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21-148: Pool for External Evaluation Consultants
Country:Global
Department:MEAL
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in areas worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

Background to the Assignment

International Medical Corps (IMC) is a global humanitarian organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, we are a nonprofit organization with no political or religious affiliation. IMC now has more than 7,000 staff members around the world, more than 90% of whom are local. We are operational in 25 countries and territories in 2021, offering training and healthcare to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk.

Core sectors of programming in IMC include:

  • Health
  • Nutrition
  • Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)
  • Gender-Based Violence (GBV) prevention and response
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)
  • Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL)
  • Child Protection

Within these core sectors, International Medical Corps’ Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) staff members in HQ and country offices support the design and implementation of high quality programs.  MEAL approaches used at International Medical Corps are inclusive and participatory, involving input from local community members and other stakeholders where programs take place.  The MEAL function strives to advance organizational learning for continuous program quality improvements and contribute to global knowledge in the humanitarian sector.

Within this context, International Medical Corps periodically commissions external program and project evaluations. External evaluations are conducted by either individual consultants or consulting firms. They are non-International Medical Corps staff who are fully impartial and independent from the projects. 

This Terms of Reference is being issued to develop a roster of experienced evaluation consultants, which will enable International Medical Corps to rapidly recruit and deploy global specialists for future anticipated evaluation assignments.

Purpose of the Assignment

The overall purpose of each evaluation assignment is to produce independent and high quality evaluations that can be used for organizational learning within International Medical Corps. The evaluations required may be formative, summative, process or performance evaluations. Evaluations may be commissioned at the beginning, middle, or end of projects according to requirements set by the implementation team.

A detailed Terms of Reference will be issued for each anticipated evaluation assignments based on the project work plans in each of International Medical Corps’ country offices. Approximately 10 external evaluations are expected to be commissioned each year.  For individuals on the roster, applying is optional and will not affect future advertisements from International Medical Corps.  

Scope of the Assignment

International Medical Corps will share each evaluation TOR with rostered consultants who have the required experience for the assignment (e.g. methods, sectors, location, etc.). Rostered consultants who are interested and available for the assignment will be expected to respond to the TOR with a brief application. Selection of the consultant will be managed according to all applicable internal Human Resources and Procurement procedures.

The consultant’s general scope of work for each evaluation assignment is as follows: 

  • Plan the evaluation in collaboration with International Medical Corps’ country and HQ focal points, including establishing the workplan and clarifying technical requirements.
  • Prepare conceptual framework of the evaluation drawn from the desk-based analysis Develop and finalize the evaluation design including methodology and data collection tools, based on the Terms of Reference and consultations with IMC focal points. Document the detailed protocol, including the sampling strategy for all data collection, in an inception report.
  • Recruit (if required) and train data collection teams on the evaluation protocols, informed consent and ethical principles; lead field pre-test exercises for all data collection tools.
  • Provide overall management of data collection and data quality.
  • Conduct high level key informant interviews and facilitate or train staff to conduct group discussion sessions (if applicable).
  • Manage, clean, and analyze all data collected for the evaluation using agreed methods and software.
  • Conduct at least one debriefing session with IMC country and HQ focal points on the preliminary findings of the evaluation.
  • Prepare the evaluation report, including a first draft for IMC review and a final high quality draft suitable for donor submission.

Deliverables Description

Rostered consultants who are interested to apply for the evaluation assignment will be expected to submit a technical and financial proposal (3-5 pages and budget, including the consultant’s daily fee) as an expression of interest following the publication of the evaluation Terms of Reference.

The main deliverables for each evaluation assignments are:

  • Inception report using IMC standard format, detailing the evaluation design, data collection methods, limitations.
  • Data collection tools suitable to the evaluation design and adhering to best practice in social science research for question formulation.
  • Data analysis plan for the quantitative data analysis
  • Preliminary evaluation report for IMC review
  • Raw and clean datasets and qualitative notes, stripped of personally identifiable information
  • Debriefing session presentation with IMC stafffor internalvalidation
  • Final report with relevant conclusions and recommendations, using IMC standard template, and with comments and questions raised during the review period addressed

Due dates vary according to project requirements and work plans. The typical assignment is expected to be 45-60 days, or 30-40 working days.

Implementation of the Assignment Deliverables

The rostered consultant will be expected to propose a reasonable budget required to complete the assignment and all associated deliverables.  The budget available for each evaluation varies according to the project, and the consultant will be selected using both technical and cost criteria. Details of operational costs assumed by the consultant and to be included in the consultant’s budget will be detailed  in the advertisement.

The timing of each evaluation assignment varies according to the project work plan. A typical evaluation assignment is expected to require 45-60 days (30-40 working days) from the selection of the consultant to the validation of the final report.

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.

Qualifications:
  • Master's-level or a higher degree in public health, evaluation, statistics, international development, anthropology, or a related field of social sciences.
  • Degree or certification relevant to International Medical Corps’ technical sectors (e.g. medicine, nutrition, environmental engineering, women’s studies, mental health, etc.)

Experience

  • Demonstrated experience conducting high-quality project/program evaluations in emergency environments using quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Demonstrated experience designing and leading household surveys using probability sampling methods.
  • Demonstrated experience with applicable data protection, confidentiality, and ethical procedures.
  • Experience with Monitoring & Evaluation specific to International Medical Corps’ technical sectors.
  • Extensive knowledge of current literature/practice related to International Medical Corps’ technical sectors.
  • Experience conducting evaluations of projects funded by donors such as USAID, ECHO, FCDO, or UN agencies.
  • Experience with remote management of evaluations.

Competency

  • Ability to conduct evaluations using mixed methods / quantitative and qualitative approaches to data collection.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of sampling methods, including ability to perform sample size calculations and carry out probability and non-probability sampling according to agreed methods for the evaluation
  • Ability to develop high quality quantitative and qualitative data collection tools (questionnaires, key informant interview guides, and focus group discussion guides)
  • Experience with mobile data collection platforms such as Ona, KoBo Toolbox, or Commcare.
  • Ability to analyse quantitative data using Excel and at least one statistical software, preferably Stata or SPSS
  • Ability to conduct basic quantitative data analysis, including descriptive statistics and cross-tabulations, and to present quantitative data in useful charts and graphs.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high quality analytical reports in English with little editorial oversight and with relevant, practical and concrete recommendations for program improvements.
  • Experience conducting evaluations using quasi-experimental and/or experimental methods for causal attribution.
  • Strong understanding of methods and limitations of causal attribution.
  • Ability to conduct formal qualitative analysis and access to relevant software such as MaxQDA, NVivo, or Atlas.ti.
  • Ability to conduct more advanced statistical analyses (e.g. utilizing hypothesis testing, bivariable analysis, regression analysis) and access to relevant software such as SPSS, Stata, or R.

Languages

  • Fluency in English (speaking, reading, writing) required
  • Fluency in the local working language such as French may be a requirement for certain assignments
  • Written and verbal fluency in one of the main working languages of IMC country programs (French, Arabic, Spanish)

 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.