Call for Consultancy Services – Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Consultant


Position Title: DREEM Project: MERL Consultant

Position Location: Remote

Reports to: WUSC DREEM Project Director

Contract term: May 1 – June 30, 2021

Number of days: Approximately 15 days

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) – is a leading Canadian non-profit organization in international development, committed to providing education, economic opportunities and empowerment opportunities that improve the lives of millions of disadvantaged youth around the world. 

Displaced and Refugee youth Enabling Environment Mechanism (DREEM) project

The DREEM project is a new collaboration between WUSC and the Mastercard Foundation to help fulfill the Foundation’s commitment to meaningfully include refugee and displaced young people  across the Foundation’s work.  DREEM is a 5-year project that will work towards greater inclusion of refugees and displaced young people across the Foundation’s programming, especially the Scholars Program and Young Africa Works Strategy in Kenya. 

Through DREEM, WUSC will contribute to the Mastercard Foundation’s thinking and strategy development for its new refugee and displaced youth strategy and in creating a network of transformative leaders – inclusive of refugees and displaced youth, especially women – driving equitable socio-economic transformation in Africa

There are three key pillars to the Displaced and Refugee youth Enabling Environment Mechanism (DREEM) program:

  1. Support Scholars Program (SP) partners and staff with the knowledge, capacity and networks to meaningfully recruit and serve refugees and displaced youth in higher education and transition to work and to work towards more inclusive societies;
  2. Support Young Africa Works (YAW) country partners and staff in Kenya to gain the knowledge, capacity and networks to meaningfully include and develop programming that meets the unique training and employment needs, opportunities and aspirations of refugee and displaced youth, especially young women;
  3. Strengthening Economic Opportunities for Refugees (SEOR) will complement WUSC’s existing Learning through Education and Access to Employment Pathways (LEAP) program and provide refugee entrepreneurs, especially young women (who will comprise 70% of beneficiaries), with improved access to market-oriented business support services that improve business and employment outcomes in Kenya. 

WUSC will focus on building the capacity of key stakeholders to deliver services and provide opportunities that address the needs of refugees and displaced youth – in particular, young women of varying abilities. Pillar C of the DREEM program will facilitate services and support for refugee owned businesses and entrepreneurs while also building evidence on what works in the space of refugee-led entrepreneurship. These learnings will be fed into Pillar B and explored with YAW program colleagues in Kenya. 

Scope of Work 

The DREEM project is seeking an experienced M&E consultant to support the design and development of a comprehensive MERL strategy and operational plan to be used for the project duration. The MERL strategy and plan will cover the three project pillars as described above and be used internally by project staff. Additional MERL products may also be developed for partners and external stakeholders. The consultant is expected to work in close collaboration with the DREEM Project Director, DREEM Senior MERL Officer, WUSC Kenya MERL Team Lead, and the DREEM program staff.

Tasks and Deliverables 

The expected set of tasks and deliverables for this mandate are as follows:

  • Develop a comprehensive gender responsive Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Strategy and operational plan, inclusive of a project-wide M&E plan, indicators, and framework
  • Co-create a MERL operational plan with the DREEM project team
  • Indicator definitions and data analysis and management plan as part of the MERL strategy
  • Set of data collection tools for use throughout the project across the three pillars
  • Coordinate with DREEM pillar leads for input into the MERL strategy and its operationalization
  • Identify potential research questions and opportunities for the project research strategy
  • Provide technical guidance to local project and MERL staff, as required
  • Other specific MERL technical or strategy products, as required


  • At least 10 years of experience in coordinating and managing M&E teams, developing M&E systems and processes, preferably in the education sector or equivalent
  • University degree in evaluation, social sciences, or equivalent (Masters degree will be preferred)
  • Familiarity with Results-Based Management (RBM) approaches and best practices
  • Experience in developing and implementing M&E frameworks for a variety of donors, including Global Affairs Canada, philanthropic foundations, other multilateral or UN agencies
  • Experience in design, coordination, and analysis of quantitative and qualitative evaluations and research
  • Demonstrated experience in gender-sensitive M&E and implementation of M&E in refugee and remote contexts, including Do No Harm principles and working with forcibly displaced populations, particularly youth
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of M&E Guidelines and toolkits
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Knowledge of project target areas an asset

Interested candidates should apply here by April 23, 2021. Candidates should submit a CV, 2 references, and a cover letter which details: 1) why they are an ideal candidate (qualifications and experience); 2) how they would approach the assignment; and 3) their daily rate.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please. 

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