By Menue Bainda, Communications Assistant – AIFO Liberia

In an effort to combat the new variant of the deadly COVID-19 in Liberia, Community Workers of AIFO Liberia are accessing hard-to-reach areas in rural communities to inform and educate rural residents about the Coronavirus. They are also educating locals on how people can prevent themselves from contracting the virus and how everyone can contribute to the fight against the pandemic.

Four counties including, Montserrado, Bong, Nimba and Grand Gedeh are benefiting from this initiative. Since the middle of May, 2021, Liberia has been experiencing a sharp increase in the new variant of the deadly COVID-19 and has triggered fear in many people, as they continue to see and hear daily statistics of COVID-19 cases from the National Public Health Institute of Liberia and the Ministry of Health, as well as death news. Since the occurrence of COVID-19 in Liberia in 2020, the country has recorded 1397 confirmed cases.
The AIFO initiative is part of the Disability and Startup project, which is funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation.

In addition to the initiative, the Community Workers are informing and educating residents including disabled people and non-disabled people about the United Nations Convention on Persons with Disabilities.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol (A/RES/61/106) was adopted on 13 December 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and was opened for signature on 30 March 2007. There were 82 signatories to the Convention, 44 signatories to the Optional Protocol, and 1 ratification of the Convention. This is the highest number of signatories in history to a UN Convention on its opening day. It is the first comprehensive human rights treaty of the 21st century and is the first human rights convention to be open for signature by regional integration organizations. The Convention entered into force on 3 May 2008.
The Convention follows decades of work by the United Nations to change attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities. It takes to a new height the movement from viewing persons with disabilities as “objects” of charity, medical treatment and social protection towards viewing persons with disabilities as “subjects” with rights, who are capable of claiming those rights and making decisions for their lives based on their free and informed consent as well as being active members of society.
The Convention is intended as a human rights instrument with an explicit, social development dimension. It adopts a broad categorization of persons with disabilities and reaffirms that all persons with all types of disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms. It clarifies and qualifies how all categories of rights apply to persons with disabilities and identifies areas where adaptations have to be made for persons with disabilities to effectively exercise their rights and areas where their rights have been violated, and where protection of rights must be reinforced. The Convention was negotiated during eight sessions of an Ad Hoc Committee of the General Assembly from 2002 to 2006, making it the fastest negotiated human rights treaty. https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities.html.
Local residents have expressed interest in the initiative and they have vowed to apply best health practices for their own protection and enforce government health protocols in their respective towns and villages.
AIFO Liberia is a professional non-profit health and development organization that enables opportunities for persons affected by leprosy, persons with disabilities, women, children and members of poor and vulnerable groups. This is done through focused healthcare, education and economic empowerment initiatives in Liberia with the aim of providing a better quality of life and creating large scale positive change.

 

AIFO is an International NGO with headquarters in Bologna, Italy, focusing in the field of international health cooperation and disability since 1961. AIFO began its Liberia’s operation since 1997. AIFO Liberia’s mission is the promotion of disability rights, building the capacity of local Disabled People Organizations (DPOs) and on fostering economic independence for People with Disabilities (PWDs).

I. INTRODUCTION:
Generation Information
AIFO is requesting proposals (RFP) from qualified licensed LICPA firms to perform a professional auditing services to audit its financial statements for:
1. the financial year ended December 31, 2020 (to begin this April), and
2. its SIDA funded Coordinated Action on Disability (CAD-L) inception phase project for 01 January 2020 to 31 May 2021 (to start in June, 2021).

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AIFO Liberia is currently seeking to recruit Two (2) – Sign Language Interpreters/Teachers for the training of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students under the project “Voices for Inclusion and Civil Society Empowerment (VOICE) – Disabled People Organisations stepping up for people with disabilities rights in Liberia”, funded by the European Union (EU) – CSO-LA/2020/421-002.

