Learning communities on strengthening accountability

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Screen shot alnaplogo2Active Learning Network on Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Assistance (ALNAP) is a unique, sector-wide network that brings together the major actors involved in international responses to conflicts and natural disasters. Established in 1997, following the multi-agency evaluation of the Rwanda genocide, ALNAP is a collective response dedicated to improving humanitarian performance through increased learning and accountability.



The proxy workshop 2014


Dates: 4 February 2014 (NB: Registration deadline is 10 January 2014)
Type of event: Workshop
Location: Bergen, Norway
Organization: U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre
More information: http://www.u4.no/articles/proxy-workshop

This full-day event organized by the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre is designed for aid agency staff and development practitioners working on evaluation and measurement of governance and anti-corruption initiatives. The workshop follows on The Proxy Challenge, a competition launched by DFID and U4 in 2013 to come up with proxy indicators that can track progress of reform initiatives. Participants will meet the competitors and learn how to conduct evaluation and measurement of governance and anti-corruption reforms in a more reliable, intuitive, and cost-effective way.


Localizing international development recruitment: First Devex job fair takes place in Nairobi


"Traditionally, our career fairs have been held in “hot spots” for development work, global hubs with both the development organizations and development professional they want to hire. But this is changing. Increasingly donors are pushing – or requiring – their implementing partners to “go local.”

It is for this reason that the Devex, an international organization that provides recruiting and business information services is holding its first International Development Partnership Forum and Career Fair in Nairobi on 17-18 October 2013.

Consultancy: Evaluation of Health for Africa


Contracting organization: Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) and NEPAD Agency
Location: Not specified
Application deadline: 20 June 2013
Type/duration of assignment: Short-term consultancy
More information:  http://www.cohred.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/R4HA-Evaluation-Terms-of-Reference.pdf

Applications are invited for an evaluation of the Research for Health Africa (R4HA) Programme. R4HA aims to improve health, development and equity by strengthening capacity for governance of research and innovation in African countries and is jointly implemented by the NEPAD Agency and COHRED. R4HA works with institutions in Mozambique, Senegal and Tanzania as they build national systems for managing research and innovation.

Consultant for external evaluation of ACT Global Capacity Development Initiative


Contracting organization: ACT Alliance
Location: Not specified
Application deadline: 18 June 2013
Type/duration of assignment: Short-term consultancy
More information: http://www.actalliance.org

ACT Alliance is currently looking for an experienced consultant for the external evaluation of the ACT Global Capacity Development Initiative which has been running for 6 years since 2008. The evaluation is expected to start in September 2013 and conclude in December 2013 with an expectation of 30 days work within this period. Enquiries about this post and/or applications should be sent to Sarah Kambarami at sarah.kambarami@actalliance.org

Engaging citizen's voices: Global conference


Date: 18 March 2013
Type of event: Conference
Location: Washington DC and Online
Organization: World Bank Institute
More information: http://wbi.worldbank.org/wbi/event/citizen-voices?

Citizen Voices will focus on citizen engagement and feedback systems that strengthen the quality of policymaking and the science of service delivery, and where the impact on the poor is most direct.  The conference will position the citizen engagement agenda as essential for effective development, move from knowledge to action, and establish concrete partnerships for scaling up at global and national levels.

Post-2015 water consultations accessible online


post2015-login-logoA Post-2015 Development Agenda Consultation on Water: Water Resources Management and Wastewater Management & Water Quality is being organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva from 27-28 February. The meeting will prepare for the High level Meeting in The Hague which concludes the Thematic Consultation on Water. The discussions will be accessible by live-stream video at http://www.worldwewant2015.org/water

Monitoring, learning and evaluation officer (Benin)


Contracting organization: Access Agriculture
Location: Cotonou, Benin
Application deadline: 7 February 2013
Type/duration of assignment: Full time staff position
More information: http://www.accessagriculture.org/node/509

Access Agriculture is an international NGO with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya and a regional office for West and Central Africa being established in Cotonou, Benin. Access Agriculture facilitates the production, translation, distribution and use of agricultural training videos in developing countries. To support its ‘Videos for farmers’ project, Access Agriculture is recruiting a Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation Officer to help the organization to enhance learning in agricultural innovation systems across Africa.

The candidate must have a MSc in agricultural or social sciences. She/he will be fluent in English and French, and have good writing and interpersonal communication skills. The candidate will have a solid experience in monitoring R&D projects and in using statistical software.

