Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant – Bihar State Plan of Action for Children

Terms of Reference
Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant – Bihar State Plan of Action for Children
Government of Bihar (supported by the International Development Agency)
The National Policy for Children, 2013 encapsulates the commitment of Government of India to safeguard, inform, include, support and empower all children within its territory and jurisdiction, both in their individual situation and as a national asset. It emphasizes the State’s commitment to take affirmative measures – legislative, policy or otherwise – to promote and safeguard the right of all children to live and grow with equity, dignity, security and freedom, especially those marginalized or disadvantaged; to ensure that all children have equal opportunities; and that no custom, tradition, cultural or religious practice is allowed to violate or restrict or prevent children from enjoying their rights.
Section 6.4 of the National Policy mandates formulation of Plans of Action for Children at the national, state, district and local levels to ensure action on the provisions of the Policy. The progress of implementation of such plans are to be monitored by Coordination and Action Groups at national, state and district levels respectively. The Bihar State Draft Plan of Action for Children 2019 (Bihar SPAC) has been formulated in accordance with the intent of the National Policy, to determine priorities of action at the state level to protect the rights of children in Bihar.
The Bihar SPAC 2019 – 24 articulates the global call for leaving no one behind in efforts to end all forms of poverty and inequalities. The Sustainable Development Agenda agreed upon by countries across the globe has adopted a number of goals that seek to contribute to improving the lives of children, especially through targets set in pursuit of Goal 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture), and Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages), Goal 4 (‘Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning’); Goal 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls); Goal 6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all); besides through the ambit of the other Goals.
Operationalizing Bihar State Plan of Action for Children
Objectives of Bihar State Plan of Action for Children: The Government of Bihar rolled out the SPAC in March 2019 for a period of five years from 2019 – 24 with an intent to accelerate the progress to ensure the rights of children enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in the state. The State Plan of Action provides a platform for looking at issues of the child comprehensively, aims to strengthen convergence and interdepartmental coordination and brings direction and measurement to the Government’s efforts while building accountability to the achievement of results for children. The Bihar SPAC follows the lead of the National Plan of Action for Children 2016 and therefore ensures vertical alignment of the mandate and frameworks, while taking cognizance of the challenges unique to Bihar, identifies the key bottlenecks, and sets goals and milestones to achievements towards outcomes for children in the state across nine imperatives on health, nutrition, education, enabling environment, protection and participation.
Institutional Arrangements for Operationalizing the State Plan of Action for Children: To effectively roll out the SPAC, appropriate institutional arrangements are made at the relevant levels. The Steering Committee at state level will be assisted by a Working Committee which would be headed by the Chief Secretary/Development Commissioner, with administrative Heads of all implementing departments as members, and convened by the Department of Social Welfare. The Working Committee will meet at least twice a year. Department of Social Welfare is the nodal department entrusted to coordinate with other implementing departments and agencies and provide secretarial support to the Working Committee.
Constitution: Headed by the Additional Chief Secretary, Social Welfare, the SPAC Secretariat shall be constituted by a pool of government officials and technical professionals working on coordination for meetings, compiling and analysis of data, preparation of roadmaps, developing monitoring tools and instruments and facilitating analytical reviews and monitoring on crucial indicators on children.
Main Tasks for the Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant – BSPAC
Reporting to the Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Social Welfare
  • Finalize the key indicators to be tracked for the purposes of the SPAC creating a key performance indicator matrix, in consultation and reference to the existing indicator frameworks available to the state;
  • Map the indicators to the source of data by department, frequency and reporting and validation as required and prepare usable reports with achievements and trends from sectoral MIS;
  • Develop and support a web-based platform for pooling, tracking and reporting on identified key performance indicators at input, process and output level indicators, ultimately looking at outcome level indicators
  • Develop reporting templates based on the aforementioned frameworks for all relevant line departments
  • Capture the monitoring and evaluation needs around input, process, and output monitoring as well as outcome and impact evaluation as emerging from the convergent review meetings and development partners meetings;
  • Review and provide feedback on specialized studies undertaken by the government departments, relevant development partners and research and academic bodies;
  • Coordinate and facilitate technical advisory/ review groups for jointly developed and implemented knowledge and evidence generation activities/ projects;
  • Report on the flagship / significant pieces of monitoring and evaluation activities during the routine review meetings; and
  • Develop presentations, policy briefs and reports for the purposes of SPAC Steering Committee reviews, Working Committee reviews and Development partners reviews.

Qualifications and Experience required for the Assignment

  • Advanced university degree in social sciences, management, social policy, international development or a related technical field.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working on monitoring and evaluation
  • Well conversant with the latest developments in international standards on SDGs, governance paradigms, policy frameworks, research standards, practices and policies
  • An orientation to big data and MIS systems, fair understanding of the Bihar social sector, government MIS; broad understanding of social science research methods
  • Excellent communication skills are essential with proficiency in English. Knowledge of written and spoken Hindi is mandatory.
  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholders, coordinate loosely defined teams towards set tasks, experience of working with governments in developing country settings will be an advantage.
Operational Details
Reporting and Working
The Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant – SPAC shall report to Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Social Welfare or as designated by the Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Social Welfare. The state coordinator will also work in close association with departmental officials, in addition to stakeholders identified above.
Duty Station
Patna, Bihar
Expected Start Date
The position is required to begin work from June 2019.
Contract Duration
The contract duration will be eleven months.
Selection Process
The evaluation will be done through the first screening of submitted applications, shortlisted candidates will undergo a telephonic/in-person interview with a government and technical panel.
Application Procedure

Interested candidates are requested to apply with their CV and cover letter, stating their suitability and availability for the role within seven days of the publishing of this job posting. Email: shortlisted candidates will be contacted.




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