Terms Of Reference
Pregnant Women’s Group Project by Child.org
Meru County, Igembe Central Sub-County
The Pregnant Women’s Group project is a project that was designed to increase health literacy, self-efficacy and peer support of 5,700 rural poor pregnant and recently delivered women living in Igembe Central sub-county in Meru, Kenya. This has resulted in safer pregnancies for women and early lives for their newborns, evidenced by measurable changes in their knowledge for health protection, peer support networks, agency to seek care, utilization of maternal and newborn health services during pregnancy, delivery and in the postnatal period, and early infant feeding practices.
Through this project, over 30,000 community members have been engaged in maternal and child health to better sensitize them to value and support the well-being of pregnant women, contributing to a more enabling gender-respectful environment. Public health services in Igembe Central have been strengthened by training and capacity-building of Community health Assistants (CHAs), Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) and designated community members as facilitators of Pregnant Women’s Groups (PWGs).
The project was implemented directly by Child.org -Kenya. Additionally, the project worked with the Health Management teams at County and Sub-County levels to ensure effective implementation of the project. It worked within the community health strategy system for identification of pregnant women, facilitation of PWG health sessions and establishment of clear referral pathways to local health facilities for pregnant women.
Purpose of evaluation
This is an outcome evaluation to assess the impact of this project against its original aims. At the beginning of the project, we undertook a baseline survey that gave us the baseline statistics upon which the targets for the project were set. The aim of the end line survey is to measure the progress of the project against its set outcome indicators as well as document lessons learned throughout the period of implementation and take note of any unexpected outcomes. We are also keen to compare some of the results from the project with existing data on DHIS (District Health Information System ) in order to help us measure the impact of the project at scale.
- To assess the positive and negative impacts of the project both at community level and at scale.
- To examine the effectiveness of the project in addressing the problem identified.
- Document lessons learned through the implementation of the project which will contribute to the formation of future projects.
- To retrace the project planning and implementation process and results after project implementation..
- To assess the strength of the causal pathway from the project activities to the anticipated and actual outcomes.
Scope of work
- Desk review of project documents including project proposal, logical framework, quarterly project reports and annual reports.
- Work with the Child.org team to develop a research methodology for the survey
- Development of data collection tools based on existing project data collection tools and project indicators in consultation with Child.org.
- Give technical oversight over the data collection process including recruitment and training enumerators on data collection.
- Cleaning, analyzing and interpreting data collected.
- Present a summary of key evaluation findings to the project team.
- Written evaluation report with all relevant annexes attached.
Duration of the evaluation
- The evaluation has been scheduled to take place for a period of 6 weeks between 4th of July and 8th of August 2022.
- A proposal in revert to this TOR detailing the understanding of the Terms of Reference and proposed way of working. The proposal should include an outlined budget for planned activities.
- Refined data collection tools for the end line survey.
- Consolidate an analysis report of the data collected.
- Documentation of unexpected outcomes that were not within the project’s indicator list
Required expertise and qualification
- Advanced degree in Public Health/Community Health/Social Sciences.
- Proven experience working in Maternal and Child Health programs.
- Strong report writing skills.
- Strong data analysis skills, or inclusion of a partner in possession of such skills, to produce summaries of quantitative and qualitative data collected.
- Proven experience conducting Public Health research.
- Experience evaluating or working with FCDO funded projects is preferred.
- Exposure or familiarity working in Meru County or similar contexts will be an added advantage.
All expressions of interest should include:
- Experience of the company or individual (including testimonials and a copy of a report of similar work).
- A capability statement: State the firm / organization or individual’s experience relevant to the assignment, curriculum vitae of key personnel, appropriate references and relevant testimonials. Please state your availability for the assignment.
- Technical Proposal (maximum five pages) highlighting: brief explanation about the Consultant/s with emphasis on previous experience in this kind of work; profile of the Consultant/s to be involved in undertaking the evaluation; understanding of the TOR, the task to be accomplished as well as a draft work plan.
- Financial Proposal: The financial proposal should provide cost estimates for services rendered including daily consultancy fees excluding: accommodation and living costs; transport cost, and any supplies needed for data collection. Costs related to persons that will take part during the evaluation process, and data collection process costs will be on the account of Child.org. The Consultant should also use his/her own computer.
How to apply
All applications should be sent to : firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 10th of June 2022