Team Lead/ Evaluation Expert - Public Health and Family Planning

Jordan
Temporary
Experienced

For over twenty years, USAID has invested in technical assistance for Jordan on Family Planning (FP) services. USAID and the Government of Jordan (GoJ) have worked together to safeguard the health of women and children. In March 2019, and after more than two decades of investing in family planning in Jordan, USAID decided to use a government to government (G2G) award mechanism as a step towards institutionalization and sustainability of FP programming. Directly implemented by the Ministry of Health (MOH), the Partnership for Health and Family Planning (PHFP) was designed to sustain USAID efforts to increase demand for, and improve the quality of, public family planning services. These efforts support the GoJ’s overall strategic goal to increase the use of voluntary modern contraceptive methods to promote healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies through family planning. The seven-year agreement was signed in March 2019, with an estimated cost of sixteen million dollars on FP.

PHFP was the first mechanism where the USAID mission invested in FP through a Partner Government System (PGS) agreement and was the first PGS agreement to be signed with MOH. PGS awards involve working directly with democratically accountable Ministers and national bureaucracies. Governments tend to be more risk-averse and change-management is often more challenging than in other sectors. 

When working with a conventional non-governmental Implementing Partner, typically most or all of the funding will come from their USAID grant, and therefore they are to dedicate their full attention to the project. However, even with a $15 million PGS award, USAID’s funding to MOH is a relatively small proportion of their overall budget, and delivery of the PHFP program needs to be prioritized alongside other MOH commitments and activities. Inevitably this requires a different way of working for both MOH and USAID. 

Evaluation Objective  

The objective of the evaluation is to assess progress in achieving the deliverables referenced in the Project Implementation Letter (PIL) to date, including identifying challenges and barriers relating to the management and implementation of the PGS mechanism and technical aspects of PHFP itself. The evaluation should provide recommendations for the next three years of the program’s activity and future FP planning.

 

Under this assignment, the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity (the Activity) will recruit the Team Lead/ Evaluation Expert.

Evaluation Team Lead/ Evaluation Expert

This individual will have both technical and methodological expertise and will meet the requirements of a USAID evaluation specialist and health sector consultant, with expertise in evaluating Partner Government System (PGS) systems. The Team Lead should have significant experience designing and conducting project evaluations and/or assessments. This assignment is anticipated to take place between August 2022 and March 2023. This evaluation will require the Team Lead to be in country during the data collection process and for the validation workshop with USAID and the MOH. 

 

Roles & Responsibilities: 

The Team Lead will be responsible for:

  1. Leading evaluation and tool design, methodology, and approach; 
  2. Serving as a liaison between the USAID, and the evaluation/assessment team;
  3. Conducting key informant interviews, focus group discussions, and surveys with the MOH/PHFP staff, USAID, and other stakeholders as relevant; 
  4. Managing the evaluation team and providing overall team leadership; 
  5. Ensuring that all deliverables are of high technical quality and are met in a timely manner; and 
  6. Leading briefings and presentations.

 

Qualifications:

  1. An advanced degree (masters or higher) in public health, nutrition, reproductive health, maternal and child health, medicine, or a similar field that affords an understanding of public health initiatives is required.
  2. At least 10 years of experience in the public health sector or a related field, working with program managers, policymakers, and a broad array of health service providers and community leaders. At least five (5) years of technical experience designing and implementing health evaluations in developing countries required.
  3. Successful leadership and supervisory experience with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work constructively in a team setting. Ability to perform senior level management roles must be demonstrable and experience applying effective leadership and communication skills is essential. 
  4. Ability to communicate quickly, clearly, and concisely, both orally and in writing, in fluent English. Extensive report writing experience required. Proficiency in Arabic preferred. 
  5. Familiarity with USAID policies and practices required; understanding of Partner Government Systems awards, or other government to government awards, strongly preferred. 
  6. Excellent interpersonal skills, including experience successfully interacting with host government officials, USAID staff, and other stakeholders. Demonstrated ability to facilitate meetings and present logically and persuasively to senior officials and partners in a multi-cultural context. 

 

 

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