Call for Proposals and Terms of Reference: External Evaluation of Mama na Mtoto Project, Mwanza Region, Tanzania

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Background:

The Regional Maternal Newborn and Child Health Strengthening project, also known in Swahili as the Mama na Mtoto (“Mother and Child”) project, is financed under the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PSMNCH also known as Muskoka2) funding envelope from Global Affairs Canada. Mama na Mtoto aims to contribute to reduced maternal and child mortality in Mwanza Region, Tanzania. The project approach is adapted from the Mama Toto Healthy Child Uganda (HCU) initiative in Uganda implemented by UCalgary and Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Core principles emphasize active district leadership, integration within health and civil structures, mainstreaming of equity and gender equality considerations, and use of community health workers (CHWs) and engagement of stakeholders at all levels.  The project Logic Model has three planned intermediate outcomes:

  1. Improved delivery of essential health services to mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under five years (1100);
  2. Improved health practices and utilization of essential health services among mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under five in targeted districts of Mwanza Region (1200); and
  3. Increased active involvement of Canadians in addressing MNCH issues (1300).

The MnM project is implemented by a coalition of partners led by the University of Calgary (UCalgary) and including Agriteam Canada, the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS), Save the Mothers (STM), Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS-Bugando). The Mwanza Regional Health Management Team (RHMT), local government, and the Council Health Management Teams (CHMTs) of Misungwi and Kwimba districts are key local project implementation partners. The MnM initiative began in April 2016, and field activities will continue until the end of March 2020, with the project ending at the end of September 2020. For futher information, please see the project website: https://www.mnmtanzania.com/ .

The project is complemented by a linked research project, which is led by CUHAS-Bugando and supported by teams from University of Calgary and MUST. This research project is funded through the International Development Research Centre under the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) program.

Purpose of the Evaluation:

The objective of the evaluation is to examine the effectiveness of the MnM project in terms of the strengths and weaknesses of the project and its key elements and implementation strategies or approaches, the achievement and sustainability of results and the key factors contributing to results achievement, and to identify any particular weak elements or areas where the project could have performed better.

The evaluation should take into consideration the criteria for evaluating development assistance recognized the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The evaluation team is requested to address the following areas:

  1. What were the project’s key achievements and results (outcomes and outputs) in each of the key components of the project and in each project district?
  2. To what extent have the intended outcomes and impacts been achieved overall and in each district?
  3. What key factors contributed to achievement or non-achievement of project results in each district?
  4. Were there any unintended outcomes?
  5. To what extent do MnM results appear to be sustainable?

Proposed Evaluation Team Composition:

The External Evaluation Team will be led by one international consultant working in partnership with one national consultant in Tanzania.  The national consultant can be identified by the international consultant.  If no Tanzanian counterpart is identified, recruitment will proceed through independent tender by the project team depending on the methodology or preference expressed by the international consultant.

The evaluation is planned for the first quarter (January-March) in 2020. The field work portion of the evaluation must absolutely be completed before March 8th 2020.

Proposed Timeline and Level of Effort:

The work is anticipated to take up to 5 days for review and methodology development, up to 8 days field visit, and up to 5 days write up. The project will also pay one day time for international travel each way, for a maximum of 20 working days per person in total. 

All travel and field work logistics will be supported by the University of Calgary and Agriteam Health Tanzania.

International Consultants are welcome to submit proposals for consideration by the selection committee. Your proposal should include the following sections:

  1. Methodology: Provide an outline of your approach to the evaluation, including methods proposed, key themes/questions, and outline for the field visit.
  2. Consultant Qualification/Work experience: Provide a copy of your Curriculum Vitae and two contact details for two references. Ideally the references will be related to past evaluation work.
  3. Draft Budget including daily fee rate and travel expenses based on economy class travel. Rates for meals and incidentals may not exceed those posted by the National Joint Council (Government of Canada).
  4. Rough workplan.

Preferred Consultant Profile:

Interested consultants should possess at least a Master’s degree in social sciences, health sciences, public heath, international development or other relevant field of study. The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of experience in implementation or monitoring and evaluation of international development projects or programs, an understanding of health sector particularly maternal and child health, and experience working with cross-cultural and multidisciplinary teams. Knowledge of the health sector in Tanzania will be an added advantage.  Prior work with a university is an asset. 

Note: The International Consultant is invited to identify a suitable Tanzanian consultant team member and provide their CV as part of the proposal. If a Tanzanian counterpart is not known to the international consultant, a separate call for proposals will be launched by Agriteam Health Tanzania. The Tanzanian consultant is expected to provide specific insights of the national and local situation. (S)he will be key in interpreting Tanzanian culture and language to the international consultant during the evaluation. (S)he will take the lead in facilitating face-to-face meetings and interviews within the community in order to understand the progress that has been made since project inception.

Please forward your proposal with the required information to:  Ruth Parent, rparent@ucalgary.ca.  The deadline for submission of proposals application is 12 December 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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