Monitoring & Evalution Expert – GLTFP Project

Background
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is a regional integration grouping of 21 African States which have agreed to promote regional integration through trade development and transport facilitation. COMESA has also established a number of institutions to support integration. More information can be obtained from the website www.comesa.int.

The Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project (GLTFP) is a five year regional lending operation implemented by the governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of Rwanda, the Republic of Uganda, and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). The project takes a multi-sectoral approach to improving the trade and commerce conditions at 5 key border-crossings and surrounding areas between the DRC, Rwanda and Uganda, and it enhances regional integration through partnership with COMESA. The overall Project Development Objective of GLTFP is to “facilitate cross-border trade by increasing the capacity for commerce and reducing the costs faced by traders, especially small-scale and women traders, at targeted locations in the borderlands.” In order to achieve this objective, the three countries and COMESA will implement a series of initiatives, pursuant to the project components listed above, at the country and regional levels.

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) received a Grant from the World Bank towards the implementation cost of the Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this grant to eligible payments under the contract for Monitoring and Evaluation Expert under the Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project. Monitoring and Evaluation is important for measuring project progress towards achieving its overall project development objective.  It is also useful in helping management to make the necessary adjustments and any corrective measures to enhance effective project implementation. 

The main function of Monitoring and Evaluation Expert under the COMESA component is to consolidate country Monitoring and Evaluation report into regional report. The Expert is also expected to provide technical assistance to project countries to improve their M & E capacity.   The Monitoring and Evaluation Expert will be  part  of  the  COMESA  GLTFP  implementation team.

2. Position of Monitoring and Evaluation
Measuring progress and determining success at achieving the objective requires rigorous and consistent measurement of key performance indicators across the project countries and over the lifespan of the project.  This requires the consistency of methods in data collection and accurate measurement and aggregation of indicators across project countries.  The key indicators to be assessed include:

  • the average time for traders to cross target crossings;

  • incidence of harassment of small scale traders;
  • value of goods handled through core trade infrastructure (border crossings, border markets, and airport); and
  • direct project beneficiaries disaggregated by gender.
  • An additional twenty intermediary indicators will assess overall project performance under the four program components.

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