CONSULTANCY – Comparative Multi-Country Study: Christian Aid Savings Groups and Access to Health At Christian Aid

Christian Aid is seeking a consultant(s) to support an exciting and ambitious piece of impact-oriented research.

Christian Aid is interested in conducting a multi-country study to understand the ways that it has been working with/through savings groups to enable access to health and to understand how effective this has been in different health system contexts where Christian Aid has a track record of this type of work/programming. This will allow:

a) A stronger understanding of ways that Christian Aid can improve its effectiveness in this area in pursuit of better health outcomes for poorer individuals/communities through improved design and delivery of programmes.

b) A better understanding of the effect that savings groups have had in relation to different health system and social protection contexts across various countries where Christian Aid works. It will inform how Christian Aid positions its programme and policy work in different national health system contexts (e.g., reflecting on the entry points, barriers and advocacy messaging that might have the most impact) and in relation to health-related social protection provisions.

c) To develop evidence which can be used to raise board awareness, engagement and understanding on how we have been working on health and the impact of a specific aspect of that work in selected CA country programmes.

d) Use the findings to inform Universal Health Care (UHC) advocacy and Health Systems Strengthening at national, regional, and global level.

Research question(s) The review will particularly focus on the following question: In what ways, have Christian Aid saving groups’ enabled access to health in different country health system contexts, and how effective have they been? Burundi, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi.

Broad Scope

• 25 days consultancy, one or a team of consultants.

• Timeframe October 18th – Jan 31st.

• Working closely with Christian Aid Impact and Evidence Adviser.

Please contact Sandy Picken for further details. Considering the short deadline for applications, we are asking that interested candidates only need to provide the following information:

  1. One page proposal overview responding to the 3 phases of the TOR
  2. Two examples of written work.
  3. Budget in GBP.
  4. Recent CV/s

Ideal candidates should possess:

  1. At least 8 years of research and/or experience.
  2. Experience with health systems research (health financing is also an added advantage).
  3. Advanced knowledge and skills in managing, designing and delivering research.
  4. Knowledge of French an asset.

How to apply

Please send your proposals via email on or before midday 15 October 2021 (UK) to the following email address:

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