Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Expert,
Evaluation of Expanding Maternal and Neonatal Survival Project (EMAS),
Monitoring and Evaluation Support Project (MESP), Indonesia
In July, 2016, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a five-year contract to MSI to provide monitoring and evaluation support (MESP) to USAID-sponsored development programs throughout Indonesia. Beginning in January 2017, MESP will support USAID/Indonesia to conduct a final evaluation of the Expanding Maternal and Neonatal Survival (EMAS) program. The EMAS final evaluation will assess program efforts to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and will inform future USAID/Indonesia investments in maternal and child health (MCH).
The purpose of this assignment is to produce a case study analysis of approaches in middle- and upper-income countries that offer lessons to the Government of Indonesia regarding options to achieve its objective of reducing maternal and newborn mortality rates. As a point of departure, this case study paper should consider the findings from the upcoming EMAS evaluation on what has worked or not worked well in Indonesia specific to the areas of clinical care, emergency referrals, and local-level accountability mechanisms, and then provide examples from other countries that may be useful for Indonesian health agencies in these three areas.
To complete this assignment, MSI is seeking an international MCH expert (expert) who will work in parallel to the EMAS evaluation team to learn about what is working or not working in Indonesia, and to conduct desk research of relevant approaches from other middle- and upper-income countries. The expert will interact with the evaluation team in Indonesia and remotely over the course of the assignment, including participating in evaluation site visits, key informant interviews, and other data collection efforts in Jan-Feb 2017 (estimated). During this period and subsequently, the expert will conduct research and collect information for the comparative review.
The assignment will take place sometime during January-April, 2017 and will total approximately 6 weeks of work, including 3-4 weeks in Indonesia with probable travel to provinces outside of Jakarta. Upon arrival to Jakarta, the expert will work with the EMAS evaluation team to collate their questions and data collection instruments. Following the completion of the case study analysis paper, the expert will be expected to present findings to the GOI and USAID/Indonesia. The timing of this presentation will be contingent on GOI availability, and a separate trip to Indonesia may be required for this purpose.
Under the direction of the MESP Technical Director and Chief of Party and in coordination with the EMAS evaluation team, the expert will:
- Review EMAS documents to become familiar with program approaches and contexts in clinical care, emergency referrals, and local-level accountability mechanisms.
- Participate in the EMAS evaluation planning effort, either remotely or in person, to inform the evaluation design and help develop data collection instruments and data collection and analysis plans relevant to the case study analysis topics.
- Assess and analyze qualitative and quantitative data, including for performance, benefits, and the impact of EMAS interventions relevant to case study topics.
- Interview key stakeholders together with the EMAS evaluation team, including implementing partners, GOI officials at national and subnational levels, partner and beneficiary institutions, and others.
- Based on findings about what is working or not via EMAS interventions, produce a comparative review using case studies from middle- and upper-income countries regarding program approaches to address clinical care, emergency referral, and local-level accountability mechanisms.
- Develop a PowerPoint presentation based on completed case studies and present case studies to the GOI and USAID/Indonesia.
- Undertake other tasks required for the successful completion of the comparative review.
- Master’s degree in a health-or social sciences-related field and 15 years of professional experience, or a Ph.D. in a relevant field with 10 years of experience.
- Demonstrated experience addressing technical MCH challenges in health systems of middle- or upper-income countries.
- Experience as a technical officer within a national (ministerial-level) health system, or as an advisor to such a system, strongly desired.
- Familiarity with health systems and MCH challenges in Indonesia an advantage.
- Excellent personal communication and English writing skills.
- Experience working across cultures in complex environments.
Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
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