Final Evaluation of PROmoting Maternal, Newborn, Infant and Child Sustainable Health Efforts – PROMISE project
Application Submission deadline: February 15, 2020
A Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) project implemented by a consortium of Canadian NGOs in Ghana, Malawi and Rwanda, funded by Government of Canada (Global Affairs Canada).
Requirements for the Consultant:
- The evaluation consultant shall fulfill the following requirements:
- Substantial professional experience in the field of project evaluations, especially participatory evaluations.
- Ability to utilize a gender based plus analysis framework
- Gender equality expertise.
- Excellent spoken and written English.
- Proven research, analytical, organizational and communication skills, knowledge of management practices of development organizations, team management and cultural sensitivity, organization development and linkages.
- The evaluation consultant should have sound knowledge of the technical aspects of maternal-child health or permaculture kitchen gardening.
- Candidate must be available in the given time frame.
- Consultancy fee within indicated budget.
- Familiarity with GAC’s established policies, principles, practices, mandate, and priorities Good understanding of maternal-child health and nutrition interventions.
- Significant experience in monitoring and evaluation of large-scale projects.
- Proven working experience in Project Cycle Management, ideally in RBM.
- Experience with the culture/context of one or all the targeted countries – Rwanda, Ghana, and Malawi.
Alternatively, the evaluation can be carried out by a team. However, in such a case, the indicative budget is still applicable as a maximum amount for the team.
The scope of this consultancy is to conduct the end-term evaluation and to provide the evaluation report for the PROMISE – PROmoting maternal newborn, infant and child sustainable health efforts – project implemented by Children Believe and its international consortium partners: Adventist Development and Relief Agency, Canada (ADRA Canada) and Emmanuel International Canada (EIC) in Ghana, Malawi and Rwanda, with financial support from the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC) since 2016. The final evaluation will utilize participatory methods to assess the achievements of the project versus the targeted results(impact/outcome) assess gender equality performance, identify gaps, lessons learned, opportunities and best practices in project planning, implementation and impact to positively influence future project design.
Timeframe: Mar 16, 2020 – April 29, 2020 (estimated consultancy days: 43 days)
Maximum budget: $20,000 CAD
Consultancy and Reporting Language: English
Application Submission: Electronically by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, before Feb 15, 2020
Initial meeting: Around Mar 16, 2020 – Online meeting
Project Description & Expected Outcomes
The “PROMISE” – PROmoting Maternal, newborn Infant and Child Sustainable Health Efforts, project is supported by the Government of Canada via its Partnerships for Strengthening Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PS-MNCH) initiative. Implemented by a consortium of Canadian partners; Children Believe (CB), Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and Emmanuel International of Canada (EIC), PROMISE aims to reduce preventable child and maternal morbidity and mortality by improving the delivery and utilization of essential health services and increasing consumption of nutritious food and supplements for about 52,668 direct and 108,201 indirect beneficiaries, mainly pregnant women, mothers, and children under the age of 5 – with special attention to the first 1000 days of life. The project is being implemented in three countries in Africa (Ghana, Malawi and Rwanda). Overall, PROMISE seeks to contribute to a reduction in maternal and child mortality through an integrated focus on three (3) intermediate outcomes: improved delivery of essential health services to mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under five (U-5); improved utilization of essential health services by mothers, pregnant women, newborns and U-5; and increased consumption of nutritious foods and supplements by mothers, pregnant women, newborns and U-5. In total, the project has twelve (12) outcome indicators.
The PROMISE project is implemented in three Sub-Sahara African countries with several common characteristics including high maternal mortality (MMR) and Under-five mortality rates (U-5MR) as follows: Ghana (380), Malawi (510), and Rwanda (320) per 100,000 live births; under-five mortality rates (U-5MR) are 78, 68, and 52 per 1000 live births respectively; undernutrition indicated through stunting rates are 23%, 48% and 44% respectively. The three countries also struggle with deadly childhood illnesses including malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea, acute respiratory infections (ARI) and intestinal parasites; all preventable common causes of maternal mortality including hemorrhage, unsafe abortions, sepsis, and obstructed labour, are mostly attributed to unskilled delivery and inadequate health facilities. Target areas have higher rates from the national census e.g. stunting rate in targeted area in Ghana is 37% compared to national average of 23%. Common contributing factors across each country, include: low knowledge on prevention, delays in seeking early treatment, poor hygiene and sanitation practices and traditional cultural practices. Key impediments in health delivery include low capacity of skilled workers, poor infrastructure, weak referral systems and lack of transport. Besides the above-mentioned factors, gender inequities were identified such as fewer women with opportunities in decision making processes both at home, in the community and have less access to property and are thus less secure than their male counterparts. The project is implemented in three (3) districts in the Northern Region of Ghana, one district in south eastern part of Malawi and one district in Eastern Rwanda.
Purpose of Consultancy
1. Conduct a Final valuation of the PROMISE Project, based on the GAC (Global Affairs Canada) methodology for evaluations (called the CIDA Evaluation Guidelines), to measure and report on performance to date and the cumulative impact of the project interventions., through the following factors:
- Gender Equality and Empowerment of women and girls (the consultant will provide answers to key questions related to the Gender aspect of the PROMISE Project through the FIAP lens).
- Achievement of Results
- Cost–Effectiveness of Results
- Relevance of Results
- Sustainability of Results
- Governance, Human Rights and Environment
2. Share preliminary findings & recommendations with project teams in each respective partner country through engaging, hands-on session. Share findings & recommendations with Project Management including through interactive online or in person session (e.g. webinar).
3. Submit final Evaluation Report covering all the above.
Interested candidates should submit their application for this consultancy to email@example.com before the submission deadline on Feb 15th, 2020, 17:00 GMT.
Salanga reserves the rights to contact only selected or shortlisted candidate(s).
The application package of interested candidates should include:
- Professional portfolio of previous work relevant to this TOR.
- CV of the Consultant or of all evaluation team members.
- Cover letter or proposal showing fulfilment of essential requirements listed above.
- Budget or a total consultancy fee (excluding the international flights, in-country accommodation and transportation for field trips).
- At least two current and relevant references for similar activities
- Sample of past evaluation report or visuals created
Ideal candidate may also submit a video or an audio recording providing the experience of the individual / team leader.
For more information, please, see the whole PROMISE Final Evaluation TOR-Final Jan29.