Tracking post-2015 development goals: Call for input


The Overseas Development Institute (ODI, UK) has announced an initiative to track all proposals emerging out of the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Millenium Development Goals and the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (an outcome of the Rio+20 Conference in June 2012). The project invites input on any missing proposals and is especially interested in any proposals on concrete targets and indicators. For an overview of goals tracked so far, please go to: http://post2015.org/2013/01/08/tracking-proposals-on-future-development-goals/

AfDB call for microfinance capacity building fund applications open till 30 November


The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has announced the 2nd call for proposals of the Microfinance Capacity Building Fund ("MCBF"). Award amounts will range from US $200,000 to US $500,000 per project, depending on the activity, and will be given to approximately 6-8 awardees.

Partnerships and Mutual Accountability for Development Results (E-discussion)


Dates: 4 October to 1 November 2012
Type of event: E-discussion
Location: Online/Global
Organization: UNDP and partners
More information: https://undp.unteamworks.org/login?destination=node%2F91436

Launched on 4 October, this four-week long e-discussion aims to gather diverse viewpoints about the results and quality of development cooperation in different countries, regions and globally.  The e-discussion is co-hosted by the UNDP Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Group, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD). The discussion will take place in two parts: the first part (4-18 Oct. 2012) will focus on taking stock of improving mutual accountability at country level, the second part (19 Oct. – 1 Nov. 2012) examines the relationship between the country, regional and global processes and frameworks.

Event: Towards country-led knowledge hubs


Dates: 10-12 July 2012
Type of event: High Level Meeting
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Organization: Government of Indonesia, the World Bank, JICA and UNDP
More information: http://www.southsouth.info/page/bali-high-level-meeting

This meeting will provide a forum for 200 policymakers and practitioners from 40 countries engaged in South-South Knowledge Exchange (SSKE) to learn about Knowledge Hubs and how to strengthen their institutional capacity for SSKE. Participation is by invitation only. Representatives of countries or institutions seeking to develop knowledge hub functions, or who have already implemented such functions, are invited to send an expression of interest no later than 30 May.

Capacity building specialist, Mozambique


Contracting organization: Management Systems International (MSH)
Location: Maputo, Mozambique
Application Deadline: Not specified
Type/duration of assignment: Full-time management position
More information: http://www.linkedin.com/jobs?viewJob=&jobId=2897981

MSH is seeking candidates for an upcoming results-oriented five-year award to support health systems strengthening in Mozambique. More specifically the program will: 1) increase effectiveness in health governance to achieve a more participatory, transparent and accountable health system; 2) improve management of health sector financing to ensure rational allocation of resources, impact expenditures and better management of external funds; 3) strengthen sector management and operations capacity at the national and provincial levels for improved planning, management, and execution of priority health and social welfare interventions; and 4) strengthen institutional capacity to improve the management, budgeting, and performance of key health and social welfare staff.

Consultancy: Plan UK Independent Progress Review


Contracting organization: Plan UK
Location: Unspecified
Application Deadline: 23 April 2012
Type/duration of assignment: Short-term consultancy
More information: http://www.plan-uk.org/jobs-and-volunteers/consultancy-plan-uk-dfid-ppa-independent-progress-review/

Plan UK is looking for an experienced evaluator/s to conduct an Independent Progress Review of the DFID PPA funded programme: Building Skills for Life: Empowering Adolescent Girls through Education. The programme is focused around 4 thematic areas of programming: Education; Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; Economic Empowerment; Protection from Violence. PPA projects are being implemented in 9 Plan countries offices: Pakistan, Cambodia, El Salvador, Mali, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Kenya.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Accountability Co-ordinator


Contracting organization: Oxfam GB - UK
Location: Juba, South Sudan
Application Deadline: 18 April 2012
Type/duration of assignment: Fixed Term 1 year, Unaccompanied
More information: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/jobs (ref: INT5330)

Reporting to the Country Director, and working very closely with Programme Managers, Programme teams and with other Oxfam Affiliates,  the MEAL Coordinator will lead the development of monitoring and evaluation framework across the programme.

Aid effectiveness consultant for the review of the development assistance strategy


Contracting organization: UNDP
Location: Malawi
Application Deadline: 16 April 2012
Type/duration of assignment: Short consultancy (25 days)
More information: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=28907

The purpose of the consultancy is to carry out a qualitative assessment of the Development Assistance Strategy implementation and two thematic case studies on the quality of dialogue and the division of labour. The results will inform the preparation work for the next country framework on aid effectiveness for the period 2012-2016, in line with Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II for the same period.