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Background

AIFO is an International NGO with headquarters in Bologna, Italy, working in the field of international health cooperation and disability since 1961. AIFO operates in Liberia since 1997. AIFO Liberia’s mission focuses on the promotion of disability rights, building the capacity of local Disabled People Organizations (DPOs) and on fostering economic independence for People with Disabilities (PWDs).
The Swedish (SIDA 2016 – 2020) strategy for development cooperation in Liberia poses distinct attention to gender equality, respect of human rights and democracy, as critical principles backing the enjoyment of development and developmental programs in the country. The strategy also recognizes the need to work with duty bearers (the state) and right holders (the citizenry) to ensure development programs are demand-driven, transparent, sustainable and locally owned.
With overarching strategic direction, AIFO and SIDA entered an agreement in December of 2019, for the development of a proposal for an action promoting the human rights of people with disability in Liberia. The agreement decided on an inception phase of one year, which extended by five months until May 2021 due to the global crisis, COVID-19. The activities started in July 2020…..

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Association Friends of Raoul Follereau – AIFO-Liberia
Vacancy Announcement No. 012
Project: VOICE/EU

Issued on: 19 January 2021
Deadline for Application: 31 January 2021

 

Position Title: Project Manager, Voices for Inclusion and Civil Society Empowerment (VOICE)

Qualified women and men with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Please be informed that this is a national position, so the terms and conditions of Liberian employees will apply.

AIFO Liberia is currently seeking to recruit a Project Manager for the management of the “Voices for Inclusion and Civil Society Empowerment (VOICE) – Disabled People Organisations stepping up for people with disabilities rights in Liberia”, funded by the European Union (EU) – CSO-LA/2020/421-002.

The European Union

For more information on the European Union and the Delegation of the European Union to Liberia, please refer to website of the Delegation of the European Union to Liberia.

AIFO Liberia

The “Association Friends of Raoul Follereau” (AIFO) is an Italian non-for-profit organisation that has been present in Liberia since 1997. AIFO Liberia offers opportunities for people affected by leprosy, persons with disabilities (PWDs), women/children and members from vulnerable and marginalised communities to lead a better quality of life. AIFO Liberia focusses on healthcare and economic empowerment to provide a better quality of life and create large scale positive change. AIFO Liberia is accredited by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Republic of Liberia; accreditation number 0094.

VOICE Project
The project titled: “Voices for Inclusion and Civil Society Empowerment” (VOICE), is a two-year innovative project (01/02/2021-31/01/2022) funded by the European Union. The project aims at enhancing the capacit of civil society organisations, to promote and empower persons with disabilities and to ensure that people with disabilities can fully enjoy their rights in Liberia. In particular, the action aims at enabling the umbrella federation of people with disabilities, the National Union of Organization of the Disabled (NUOD), the Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) and their members to effectively demand the respect and fulfilment of the human rights of all People with Disabilities (PWDs), in line with the Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) to which Liberia is a signatory since 2012. The primary beneficiaries of the project are deaf and hard of hearing persons who will be ported to ensure that they have equal access to work and employment opportunities. It is implemented in the counties of Montserrado, Bomi and Nimba, in partnership with Williette Safehouse.

About the Role
This is a 1-year contract, with the possibility of renewal until the end of the project. The duty station is Monrovia, with frequent travel to the project counties. The VOICE Project Manager will be working full-time in collaboration and consultation with the AIFO project team and partners and he/she will report to the AIFO Liberia Country Director.

Objectives
Main tasks and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
1. General Program Management functions

Responsible for the supervision, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of all activities and results foreseen by the project.
 Responsible for sound programmatic, technical, financial and administrative management.
 Coordination and supervision of AIFO Liberia field staff and project implementing partners.
 Coordination of local and international partners and stakeholders, following the applicable decision making process.
 Coordinate the preparation of regular project reports with regard to project progress, status, and results achieved, including those of partners, hence guarantee both quality and timelines of deliverables.
2. Administrative Management functions
 Resource planning and management control.
 Planning and forecasting of costs on a periodic basis.
 Supervise the project accountant’s accounting records.
 Support the project accountant with the preparation of financial reports.
The above list includes indicative overall, high-level duties and responsibilities; SMART objectives will be prepared by the individual in collaboration with the supervisor and will be reviewed quarterly during an appraisal session.

