Looking for Junior Consultant

We are seeking to find a junior consultant who can help us grow our business. This is a short-term, part-time role where we expect the consultant to focus on proposal writing. In the long run, there may be an opportunity to be recruited as a full-time employee or as a consultant on specific projects. The terms of reference can be downloaded here. Please get in touch if you’re interested, or pass it round your networks.

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How to do stratified random sampling in Microsoft Excel

Beautiful, right? Well worth the minute I spent googling it. From https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Simple_random_sampling.PNG I just googled the above question, and found nothing but a sea of confusion, proprietry software and (to me) incomprehensible macros. A bit more thinking and research came up with a fairly simple answer, so I wanted to document it here for any other lost excel-loving M&E professional. I assume a knowledge of all the functions I mention below – if you don’t understand them google or email…

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Why do we struggle to measure formal job creation?

Job creation is often seen as a major measurement challenge. There are many suggested reasons for this. Some people complain that jobs are hard to define. Others worry that they’re hard to measure. But the real reason why measurement is challenging is simple; most development programmes don’t create jobs, and it’s very hard to measure what isn’t there.  But were they attributable jobs? The reason is that most private sector development programmes bring about incremental change. A successful programme might…

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The DCED Standard for Results Measurement: Four Lessons from an Audit of Enterprise Partners

This blog was first published on the Enterprise Partners website. I love working as a Monitoring and Results Measurement (MRM) specialist. Firstly, because it’s intellectually stimulating and you really contribute to the effectiveness of the project. Secondly – and this is a secret among MRM managers – because you can criticise other people’s work, while few people are in a position to criticise you. When a project manager comes to you with a new project proposal, you can dismiss it…

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Quarterly Sector Reviews: putting adaptive management into practice

This blog was originally published on the Beam Exchange here. Adaptive management has increasingly become an area of interest for development practitioners. This has led to a strong demand for simple processes and tools to foster continual learning and evidence-based decision making. As market systems programmes work in a rapidly changing environment, organisations need to set up systems which allows decisions to be made in real time. Enterprise Partners (EP) is a DFID funded project based in Ethiopia (duration: 2013…

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