Third-Part Monitoring (TPM) Nasarawa

This presentation aims to describe the key interventions with challenges and achievements carried out by JDF Team Nasarawa. JDF Nasarawa came into full operation again after been redundant for some years in the month of September 2019, when she was awarded a contract as Third Party Monitoring CSO in the National Social Safety-Nets Project (NASSP), a Federal Government project presently running and covering 6 LGAs across the state. Following this feat and to effectively achieve the goals and objectives of the project, JDF moved from the Duduguru office in Obi LGA to Lafia town in Lafia LGA. Since then, she has carried out several interventions to include GBV outreaches in Secondary Schools to advocate for Violence Against Women (VAW). JDF Team Nasarawa has also held several meetings to plan and improve in areas where there are gaps both in the NASSP and in other areas of intervention within the communities that they work. So far, JDF has worked in 6 LGAs, over 650 communities, and 36 wards across the State since September 2019.

Activities

NASSP-TPM
  • Stakeholders meeting
  • RTM and PDM
  • Review meetings
  • Investigative meeting/verification exercise
  • Report writing
  • GBV sensitization in secondary schools

(to raise awareness of gender-based violence against girls and to unite and end all forms of discrimination against all girls in secondary schools)

  • Capacity strengthening
  • Proposal writing
  • Partnership meetings (CISHAN, Family Health Care Foundation, and YARAC-Jos)
ACHIEVEMENTS
  • JDF successfully engaged the 6 benefitting wards in each of the LGAs and the gatekeepers accepted us to work in their communities
  • JDF successfully engaged 2 community members that serve as pointers for the team during the period of monitoring
  • We were able to technically work with the state actors to achieve the desired result using the tor
  • JDF presence on the field has positively affected the state actors to do better
  • JDF was able to break into some of the crises areas and rugged terrains to make sure that we meet with the beneficiaries
  • JDF achieved 98.25% evidence-based monitoring and met deadlines in reporting
  • Jdf participated strongly in the development of the m&e framework for the project
  • Despite the covid-19 pandemic, JDF Nasarawa did not relent in her duties. We were able to re-strategize on adherence to preventive measures of the pandemic during monitoring
  • The federal government through NASSCO & SSS ascertained the accuracy of our reports during their verification exercise in the state which has prompted the state government to investigate the findings for effective service delivery in the future
TPM MONITORING TOR
  • Check transparency and compliance with principles of identification of the poor and vulnerable households (PVHHs);
  • Check transparency and compliance with principles of selecting beneficiaries;
  • Verify payments of cash transfers to beneficiaries; and
  • Establish the amount of disbursement of cash transfer by Payment Service Providers (PSP) to beneficiaries selected from the National Social Register;
  • Verify functionality of the grievances management mechanism and the effectiveness for managing complaints and appeals
  • Assess the adequacy of education, information, and communication mechanisms of the project at all levels
JDF RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Implement the third-party monitoring framework developed by the National Lead CSOs.
  • Monitor NASSP implementation.
  • Collect monthly data using result scorecard templates developed by the National Lead CSOs.
  • Review and report on Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) reports from State Cash Transfer Unit. (SCTU)
  • Flagging urgent situations that requires urgent attention.
  • Produce monthly reports and submit them to National Lead CSO.
Benefitting LGAs
  • Akwanga
  • Awe
  • Lafia
  • Kokona
  • Nasarawa
  • Wamba
CHALLENGES
  • Security has posed a real threat to or works as most areas are prone to crises and kidnapping
  • Beneficiaries in the communities have already been brainwashed by SCTU not to give us the information that we need and that has posed a real threat to our job
  • Again most communities are far to reach and are located around the riverine areas because of their terrains
  • The current situation of the covid-19 pandemic has hindered the GBV sensitization as schools are not in session
  • The pandemic has also obstructed the flow of our annual work plan
  • due to limited capacity, we have not been able to access funds
OUR PLANS
  • Proposal writing to source for donor funds to carry out projects
  • Collaborating with CISHAN and other NGOs/stakeholders to carry out HIVST intervention
  • COVID-19 wash interventions in 3 LGAs
  • Survey on the prevalence rate of drug users
  • Capacity strengthening
RECOMMENDATIONS
  • Security personnel can be made available to escort us to these communities to ensure the safety of our lives
  • A fresh community entry can be adopted that comprises of a team of JDF, NASSCO and key stakeholders to the community leaders and beneficiaries
  • Again most communities are far to reach and are located around the riverine areas because of their terrains
  • Discussions are on-going among the team to strategize ways on how we can begin sensitization activities in communities or via media channels
INNOVATION
  • Based on the huge target, JDF had to bring in more volunteers for faster coverage and to achieve result before the deadline (and the lockdown)
  • As a result of the insecurity and lack of access roads due to riverine terrains that are red zones, the team could not access some communities in the affected LGAs and as a result, the team immediately contacted CHEERS who gave the go-ahead to resample other accessible communities to replace the inaccessible ones originally sampled. This was used to meet the 100% target