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Sahel Advisor – Home-based

Work type: Contract

Location: United Kingdom

Categories: Agriculture and Food Security, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, Stabilization

  • Opportunity to contribute to an innovative TPM programme across the Sahel.
  • 1 year (possibility of 2-year extension)
  • Home-based, with some travel to Sahel G5

The Programme

DFID’s Africa Regional Department (ARD) is the third largest spending department in DFID’s Africa Divisions, with a resource budget of £160 million for 2019/20. The new DFID-FCO Joint Sahel Department (JSD) has a budget of £45m in 2019/20. Oversight of this portfolio has been identified as a key risk due to lack of DFID presence in many countries where ARD and JSD programmes are delivered, and a substantial portion of delivery taking place in insecure or inaccessible locations which limit scope for staff to monitor delivery through field visits.

DFID has engaged Coffey to provide third party monitoring (TPM) services to support the verification of programme monitoring in the Africa region across its portfolio of humanitarian, conflict, water, energy, climate change, trade, organised crime, and agricultural development programmes. The purpose of the TPM contract is to provide timely, relevant feedback on the quality of results systems, data and partner delivery that can be used by ARD and JSD staff and implementing partners to drive improvements to programme delivery and reporting, and to provide ARD with a higher level of assurance in what is delivered and achieved through the portfolio. It serves both learning and accountability functions.

The Position

As the Sahel Advisor, you will provide specialist advice and input as part of our third-party monitoring of 1-2 JSD programmes. This will include the Sahel Humanitarian Emergency Response Programme (SHERP), which aims to address complex humanitarian needs by funding food security and nutrition activities and providing assistance with protection activities to conflict affected people in the Sahel. You will be responsible for ensuring that all research approaches, methods and tools are thematically relevant and grounded in a through understanding of the Sahel context. You will also play a key role in validating and reporting findings, including through written reports, briefing notes and learning events.

The Person 


  • An advanced university degree (or equivalent) in the fields of international development, conflict/ security issues, public policy, politics, or other relevant fields.
  • Demonstrated expertise in the Sahel Region
  • Experience in one or more of the following relevant thematic areas, including humanitarian assistance, conflict, security, protection, migration, food security, livelihoods, health and WASH
  • Experience in monitoring, evaluation, learning, including supporting MEL design, drawing on your understanding of the Sahel context and your thematic expertise
  • Fluency in both English and French.
  • Experience producing ‘client ready’ deliverables, including written reports and PowerPoint presentations for decision makers
  • Experience in presenting results and recommendations to a senior audience of decision makers and defending results through constructive and compelling arguments based on evidence and good practice
  • Experience building evaluation capacity of national stakeholders and in producing learning products for programme or portfolio-level learning.


  • Demonstrated experience designing, supervising and commissioning third-party monitoring (TPM) of implementing partners’ work, including sharing lessons and feedback for adaptation.
  • Working knowledge of DFID's approaches to humanitarian assistance and resilience-building, and experience in supporting programme monitoring and evaluation.
  • Knowledge and experience of delivering DFID programmes.

Please note applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Application deadline: 30 November 2019.

Coffey, A Tetra Tech Company, has a 40-year history in successfully delivering international development projects on behalf of donors around the world, including the UK’s Department for International Development, Foreign Commonwealth Office, and the European Union. Our people are focused on improving lives by working side by side with local partners to support stability, economic growth, and good governance.

Coffey is part of Tetra Tech, a global family of experts providing international development services in over 13 key practice areas in over 100 countries around the world. Tetra Tech serves the major aid markets in the UK and Europe, as well as the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of state, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and multilateral development banks.

Advertised: 17 Oct 2019 GMT Daylight Time 

Applications close: 30 Nov 2019 (11:55 PM) GMT Standard Time

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