Terms of Reference Consultancy to support SNV with the structural integration of systems change in project design and implementation
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|| Terms of Reference Consultancy to support SNV with the structural integration of systems change in project design and implementation
|| The Hague
|| Europe and Central Asia
|Type of job
|| permanent contract
|Language of description
|| The assignment
The present consultancy covers all three SNV sectors (Agriculture, WASH and Energy) and a wide set of deliverables. The work to be conducted by the consultant is intensively supported and backstopped by a cross-sectoral team of colleagues involved in Agriculture, WASH and Energy, as well as a Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation advisor. The consultant is will work alongside the SNV team mentioned above with the objectives of:
(a) Facilitating a process of defining and anchoring SNV’s approach to systems change into the wider debate and latest insights,
(b) Support a process of enabling (senior) SNV colleagues worldwide to understand and adopt a systems’ change perspective to their work,
(c) Support Global Sector Teams in the development of a framework of systems change for inclusion in project design, project implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
Approach and activities
The consultant will work closely with the SNV team to deliver the tasks at hand. Specific tasks will be divided between the consultant and selected colleagues. Every three months progress will be reviewed, and priorities will be set.
The consultant is envisaged to provide support on the following:
1. Develop an overall framework of systems change, that is embedded in current thinking on systems change within the development sector and clearly links to SNV’s core business. For this, the consultant is expected to provide an annotated literature review of how systems’ change is conceptualised and applied by other organisations in the development sector, building on the earlier work done in the PP6 consultancy referred to above. The consultant will facilitate a discussion around this, as a basis for joint development of the framework, clarifying SNV’s conceptual goals and understanding in relation to systems change in its interventions.
2. In consultation with SNV’s Global Sector Heads (GSHs) and other colleagues from SNV’s sector teams, develop practical and pragmatic guidance that can be used for project design and implementation, supporting SNV teams to include a systems’ change lens into their work. This should be aligned to the above framework, sector product descriptions and sector results frameworks.
3. Identify and provide training to key SNV staff to understand the systems change framework and how to apply the guidance. This will involve Global Technical Advisors, Global Product Coordinators, Sector Leaders and (multi-country) project managers.
4. Support the process of roll-out and internalization of the overall framework and guidance to colleagues across SNV countries. This includes the development of training sessions.
5. Support the PME unit to develop implementation guidance and hands-on tools for planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting system change at project level. This guidance will consider scientific evidence and best practices of donors and partners.
6. Review of case studies: support the development of case studies on systems change across SNV’s sectors and products. The case studies will be developed by SNV country teams with backstopping from the global sector teams. Overall guidance and review will be necessary to ensure consistency in approach and content developed in the case studies.
Depending on progress in these areas, the above work package might further evolve organically. Specific work items may thus be changed in function of need.
1. An overall framework to systems change, embedded in current systems change thinking and linking to SNV’s core business,
2. Guidance and hands-on tools for design and implementation at project level,
3. In-depth training of key SNV staff,
4. Successful roll-out of the overall framework and guidance to SNV staff around the world
5. Review of and input into case studies
6. Deliverables in relation to additional work items as agreed.
The consultancy is expected to be full-time for the period of 1 year, starting as soon as possible. The consultant will preferably, but not necessarily, be working from the SNV office in The Hague, the Netherlands.
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