Consultant: IMHIPP Project End Evaluation
Heartland Alliance
Nigeria
21d ago

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

ASSIGNMENT : End-line Evaluation of Integrated Most-At-Risk Populations (MARPs) HIV Prevention Program (IMHIPP)

Deadline for submission : March 26, 2018

Heartland Alliance International Nigeria is inviting proposals from consultancy groups / firms for the end-line evaluation of the IMHIPP, described in the Terms of Reference (see below).

Each applicant should send in a proposal comprised of the following :

a) Technical Proposal :

  • The approach and methodology proposed by the consulting group for the assignment and comments on the Terms of Reference, if any. (Max 4 pages).
  • Proposed implementation plan.
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae of key individuals who will be engaged in the assignment.
  • b) Detailed Budget

  • Excel budget stating the amount to be charged for personnel time and all activities related to the assignment, quoted in Nigeria Naira.
  • Show any travel costs separately.
  • Proposal and any supporting documents must be in English.

    Heartland Alliance International Nigeria places great emphasis on ensuring that the objectives of the work assignment as described in the Terms of Reference, are met.

    Accordingly, in evaluating the proposals for the assignment, attention will focus first and foremost on the technical elements.

    From those proposals deemed suitable in terms of the criteria in the Terms of Reference, Heartland Alliance International Nigeria shall select the proposal that offers the organization best value for money.

    Your proposal should be submitted by e-mail no later than midday (12 : 00 noon) Nigeria time March 13, 2018. E-mail proposals should not exceed 5MB.

    The e-mail addresse for submissions is : Pendevaluation heartlandalliance.org

  • It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that the proposal is received by the deadline. Thank you for your interest in this assignment;
  • and we look forward to receiving your proposal. 2

    TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR ENDLINE EVALUATION OF INTEGRATED MARPS HIV PREVENTION PROGRAM (IMHIPP) CONSULTANCY

    Background

    The Integrated MARPS HIV Prevention Program (IMHIPP) implemented by Heartland Alliance International (HAI) Nigeria uses differential models to implement 1.

    Greenhousing model and capacity building to provide support to indigenous community-based organizations (CBOs) led by key populations to improve their organizational effectiveness and technical service delivery on HIV programming.

    The program’s focus is on building and strengthening the targeted key population led CBOs’ capacity to improve their service delivery, measure results, achieve their outcomes and impacts and hence contribute to the achievement of USAID Nigeria’s goal of building the capacity of indigenous CBOs to meet the demands of providing quality standards in HIV Prevention Care and Treatment.

    2. Mobile-based and walk-in client models using One Stop Shop (OSS) strategy to implement community based comprehensive care and treatment directly with the key population in order to improve access to health among the marginalized and the vulnerable key populations.

    IMHIPP Nigeria is a nine-year USAID-funded program, which began in 2009 and is slated to run through 2018. The overall goal of the program is to mitigate the impact of HIV / AIDS on Key Populations (KPs) & their sexual partners by strengthening the capacity of local KP-

    led organizations to reach their peers and other vulnerable groups at the grassroots level with optimal quality HIV prevention, care & treatment services.

    Ultimately, IMHIPP contributes to USAID / Nigeria’s strategic objective (SO) 14 : seeking to reduce the impact of HIV / AIDS & TB in focus states.

    Related to this strategic objective are four intermediate results as listed below :

  • Increased organizational and technical capacity of HAI and grassroots KP-led organizations to improve service delivery
  • Improved testing yield for KP individuals and their sexual partners.
  • Increased ART uptake and retention in care for HIV positive KPs.
  • Mobilized KP individuals and allies to reduce environmental factors that contribute to poor health outcomes
  • Overview of IMHIPP, Models and Strategy

    The scope of this Program is primarily greenhousing and capacity building to support KP-led community based organizations in improving organizational effectiveness and technical service delivery.

    The Program focuses more on building and strengthening the targeted K-ledCBOs capacity to improve their service delivery, measure results and achieve their outcomes and impacts.

