Project title: Harnessing Public-Private Partnership to improve Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health services and outcomes in Nairobi slum settlements Funded by: -Comic Relief (UK) Duration: – Ten (10) weeks
This final evaluation should evaluate a project being implemented by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and its partners funded by Comic Relief.
APHRC is a leading Africa-based, African-led, international non-governmental research institution headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and conducting policy-relevant research on population, health, education, urbanization and related development issues in Africa. APHRC is running a three year intervention project called Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PAMANECH) in two Nairobi urban slums namely Korogocho and Viwandani in Ruaraka and Makadara sub-counties, respectively.
This project aims to strengthen public-private partnerships for the improvement of health care services and outcomes for mothers, neonates and young children. The PAMANECH project seeks to ensure that mothers and children in need of health care promptly access quality health services through improving referral systems. In addition to working with youth groups and community health volunteers (CHVs), as part of the larger intervention, the project has purchased 2 ambulances, to improve on the current state of referral patterns for obstetric and childhood illness emergencies.
The project is utilizing a quasi-experimental design. The main learning question is: “Does strengthening the private sector with support from the public sector for the delivery of quality health services for slum residents have an impact of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) outcomes?”
This TOR stipulates the scope of work for a consultant to evaluate the project in Korogocho and Viwandani informal settlements.
1. Specific learning questions
What effect has material support to private providers had on quality of care?
What is the effect of training in service guidelines on provider skills for the provision of MNCH services?
What is the effect of a network of CHVs on uptake of MNCH services in slum settlements?
Data were collected during an initial assessment, collection continues through a monitoring process during the project implementation, and a more in-depth project review is scheduled for March 2016.
2. Evaluation issues
The following general evaluation questions should be answered:
Relevance/Appropriateness: Does the intervention make sense within the context of its environment? Has it addressed the needs and aspirations of the beneficiaries? Have changes in the environment affected its relevance?
Impacts: What has happened (or is likely to be) as a consequence of the Intervention? What are the positive or negative, intended or unintended impacts of the intervention on the beneficiaries? What are the impacts of external factors?
Coverage: Were all targeted populations appropriately reached and monitored? Were the most vulnerable and marginalized reached?
Coordination: To which extent has the intervention been harmonized between different actors, promoted synergies, avoided gaps, duplications and resource conflicts?
The evaluation shall be based on a participatory methodology including key informant interviews and focus groups. Being an external evaluation, document review shall be the starting point to identify lessons learned in accordance with these terms of reference and verification of compliance with each of the indicators with their respective sources of verification.
The basic methodology for the evaluation should be based on:
the documentation available,
interviews with key persons (including staff of all project partners and beneficiaries,) as well as,
field work including data collection and analysis
The time allocated for preparations, field work and reporting should be 10 weeks after signing the contract during the months of December 2015 – February 2016
4. External Evaluator Qualifications and Competencies:
The selected evaluator is expected to demonstrate the following qualifications and competences:
Previous demonstrated experience with program, impact and/or institutional evaluation, with experience as a lead researcher in an impact evaluation being an advantage.
Expertise in social science and /or public health research. Minimum academic qualifications is at Master’s level.
Strong comprehension, verbal, and writing capacity in academic English and Kiswahili.
Previous work experience in urban slums is preferred.
Having experience with evaluations for quasi-experimental projects would be an added advantage.
5. Special clauses
Intellectual property: All data, reports, products, including drafts, are the exclusive property of APHRC. Reproduction (total or partial), as well as publication, is prohibited without written authorization of APHRC.
Fraud: The parties agree that if one party commits fraud or deception regarding the agreement, such action will result in the termination of the contract with the sole responsibility of the part that induces or executes wilful or fraudulent action. 6. Expected reporting and results
A short concept submitted / presented to APHRC at the beginning of the evaluation (10th December 2015)
Assessment of project quality attributes: relevance, coverage, coordination and impact
Analysis of compliance with project commitments in its logic of development: implementation of activities, results- achievement of specific objective and contribution to the overall objective
Analysis of the investment of resources for achieving project commitments (funds, materials and human resources and time required to reach)
Identification of good practices and recommendations for future projects (presentation to the project team)
Draft evaluation report ( 1st February 2016)
Final evaluation report (15th February 2016)
The final report will contain a short executive summary and a main body of the report covering the methodology, the conclusions and findings with respect to the guiding questions, indicators, as well as new issues which emerged during the evaluation, and recommendations
We invite interested consultants to submit the following application documents:
Expression of interest outlining how the consultant meets the selection criteria and their understanding of the TORs and methodology
A proposed activities schedule/work plan with time frames
CV of the consultant (s) who will undertake the evaluation
Three recent examples of similar evaluations undertaken by the applicant. A report from one of these evaluations should be included in the submission.
Financial proposal, including consultant’s fees and field costs.
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply through our recruitment portal http://jobs.aphrc.org by 23rd November 2015. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Applications should be addressed to:
The Human Resources Officer
African Population and Health Research Center, Inc
APHRC Campus, Manga Close, off Kirawa Road, Kitisuru
P. O. Box 10787-GPO, Nairobi
A pdf version of this vacancy with details on the tentative schedlue is available here