Research & Development, Sustainability, Teaching/Academic Research
The Farmer-to-Farmer program provide technical assistance to host organizations working in agriculture production and/or agro-processing focusing on food safety and quality through US volunteer experts. Although the main goal remains Food safety and quality, the program has a very limited capabilities to implement flexible assignments that represent a significant need and result in a noticeable impact. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the F2F FSQ project will be fielding remote volunteers that will target the current food safety concerns as well as additional flexible topics.
Georges N. Frem Foundation (GNFF), a non-profit Lebanese non-governmental organization (NGO), is committed to improving the economic prosperity and quality of life for the Lebanese people. The Foundation has been implementing programs in the agriculture sector since 2002. Its mission is to improve the livelihoods and create more economic opportunities for stakeholders in Lebanon’s agricultural sector with a focus on Pome and stone fruits. (Apples, cherries, plums, pears, peaches…).
Georges N. Frem Foundation (GNFF) is implementing several programs assisting beneficiaries on topics related to agriculture in addition to education and other humanitarian projects. Measuring the results of their projects and assistance is essential to evaluate the impact of their work. As such, they are in need of a M&E system for their activities focusing on the agriculture program.
The volunteer expert will work with the host team to:
Develop a comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation System that will eventually lead to an impact - assessment report.
Develop and implement, and/or report on the data required; provision of useful feedback to track implementation and identify any corrective measures that can be taken to help achieve the desired results.
Identify process learning factors, develop baselines, and assist GNFF teams in undertaking substantive analysis of the subject content of their program.
Assist the GNFF team in highlighting, at an early stage, potential issues which might slow down or hinder the program's progress and the ability to develop responses in a timely manner.
A volunteer consultant with several years of experience in monitoring and evaluation is required to assist the host to build a M&E system to help better assess their program’s impact.
As many companies and organizations around the world are having to acclimate to the new work environment and an inability to travel, the Farmer-to-Farmer team at Land O’Lakes Venture37 has been working on ways to adapt our program to the times. After some coordination between HQ, our teams in-country and the hosts we work with, we have had the chance to share out new assignments with a different focus: remote volunteering. With the continuation of work from home coupled with a lull in workloads, we thought this would be a great time to integrate this revised programming for interested volunteers. We are also temporarily pivoting our approach towards more ‘remote-friendly’ topics that continue to assist our host’s needs in-country while also accommodating the availability of volunteers to assist in remote volunteering.
To ensure high standard organizational performance in the agricultural areas, GNFF is looking to advance their procedures through results-based management that supports evidence-based learning, decision making, risk management, and performance improvement across all program areas. GNFF seeks a professional/experienced Monitoring and Evaluation leader with a track record of success and in-depth development knowledge in livelihoods.
The expert will work with the host organization on:
Results-based M&E system and tools for the host's Programs (Agriculture value chain, Education, and Youth Transportation).
Reviewing the Foundation's Log-Frame and Result Framework
Developing a comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation System.
Identify process learning factors, develop baselines, and assist GNFF teams in undertaking substantive analysis of the subject content of their Program.
The staff at the host organization will benefit from the expert’s availability to conduct trainings on data collection, analysis, and dissemination of information for multiple stakeholders, starting with how to determine indicators.
Discussing the concepts of monitoring and evaluation and how they relate to program activities.
Take the lead in designing or revising the organization's M&E system.
Begin developing (or revising) some of the basic components of their M&E systems, including: Discussion of the M&E framework, data collection tools, indicators, and evaluation methods.
Objectives and Outcomes
Train the host organization on setting an M&E system focusing on their Agriculture projects
Create M&E documents and template needed for a successful M&E system
Conduct a training for the designated staff to work on M&E
M&E System, M&E manual developed
Host organization staff trained on M&E
The recruited volunteer is expected to have the following skills and qualifications:
Educational Background: University degree in applicable/relevant field of work to Monitoring and Evaluation.
The expert shall have a minimum of 10 years’ experience working in development projects in Monitoring and Evaluation
Experience in working with foundation on development programs is a plus
Training Skills, including training in group settings.
Good writing and computer skills
Familiar with conducting trainings through translators/interpreters
About Land O'Lakes Venture37
Since 1981, we’ve been delivering market insights and technical expertise to agricultural development projects around the world. Through our affiliation with Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of the U.S.’s largest farmer-owned agribusinesses, we’re Feeding Human Progress by improving agricultural systems.