. These might be used to improve the design and implementation of other related projects and programs in Georgia.

To do so, the EUAV deployee shall collect relevant information, analyze data, and identify good practices or pending gaps of project implementation. The current Evaluation only focuses on the resettled IDP communities residing in 6 municipalities (13 IDP settlements) in Western Georgia targeted by NMFA project.

In addition, some more generic tasks are expected to be performed:
- 10% of the EUAV time will be allocated for communication tasks, to demonstrate the value added and impact of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative and its different actions, and the professional contribution of EU Aid Volunteers. This will be implemented through specific channels discussed with the DRC Regional Communications Officer.
- Get in touch with the ECHO's RIOs (Regional Information Officers) to, previously approved by the line manager, share information about HOPE and the experience to be an EU Aid Volunteer.
- Develop one story from the field (an anecdotal story about their experience/work/ impact) produced during the assignment that may be uploaded into the network for use by sending/hosting organization and the European Union for communication purposes.

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Required competences
  • Proven knowledge and experience in project evaluations, preferably in the sectors of (pre-school) education and community empowerment.
  • Demonstrated field experience in the monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian / development projects with a focus on displaced populations, preferably in protracted displacement contexts;
  • Proven track record in the use of qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods;
  • Understanding of gender and protection considerations and mainstreaming and ability to integrate gender lens in the evaluation.
Selection criteria
Applications are made directly within the sending organisation, please check out the how to apply section.

The candidate for EU Aid Volunteers must be a citizen of the EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State, and must have a minimum age of 18 years.

The candidate for EU Aid Volunteers must be a citizen of the EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State and must have a minimum age of 18 years.

To learn more about the exact definition of long-term residency, please read here: https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/legal-migration/lo...

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate:
• Good communication skills;
• Excellent writing skills and ability to produce clear actionable reports (may be required to produce examples of previous work);
• Fluency in English is mandatory.
• Ability to manage available time and resources and to work within tight deadlines;
• Independence from the parties involved in the conflict in the area.

As well as demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:
• Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
• Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
• Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
• Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
• Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.

Please note that volunteers bear great responsibility and are expected to live up to high ethical and professional standards – both in relation to the people we help and in relation to each other. Hence the DRC Code of Conduct applies to EU Aid Volunteers in the same way as for DRC staff.

The candidate shall enjoy at least 5 years of work experience for this position. Additional years is an asset. Other requirements are specified above.

Condition of service

DRC offers a full insight on its program in Georgia as a unique learning opportunity across all its sectors of expertise and interventions, not only in the field of Monitoring and Evaluation. Specific details may be discussed with the DRC South Caucasus upon deployment to allow the selected EUAV deployee to capture the multifaceted aspects of DRC programming locally.

By joining DRC Office in Zugdidi, the successful EUAV candidate will strengthen his/her knowledge and skills, both professionally and personally. The EUAV deployee will be able to apprehend the different approaches in the field of M&E in a specific humanitarian aid context and be able to know or deepen his/her knowledge in education and community empowerment sector-specific field research mainly.

The EUAV deployee will receive solid technical support from the team at Office level in Zugdidi, and by this continuously develop him-/herself. This environment will as well enable the EUAV deployee to develop teamwork and interpersonal communication skills that are indispensable in any professional environment.

Working conditions
DRC enjoys a fully equipped office facility to host the selected candidate. Working hours 9:00 – 17:30 with half an hour break from Monday to Friday. Saturday and Sunday are days off. Volunteers can enjoy all official holidays.

The EUAV deployee will be provided with Laptop, Mobile calls allowance and subsistence allowance. Transportation will be provided to the Volunteers, as well as flights are covered by the host organization.

Living conditions
The M&E Senior EUAV deployee shall be accommodated in a private apartment or house in Zugdidi with at list one bedroom, a bathroom, a living room, an equipped kitchen.

Neighborhood is quiet and with low criminal risk. Safety/Security brief can be provided to candidates upon arrival. There are supermarkets and grocery store available all around as well as a number of restaurants and cafés. All types of food products are available – including variety of vegetarian dishes. Tap water can be consumed although bottled mineral water is widely available.

There are many banks and ATMs just around the apartment block and payment in card is also widely accepted in many shops and restaurants.

Climate is sub-tropical – but having four seasons.

Insurance, health and vaccinations
There are no specific health concerns for staff or visitors in Georgia. No vaccination needed for Georgia. Health and Personal Accident insurance is provided by the host organization.

Selection process

Dates of shortlisting and interviews: August 15, 2019

Interviews:
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and invited for an interview. All interviews will be done online, where the interview panel will consist of at least two members of DRC– including the Manager of the position. Interview questions will be designed to assess motivation, competencies and technical aspects pertaining to the position. In case of changes of the dates, the candidates will be notified.

EU trainings:
Based on the interviews one or more candidates will be chosen per position. Hence please note that additional candidates may be selected for a single position. To select the final candidate for each position pre-selected candidates from the interview will attend both an online and in-presence EU Aid Volunteer training, which are a part of the selection process. The selection of additional candidates is to ensure a substitute volunteer per position. The substitute volunteer may be chosen to replace the candidate in case he/she resigns, is no longer available or of other reasons.

The final selection takes place shortly after the in-presence training. The remaining candidate(s) may be offered the chance to be registered in a reserve pool to cover drop-outs or unforeseen needs, and thus still have a chance of being deployed at another position.

Induction training:
All final selected candidates will attend a pre-deployment introduction training (2,5 days) at Danish Refugee Council’s headquarter in Copenhagen.

Training costs:
Please note that all costs incurred in relation to the EU in-present training and the induction training will be fully covered (i.e. EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself).

If a candidate is working outside of the EU at the time of their training course, the travel costs for the following groups of volunteers will be fully covered:
• EU citizens who legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country).
• EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 24 months (i.e. who work in a third country).

For the following groups or persons only the costs from an EU country to the training venue shall be covered:
• EU citizens on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts less than 18 months (e.g. internships, traineeships, apprenticeships, short-term jobs).
• EU citizens that are selected for the training by the same organization or affiliate with which they have an ongoing assignment in the third country, if this assignment is longer than 18 months.

Timetable
Date of training
September/October, 2019
Apprenticeship Placement
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Pre-deployment preparation and induction
November, 2019
Deployment
January 15 to March 15, 2020
Post-deployment activities
Debriefing at DRC HQ in Copenhagen
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