Interactive seminar series: Learning from mega disasters


Dates: 18 April - 11 May 2012 (NB: Registration deadline is 11 April 2012)
Type of event: Video conference series (6 sessions) with live webcasts
Location: Various (region-based) + Online
Organization: Global Development Learning Network(GDLN)
More information on themes and target countries: http://www.jointokyo.org/en/programs/catalogue/mega_disasters/

This video conference series is organized as part of a Government of Japan/World Bank programme “ Learning from Mega Disasters: Program of Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Exchange,” launched in October 2011. The project has developed 33 Knowledge Notes so far, which will be grouped into 6 clusters for the GDLN knowledge-exchange sessions. The objectives of the KS sessions are to: (i) share initial findings and lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake with practitioners throughout the world, and (ii) exchange views among experts on how these lessons could be transferred and adapted to developing countries.

"Do No Harm" Exposure Workshop and Training of Trainers (ALNAP)


Dates: 02 to 06 April 2012
Type of event: Training workshop (NB: This is a paid course)
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Organization: ALNAP/CDA Collaborative Learning Projects
More information: http://www.alnap.org/members/173.aspx

The Do No Harm (DNH) Program seeks to identify the ways in which international humanitarian/development assistance given in conflict settings may be provided so that, rather than exacerbating and worsening the conflict, it helps local people disengage from fighting and develop systems for settling the problems which prompt conflict within their societies. DNH concepts are widely used in humanitarian and development programs, but have increasingly been incorporated into other fields as well.

Do No Harm Exposure Workshop (April 2-3, 2012) Provides a broad exposure to the lessons learned by Do No Harm and the concepts and elements of the DNH Framework. It raises awareness that humanitarian assistance can exacerbate conflict. It also raises awareness that a tool exists to recognize and understand the patterns of assistance in conflict, and that through identifying the patterns, we can identify options for addressing these issues.

Do No Harm Training of Trainers (April 2-6, 2012) Presents the same content as the Exposure workshop and then builds upon that with sessions on teaching adults, case study methodology and practice training sessions. Participants in the Training of Trainers should have prior experience with DNH.

Multi-stakeholder processes for institutional strengthening


Dates: 27 February to 9 March 2012
Type of event: Training
Location: Wageningen, the Netherlands
Organization: Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation

Thinking about the relationships between government, the private sector and civil society has changed considerably. Instead of being perceived as passive beneficiaries, rural populations are increasingly seen as citizens who have the right to participate and who demand good local governance. This has led to the understanding that local governance for rural development should be addressed as a multi-stakeholder process with interactions taking place at different levels amongst actors with different ambitions or perceptions.

Panel discussion on "Capacity Development: Lessons Learned and Ways Forward" at the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness


Dates: 29 November to 1 December 2011
Type of event: High Level Forum and Side Events
Location: Busan, Korea
Organization: Learning Network on Capacity Development (LenCD)

This session will identify key actions to strengthen the practice of and knowledge on country-led capacity development, building on lessons learned. It will examine two areas that are critical to the forward-looking agenda on capacity development: putting country-driven, results-focused capacity development into practice; and creating and exchanging knowledge on what works.

ECB interactive learning series


Dates: Various, November 2011 to February 2012
Type of event: Online conference series
Location: Global
Organization: Emergency Capacity Building Project (ECB)

ECB inter-active is a series of five regional events in Africa, Asia and South America that will share ECB Project learning for the first time across the humanitarian sector. The aim is to share experiences of capacity building and understand more about the ECB Project's innovative approaches for successful collaboration and joint action. Participants will be drawn from government, UN, humanitarian networks, NGOs, donors, and inter-governmental agencies. Each event will include a series of inter-active learning opportunities focused on the core themes of National Staff Capacity Building, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Accountability to beneficiaries.

Invitation to participate in country and regional CD dialogue


Dates: Open-ended
Type of event: Dialogue
Organizer: LenCD/UNDP

The Learning Network on Capacity Development (LenCD) has issued a call for a series of one-day events to engage country stakeholders and development partners in a dialogue on their capacity-development priorities. Supported by UNDP, the dialogues will build on the Cairo Consensus on Capacity Development that was adopted in March 2011 as a contribution towards an agenda for action for the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness.

Training course in citizen participation and accountability


Dates: 12-23 September, 2011
Type of event: Training (Please note that this is a paid course)
Location: The Hague, the Netherlands
Organization: The Hague Academy for Local Governance

How can municipalities increase accountability towards their citizens? And how can they benefit from involving citizens and organizations in a smart way? This innovative training course will address such governance concepts as the accountability chain and the participation ladder. It will also include visits to participation projects in urban planning, social cohesion and safety.

Global Youth Anti-Corruption (GYAC) is a global network of young leaders, journalists, artists and ICT experts from civil society who work to improve transparency and social accountability for better governance. The Network provides a platform for its members to share knowledge and experience, so they can learn from each other. GYAC also provides its members support for capacity and knowledge building in various governance areas, and on using ICT tools so that the youth will be enabled to drive the reform processes and contribute to positive results in their respective countries and regions.