Requirements to achieve role’s objectives:
 University degree in a relevant field.
 Professional experience in project management and coordination (5 years minimum), preferably in the (I)NGO sector.
 Experience in coordinating and engaging with local and international partner organisations and stakeholders.
 MEAL skills and experience.
 Knowledge of participatory methods and experience in gender and disability rights.
 Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage deadlines.
 Strong communication and facilitation skills.
 Advanced English is must (strong reading, writing and speaking skills).
 Proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet, database, internet).
 Self-motivator and team player with integrity who has the ability to approach challenges with flexibility and a positive attitude.

HOW TO APPLY
To apply, send your CV, a cover letter detailing how you meet the job specification and two references to:
aifoliberia@gmail.com indicating in the subject of the email: Application for VOICE Project Manager position.
We apologise in advance, but only qualified and shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date. The selection respects the principles of equal opportunities (Law 903/77).

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Association Friends of Raoul Follereau – AIFO-Liberia
Vacancy Announcement No. 11
Project CAD-L / SIDA

Issued on: 06 November 2020
Deadline for Application: 15 November 2020

Position Title: Accountant, Coordinated Action on Disability in Liberia – CAD-L (2020-2021).

Qualified women and men with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Please be informed that this is a national position, so the terms and conditions of Liberian employees will apply.

AIFO Liberia is looking to hire an Accountant to provide support to our CAD-L project team in support of the management of the “Coordinated Action on Disability in Liberia – CAD-L project.

AIFO-Liberia
The “Association Friends of Raoul Follereau” (AIFO) is an Italian non-for-profit organisation that has been present in Liberia since 1997. AIFO Liberia offers opportunities for people affected by leprosy, persons with disabilities (PWDs), women/children and members from vulnerable and marginalised communities to lead a better quality of life. AIFO Liberia focusses on healthcare and economic empowerment to provide a better quality of life and create large scale positive change. AIFO Liberia is accredited by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Republic of Liberia; accreditation number 0094.

CAD-L Project
In January 2020 AIFO launched the project “Coordinated Action on Disability in Liberia – CAD-L. People living with a disability in Liberia enjoy opportunities for employment, self-employment and entrepreneurship in the public and private sectors”, funded by SIDA (Swedish International Development Agency). The project aims to target the area of economic empowerment of people living with a disability in Liberia as a means to deliver positive change in their lives as well as in the overall society. CAD-L also intends to address gender imbalances in the participation of disabled women to development initiatives. It is implemented in the counties of Montserrado, Bong and Nimba, in partnership with the National Commission on Disabilities (NCD), the National Union of Organisations of the Disabled (NUOD), and the Alliance on Disability. Specific Covid-19 measures are now part of the project.

Requirements
The ideal candidate should possess a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration or relevant field. Professional experience (minimum 3 years) in project finance and accounts, preferable including experience working for a non-governmental organisation. Advanced Excel knowledge and skills, and good knowledge of the usual computer software applications. Advanced knowledge of accounting packages. High level of numeracy as well as written and verbal communication skills in English language. Excellent analytical and organisational skills, and ability to manage deadlines. Self-motivation, integrity, communication and interpersonal skills, methodical and problem-solving approach, adaptability and ability to work with a team.

About the Role
This is a short term contract that is lasting until 28 February 2021, with a possible extension. The duty station is Monrovia, Liberia. The Accountant will be working full-time and in close collaboration with the CAD-L Project Advisor, M&E Manager, and Finance Administrator and Logistician, and s/he will report to CAD-L Project Manager.

