Consultant: MELIA Data Collection & Analysis Expert – Southern Africa (WP1, WP5)

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The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a CGIAR Research Center, under the Ukama Ustawi (UU) Initiative on Diversification in East and Southern Africa is looking for a consultant to conduct research based on formative outcomes assessment. The consultant will be conducting a formative evaluation that will assess both the process and the Ukama Ustawi’s Work Packages contribution to the identified outcomes.  Evidence of progress towards these outcomes will be used to guide further monitoring activities to show Work Packages (WP) and the Initiative’s impact at a later stage of the programme.

This is an internationally/globally hired consultancy; therefore, individuals / firms with relevant abilities from diverse locations around the world are encouraged to apply. The successful consultant should be based in East or Southern Africa.


  • Inception report on WP1 & WP5. Within a week of signing the contract the consultant will deliver an inception report which will detail the proposed methodology, identify potential risks and mitigation strategies, and a workplan outlining the works schedule and the division of labour between team members.
  • Draft report on WP1 & WP5. A draft version of the final report will be shared with UU offering an opportunity for the programme to seek clarity or more information on findings, to provide additional evidence that may have been overlooked, or to correct possible misunderstandings.
  • Progress reports. Informal check in to ensure ongoing progress and to highlight and resolve any challenges.
  • Final report. Following feedback from UU the consultant will deliver a final report, taking UU comments into account, and incorporating these. A comments tracker will accompany the final report outlining how the consultant has responded to each of the comments.
  • Communication content. The consultant will, in consultation with the UU communication team develop key content that the UU communication team can then turn into a series of communication products highlighting the process and findings of the evaluation on WP1 & WP5.




  • Master’s degree in data management, Monitoring & Evaluation or other relevant degree Experience in conducting/supporting field-based research activities, including data collection and documentation.
  • Prior experience in designing and leading evaluation components of projects including at least 10+ years demonstrated experience in project data processing, analysis and management.
  • At least 10+ years demonstrated abilities in survey techniques and analytical skills including knowledge of related regional and institutional contexts.
  • Professional experience in designing, planning, leading and conducting thematic program/project evaluations, or organizational assessments.
  • Demonstrated experience of data analysis software and advanced computer skills (word-processing, spread sheets, and databases) are a must.
  • At least 5+ years direct experience in a position of monitoring and evaluation of large projects or programs with major donors.
  • Strong quality control management experience along the entire project life cycle, from design and formulation to implementation, analysis, and presentation of results and recommendations.
  • At least 2 projects on MELIA in Sub-Saharan Africa, not more than five years ago.
  • At least 2 projects in the Agro-value chain system in in Sub-Saharan Africa, not more than five years ago.


This is an internationally/globally hired consultancy; therefore, individuals / firms with relevant abilities from diverse locations around the world are encouraged to apply. IWMI offers a competitive monthly rate for this assignment. The duration of the contract will be for a period of six (06) months.


Apply for the position by following the application instructions at We will be accepting expression of interest through 24:00 (IST) on February 02, 2024. To submit an expression of interest, please submit the following as separate documents in PDF format,

Please submit a proposal (max. 10 pages excluding any annexes) covering the following:

  1. Your approach and how you will implement the work;
  2. Work schedule;
  3. CV for the consultants conducting the work (3 pages per CV max)

Please submit a cover letter with the following

  1. Assurance that all team members are available to conduct the work;
  2. Three (03) relevant contactable references for core team members within the last 3 years: Short summary of client, work conducted, contact details
  3. Three recent examples of similar work no older than the last 3 years.


About IWMI:

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is an international, research-for-development organization that works with governments, civil society and the private sector to solve water problems in developing countries and scale up solutions. Through partnership, IWMI combines research on the sustainable use of water and land resources, knowledge services and products with capacity strengthening, dialogue and policy analysis to support implementation of water management solutions for agriculture, ecosystems, climate change and inclusive economic growth. Headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, IWMI is a CGIAR Research Center with offices in 14 countries and a global network of scientists operating in more than 30 countries.

IWMI believes that diversity powers our innovation, contributes to our excellence, and is critical for our mission. We offer a multi-cultural, multi-color, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary working environment. We are consciously creating an inclusive organization that reflects our global character and our commitment to gender equity. We, therefore, encourage applicants from all cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

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