MEL Unit for DFID Nepal’s Resilience Portfolios

DFID is scaling up its efforts to build resilience to natural disasters and climate change in Nepal. To support the work of the Government of Nepal and civil society DFID Nepal is taking forward two major new portfolios of programmes: The “Climate Smart Development for Nepal” programme; and The “Strengthening Disaster Resilience in Nepal” programme.

DFID Nepal has contracted an IOD-PARC led consortium to act as the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Unit for these programmes.  The contract for the MEL services is for 5.5 years, including a 6-months inception phase in year 1.

The Resilience MEL Unit supports DFID Nepal to manage the performance of its portfolio on climate smart development and disaster resilience.  It generates and communicates evidence on how to build resilience to climate change and disasters in Nepal, especially for the most vulnerable and excluded.

The Resilience MEL Unit is responsible for portfolio level monitoring, evaluation and learning.  It will not monitor individual programmes within the CSD/DR portfolios. Rather it will take a synthetic approach to look for opportunities to inform portfolio management including evaluation. This means that:

  • Monitoring will involve collating and analysing data from the component programmes.
  • Evaluation and research (relating to specific programmes and thematic issues) will focus on rigorous learning to support adaptive management of the portfolio.
  • Communications will support effective embedding of learning to make sure evidence really makes a difference.

LTS is part of the MEL Unit consortium led by IOD-PARC, and is responsible for delivering some key elements of the work required.  IOD-PARC has issued subcontracts to its consortium partners for the inception phase only at this stage, as further inputs will be determined through the inception period. However, LTS is leading or playing a significant role in:

  • Communication workstream – leading the inputs to develop and implement a communication for learning strategy that supports the other workstreams (and potentially the portfolio service providers) to ensure learning from the MEL unit gets into use.
  • Evaluation and research workstreams – supporting the consortium on specific evaluation and research tasks, such as initial political economy analysis and component evaluability assessment.
  • Management – being part of the management team that sets the direction and scope of the MEL Unit

Key Staff