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Dexis Consulting Group (Dexis) has been contracted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide management and technical services for the implementation of USAID/Honduras’ Monitoring & Evaluation Support for Collaborative Learning and Adapting (MESCLA) activity aimed at supporting and strengthening monitoring and evaluation of USAID financed development assistance in Honduras.
The Improving Tertiary Violence Prevention (ITVP) Activity is a four-year USAID initiative, which is scheduled to begin in September 2018. This Activity is designed to reduce recidivism among high-risk 12-17 youth in Honduras already involved in the courts. The evidence base for the appropriateness and effectiveness of these interventions in Honduras is sparse. In fact, some of the likely risk reduction models are completely new to Honduras. It is important that USAID and its partners are able to assess the appropriateness and efficiency of tertiary violence prevention methods to adapt quickly and effectively to the Honduran context.
MESCLA seeks a long-term consultant to fill the position of the Monitoring and Evaluation Expert: Juvenile Violence Prevention during the four-month inception phase of the support to ITVP Activity (approximately November 2018 – March 2019) as well as support wider Mission efforts to monitor, evaluate and learn from tertiary violence prevention programs across multiple activities. During the ITVP inception phase, the consultant will work closely with MESCLA to ensure adequate support to ITVP start-up M&E and CLA activities. This includes guidance in the development of a learning approach, review of the ME&L framework, and review/accompaniment of the proposed baseline assessment protocol and tools for the monitoring system, performance evaluation, among other tasks detailed below.
- Participate in initial design and CLA meetings to better understand the ITVP start-up design and learning approach; contribute advice and guidance as needed to USAID
- Critically review the suitability of the ME&L framework and adaptive management processes put in place by the Implementing Partners
- Review the Implementing Partner’s proposed baseline assessment protocol and tools to ensure their adequacy to obtain a strong baseline for subsequent comparison with the two performance evaluation measurements.
- Participate in the review of the Learning Questions and proposed methodologies for answering them.
- Review the Implementing Partner’s proposed baseline assessment protocol and tools to ensure their adequacy to obtain a strong baseline for subsequent comparison with the two performance evaluation time periods.
- As needed, support USAID to undertake initial Data Quality Assessments of ITVP governmental and non-governmental service providers
- Suggest additional studies and research to support learning on the reduction of recidivism in Honduras (which go beyond those performed by the Activity), unintended consequences, and/or indirect effects of the interventions implemented
- Facilitate harmonization and transfer of information, data, concepts and protocols related to tertiary violence prevention amongst USAID implementing partners and external stakeholders
- Build the capacity of and support staff in the wider USAID/Honduras mission to understand and measure tertiary violence prevention outputs and outcomes
- At least 5 years of experience working in tertiary violence prevention and rehabilitation within the juvenile justice system, in a monitoring, evaluation and learning, policy, case management or service delivery area
- 8-years’ experience in quantitative and qualitative monitoring and evaluation, including assessments of the implementation and adaptation of service delivery models, preferably including both government and non-governmental service providers.
- 3 years’ experience in assessing the effectiveness of participatory learning and action (Collaborative Learning and Adaptation) methodologies with government and non-government actors
- Regional knowledge and experience in Honduras, Central America, or a similar context is preferred.
- Fluency in Spanish and English is preferred.
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