• PATH seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Director for the upcoming five-year USAID-funded “Lowlands Health Activity” in Ethiopia. The Lowlands Health Activity will improve health and nutrition outcomes in the pastoral areas by increasing access to, and the quality and utilization of health services through 1) enhancing PHC facility governance and functionality; 2) Improving access to and quality of services through client-centered and contextualized service delivery models; and 3) increasing adoption of healthy behaviors, including utilization of health services.
• PATH is a global nonprofit dedicated to achieving health equity. With more than 40 years of experience forging multisector partnerships, and with expertise in science, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales up innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing health challenges.
• The MEL Director will be responsible for developing, maintaining, and reporting again the project’s MEL plan, including appropriate performance indicators in line with USAID guidance. MEL Director will report directly to the Chief of Party (COP) and will take a leadership role in ensuring quality monitoring and evaluation of project activities. They will be responsible for contributing to the development and strengthening of the project’s implementation strategies based on the effective use of data, and for coordinating the project’s reporting function in line with deliverable and other requirements.
• Provide overall technical guidance on the implementation of the project data collection and monitoring and evaluation system.
• Implement and monitor the performance monitoring plan covering activities to compile, analyze and present data for reporting of program progress and impact.
• Maintain and update the M&E system on an ongoing basis and generate needed reports to meet donor and other stakeholder requirements.
• Using DHIS2/HMIS data produce monthly, quarterly and other reports to inform progress toward end of project targets and adherence to donor support data requirements.
• Oversee data collection and monitoring activities at the target regions of the project.
• Provide technical assistance to MOH for monitoring and improvement of program activities.
• As a member of the in-country project management team, participate in discussions for design and implementation of project activities.
• Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders such as MOH, implementing partners, academic institutions, and donors in the area of monitoring and evaluation.
• Advanced degree in public health, epidemiology, international health, social sciences, or related discipline is required.
• Minimum of 10 years’ experience and demonstrated skills in M&E in health required; 5 years in a leadership position within a donor-funded project, preferably USAID.
• Experience in understanding and managing the performance monitoring plan within donor funded project.
• Knowledge and experience of FMOH’s health information systems and DHIS2 is a requirement.
• Demonstrated understanding of and familiarity with a range of monitoring and evaluation approaches including health information and data management systems.
• Ability to oversee data collection and utilization at various levels to ensure accuracy and clarity of data interpretations.
• Experience in data quality audits and data reviews.
• Experience in providing technical assistance and conducting capacity building activities in relation to monitoring and evaluation.
• Proven ability to motivate and mentor staff and create a positive team environment.
• Strong communication and problem-solving skills, capacity to analyze data, monitor progress, and recommend necessary recourse for maximizing program progress and impact.
• Professional level of oral and written fluency in English language.
• Excellent written and oral communications skills in English required.
• Available to travel within the country as needed.
• Must have legal authorization to work in Ethiopia.
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Population, Health and Environment (PHE) approach acknowledge and address the complex connections between humans, their health, and their environment. The aim of integrating Population Health and Environment is to simultaneously improve health status of the community while also helping communities to manage their natural resources. In line with this Population Health Environment Ethiopia Consortium (PHEEC), jointly with Ethio- Wetlands and Natural Resources Association (EWNRA) supported by David and Lucile Packard Foundation has been implemented a project “Maintaining Biodiversity through integrated interventions of sustainable agriculture, natural resource use and Reproductive Health/Family planning in Jimma and Illu Ababora zones” commonly known as ALC project from 2018 to 2020 implemented at Dedo and Doreni woredas piloted in eight kebeles and with the total beneficiaries of 3700 households.
After successful completion of the first-round project, a second round two years project was initiated for the period 2021 to 2022 with focus on strengthening and deepening the results the first ALC project. The second-round project is “Integrated Sustainable Agriculture, Livelihood, Conservation and RH/FP in Jimma and Illuababora Zones, SW Ethiopia” implemented in the same two woredas and in five kebeles.
The project has the general objectives to improve practices of biodiversity conservation and increase resilience in Doreni and Dedo districts through introducing integrated sustainable agricultural practices, Participatory forest management (PFM) and increased knowledge and service uptake of RH/FP/Health.
The specific objectives are:
- Build capacities of three CBO(PFMA’s) and local government sectors in bio diversity conservation in the coming three years,
- Develop sustainable agricultural and forest products production, utilization and marketing Practices in 8 kebeles in the coming three years,
- Improve knowledge on RH/FP so as to increase in the uptake in RH/FP services by 10% in the coming three years,
- Strengthen the coordination mechanism through establishing/strengthening 12 multi-sectoral taskforces at different level (kebele to regional level) in the coming three years.
To achieve the above-mentioned objectives PHE EC in collaboration with EWNRA have been implementing the project from 2018-2022 at Doreni and Dedo woredas of Illu Ababora and Jimma zones in South west Oromia. This term of reference is developed to conduct action research/evaluative study on whether project implemented achieved its intended objectives and outcomes or not.
