Applications are invited from qualified persons for the above consultancy opportunity.
- Minimum Qualification:Bachelor
- Experience Level:Mid level
- Experience Length:3 years
TERMS OF REFERENCE
IMPACT EVALUATION FOR THE GOOD SAMARITAN HIV PROGRAM (2018 – 2022)
1. Organizational and program background
United Bible Societies Association (UBSA) is a world-wide network of Bible Societies operating in over 240 countries and territories to make sure that everyone who desires can access and engage with the Bible in their language. UBSA’s four main priority areas are Bible Translation, Bible Production and Distribution, Bible Advocacy and Bible Engagement, and Holistic Ministry (HIV Service – Good Samaritan Program).
The Good Samaritan Program (GSP) was piloted in 2004 in Uganda and Cameroon. The HIV/AIDS response at this time was led by health organizations which largely focused on providing knowledge and preventative methods such as condom use, testing and counselling, and the use of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs). There was a gap within churches on how to respond to HIV. Bible Societies decided to intervene through a value-based response within their area of strength, which is Information, Education and Communication (IEC). In 2005, the HIV Service desk was formed to coordinate the Good Samaritan HIV Program across Africa.
By 2017, over one million people had been reached with our message of tolerance towards people who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The external evaluation in 2018 noted that some of the successes of the Good Samaritan HIV Program were1:
1. Expanded network of partners, leading to wider reach of the HIV programme.
2. During FGDs, pastors and partners indicated that there is a change in attitude, from that of condemning the infected members to being supportive and understanding.
3. Moreover, in a Kenya and Togo the VCT uptake had increased.
4. In Ethiopia uptake of VCT increased from 32% to 92% among the program volunteers.
Furthermore, the findings revealed a reduction of stigma.
5. PLHIV confirmed to the evaluation team an improved self-esteem and corresponding acceptance by community members.
As of 2021, 11 Bible Societies are implementing the program with Ethiopia being fully funded and 10 other Bible Societies implementing some project activities with local or limited funds. The 10 Bible Societies are Burundi, DRC, Gabon, Cameroon, Tanzania, Zambia, Benin, Rwanda, Mozambique, and newly inducted Chad. Other countries like Togo, Kenya, Eswatini, Congo, South Sudan and Cote d’Ivoir have since stopped their HIV projects due to lack of funding. Although our reach has been limited due to funding and COVID-19 restriction, HIV Service is optimistic that our sustained interventions, much aided by digital solutions, have brought about change in African communities.
2. The consultancy assignment
HIV Service has been coordinating the implementation of the Good Samaritan Program since 2005 and is requesting this evaluation jointly with the national Bible Societies. Focusing on the current project period, while also considering the previous evaluation and key consolidated results since program inception, we would like to ascertain the following:
a) Achievement of goals at the level of outcome and impact
b) The contribution of faith-based organizations to improved knowledge and positive change in attitude and behavior among target communities, focusing on HIV/AIDS, inclusion of PLHIV and PWD, gender equality, and empowerment of adolescents
c) Based on this, consider the contribution of the Good Samaritan Program to the national agenda of reducing HIV transmission in target countries, as well as UNAIDS’ strategy to end AIDS by 20302
d) The way forward: concise and practical recommendations to program design, based on strengths and lessons learned, and geared towards efficient implementation of an extended Young Samaritan youth program.
Specific objectives and key questions:
a) Asses the achievement of outcome goals, including unintended results, both positive and negative
a. To what extent have results on impact level been achieved?
b) Assess changes in knowledge, attitudes, and behavior among target communities in relation to HIV/AIDS, inclusion of PLHIV and PWD, gender equality, and empowerment of adolescents
a. Has the intervention contributed to positive change in the areas mentioned above? If yes, how, and to what extent?
c) How, and to what extent, has HIV Service’s provision of coordination and capacity building contributed to:
a. achieving program goals?
b. increasing organizational capacity among national Bible Societies?
c. sustaining activities during the COVID-19 pandemic?
d) Verify and assess the status of areas addressed in the evaluation from 2018 concerning learning materials, M&E, HIV Service coordination, and sustainability
e) Carry out an empowerment assessment using the Empowerment Assessment Tool provided by Digni (see separate attachment)
f) Draw conclusions and make specific ordered recommendations for the purpose of learning and future programming. In particular, address the following questions:
a. How may the current network and program structure, with a regional unit for coordination and capacity-building, be carried forward and improved?
b. What recommendations can be made for an expansion of the Young Samaritan in terms
of focus areas, resources, and methodologies?
Short preliminary assessment of Young Samaritan movie project:
A youth movie is being planned to engage with the various topics of the Young Samaritan module. Based on the movie project document and feedback from stakeholders, we would like to request a short preliminary assessment on the relevance of the movie to compliment future implementation of a dedicated youth program. How can this movie be used towards achieving the program goals?
3. Scope of work
The geographical area of the evaluation will be determined jointly by HIV Service and the lead evaluator, taking into account the ongoing Covid-pandemic and other risk-factors. The assignment will last no more than 25 consulting days. Exact dates and number of working days for different activities mentioned above will be set by the lead evaluator in cooperation with HIV Service.
The evaluators will describe and justify their methodology in the inception report. The stakeholders will review the inception report and provide relevant input. Data collection methodology and tools will be developed by the evaluation team. Data collection will be carried out by the evaluation team and in certain countries by local consultants. The methodology for the evaluation process will included:
• Document reviews
• Field visits to selected countries
• Qualitative interviews with GSP beneficiaries in selected countries
• SWOT analysis
• Review and identification of organization and sector specific best practices
The following deliverables will be expected:
a) Inception Report on 2-5 pages
b) Evaluation tools, finalized in consultation with the GSP team
c) Draft evaluation report based on the finding of the comprehensive evaluation
d) Final evaluation report incorporating input from GSP staff and stakeholders
6. Desired qualifications of the evaluation team
The team will have the following qualifications and experience.
a) Profound experience in impact evaluation
b) Experience in HIV and AIDS programs
c) Excellent analytical skills and communication: Ability to interpret and analyze complex qualitative and quantitative data, and to present findings and recommendations in a clear and concise manner.
d) Evidence of evaluation of similar programs.
e) Excellent report writing skills (in English).
f) Ability to communicate in French or willingness to collaborate with a French speaking consultant.
A written evaluation report should be submitted to HIV Service. The report should be written in English and submitted by electronic transmission to HIV Service both draft and final. HIV Service and stakeholders will give their comments to the draft report. A final report will then be submitted taking into account the comments received from HIV Service and stakeholders.
8. Report format
The report format will be provided later when the team will be compiling a draft report
9. Organizational setting
HIV Service will provide a management response to the final evaluation report.
10. Terms of engagement
Payments will be determined between HIV Service and consultant after quotations have been reviewed and decisions made as per choice of evaluators. The final payment will be payed upon evaluator submitting a final report which is agreed upon by all stakeholders. HIV service is responsible for practical arrangements
Proposal for the assignment and supporting documents is required with a detailed breakdown of work plan and any associated costs. The proposal should include a section on methodology that will be used to conduct the impact assessment. In addition, include updated curriculum vitae of the lead consultant
and his/her team members.
Your proposal and supporting documents should be received on or before May 20, 2022. Send your proposal via "Apply Now Button", using the following title: Impact Evaluation for the Good Samaritan HIV Program (2018-2022).
• GSP Evaluation Report – General consolidated Final – 2018
• Digni’s Empowerment Assessment Tool
• Digni’s Ethical Guidelines
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