Evaluation Team Leader – Challenge TB, Final Evaluation
USAID/Ethiopia Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Service (EPMES) Activity
Social Impact (SI) is a Washington, DC-area international development management consulting firm. SI’s mission is to improve the effectiveness of international development programs in improving people’s lives. We provide a full range of management consulting, technical assistance, and training services to strengthen international development programs, organizations, and policies. We provide services globally in the areas of monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning, project and program design, organizational capacity building, and gender and social analysis. SI services cross-cut all development sectors including democracy and governance, health, education, the environment, and economic growth. SI’s clients include US government agencies such as USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the US Department of State, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and non-profits. In Ethiopia, SI implements the Ethiopia Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Service (EPMES) Activity of USAID. The EPMES Activity provides monitoring and evaluation (M&E) services to the USAID/ Ethiopia Mission, which include external evaluation, performance monitoring technical support and improving capacity for learning and adapting.
The USAID/Challenge TB Ethiopia (CTB) Project is a 5-year global mechanism active since October 2014 and ending in September 2019. In Ethiopia, it is being implemented by KNCV TB Foundation as the in-country lead, along with Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and World Health Organization (WHO). Additional partners who are in the global coalition but not active in-country in Ethiopia are the American Thoracic Society, FHI 360, and Interactive Research and Development (IRD). Challenge TB Ethiopia supports a comprehensive package of tuberculosis (TB) interventions.
Challenge TB Ethiopia collaborates with the National TB Program (NTP), major national institutions (EPHI, AHRI, PFSA and FMHACA), Ethiopian universities and other local institutions and helps the regional health bureaus (RHBs), zonal health departments (ZHDs), and woreda (district) primary health care units to take ownership of TB, TB/HIV, and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) program management. Through this assistance, the RHBs, ZHDs, and woreda (district) primary health care units have been fully engaged to ensure improved and sustainable program management capacity. Challenge TB Ethiopia focuses on increasing case notification and decentralization of TB services to communities through Health Extension Workers (HEW) and expanding access to additional health facilities (HF) in rural and urban areas. The project is also helping to strengthen Ethiopia’s health system by supporting the national laboratory network, program management teams of regional, zonal and woreda health offices and health facility staff capacity, woreda planning and improved drug supply management and TB infection prevention standards.
II. Evaluation Purpose
The purpose of this final performance evaluation is to independently assess the overall performance of the Challenge TB Project—in terms of achievements and challenges faced during implementation—and provide insight into effectiveness and relevance of the intervention strategies that have been implemented. Further, the evaluation should generate evidence and document lessons learned aimed at improving future TB program strategies to inform the design and implementation of similar projects in line with the USAID/Ethiopia Country Development Cooperation Strategy.
III. Evaluation Tasks and Timeline
The Evaluation Team Leader will lead a team of two (2) local consultants. During the evaluation design phase, the team will develop a detailed evaluation inception report which will include qualitative and quantitative data collection methods and analysis approaches, including a desk review to evaluate the performance of the Challenge TB Project. The evaluation team will be responsible for conducting primary and secondary data collection, performing data analysis, preparing PowerPoint presentations, presenting evaluation findings to USAID and other stakeholders, and preparing draft and final evaluation reports. The evaluation is expected to start in third week of January 2019.
IV. Position Description
Social Impact, through its EPMES Activity, is seeking to recruit on a short-term basis an Evaluation Team Leader experienced in conducting evaluations in the health sector. The Team Leader will have a strong evaluation background, particularly in TB, and should be knowledgeable about Ethiopia’s Health Extension program. The anticipated period of performance for the evaluation is 35-50 days, with at least 30 days in Ethiopia. The Team Leader will work under the supervision of the EPMES Chief of Party.
The team leader will be required to lead all activities for the implementation of this evaluation, including but not limited to the following: