In Uwazi’s work program for FY 2011 Uwazi commits to Monitoring by Citizens:
Monitoring by Citizens Uwazi will establish and manage a group of citizens (initially 50, later possibly more) who act as Citizen Monitors. These monitors are trained in systematic data gathering. Information provided is used to feed Ushahidi type reporting as well as to contribute to existing information products which are disseminated using web and in print. Information may also feed Twaweza M&E system.
To effectuate this, Uwazi intends to hire a consultant for a period of 6 months.
In the broadest sense, consultant is expected to implemented line 1.1.8. Specifically:
After broad consultations within Twaweza and with partners, consultant prepares a concept note outlining the preferred approach to initiate and pilot systemic monitoring by citizens. Following agreement by Twaweza management to the concept note, consultant proceeds and implements the first (small) phase of citizen monitoring on a trial basis. The trial is envisioned to last no less than 3 months and to involve 20-50 Citizen Monitors. Implementation requires consultant to do the following:
a. Identify volunteers, cq. groups to work with
b. Reach agreement on collaboration in case of groups/other organizations
c. Create training program, including different data collection methods
d. Create reporting formats
e. Identify citizen monitors
f. Train citizen monitors
g. Identify issues for monitoring
h. Identify optimal way to receive feedback (paper, SMS, calls etc)
i. Supervise and motivate citizen monitors, including regular feedback (mobile phones) and re-training
j. Analyze data provided by citizen monitors, including data consistency and quality control
k. Preparing reporting formats
l. Reporting to media, blogs etc.
m. Preparing final reports
n. Continuous updating data collection process
Following trial, consultant will update the concept note, outline whether, why and how citizen monitoring can be scaled up.
• Concept note, outlining pilot after 1 month
• Running Citizen monitoring trial months 2-5
• Revised concept note, focusing on scale up month 6
To pursue these tasks, a consultant with the following qualifications:
1. Flexible do-er, fast learner and able to think out of the box
2. Experience with Citizen Groups, preferably youth
3. Good communication and organizational skills
4. Good writing skills, preferably able to write for blogs, op-eds
5. Basic understanding of monitoring
6. Basic applied statistical skills (stata, spss, SAS)
7. Ability to work independently with minimum of supervision
8. Swahili preferred
Consultant will be supervised jointly by Dr. Susan Mlangwa and Dr. Johannes Hoogeveen.
6. Time line and application
Immediate. To apply send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, comprising a cover letter, cv and two examples of your work. Applications without written examples will not be considered.