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28 Apr 2023

Evaluation Specialist at Social Impact (SI)

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Evaluation Specialist

Tanzania Vector Control Activity (TVCA) Mid Term Evaluation

USAID/Tanzania Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, and Adaptation (T-MELA) Activity

Social Impact (SI) is a global development management consulting firm. We provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness. We work across all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, environment, and economic growth. Since 1997 we have worked in over 100 countries for clients such as US government agencies, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and nonprofits.

Project Description:

On January 19, 2023, USAID/Tanzania awarded International Business Initiatives (IBI) and SI a four-year contract for the Tanzania Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Adaptation (T-MELA) Activity. This activity is to assist the USAID/Tanzania Mission with strategy- and activity-level performance monitoring, evaluation, and learning. This activity will also provide data gathering and verification, data visualization (including Geographic Information Systems), data quality assessments, impact and performance evaluations, assessments, organizational learning, and collaboration among USAID’s implementing partners and DO teams. The MEL Support Platform will also implement a capacity building agenda for the mission, developing a baseline of M&E knowledge within the mission and tailoring a curriculum to provide skills development to mission staff.

The Tanzania Vector Control Activity (TVCA) project is a 5-year USAID funded project focused on improving the health status of women and youth by reducing the burden of malaria through increased access to quality integrated services and improving their government delivery through sustainable funding and capacity building of government staff in vector control and prevention. The purpose of the TVCA is to identify and implement proven, evidence-based vector control approaches in Tanzania aimed at reducing the burden of malaria and moving towards the long-term goal of malaria elimination.

TVCA focuses on improving population level access to insecticide treated bed nets (ITNs) in the fourteen PMI regions and in Zanzibar. This is done through annual quantification of gaps in coverage and procurement and distribution of the ITNs. The TVCA provides the Government of Tanzania (GOT) and malaria partners with state-of-the-art reviews and advice concerning new developments in vector control, and as appropriate, develops plans for implementation of modified or new vector control approaches in Tanzania. TVCA envisions a Tanzania where government institutions and programs are empowered to use evidence in designing and implementing efficient and effective vector control interventions – so that every Tanzanian is protected from malaria. TVCA approach is grounded in National Malaria Control Program’s (NMCP) and Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Program’s (ZAMEP) National Strategic Plans.

Purpose and use of Lishe Endelevu Endline:

The Activity is centered around 5 main objectives:

1) OBJECTIVE 1: Determine the ITN population access among targeted populations and the quantity of ITN needed in the coming year to maintain population access to ITN.

2) OBJECTIVE 2: Deliver Insecticide Treated Nets to targeted populations with Ministry of Health (MOH), the President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG), NMCP, ZAMEP, and progressively build Medical Store Department (MSD) and Central Medical Stores (CMS) self-reliance

3) OBJECTIVE 3: Undertake activities to create an enabling environment to revive the commercial market for ITN

4) OBJECTIVE 4: Provide annual guidance on effectiveness of vector control interventions used in Tanzania

5) OBJECTIVE 5: Provide guidance on new evidence-based vector control approaches that show potential for successful outcomes in Tanzania and, when appropriate, assist with implementation of proven approaches

This Mid-term evaluation of the TVCA Activity will be used to improve the effectiveness of the activity during the remaining performance period and inform the design of the follow-on mechanism. The evaluation will document progress and changes, strengths, and weaknesses, intended and unintended results and inform USAID Tanzania and the national Malaria Control Program on future planning of vector control interventions. The key audience for this evaluation is USAID/Tanzania, NMCP, ZAMEP, PMI and TVCA and the Office of the President of the Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG).

Position Description:

Social Impact is seeking an Evaluation Specialist to conduct this mid-term evaluation alongside the Team Leader and Senior Vector Control Advisor. This is a consulting position with an estimated start date of June 1. The estimated level of effort (LOE) for the Specialist will be 55days with expected travel of up to 4 weeks in Tanzania. The Specialist will report directly to the evaluation Team Leader.

*This is a local position, and only Tanzanian applicants will be considered*Responsibilities:The Evaluation Specialist will be responsible for contributing to all aspects of the evaluation, including supporting the development of the assessment’s methodology, data collection, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and writing the draft and final reports. The Advisor will provide key support to the evaluation in completing the following duties alongside the TL and Advisor:

· Document key TVCA interventions and results through a comprehensive desk review and contribute expertise and technical inputs to the work plan.

· Support the design of the evaluation, methodology, development of instruments, data collection, synthesis of data, presentations, and report.· Perform desk review and identify additional information required for analysis.

· Schedule and interview key stakeholders and beneficiaries.

· Travel within selected counties and conduct in-person and remote interviews and/or group discussions.
· In consultation with the Team Leader and Advisor, support team’s ongoing analysis of qualitative and quantitative data.

· Contribute to the consultant team’s collaborative production of the following high-quality deliverables:

o Work plan with methodology and interview protocols
o PowerPoint presentations to USAID/Tanzania
o Draft and Final Report
Qualifications and Skills:
The Evaluation Specialist must have/hold:
· Advanced Graduate Degree in a related field.

· Minimum of five years of experience evaluating large health projects, including baseline and mid-term studies of health in Tanzania

· Knowledge of malaria and vector control-related programs and indicators, namely for USAID

· Proven expertise in conducting operational research (both quantitative and qualitative data collection), monitoring and evaluation and/or health program implementation research

· Strong background in qualitative data collection methods, including focus group discussions (FGD), key informants/ in-depth interviews (KII/IDI).

· Significant experience in conducting qualitative/quantitative data analysis is recommended, especially for surveys, monitoring data and HMIS data.

· Familiarity with HMIS (DHIS-2) is recommended

· Advanced skills in quantitative data collection and analysis with the use of software such as Dedoose, NVivo, Stata or R.

· Prior experience or familiarity with PMI and the National Malaria Control Program in Tanzania is recommended

· Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team.

· Ability to develop effective working relationships with USAID, local organizations, other program partners and counterparts

· Must be fluent (writing and speaking) in English; additional language proficiency in relevant languages (e.g. Kiswahili) would be an asset.

The closing date for application: May 19, 2023. Selection and interview will be performed on a rolling basis, and interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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