Learning and Impact Measurement Consulting Opportunity
*Submissions are due midnight GMT, May 5th 2023*
EMpower -The Emerging Markets Foundation is seeking a consultant or consultancy firm to help us enhance our learning and impact measurement system, processes and tools.
EMpower funds local partner organisations for up to 10 years, focusing on improving the lives, and opportunities for contribution, of marginalized young people in 15 emerging market countries. We updated our Theory of Change in 2021 and our grantmaking model in 2022. We offer flexibility (core support) to all grantee partners; this ranges from 20% to 100% flexibility over the 10-year partnership cycle. We also support and undertake a range of organisational and cross-sector strengthening support (beyond financial grants) to all grantee partners –– to optimize our partners’ programmatic and organizational effectiveness and sustainability. Last, over the past twelve months we have migrated to an online grants management system, which will need to be a key platform for the evolution of our learning and impact measurement system.
Some of our big-picture learning questions
What are different approaches to streamlining our learning and impact measurement processes/requirements, ideally that can be operationalised without undue level of effort or additional resources?
How do we decide which ‘core’ indicators and grant form questions to keep? How can we keep demands on grantees reasonable and primarily focused on helping them understand the impact of their efforts, while also accessing key information for us to understand the effects of our support. And for smaller, more nascent grantee partner organisations – what further scaled down approaches might be useful?
What should we do to align our learning and impact measurement system and tools with our flexible and participatory funding that enables --
Scope of work
As an organisation we are at a pivotal juncture in aligning our updated grant-making model with our learning and impact measurement tools and processes. To help us navigate this new terrain, we need a fit-for- purpose learning and impact system, with accompanying operational tools and processes that align with our flexible and participatory funding and grant-making model and aim for an appropriate balance between flexibility and standardization.
We envision a two-phased process; this consultancy is to cover the first phase. We will use and deliberate on the recommendations from the first phase, to fine-tune the needs and outputs for phase two, which will be more about operationalising plans, with more specificity. We would like phase one to be completed by end June and would hope to have phase two (not covered herein) operationalised by end August.
For this, the consultant will work closely with the VP of Programs; the Associate Director of Programs; and the Senior Manager for Learning and Partnerships to assess our current practices and steward a purposeful process to deliver recommendations of ~2 possible learning and impact measurement frameworks; a lighter list of recommended ‘core’ indicators and recommendations for 2-3 lighter grantee partner forms.
The consultant will engage with leadership, management and staff to understand our current practices, processes and systems and be able to build/evolve on those for the recommendations made.
The consultant is expected to:
Deliverables / (illustratrative) Timeline
Skills and experience
EMpower believes that diversity and inclusion make us more successful in our work, and we seek to identify and contract consultants and organisations from as diverse a pool of applicants as possible.
Qualiﬁcations and Experience
How to respond
If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please send a proposal outlining your process and illustrative workplan to email@example.com by 5th May 2023. Your proposal, 3-5 pages (no more than 5) should include the following:
We cannot comment on proposals during the bidding phase, but we will answer clarification questions at the email above.
Request for proposal Issuance – April 17th 2023
Submission deadline – midnight GMT, May 5th 2023
Interviews and negotiation with top applicants – w/c May 15th 2023
Contract award/notification to successful bidders – May 22nd 2023
We anticipate that the engagement will run from ~29th May until July 14, 2023View All News
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