Objective

  • Collection, accuracy, recording, analysis and reporting of CAD-L administrative operations, in particular: Data entry in AIFO administrative software (NPS) on a daily basis.
  • Guarantee the correct registration of the costs as per the Project Budget Breakdown.
  • Ensure the preparation of proper administrative supporting documentation.
  • Ensure the timely preparation of payment vouchers and payments.
  • Responsible for assisting with month-end close activities and preparation of periodic financial reports for donors.
  • Maintain and update the filing of administrative documents in the Finance Office and on AIFO’s server.
  • Cash management duties: responsibility for cash box and cash counts, cash and bank reconciliation on daily basis, etc.
  • Procurement tasks, including: purchasing and maintenance of the project goods;
    * providing the needed supporting documentation, collecting offers, conduct quotation and bid analysis as required, etc.;
    * follow-up with suppliers for contract signatures, delivery notes, and invoices;
    *ensure all AIFO’s and donor procurement rules and procedures are complied with.
  • Logistics: operations in support of project in general and of specific activities.
  • Ensure financial obligations are met in accordance with AIFO and SIDA procedures.
  • Carry out any other reasonable duties as directed by the AIFO Liberia Administrator.

The above list includes indicative overall, high level duties and responsibilities; SMART objectives will be prepared by the individual in collaboration with the supervisor and will be reviewed quarterly during an appraisal session.

HOW TO APPLY
To apply, send your CV, a cover letter detailing how you meet the job specification and two references to: aifoliberia@gmail.com indicating in the subject of the email: Application for CAD-L Accountant position.

We apologize in advance, but only qualified and shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date. The selection respects the principles of equal opportunities (Law 903/77).

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By: Luther Sangar Mendin, AIFO Liberia Staff Writer

In order to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Liberia on April 10, 2020 declared a state of emergency. Among the measures imposed, residents are asked to stay at home and should come out unless otherwise necessary. Travel between Liberia’s 15 counties are prohibited.
Already, about 14% of Liberia’s population have some form of disability and since the lockdown measures were imposed, this huge population have been greatly affected by quarantine measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. In an already complex, fragile and vulnerable environment, news of the coronavirus has brought with it even greater insecurity, fear and heightened stigma and persons with disabilities face the harsh reality of this nightmare.
“People here are extremely afraid,” Felix Chelleh says. “As a person with disability myself, I too was very afraid, when I heard that the disease had arrived in Liberia.”
But Felix is not allowing that fear stand in the way of the duty he has signed up to which is to protect people with disabilities and help prevent the spread of the virus in the community.

Before COVID-19, Felix was trained in human rights and basic journalism as part of the Disability and Startup Project implemented by AIFO and funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation. About 24 young people with disabilities from Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Montserrado Counties received training in basic journalism skills, human rights reporting and disability rights, thanks to the partnership with the Liberia Media Center and a hosts of community radio stations.

The participants, all of whom are persons with disabilities, now lead an adapted COVID-19 radio program titled: “We are One”. We are One is a friendly disabled radio program that aims to provide greater awareness on the Coronavirus and its impact on people with disabilities in the response. The program currently has a partnership with 11 community and national radio stations. The adapted COVID-19 and Disability Rights radio program has been running since the second half of April. Guests appear remotely through phone calls to participate to the program.

Notably among the guests that appear are Disability activists, health workers, social workers and human rights officers. A total of 33 live radio talk show on COVID-19 and its impact on people with disabilities have been recorded.
An important component of the radio program has been discussions on the impact of rumours associated with the virus and the role that people with disabilities can play in combating false information to keep their communities safe. As misinformation about COVID-19 has spread, the “We are One” radio program have become more valuable than ever. In addition to the radio program, AIFO has also launched a social media campaign to update about the COVID-19 situation in the country and has strengthen engagement with the Risk Communication Pillar of the Ministry of Health to develop tailored messages that are more relevant and accessible to people with disabilities. For example, in one of the messages, it states that “Mental Health is Everyone’s Business so is COVID-19”. Series of IEC materials including messages for deaf persons have also been developed to provide greater awareness to this population of people with disabilities.

