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Consultant - Evaluation of Pilot Study of DIPH
Terms of Reference (ToR) for Consultant for IDEAS project 
 
Evaluation of pilot implementation of the Data-Informed Platform for Health, West Bengal, India
 
Project Brief
 
The overall aim of the IDEAS project is to improve the health and survival of mothers and babies through generating evidence to inform policy and practice.  Working in Ethiopia, North-Eastern Nigeria and India, IDEAS uses measurement, learning and evaluation to find out what works, why and how in maternal and newborn health programs. The project is lead by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). In India, the collaborating partner is the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).
 
In West Bengal, India, IDEAS are piloting a ‘Data-Informed Platform for Health’ (DIPH) in three of the state’s health districts. (North and South 24 Parganas) The DIPH is a strategy to support district health planning, and aims to facilitate the effective use of local data for decision-making in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) issues at the district level. Health and associated departments and stakeholders are linked into a common data-sharing platform, which leads to collective decision-making and execution and review of action-plans on a periodic basis. The evaluation of the pilot will assess DIPH processes, as well as providing recommendations for scale-up in West Bengal, scheduled for the second half of 2017.
 
The specific objectives of the evaluation are to determine: 
  • Whether, and by what means, data is being used in district-level planning and progress-monitoring under the DIPH pilot;
  • The mechanisms for data-sharing and consensus-building;
  • The extent to which the DIPH toolkit was being used, as well as useful in health-system planning and monitoring progress at the district level.  
Position Title: Consultant - Evaluation of Pilot Study of DIPH in West Bengal.
 
Duration: 60 days, spread over 4 months (December 2016 – March 2017)
 
Key Deliverables
 
Preparation:
 
Develop evaluation protocol and instruments along with the DIPH Lead at LSHTM.
 
Field activities (to be conducted in West Bengal, India): 
  • Pretesting and finalizing study instruments;
  • Organizing the field schedule and seeking appointments with stakeholders in the study districts;
  • Conducting qualitative in-depth interviews with the DIPH stakeholders (about 30 in total: 6 from the research team, and 8 from each district). Transcribing and analysing findings as per the evaluation framework;
  • Reviewing the DIPH forms,  monitoring reports  and proceedings record;
  • Observing selected meetings to do with DIPH proceedings.  
Report:
 
Preparing a draft report for comments and feedback, followed by a final report (main body of the report: max. 25 pages, excluding appendices).
 
Credentials
 
Essential: 
  • PhD/Masters degree in Public Health or a relevant discipline;
  • Knowledge and experience of working with the Indian state health system;
  • Experience of qualitative research methods, including data collection and analysis;
  • Experience of liaising with government officials and conducting interviews;
  • Strong language proficiency in English;
  • Minimum 4-5 years’ experience of working in public health or other development sectors;
  • Based in India.
Desirable: 
  • Work experience in West Bengal, especially at the district level;
  • Ability to converse in the Bangla language.  
Application process: 
  • Written application should include
  • A covering note, demonstrating suitability for the position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • At least two writing samples as a first author of evaluation reports or published papers
  • Budget that includes consultancy rate to complete deliverables within the time-frame, and field data-collection cost
  • Closing date for the applications:  30thSeptember 2016
  • Short-listed candidates will be interviewed during October, and the contract awarded to the successful candidate thereafter.  
Application submission
 
Please submit applications by email to:  ana.carneiro@lshtm.ac.uk
 
For further information, please contact:
 
Bilal Avan, Clinical Senior Lecturer, IDEAS Scientific Coordinator
 
 

+44 207 927 2317