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20-226: Consultant- Final Evaluation
Country:Sudan
Department:International Programs
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

Starting in April 2017, International Medical Corps (IMC) has implemented a health system strengthening (HSS) program in West Darfur, funded by the European Union Trust Fund (EUTF). The project aims to increase resilience and reduce root causes of migration and displacement by improving quality of health and nutrition services. The project is being implemented in four localities in West Darfur: (Geneina, Beida, Kereinik and Sirba Localities.
The intervention logic and overall objective is that vulnerable populations (host communities, IDPs and returnees) will access better health and nutrition services, which will improve their health status and resilience and reduce the root causes of migration and displacement. 

 The project is implementing a health system strengthening approach with the aim to improve service provision and internal and external accountability. The community benefits from better health and nutrition services as well as being active in improving service access and quality. The project works within the coordination and strategic structure of MoH. In West Darfur the programme improves local service provisions by developing the capacity of staff and securing increased SMoH resources for continuation of locality service delivery. 

 

The project has the following results framework: 

 

Result 1: Improved access to and quality of primary health care and nutrition services in the 6targeted localities 

International Medical Corps will strive to improve access to quality primary health care to most vulnerable community groups.

This result area aligns with Strategic Objective 3 particularly in the NHSSP II 2012-16 – to improve equitable coverage and accessibility of quality integrated primary health care. 22 health facilities receive direct health support (minimum PHC package) through the strengthening of MoH field services. The health system strengthening efforts aims at improving sustainability and continuity of services beyond the project. 

         Result 2: Governance and Capacity of State and local health Authorities is improved

This result area aligns with Strategic Objective 1 particularly in the NHSSP II 2012-16 – to strengthen effective leadership, good governance and accountability of the health system in Sudan. IMC  contributes to the achievement of this goal by supporting the physical infrastructure, human resource capacity and insurance system in two local health authorities.

Result 3: A more inclusive and participatory health care management system is adopted

This result area aligns with Strategic Objectives 5 and 7 particularly in the NHSSP II 2012-16 – to improve equitable access to quality essential pharmaceuticals and health technologies and to ensure that the health system financing is sustainable, efficient and equitable and provides social protection to the people.

The project aims to empower and include target communities in health service decisions. They will contribute to designing and identifying expected changes. The focus will be to increase the capacity and numbers of community health committees, community health volunteers (CHVs), and mother support groups.

2. PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:

Undertaking a Final Evaluation is a requirement of the intervention and the result should be shared with implementing partners, MoH and the EU as well. Against this background, EUTF programmes should be reviewed to provide a reflection on what has happened, to assess the appropriateness, efficiency and effectiveness of programme strategies and activities, and to make plans for changes needed to ensure targeted results are achieved by programme end. 

•       3. SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:

1.      Secondary data review about the project: review, verification and analysis of existing programme documents (proposal document, baseline report, mid-term report, monthly reports, monitoring/evaluation reports and field trip reports etc.) 

2.      Production of an inception report detailing methodology, timeline and deliverables

•       ect data collection in (Geneina, Beida, Kereinik and Sirba Localities) 

o       focus group discussion with beneficiaries in the selected health facilities about their satisfaction, feedback about IMC’s services under this intervention

o       key informant interviews at state and federal levels (MoH, HAC, IMC, TDO, RCDO and other relevant bodies) 

o       focus group discussion with project staff who implement the project in each location 

3.      Production of a Final Report and Power Point Presentation about the project achievements, good practices, lesson learnt and recommendations to accomplish the project. 

4.      Fina Report Presentation of findings to SMT, other partners and donor. 

 

5.      The Final Evaluation process should respond to the below DAC criteria for evaluating the EUTF funded humanitarian assistance. The questions below are an expected minimum set, and it is at the discretion of IMC to add additional question during inception phase of the consultancy. 

Relevance: 

•       Have the programme activities undertaken to date addressed the needs identified in the Contextual Analysis upon which the programme was designed? 

•       Has the context changed significantly since programme design, how has that impacted the programme? Have IMC adapted activities and strategies in response to this? 

•       For integrated programmes, how well has integration been done across sectors considering issues of targeting and geographical areas covered? 

•       To what extent have programme beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries participated in the programme, and how has that affected programme quality / results? 

Efficiency

•       How well have IMC been utilising the resources available? Has the efficiency of resource utilisation over the course of the programme increased or decreased, if so how? 

•       How well is the programme connected with other projects and programmes, in particular in terms of facilitating emergency responses? 

Effectiveness

•       What is the progress against each of the indicators included in the results framework for the programme? For each indicator, is the programme on-track to meet the targets set? If not, why? 

•       How successfully has the programme been in addressing issues of (i) inequality and (ii) risk and vulnerability? How have interventions affected men and women (and other relevant vulnerable groups) differently in the programme area?

Impact

•       Have IMC been tracking unintended and unexpected consequences/impacts? If so, identify what these are, and how we have addressed these in the programme.

Sustainability

•       Have IMC started to consider issues of sustainability in the areas of intervention? Does an Exit Strategy in place for the geographic areas of intervention, if not what needs to be put in place from 2020 onwards? 

•       How has IMC worked with national partners and each other, and if this contributed to or inhibited progress towards achievement of programme’s results and the sustainability of those? Has IMC considered how to increase the likelihood of their activities being sustained after the grant period? 

Advocacy/linkage to MoH strategy: 

•       How impactful has this health intervention been at meso and macro levels, and how well has IMC been working with other stakeholders, such as national partners and line ministry to achieve results at this level? 

•       Has IMC tried to influence policy change or to improve implementation of government policies? How successful has that been?  

•       Where appropriate, to what extent has IMC coordinated with or given visibility to EU as part of our work at national level?

Qualifications:

To perform this consultancy successfully, an individual must be able to perform each task with or without reasonable accommodation. 

Health degree, Bsc Nutrition with MPH, MSc    
 Advanced degree in Statistics, project management and Evaluation

Experience

At least three years of conducting Evaluations  in areas similar to Sudan 

Excellent analytical and statistical skills.

Good understanding and knowledge of health particulary who have experience with similar health service streangthning project and qualitative data analysis skill       

 Ability to work on own initiative and to meet deadlines.

Ability to cope with stress; hardship; patience and flexibility and willingness to work additional hours in order to meet tight deadlines;

Knowledge in Health service streanghening project.

Strong communication and presentation skills, able to effectively present information clearly and respond appropriately to questions from IMC staff and other relevant stakeholders

Strong supervisory and organizational skills  

Language(s)     English             Arabic

 

     Code of Conduct

All Consultants are required to adhered to  and promote International Medical Corps shared responsibility and obligation to report matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report to International Medical Corps.

 

       Equal Opportunity 

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal consultancy opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.