“Every time I hear about fake information; I fight against it by sharing accurate information. I know, for example, that there’s currently no vaccine for COVID19, and I tell people just that.”

Today, Felix is leading a radio show on COVID-19 on TOP FM, a local community radio station in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County. He says that people with disabilities are an essential part of the response to COVID-19.

“It’s important for people with disabilities to understand this illness, because they’re also part of the society”.
Felix’s words resonate in a country that has experienced extreme and entrenched marginalization against persons with disabilities over the past years and even now. And as COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Liberia, accurate information provided by people with disabilities trained in promoting social cohesion has become even more vital.

Strengthening Active Citizenship and Increasing Social protection

AIFO’s COVID-19 response also targets isolated communities to strengthen active citizenship and increase social protection. Through the adapted community mental health and COVID-19 program, a total of 550 households made up of persons with disabilities and family members have received assorted sanitary kits and IEC materials approved by the Ministry of Health. At least 550 persons with disabilities and family members have also participated in series of Focus Group Discussions to gather accurate information related to the pandemic.

Sam Dee, 37 and head of the Salala Disabled Association in Bong County, has also been playing his part in protecting against the coronavirus. With his mask in place, he is visiting local marketplaces in Bong County along with other people with disabilities to talk about the Coronavirus and handwashing.

“We target places where people with disabilities gather, such as market places and bus stops,” he says. Sam admits that not everyone they meet is receptive to their messages about COVID-19.
“Some people don’t believe the disease is a problem here, and they don’t always respect what we do,” he says. “Sometimes people say that the virus can’t survive in hot areas. Sam says that such conversations have been important in addressing rumours and false information. “There’s been a real difference since we started sensitizing people with disabilities and the community about COVID19,” he says as he mounts his crutches.
“People are beginning to listen. They are beginning to ask us questions so that they can understand better.”

About the Author

Luther Sangar Mendin has extensive experience on psychosocial support and community integration for disadvantaged and marginalized persons. Much of his stress of work has been on supporting persons suffering different kinds of stigmas in rural, semi urban and urban communities. He is specialized in working in ethnically diverse settings. His work history includes supporting persons with disabilities, persons affected by the Hansen Disease (Leprosy), persons affected by epilepsy and persons suffering different kinds of mental health disorders including schizophrenia, psychosis, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders. Luther currently serves as Communication and Program Officer of AIFO-Liberia, an Italian International Organization that specializes in areas of disability and health cooperation. Luther has sufficient grounding in Development Driven activities through formal training, practice and research. He is currently a student at the University of Liberia concentrating on Social Work. He can be contacted on:

Mobile Numbers: 0770182913/0775269126
Email: luthermendin@gmail.com 
Website: www.aifoliberia.org

Project AID-011516-AICS

Issued on: 13 November 2019

Deadline for Application: 30 November 2019

Background information
People with Disabilities (PwDs) face numerous physical, attitudinal, social, cultural and economic barriers in exercising their citizenship rights. These barriers affect all the different facets of their lives, starting from school education and friendship with their peers, to access to health services, employment, housing, marriage, sports and leisure activities. (WHO, 2011) In Liberia, the situation of people with disabilities has been further complicated by the long civil war and by the more recent Ebola Virus Crisis, increasing the barriers they need to overcome for their participation in different life-activities. (SIDA, 2014)

In particular, the high rate of unemployment among PwDs is concerning. The prejudice and discrimination against them is one of the main causes: children with disabilities do not attend school as much as their peers and they do not get socially involved in the community. This makes it hard for them to acquire the skills needed to enter the labour market. Unemployment means poverty and poverty contributes to PwDs isolation. Disabled People Organizations (DPOs) are a great resource to promote and protect PWDs interests. The DASU project work alongside 9 DPOs at county level and the National Union of Organization of the Disabled, the federation of all DPOs in Liberia to promote socio-economic empowerment for PWDs.

The DASU project’s overall goal is to contribute strengthening the role of Civil Society Organizations (DPOs) for sustainable and inclusive growth processes in Liberia.

The project’s specific objective is to reinforce the role of People with Disabilities Organizations (DPOs) in the socio-economic development processes and in the fulfilment of People with Disabilities (PWDs) rights. In order to achieve this goal, the project includes different sets of activities, each related to a specific result.
R1. The National Union of Organizations of the Disabled (NUOD) and 9 DPO members actively participate in the policy making with a sound role and they are in the position to promote effective initiatives for PwDs rights, with a focus on inclusive business

1.1 Diagnostic study on DPOs and NUOD’s institutional and managing capacities. The aim is to improve organizational and management capacity and to increase the ability of NUOD and the DPOs to affect the policymaking processes and to support (PwDs) in inclusive business.
1.2 Training courses for NUOD and the DPOs, in order to respond to the needs emerged from the Diagnostic Study (R1.1)
1.3 Exchange of good practises with African Platforms and Networks on disability to promote the transfer of know-how and real forms of partnerships which could be sustainable in the long term.
1.4 Workshops at National and County level to promote dialogue between DPOs and Governmental Authorities.
1.5 Communication program. To promote a sustainable long standing partnership between NUOD and Community radios’ network while giving DPOs a chance to practice what they’ve learned during the training process and keep on acquiring further skills and capacities.

R2. Improved the economic independence and the social participation of 120 PwDs through the creation of 30 start-ups for their self-employment

2.1 Baseline survey on social economy. The study was carried out in YR1 to understand how the local social economy ecosystem is composed. The results of the study helped shaping all other activities of result 2.
2.2 Skills’ assessment. Co-participated creation of skills assessment sheets (SAS) to assess PwDs’ employability. The SAS formed part of the dossier each enterprise had to present to access funding through DASU
2.3 Realization of training courses on social entrepreneurship to provide the beneficiaries knowledge, tools and skills for the preparation of viable and sustainable Business Plans.
2.4 This activity promoted the effective creation of Start-ups through a competitive process; the long-term objective is to promote PwDs economic independence.
2.5 Consultancy service for enterprises whose business plan was unsuccessful; the aim is to provide individuals with technical knowledge to ensure their businesses ideas are improved.


R3. Facilitated the inclusion of Mental Health Users in economic and social development initiatives, through a specific and participated plan.

3.1 Implementation of an Emancipatory research on the factors facilitating or hindering the entrepreneurship of PwDs in Liberia, with a focus on mental health.
3.2 Development of a free App for mobile phones (MH-RehApp) which could facilitate information sharing and increase coping skills for people with mental health conditions and their families.
3.3 Training of Resource Persons at village level to promote the engagement of communities on mental health and encourage the participation of people with mental health conditions to DPOs and to Start Ups promoted by the project.

Over its 36 months’ implementation, DASU aims at directly impacting the lives of 2,326 direct beneficiaries among PWDs, Persons included in the Start-ups activities, community radio staff; and 120,000 indirect beneficiaries, including family members of PwDs, National and local authorities’ representatives, CSOs members and stakeholders attending the national and county seminars and attending the village meetings about mental health; citizens reached by the radio program and by the sensitization community meetings.