    Through effective organizational systems strengthening strategies. Heartland Alliance International Nigeria will also contribute to the achievement of USAID Nigeria’s goal of building the capacity of indigenous KP led CBOs to meet the demands of providing prevention Care and Treatment Programs based on standards of practice.

    Project Objectives

    The overarching goal of Heartland Alliance International Nigeria proposed nine-year Integrated MARPs HIV Prevention Program (IMHIPP) is to contribute to improve the quality living of the marginalized people and groups providing equal access to health care and social and economic justice in a supportive and right-

    based environment with a focus on addressing gaps in HIV prevention, care and treatment programming. Outlined below are the program objectives :

    Objective 1 : Increase organizational and technical capacity of grassroots KP-led organizations through greenhousing and sub awards to improve service delivery on HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment in the focus states 3

    Objective 2 : To improve HIV testing yield for KP individuals and their sexual partners.

    Objective 3 : To Increase ART uptake and retention in care for HIV positive KPs.

    Objective 4 : To mobilize KP individuals and allies to reduce environmental factors that contribute to poor health outcomes

    IMHIPP has over the years scaled up its implementation from distribution of condoms and lubricants to only MSM, to full prevention care and treatment services in 4 states : Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Cross River and Lagos while maintaining only prevention service in FCT, Nasarawa and Benue States respectively.

    IMHIPP is implemented indirectly by 18 Local Implementing Partners (LIPs) led by KPs and directly by heartland Alliance across the states.

    Purpose of the End-line Evaluation

    The purpose of this assignment is to conduct a mixed methods end-line evaluation for the IMHIPP on the efficiency and effectiveness of its program strategies in contributing to reducing the impact of HIV / AIDS & TB in IMHIPP focus states.

    The specific objectives for this assignment will be to :

    1. Assess the extent to which the IMHIPP Project achieved its original objectives as laid out in the Cooperative Agreement.

    2. Measure changes in key indicators, including utilization of HIV / AIDS and TB prevention, care, and support services and related beneficiary-level outcomes.

    3. Measure changes in capacity of organizations to effectively manage HIV / AIDS prevention and care & support programs interventions.

    4. Capture lessons learned and document best practices to inform future programming.

    Scope of Work

    To meet the evaluation questions, the following methods are proposed :

    Objective 1 : Assess the extent to which IMHIPP project achieved its original objectives as laid out in the Cooperative Agreement through :

  • Desk review (e.g Monthly, quarterly reports, annual reports, Sub-Awards documents, PMP, Work plan, Compendium of success stories etc.)
  • Secondary analysis of available data (e.g. indicator data and client level data from the primary source documents)
  • Key informant interviews among Federal and States government officials (NACA, NASCP, SACA and SASCP); other relevant stakeholders (Executive Directors of all LIPs;
  • USAID AOTR,), Other Implementing Partners (APIN and IHVN) and NEPHWAN, Law enforcement agencies across the focus states

  • In-Depth Interviews among Staff of LIPs (Program, Account and M&E Officers), Heartland Alliance State and Country offices Program, M&E and Account staff
  • Focus group discussions among beneficiaries ((Female Sex Workers, High Risk Men and People Who Inject Drugs) and their sexual partners) of HIV / AIDS prevention and care & support programs interventions
  • Objective 2 : Measure changes in key indicators, including utilization of HIV / AIDS and TB prevention, care, and support services and related beneficiary-

    level outcomes through :

  • Mobile based quantitative survey among a representative sample of beneficiaries (Female Sex Workers, High Risk Men, People Who Inject Drugs and their sexual partners in focus states
  • Secondary analysis of available datasets (e.g. Review of program level indicators, Client-level data, IBBSS, 2014,)
  • Objective 3 : Measure changes in capacity of KP led organizations to effectively manage donor funds and implement projects through :

  • Secondary analysis of available data (e.g. training inputs, Organizational Capacity Assessments Tool, Organizational Performance Index)
  • Key informant interviews, focus group discussions and other qualitative methods
  • Objective 4 : Capture lessons learned and document best practices to inform future programming through using SWOT analysis.

