Final Performance Assessment for TB Control Program (Consultant), Global Health
Location: Tajikistan & Uzbekistan
Travel to Tajikistan & Uzbekistan will be required for 2-weeks. Remaining work can be completed remotely. LOE is approximately 35 days.
Project Hope is seeking proposals from a team of consultants to conduct final performance assessment of the USAID TB Control Program in Central Asia. The overall purpose of this assignment is to make final performance assessment of the USAID TB Control Program against program objectives set and to confirm what has been accomplished. The assessment will help to document the evidence of accomplishments, lessons learned and recommendations for future TB interventions in the region.
The five-year (September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2019) USAID TB Control Program (TBCP) is implemented by Project HOPE – People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc., USA (Project HOPE) in two Central Asian countries, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
The USAID TB Control Program seeks to improve health status of the people in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan by building capacity of the National TB Control Programs to provide more effective and more accessible TB diagnosis and treatment services, which reduce the burden of TB and MDR-TB and the development of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB). The Program focuses on vulnerable populations including women, prisoners, ex-prisoners, migrants, people who inject drugs (PWID), and people living with HIV (PLHIV). The Program supports national TB prevention, care and treatment programs in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and contributes to the goals of the WHO’s Global Strategy and Targets for Tuberculosis Prevention, Care and Control after 2015 (the End TB Strategy) and the US Government 2015-2019 Global Tuberculosis Strategy.
This external assessment will provide evidence of project progress and achievements. It will determine, if the project is achieving its objectives; what components worked well, which components did not work well, which components faced challenges during implementation; how these challenges were addressed; how sustainable the changes are; remaining gaps that will need to be addressed in any potential subsequent projects as well as lessons learned.
Findings from this assessment will inform decision making on approaches and scope for future projects.
Tasks and Responsibilities
The incumbent(s) will carry out the following key duties:
- Develop an assessment plan and methodology that is consistent with the scope in this TOR;
- Identify and develop methodological approaches and tools to capture data, in line with the expected assessment results;
- Conduct an in-depth desk review of: project documents and reports; administrative records related to the various activities; project’s progress reports; and M&E data and reports;
- Organize and manage data collection, administering it with program stakeholders;
- Collect any additional data that may be needed to answer specific assessment questions listed below;
- Undertake the in-depth analytical work to produce Inception Note and Assessment Report in all draft and final versions;
- Debrief the TBCP management team with key mission findings.
The assessment calls for a team of two consultants; a team lead and another consultant to support the lead.
Qualifications for the team lead:
Advanced university degree in Evaluation, Health, Social Sciences, International Development, Law or related fields.
Essential skills and experience:
- Over 10 years of relevant professional experience in the field of development assistance evaluations;
- Strong knowledge of the USAID evaluation standards and requirements;
- Strong knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data collection methods;
- Strong analytical, writing and editing skills;
- Sound knowledge of developing qualitative and quantitative (proxy) indicators;
- Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English and Russian is required.
Desired skills and experience:
- Demonstrated knowledge of assessment methodology for development assistance projects and programs with specific experience in assessment methods and tools;
- Professional experience with Project Cycle Management, Logical Framework and Cost-Effectiveness approaches;
- An understanding of the TB control program interventions, patient-centered care approach and/or focus on vulnerable populations (women, migrants, PLHIV, PWID, prison populations) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia as well as intersecting knowledge of drug-resistant tuberculosis and factors driving the epidemic of DR-TB will be an added advantage;
- Experience of operating in strict operational environment, under tight approval process of local government agencies and limited access to health data
- Relevant experience with survey techniques, focus groups and other participatory methods.
Qualifications for second team member:
- Required qualifications to the second candidate are similar to the team lead;
- Skills and experience of candidates representing the team can complement each other.