IRD (International Relief and Development)

Fellowship Number: 
07-11
Field Location: 
Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia
Policy Location: 
Washington, DC
General Scope of Work: 
Monitoring and evaluation of school feeding programs
Description of Organization: 

IRD’s mission is to reduce the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable groups and provide the tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency. Since 1998, IRD has provided more than $3 billion in humanitarian and development assistance to communities worldwide. To the people we serve, that assistance means more hospitals and medicines to heal, schools to educate, roads to give access to markets, homes to provide safe havens, training to foster skills, and steady jobs to ensure families’ wellbeing. IRD partners with a wide range of organizations—including US and other government agencies, bilateral and international donors, faith-based and nongovernmental organizations, foundations, and the private sector—to implement targeted, cost-effective relief and development programs.

We specialize in working in challenging environments, including conflict zones and areas suffering the consequences of natural disaster. IRD approaches each situation with careful assessments that we use to design short- and long-term interventions. For example, rather than just delivering food and clean water to residents of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, IRD tackled the problem of upgrading community-wide food, water, and sanita­tion systems. And rather than repairing a few roads in Afghanistan, IRD is helping build durable, reliable transportation and agricultural sectors intended to revitalize communities and the national economy.

IRD’s targeted, cost-effective programs provide assistance to the world’s most vulnerable people in five key service areas: Acquisitions & Logistics, Stabilization & Governance, Health, Infrastructure, and Sustainable Food & Agriculture Systems. 

Project Description: 

IRD implements USDA McGovern-Dole (MGD) Food for Education project in 124 schools in Kampong Chhnang province, addressing late entry into primary school; chronic undernutrition before and during school-aged years; erratic attendance by students and teachers; low teacher morale; and security concerns for girls. The project provides nutritious on-site school meals, take-home rations for girls, incentive rations for grade 6 completion and timely school enrollment, and ration awards to high-performing teachers. IRD and local school support committees prepare nutritious meals for 30,000 children and teachers each day. The meals consist of corn-soy blend, vitamin A-fortified soybean oil, spices, palm sugar, and locally available fruit, which will improve the ability of students to learn by ensuring adequate food intake at the start of each school day, and contribute to improved protein, caloric and micronutrient intake. Health and nutrition education and community mobilization activities along with food distribution will improve knowledge of hygiene, nutrition, and positive health behaviors among youth at a formative age. 

Field Placement: 

During the Field Year, the fellow will work on the MGD Food for Education project and be based in the Kampong Chhnang office in Cambodia. The fellow will engage with the implementation staff, school stakeholders, beneficiaries, partners and Ministry of Education. The fellow will work closely with the project M&E Specialist on the M&E system, manage the external midterm evaluation, conduct formative research on a selected topic, provide appropriate training to the M&E Specialist and other field staff, assist in report writing and editing, write success stories, analyze data for reporting purposes, local decision making and other data use, and represent IRD at appropriate working groups and meetings.

Through her/his involvement in the project programming and M&E system, the fellow will be responsible for promoting a learning environment by focusing on completing the feedback loop in the monitoring system with the M&E Specialist. A learning environment will assist in improving the project’s overall management and implementation. S/he will provide appropriate training to the staff to create a learning environment. During the Field Year, the project will be conducting its external Midterm Evaluation (MTE), with the fellow acting as the MTE point person. The fellow will discuss with the project team and propose a formative research to be conducted during the Field Year. The fellow will analyze data with the M&E Specialist on a regular basis and provide results and recommendations for management improvement and other data uses. This experience will provide the foundation for the Policy Year. 

Policy Placement: 

During the Policy Year, the fellow will have a broader scope of work. S/he will work in the Sustainable Food and Agriculture System (SFAS) sector, particularly on USDA projects. The fellow will develop an operations manual for MGD projects, including a commodity management and M&E component. The operations manual will be used for future IRD MGD projects. S/he will also work closely with other IRD sectors and units. With guidance from the HQ M&E unit, the fellow will provide M&E support to the USDA MGD and Food for Progress (FFPr) projects, such as reviewing TORs and evaluative reports and providing technical assistance during baseline, midterm and final evaluations. With guidance from the HQ Communications, Advocacy and Legislative Affairs team, the fellow will develop a number of communication pieces for advocacy proposes, such as project learning best practices, project fact sheet and SFAS MGD fact sheet. The fellow will attend advocacy and public affairs events and coalition meetings on behalf of IRD, SFAS and our broader food security programs. At these events the Leland Fellow will be responsible for participating, analyzing and reporting to the IRD leadership team on the key takeaways for our organization and defining possible programmatic impacts of public policy decision-making on our food and agricultural programs. In this role, the Leland Fellow will work collaboratively with IRD’s Communications, Advocacy and Legislative team.

Education/Experience Required: 
  • Master’s degree in public health, international development, or similar social science degree
  • Research experience
  • At least 1 year overseas experience
  • At least 1 year M&E experience
  • Amenable to living in a small town
  • Willing to learn Khmer

Desired:

  • 2+ year experience working/volunteering in Cambodia or similar SE Asian country
  • 2+ year M&E experience
  • Able to speak Khmer
  • Significant knowledge about school feeding, nutrition, or behavior communication change and M&E will be the strongest candidates