  • Desk review of key learning documents
  • Key informant interviews among Heartland Alliance program, M&E Logistics, Account and Sub Awards units and LIPs
  • Deliverables

    The consultant firm / group or independent evaluator will work closely with IMHIPP Dir. of Strategic Information and Knowledge Management (SKM), Dir.

    Of Programs, Director of Operations and Director of Finance to :

  • Draft a detailed evaluation work plan
  • Determine an appropriate sampling strategy and sample for the quantitative survey
  • Develop a mobile based quantitative questionnaire using Open Data Kit on ONA platform based on the baseline and midterm survey reports
  • Develop qualitative guides to conduct in-depth interviews, key informant interviews and focus group discussions for the relevant people
  • Obtain ethical approval of the evaluation plan from National Health Research Ethics Committee (NHREC)
  • Train fieldworkers in the surveys and quantitative data collection using mobile phones with Open Data Kit (ODK) on ONA platform for real time data access.
  • Conduct the quantitative and qualitative data collection activities
  • Develop an evaluation report outline and dummy data tables
  • Clean, code and analyze the data
  • Prepare the draft evaluation report and edit based on comments from Heartland Alliance SKM, Programs, and Technical teams
  • Present the preliminary findings with Heartland Alliance and USAID team to accommodate comments
  • Present the final evaluation findings at the close out meeting with Heartland Alliance and USAID
  • Submit the final evaluation report to Heartland Alliance
  • The evaluation report should include the following sections :

  • Evaluation objectives
  • Methods and data sources
  • Findings by evaluation question
  • Recommendations and Lessons Learned
  • Conclusion
  • Annexes including questionnaires used, summary tables of interviews conducted and any other relevant data sources or documents consulted, evaluation work plan and SOW, and any other relevant materials
  • Payment will be in tranches according to each deliverable below. The consultant will provide :

  • A detailed evaluation plan and calendar - 50%
  • Evaluation tools including mobile-based final questionnaire using ODK on android phones or tablets, necessary protocols for planned interview with an approval from NHREC
  • Access to data collected on ONA platform
  • Records files of IDIs, KIIs and FGDs and transcribed version
  • Cleaned and coded quantitative dataset, data codebook, and syntax of analysis performed and cleaned qualitative dataset and record of analysis and coding
  • Preliminary findings of evaluation- 20%
  • A final narrative report-
  • A presentation of the final report at IMHIPP close out event- 30%
  • Heartland Alliance (SKM and Programs) will provide all necessary documents and data, access to partners, and timely feedback on deliverables.

    Profile of Consultancy Firm

    The following qualifications and skills will guide selection of the consultancy firm for this assignment :

    a. Qualified consultants who meet the criteria below would be considered for this assignment

    b. Firms / individuals must have cognate experience in development, implementation and assessment of public health interventions with evident capacity in conducting end-

    line evaluation, surveys for health-related projects using qualitative and quantitative methods; experience with key populations will be an added advantage.

    c. The individual consultants in the team proposed to work on this assignment must have a minimum of :

  • Advanced degree in Public health, development, social science or other relevant fields
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in quantitative and qualitative data analysis. The Lead consultant for the team should have a minimum of eight (8) years’ experience.
  • Excellent analytical and research skills
  • Comprehensive and in-depth expertise in development, implementation and evaluation of public health intervention
  • Skillful in mobile based data collection using ODK on ONA Platform
  • Demonstrated technical report writing skills
  • Experience with HIV prevention, care and treatment programs
  • Knowledge of key population and gender issues is an asset
  • Proven understanding of local context of key and priority population would be an added advantage
  • Reporting

    The consultant will report to the Strategic Information and Knowledge Management Lead of Heartland Alliance who will provide coordination and technical guidance on the entire process, with overall oversight being provided by the Heartland Alliance International Nigeria Country Director / Chief of Party.

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