Extension and scale-up of the UK/DFID-funded SIM contract

The UK/DFID-funded SIM (Syria Independent Monitoring) contract, which started in 2015, has been extended for an additional 18 months, from October 2018 to March 2020. During the extension period, the frequency of the monitoring visits to each project will increase, their scope will be widened, and their duration will be extended to 3 days.

Through SIM (and its sister-action in Iraq: IMI - Independent Monitoring in Iraq), a TRANSTEC-led consortium performs a monitoring function of DFID-funded humanitarian actions in Syria and in Iraq. Third-Party Monitoring, as the core action of the contract, is led through field monitoring visits to a particular site of each DFID-funded project. To-date, SIM conducted 75 such visits. A comprehensive methodology is implemented for preparing in-depth each field visit with the monitored Implementing Partner (IP), mobilising and training / briefing two field monitors (male/female) for each visit, producing visit reports in a standardised and consistent manner, and integrating the IP’s feedback.

SIM and IMI also produced 20 in-depth assessments of M&E systems of DFID’s implementing partners in a wide range of sectors, and SIM elaborated five research reports on Syria-relevant topics, including the latest one Protecting Healthcare in Syria available here.

SIM contract has been granted an 'A+' score in DFID’s 2018 Annual Review.







Published on 10/10/2018

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