  1. Objectives of the mid-term evaluation (MTE)
    The mid-term evaluation (MTE) aims at assessing the continued relevance of the DASU intervention and the progresses made towards achieving its planned objectives. MTE should as well provide an opportunity to make modifications to the project design, implementation and methodology to ensure planned objectives are achieved within the lifetime of the project. Additionally, the MTE aims at providing tools, instruments and capacity building to the DASU programs’ team to strengthen its capacity for internal management and evaluation. The evaluation should provide information that is credible (evidence based) and useful, enabling the incorporation of lessons learned into AIFO decision-making process.
  2. Specific Evaluation Questions
    The midterm evaluation aims at providing recommendations for improving the project’s implementation through the following criteria: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, sustainability and project management. The MTE also assessed the project’s performance on cross cutting issues; gender equality, disability inclusion, added value and participation. Particular attention will be paid to the processes of realization of activities (respect for inclusive modes, effective participation of beneficiaries, perception of satisfaction, management and co-ordination between partners, level of skills gained from them during the implementation; visibility).
    All data collected must be disaggregated by sex, age, disability type and catchment areas.
    Relevance
    • To what extent are the project’s objectives still valid for the country, the partner organizations and the beneficiaries?
    • Are the expected results of the project consistent with the outputs, objectives and overall objective (as part of the analysis of the log frame matrix)?
    Effectiveness
    • To what extent has the project already achieved its obective(s) or will be likely to achieve it/them?
    • To what extent has the project already achieved its expected outputs or will be likely to achieve them?
    • What were the major factors influencing the achievement or non-achievement of the outcome(s)/expected results/outputs? (Also consider any which were possibly beyond the control of the project)
    • Did the project contribute to DPOs capacity building as planned?
    • To what extent are gender and environment mainstreaming included in the project?
    Effectiveness of project management
    • Was the project managed as planned? If not, what issues occurred and why?
    • To what extent have all project/programme stakeholders collaborated as planned? Did the project receive adequate political, technical and administrative support from its national partners?
    • Is there a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities by all parties involved?
    • How effective is communication between the project team and the implementing partners?
    • How effectively does the project management monitor project performance and results?
    Efficiency
    • If applicable, to what extent were all items/equipment purchased and used as planned under this project?
    • Was the project implemented in the most efficient way (time, personnel resources)? Have any issues emerged, if so which ones and why?
    Impact
    • How many women, men, girls, boys and people with disabilities in total have already benefited from the project (immediate impact)?
    • What exactly has already changed in the lives of women, men, girls, boys with disabilities (immediate impact)?
    • Has the project impacted on the lives of women, men, girls and boys without a disability? How?
    • Which positive and/or negative effects/impacts in terms of gender and environment can possibly be attributed to the project?
    • Which organizations have already benefitted from the project and how? What has changed for whom (immediate impact)?
    • Are there any other important aspects regarding impact?
    Sustainability
    • To what extent will the benefits of the project continue after the withdrawal of the donor?
    • If applicable, if the project continues will it be integrated in local structures and/or funded by other sources?
    • What were the major factors that influenced the achievement or non-achievement of sustainability of the project?
    • If applicable, what needs to be done and/or improved to ensure sustainability?
  3. Approach and Methods
    The MTE is carried out by an external evaluator who has no previous links to the project, with the involvement of internal evaluators: The Management and Monitoring Committee; the Technical & Scientific Commission; representatives of DPOs; the project staff; beneficiaries; the main stakeholders.Consistent with the Community Based Inclusion Approach adopted in the project, mid-term evaluation will be carried out using mixed and participatory methodologies (co-evaluations), both quantitative and qualitative (focus groups, interviews, case studies, self-assessment tests). These methodologies will be used to evaluate (i) processes, (ii) products, (iii) impact, analyzing relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, harmonization with the Italian Cooperation Guidelines, sustainability and replicability of the initiative.
    Location: The evaluator is expected to work across the three localities where the DASU project is implemented (Grand Gedeh, Nimba and Bong counties) and the city of Monrovia and surrounding areas. The mid-term evaluation consists of several phases:
    Contract and Kick-off meeting: Contract is signed and a discussion of the assignment takes place. First documents, including available data, are provided to the evaluation team. (1 day)
    Desk Study: The evaluator studies all necessary project documents; re-construct and analyse the intervention logic/programme theory and theory of change and its assumptions. Existing data needs to be analysed and interpreted. (10 days)
    Inception-Phase: In the inception report, the evaluator will describe the design of the evaluation and will elaborate on how data will be obtained and analysed. The evaluator is moreover requested to advise on, ameliorate and if required, elaborate additional, data collections tools for the continuous monitoring of the DASU program, that will be piloted during the field phase. The use of a data collection planning worksheet or a similar tool is required. Interviews with senior DASU staff and partners take place. (5 days) Data triangulation and quality control are very important and need to be discussed in the inception report.
    The field trip will only take place upon official approval of the inception report by the contractor.
    Field-phase: Data needs to be gathered, analysed and interpreted. It is expected that the evaluation will include quantitative and qualitative data disaggregated by sex, type of disability, age, catchment areas. (15 days)
    Presentation, Tools’ handover (workshop): Presentation of key findings at the end of the field trip and tools handover workshop (2 days)
    Final Draft Report: Submission and presentation of final draft report. Inclusion of comments from partners and contractor. (5 days)
    Final Report: Submission of final report. (1 day) For the different phases, it is expected that data and information will be obtained through different methods such as: analysis of documents, structured interviews, semi-structured interviews face-to face, group discussions, others.
  4. Necessary Qualification
    The Evaluator will be a local professional.
    • Relevant academic degree (master level) in economics, statistics, sociology or other similar studies
    • A minimum of three years’ experience and expertise in social research
    • Has conducted at least three evaluations in the last five years ideally in the relevant field
    • Knowledge and working experience of Liberia with focus on topics such as disability, socio-economic inclusion, awareness campaigns
    • Experience in project cycle management
    • Experience preparing and analysing a theory of change
    • Experience and expertise in evaluating cross-cutting issues
    • Experience in social science methods
    • Excellent oral and written English skills
    • Sound MS Office and IT skills
    The consultants must not have been involved in the design, implementation or monitoring of this project.
  5. Reports & Material
    The consultant will submit the following reports:
    • an inception report (10-15 pages without annexes),
    • guidelines and set of (revised) tools for routine monitoring of
    • a final draft evaluation report (about 25-30 pages without annexes), including a draft executive summary and the results-assessment form (part of the reporting requirement)
    • and the final evaluation report (25-30 pages without annexes), the final executive summary and the results-assessment form (part of the reporting requirement)
    All reports must be written in English. All data collected must be disaggregated by sex, age, disability type and catchment areas.
    Identify lessons learned and provide recommendations: it is important that a suggested action plan corresponding to each recommendation is included in the evaluation report. It is expected that the evaluator will present concrete recommendations addressed to each specific stakeholders. The findings and recommendations of the draft final report and final report have to be structured according to the evaluation questions. An outline of the report’s structure needs to be agreed upon during the inception phase.
    The executive summary should summarize key findings and recommendations (two to three pages) and needs to be submitted as part of the final draft report.