Objectives of the research
- To assess whether the project objectives and outcomes clearly addressed and achieved over implementation period.
- To assess the extent to which the project promotes the improvements of community life using sustainable development analysis grid tool.
- To see the changes demonstrated through project intervention on the established benchmark information on socio economic, demographic and environmental indicators to inform donors, decision and policy makers, and the public at large.
- To draw lesson and document best practices observed during the implementation of the project.
- To see impact of integrated PHE approach in achieving the project outcomes at implementation sites
The specific objectives of the evaluative study:
- Assess the situation of beneficiaries as compared to the baseline information and show how the local community is making living as compared to the previous one,
- Explore the improvements observed in socio economic, biodiversity conservation, demographic and other situations of the communities using sustainable development analysis grid tool,
- Assess involvement of PHE platforms (multi sectoral taskforces from kebele to zonal level), PHE village committees, Peer educators, model households, school youths (PHE clubs) and male champions in relation to integrated PHE activities,
- Identify the magnitude of improvements of jobless and/or landless youths, poor women due to their involvement as beneficiaries of this project,
- Explore other relevant factors affected (positively or negatively) the project implementation in achieving sustainable development in the community.
Expected Deliverables/Outputs of the evaluative study
- Output 1: The professional/consultant/firm would be selected to conduct this evaluative study is expected to produce evaluative research report in both soft and hard copy that describes the outcome of the project in Doreni and Dedo implementation kebeles. The document should be very precise and address each specific objective.
The professional/consulting firm/bidder will submit the following:
- Detailed technical inception report which includes methodology, draft table of contents, work plan and timeframe
- A draft report which includes descriptions and analysis on the items stated under the objective
- A final report which incorporates comments and suggestion from PHE EC, EWNRA, and funding organization.
- Output 2: The professional/consulting firm/bidder will produce a systematic evaluative raw data and deliver with final report.
- Output 3: The consulting firm/bidder will also deliver a high-quality Power-Point presentation before finalizing the report.
- Develop appropriate data collection tools (individual HH questionnaire, key informants interview guide, focus group discussion guide, formats for secondary data collection, etc) to gather qualitative and quantitative data that will address each specific objective.
- Gather the data from HH and concerned sources/respondents of the project and secondary sources.
- Use sustainable development analysis grid tool to assess the extent to which the project promotes the improvements of community life condition.
- Use relevant software (SPSS or others) and apply the appropriate statistical analysis.
- Produce draft analysis report and submit to PHE EC and EWNRA for comment and feedbacks.
- Incorporate the comments /feedbacks and produce final copy of the report using standard research result writing outline.
- Produce one policy brief of two to three pages.
- Present the evaluative research result on the final validation workshop
- The total time required for this work is one month (30 days); 10 days for the field work /data collection and 20 days for data processing and compilation of final report. The final comprehensive assessment report shall be submitted in hard and soft copies before or on the 30th day starting from the date of the contract agreement.
- Required Capacity and Skills Individual professionals/consultant s/firms having the following competencies/skills and capacities are eligible to apply for this evaluative research.
- Educated to PhD/Masters Degree level in area of Demography, Public Health, Economics, Sociology, Natural Resource Management or other related subjects.
- Profound knowledge on evaluative research.
- The consultant should mention previous works in regard/relation to evaluation study reviews, collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data from the survey,
- Registered under the set legal provisions or under any other valid legal cover.
- Commitment to meet the deadlines, with enough resources and human power to make necessary logistical arrangements.
- Provide a sample previous work of similar study
- Basic communication skill in local language, Affan Oromo.
To apply for this, please provide:
- Interested and qualified Individual professionals/consultants/firms may send/submit their proposals, along with the following information:
- Profile, giving background and experience of the organization or a detailed CV of an individual professional especially in conducting evaluation,
Technical Proposal consisting of:
- Proposed detail plan to undertake the evaluative study.
- Human resources available for the contract, including team composition and task assignment.
- Financial proposal: Indicate the total price with detailed breakdown.
- Copy of renewed Registration Certificate, License or and other legal documents.
Criteria for selecting the best offer
- Upon the advertisement of the Procurement Notice, qualified consulting firm is expected to submit both the Technical and Financial Proposals within ten days of the advert. Accordingly; firms will be evaluated based on Cumulative Analysis as per the following scenario:
- Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. In this regard, the respective weight of the proposals are:
- Technical Criteria weight is 60%
- Financial Criteria weight is 40%
How to Apply
Interested consultancy firms satisfying the above mentioned requirements and skills are invited to submit soft copies of all necessary documents through e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Or hard copies of their application (technical and financial proposal) with a cover letter to the PHEEC office in 10 working days starting from the date of this announcement, located at Bole in front of Brass Hospital, ABCO building 3rd floor.