Background Information

Flowminder Foundation is a non-profit foundation specialised in the use of big data for public policy and humanitarian purposes.

The OPAL programme (for Open Algorithms) originally developed by a group of partners from the MIT Media Lab, Imperial College London, Orange Group, Telefonica Group, the World Economic Forum and Data-Pop Alliance, will be operationalised by the Flowminder Foundation for Mobile Network Operator (MNO). It aims to spur the use of MNOdata for public good purposes in a privacy-preserving manner.

The data involved is known as Call Detail Records (CDRs). These are generated by an MNO when a mobile phone user makes or receives calls/SMSs or starts a data session on their phone. Use cases for these data include supporting the allocation of resources in disaster response contexts, improving disease spread models or planning public infrastructure work.

The objective of the Flowminder’s work in  the OPAL programme is to enable access to such data in privacy-preserving ways and at an affordable cost via a secure web platform to a wide set of stakeholders from the public and private sector while fostering the inclusion and inputs of the civil society on the kinds and uses of analyses performed on these data.

The OPAL programme will be implemented in Haiti and in a Western Africa country. The activities will focus on developing and operationalising the technology, supporting the set-up of national committees with representatives from the civil society, developing the collaboration with the MNOs to ensure their long-term commitment, and supporting pilot use cases and capacity strengthening in both countries.

Objective

The evaluation consultant will be responsible for designing and implementing an M&E framework and will assess the progress, achievements, and challenges of the OPAL programme. S/he must plan and generate evidence and learning required to feed into the programme and strategic decision making. S/he will be working across the organisation and with its partners to develop and manage processes, as well as collect information, which will ensure that the impact of the OPAL programme is identified and measured, and that learnings are collected to allow for their dissemination.

Description of services required

  • Develop, manage and implement a monitoring and evaluation framework to measure progress and evaluate impact, as well as support collaboration, learning, and adaptation;
  • Communicate information obtained through M&E activities to program staff monthly to enable informed decision making;
  • Support the Programme Manager and other technical staff in the preparation of donor reports by providing information coming from monitoring findings 
  • Produce a midline and an endline report that will include at a minimum the following:
    • Executive summary;
    • Progress on the logframe(s); 
    • Key lessons; 
    • Synthesis of challenges faced;
    • Recommendations for the improvements and changes needed.

The evaluation consultant will carry out a desk review of relevant documents and interview key informants. The material to be reviewed is likely to include:

  • Proposals, budgets, logframes, progress reports, financial and operational reports to donors;
  • Documentation shared with external stakeholders (MNOs, Ministries department and agencies, CODEs, Universities, etc.) or published online/at conferences ;
  • Internal documentation on business strategy, governance and technology.

Semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders. These will include key informants such as: 

  • Donors
  • MNOs representatives
  • External  stakeholders in Senegal and Haiti: representatives from the MNOs; Ministries, departments and agencies; members of the Ethics board, etc.

The expected outputs are:

  • An M&E framework in place;
  • Midline and final report
  • Bi-monthly report with recommendations to the programme manager
  • Bi-monthly oral presentations of progress and results

Period of Performance

October 2021 to December 2022 at 50%

Qualifications and Experience

Education: 

  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline (evaluation science, social sciences, engineering, or other related degree) (essential).

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years of demonstrable experience in evaluating projects leveraging technology to reach development or humanitarian goals in low or middle income countries (essential);
  • Demonstrable experience in evaluating public-private partnerships aimed at development or humanitarian goals in low or middle income countries (essential);
  • Demonstrable experience in using semi-structured interviews for evaluation purposes with decision makers from the private and public sectors for projects in low and middle countries (essential);
  • Track record of working effectively in an international and interdisciplinary team environment, across multiple organisations from the private and public sectors (essential);
  • Demonstrable experience in leading or evaluating development or humanitarian projects in low or middle income countries (desirable);
  • Demonstrable experience in a technology start-up (desirable);
  • Demonstrable experience of working with or evaluating projects with Mobile Network Operators (desirable).

Skills/Competencies

  • Knowledge of international standards and guidelines for design of M&E data collection instruments and procedures, to ensure accurate data collection and verification (essential);
  • Knowledge of international research and data ethics standards and guidelines (desirable);
  • Advanced analytical skills (desirable);
  • Excellent organisational, verbal and written communication skills to manage project communications, disseminate project information, and strategic decision-making in programme implementation (essential);
  • Ability to actively listen and facilitate solutions to complex challenges (essential);
  • Excellent skills in the Google Workspace  (essential).
  • Excellent skills in project management software Asana

Languages

  • Fluency in written and spoken English (essential)
  • Fluency in written and spoken French (essential). If you are not fluent in French you can work with an interpreter at your own expense.

To Apply

Closing date: 27th August 2021.

Applicants should email careers+ME0721@flowminder.org with the following (preferably in pdf format):

  • A brief expression of interest outlining why you are interested in being part of the work
  • Your day rate / estimated quote for the work
  • CV(s) (2 pages) with details of relevant experience

Please note that due to the very high volume of applications we receive, we greatly regret that we are unable to send personalised acknowledgements or give feedback on applications. If you do not hear from us by 5th September 2021 you should assume that you have not been shortlisted. Only applications following the requested application format will be considered.