The quality of the reports will be judged according to the following criteria:
• Is the results-matrix format part of the report?
• Does the report contain a comprehensive and clear executive summary?
• Were the Terms of Reference fulfilled and is this reflected in the report?
• Are all evaluation questions answered?
• Are the methods and processes of the evaluation sufficiently documented in the evaluation report?
• Does the report describe and assess the intervention logic (e.g. logframe, project methodology/theory) and present/analyze a theory of change and its underlying assumptions?
• Are cross-cutting issues analyzed in the report?
• Are the conclusions and recommendations based on findings and are they clearly stated in the report?
• Does the report clearly differentiate between conclusions, lessons learnt and recommendations?
• Are the recommendations realistic and is it clearly expressed to whom the recommendations are addressed to?
• Were the most significant stakeholders involved/consulted?
• Does the report present the information contained in a presentable and clearly arranged form?
• Is the report free from spelling mistakes and unclear linguistic formulations?
• Can the report be distributed in the delivered form?

Remuneration Package:
According to AIFO consultancy fees standards.

HOW TO APPLY
To apply, send your CV, a Cover Letter detailing how you meet the job specification and two references to: aifoliberia@gmail.com indicating in the subject of the email: Application for Consultant. Please also include report of previous evaluation done by you.

We apologize in advance but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date. The selection respects the principles of equal opportunities (Law 903/77)

Subject: Application for Consultant : DASU Project
Email : aifoliberia@gmail.com