Request for Programme Management Evaluation Consultancy Services

Objective:
The BHOMA II project has been implemented for three years (2013-2016) and is now coming to an end. According to the Comic Relief contractual terms, an Independent Programme and Management Evaluation should be undertaken and completed before final programme closeout. The objective of this evaluation is to review and report on programmatic, financial and governance activities related to the funded project; in other words, assess the fidelity of the programme overall. The evaluation will focus on the following broad dimensions:

  • Programme management review: How adequate was the programme staff, environment and institutional set up?
  • Programme sustainability: How have the various programme activities benefited the health system and what does scale-up and long-term outlook look like?
  • Provide a synthesis of project achievements, challenges and learning.
  • Assess and verify the quality of the information generated by the programme by undertaking a quality assessment of project MEL systems (validity and reliability of data collection, storage and analysis; effectiveness of processes to use and share information).
  • Assess programme delivery (delivered within appropriate quality standards and according to plans, or where were adaptations made and were they done on the basis of appropriate data and learning).
  • Review other key organisational systems as required (e.g., financial; HR policies; and child protection systems).

Roles and Responsibilities: To conduct introductory meetings with CIDRZ management, operational and staff who have participated in the design, implementation and management of the programme. To review the available documents related to the overall programme, including narrative, financial, audit, monitoring and evaluation, workshop reports and meeting minutes. To conduct key informant, in-depth interviews with stakeholders, and to write and submit a final evaluation report taking into account the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the programme and any lessons learned.

Support: BHOMA II team and other relevant CIDRZ staff will be available to provide information and documentation required by the consultant.

Consultant Skill Set, Qualifications and Experience:

  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of programme evaluation, and strategic guidance especially in developing countries, non-profit or non-governmental organisation settings.
  • Whereas technical ability in clinical medicine is not required, reasonable understanding of maternal and child health, especially in developing country settings is required.
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills.
  • Familiarity with the Zambian context and its health system an added advantage.
  • Minimum MPH with 7 years experience in a senior programme management role. PhD is an added advantage.

Expected Deliverables: This consultancy work should be done over 10 working days and will include:

  • Review of existing programme data, and organisational documentation and systems (additional primary data may be needed such as interviews with staff and beneficiaries).
  • Final Report

About BHOMA II: Better Health Outcomes through Mentoring and Assessment (BHOMA) is a multiple intervention study.   Initially funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, its aim was to improve population health outcomes through the introduction of clinical forms, mentoring of clinic staff, and monitoring of quality of care in rural outpatient clinics with a real-time electronic data system. In 2013 additional funding was received from Comic Relief for BHOMA II whose focus was improving maternal and newborn outcomes.

Closing Date is 27th May 2016   Suitably qualified candidates are invited to apply and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please send application letter quoting Reference Number  BHOMA Ref No. BH/05/16  indicating consultancy fee. Send relevant academic and professional certificates and detailed CV with daytime telephone numbers to:

CIDRZ Human Resources Director           PO Box 34681, LUSAKA or email: jobs@cidrz.org

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