TitleOutcome Mapping and Harvesting Consultant
Department NameProgram Delivery
Pact Overview
At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant.

Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined with Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Pact’s two new EUTF projects (SEEK and RASMI) is interested to ensure qualitative data and analysis elements to the project MERL framework and wants to initiate Outcome Mapping and Harvesting to generate more robust and verifiable insights into expected project results.  The two projects are particularly interested in capturing “behavior writ large” (such as actions, relationships, policies, practices) of one or more social actors influenced by an intervention. For example, a religious leader making a proclamation that is unprecedented and considered to be important; a change in the behavior between organizations or between communities; changes in regulations, formal laws or cultural norms. Unlike some M&E approaches, Outcome Mapping and Harvesting does not measure progress towards predetermined objectives or outcomes, but rather, collects evidence of what has changed and, then, working backwards, determines whether and how an intervention contributed to these changes. The outcome(s) can be positive or negative, intended or unintended, direct or indirect, but the connection between the intervention and the outcomes must be plausible. Information is collected or “harvested” using a range of methods to yield evidence-based answers to useful, actionable questions (“harvesting questions”). This work is to be carried out jointly, with the Project Team, the CD/ MERL M&E Advisor, MERL officer and a short term international consultant. 

This work will include the following:

The Project Leadership will:
  • Participate in the design of the outcome mapping and harvest framework
  • Review the draft report and ensure quality of product
  • Participate in updating the project TOC and logframe
The Team Lead/CD/MERL Advisor/Officer will:
  • Help lead the design the outcome mapping
  • Lead the effort to undertake outcome mapping in the field
  • Help analyze results of the outcome mapping
  • Help in any revisions of logframe; help to merge two project logframes
  • Review reporting format
  • Co-write the report on the results of the outcome mapping
  • Help design plan for harvesting
  • Participate in updating the project TOC based on results
The Project M&E team and other staff on the project will:
  • Provide a list and soft copies of key M&E documents for consultant review
  • Help design the outcome mapping learning questions
  • Provide all logistics and organization for the outcome mapping  data collection efforts
  • The project M&E Officer will help analyze results  of the outcome mapping
  • The project M&E Officer will participate in updating the project TOC based on results
  • Support M&E system framework; incorporate mapping data
  • Catalog the incoming M&E data
The Consultant will:
  • Review of relevant EUTF documents (Project proposal, logframe) this includes a review of the M&E database and filing system in preparation for augmenting quantitative records with qualitative records.
  • Lead the design of the outcome mapping ; plans for outcome harvesting
  • Work with the CD/MERL Advisor and Project M&E officer to analyze outcome mapping data and produce a report
  • Revise logframe based on results; merge two logframes for reporting purposes
  • Develop reporting format
  • M&E systems alignment
  • Draft and final report that informs data collection, its methods, storage and analysis; next steps
  • Outcome mapping and harvesting baseline methodology framework for both projects
  • Data collection tools for outcome mapping and harvest field collection
  • Outcome Mapping and Harvest learning questions developed
  • Revised logframe for both projects; one merged logframe 
  • Narrative Reporting format developed; communications and visibility strategy reviewed and aligned
  • Support M&E system development, ensure alignment for both projects
  • Review data collection from mapping for quality and provide input into analysis and future harvesting
  • Draft Report
  • Final Report
It is anticipated that work will begin on or about February 15, 2017 and be completed no later than April 16, 2018.
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