EXAMPLES OF CONSULTANCIES IN AFRICA
Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia
FINAL EVALUATION OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR CHILD LABOR PROJECT – COMBATING CHILD LABOR THROUGH EDUCATION IN KENYA, UGANDA, RWANDA AND ETHIOPIA TOGETHER (KURET) (2008)
Final evaluation of the KURET project to assess child labor in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia. The goals of the evaluation were to: (1) assist organizations to identify areas of good performance; (2) assess the degree to which regional and country- specific objectives have been achieved; (3) assess progress of the governments ability to withdraw and prevent children from the worst forms of child labor and their abilitly to place them into relevant educational programs; (4) to identify key lessons to inform future USDOL projects; (5) to assess the impact of the project in terms of sustained improvements in each countrys efforts to combat child labor; and (6) identify lessons learned and areas for improvement.
MIDTERM EVALUATION OF USDOL’s COUNTERING YOUTH AND CHILD LABOUR THROUGH EDUCATION (CYCLE) PROGRAM (2008): TEAM LEADER/EVALUATION SPECIALIST
Conducted an evaluation of the four-year US Department of Labor (USDOL) program at its midterm point to document achievements, successful models, and lessons learned; also conducted assessment in Sierra Leone. The field trip included remote regions, particularly border regions where trafficking of children is predominant. Visited stone crushing sites, ports, and other areas of high child labour. Also assessed the impact of youth attendance in skills training centres and vocational training centres, and children withdrawn from labour and place in primary and secondary schools.
FINAL EVALUATION OF USAID/OTI ‘s BUILDING REFORM THROUGH DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE 2007): TEAM LEADER/EVALUATION SPECIALIST
Assessed the impact of the democracy program on communities in targeted regions in Liberia. This included a survey of sample respondents, from ministerial staff, technical assistants, school administrators, students, and partnering NGOs.
FINAL EVALUATION OF USAID’s COMMUNITY PEACE-BUILDING AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, LIBERIA (2007): EVALUATION SPECIALIST
Assessed the impact of the CPBD program at the community level, in terms of the level of inclusive participation and capacity on the part of communities to identify needs and act on behalf of the broader community to address local issues and undertake collective economic and social activities. Assessed the prospect for sustainability of community level structures, radio stations, and local NGO partners supported by the CPBD program. Identified best practices and approaches in peace-building and community development at the grassroots level from the five-year CPBD program.
MID-TERM EVALUATION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT PROGRAMME, LIBERIA (2006-2007): EVALUATION SPECIALIST
Assessed the impact, relevance, appropriateness & sustainability of the design, planning, finance, & implementation of the ISP with respect to improving governance and public sector finance management during the transitional Government (October 2003 to January 2006) and from inauguration of the newly elected Government. Assessed EC’s support to the Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Finance, General Auditing Commission, and various human rights, governance reform and reconciliation commissions. Assessed the impact and changes as a result of systems and financial audits of state-owned enterprises (airport, ports, forestry, petroleum refinery, and maritime affairs) as well as the Central Bank of Liberia.
LIBERIA TRANSITION INITIATIVE: ACCELERATED LEARNING OF OVER-AGED AND WAR-AFFECTED YOUTH (CHILD AND WOMEN EX-COMBATANTS) for USAID (2004-2005): SENIOR ACCELERATED LEARNING SPECIALIST
Managed the Initial Assessment Team to formulate a Strategic Framework and donor coordination plan for all USAID implementing partners as part of Liberia’s demobilization and reintegration program. Provided a quality controlled structure to identify integral issues, priorities and core Accelerated Learning (AL) principles for planning and delivery of a community-based vocational education program to over-aged and war-affected youth. Training of 800 primary teachers; a review of the national curriculum and teachers’ manuals; establishment of a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan with output/outcome indicators; training in data collection tools, scheduling and quality assurance; and the establishment of an information dissemination strategy. A Curriculum Assessment included database management; statistical analysis of 3 surveys (teachers, students, and parents); and report writing.
SUDAN & SOUTH SUDAN
USAID’S SUDAN TRANSITION & CONFLICT MITIGATION PROGRAM (2013)
Conducted n evaluation of the Sudan Transition & Conflict Mitigation Program (STCM) in Khartoum, the Three Areas (border areas between Sudan and South Sudan – Abyei, South Kordofan, & Blue Nile), and Darfur.
GLOBAL RELIEF ALLIANCE: 2009 NUTRITION AND FOOD SECURITY STUDY IN WEST DARFUR (2009)
Conducted the 2009 Nutrition and Food Security Study assessment in three operational areas of West Darfur: Azerni, Sanidadi, and Um Tajok. The study included a collection of information and anthropometric data on health, water & sanitation, nutrition, breast feeding, mortality, and food security. Children from the age of 6 to 59 months (i.e. under 5 years of age) were measured and weighed to determine the status of their health and risk of malnourishment.
USAID’s GENDER EQUITY THROUGH EDUCATION (GEE) PROGRAM, SOUTHERN SUDAN (2008): LONGITUDINAL STUDY TEAM LEADER
Conducted the baseline study for the GEE program, the first stage of a five-year longitudinal study to measure the impact of the scholarship program that supports girls and women (and some boys) in secondary school and teacher training. Prepared a training manual and trained Ministry of Education Science and Technology staff and GEE staff on data collection and entry. Devised data capture tools (survey questionnaires) and analyzed and presented the data. The premise of the program is “that by increasing the number of girls finishing secondary school, and making teacher training available to them, the number of female teachers for primary school will increase substantially.”
EVALUATION OF USAID/OTI PEACE-BUILDING PROGRAMS IN SOUTHERN SUDAN (2005)
Evaluation of small grants for peace-building funded by USAID/Office of Transition Initiatives in Southern Sudan (2002-2005). Coverage included Equatoria (Juba, Kapoeta, Lauro, Kamulach, Kimatong, and Torit) and Upper Nile (Bor, Lekuangole, Pagak, and Ayod). Team B covered Bahr el Ghazal and South Kordofan.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, JUBA, SOUTHERN SUDAN for USAID (2006)
Policy advice to the newly appointed Minister of Education, and capacity building in the following departments (1) Planning and Budgeting (2) Quality Promotion and Innovation (3) Gender and Social Change, and (4) General Education. Documented a situational analysis of the Annual Education Census and the Educational Management Information System (EMIS).
REVISION OF UNDP’s POVERTY ALLEVIATION ORIENTED GOVERNANCE PROGRAM FOR THE RED SEA STATE for Danida (2006)
Based in Khartoum and Port Sudan, to ensure the Red Sea State Government was able to deliver adequate public, social and economic infrastructure and services based on participatory, pro-poor, gender-sensitive, responsive and transparent planning procedures. Revision of Poverty Alleviation Oriented Governance Program to include Capacity Building component.