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Consultant - Evaluation of Liga Inan Program

Catalpa International

About the Project - Background and Context:

The Liga Inan program uses mobile phones to connect expecting mothers in Timor-Leste with their health providers. The program aims to decrease the significant barriers to the continuum of care for expecting mothers throughout their pregnancy, during and after delivery.

Initially funded by USAID and now the Australian Government, the program is a partnership between Catalpa International, Hamutuk Nasaun Saudavel (HAMNASA) and Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Health. The program started as a pilot in one municipality, Manufahi as the intervention municipality and Ainaro as the control site, and has now been scaled up nationally, and will be transitioned to the Ministry of Health for full management by December 2022.

The overall goal of the Liga Inan program is to contribute to the reduction of Timor-Leste’s high maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality through increasing the utilisation of, and access to, skilled health care providers during pregnancy, and during and after delivery.

The impacts of the pilot program have been measured previously, demonstrating that if women enrolled in Liga Inan who were called 3 weeks prior to delivery, 53% had a facility delivery compared to only 32% of women who had a facility delivery and were not called.

About the Organisations:

Catalpa

Catalpa is a global development organisation designing creative ways to tackle diverse problems, integrating technology and behavioural insights with locally-driven solutions. We bring together people from unique backgrounds to work together on meaningful projects — governance specialists, engineers, designers, education economists, public health researchers, nutritionists, international development practitioners, and operations personnel. Check us out here.

HAMNASA

HAMNASA is a national NGO that transitioned from INGO Health Alliance International in October 2021. HAMNASA supports the Ministry of Health in Timor-Leste to implement programs that improve the quality of supply by improving clinical skills, and increasing demand for health services through engagement with communities.

The position

Catalpa and HAMNASA are seeking a consultant to undertake an evaluation of the Liga Inan program. The evaluators are invited to propose their methodology for conducting a final evaluation.

The purpose of the evaluation is to:

  • Assess the contribution of the Liga Inan program toward increasing trust among Liga Inan parents with their health professionals
  • Demonstrate evidence of the Liga Inan program contribution to increased interaction of pregnant women with the primary health system (ANC/PNC/SBA)
  • Demonstrate evidence of the utilisation of the LI technology (as designed) by the health care providers
  • Demonstrate evidence of the utilisation of the LI platform (as designed) by the health facility managers.
  • Identify the enablers and challenges to transition the LI platform to MOH management since 2017?
  • Inform what is needed to ensure effective and efficient ongoing implementation and management of the program by the Ministry of Health

A detailed Terms of Reference can be found here.

Requirements

This evaluation could be conducted by an individual or team of consultants who should meet the following criteria:

  • Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation, particularly of Australian Government Programs (DFAT)
  • Strong skills in both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Clear writing skills, and the ability to communicate complex information in a simple, easy-to-read format.
  • Experience working in Timor-Leste and understanding of context.
  • Experience working in public health and/or have conducted research on health system strengthening.
  • Familiarity with implementation and management of digital health is desirable
  • At least one team member must be located in Timor-Leste and be a fluent Tetun speaker.
  • Availability to undertake the work in May 2022 will be highly valued

Eligibility

We love working with smart people from diverse backgrounds who are willing to learn new things. There are many skills we think this job will make use of but feel free to apply even if you feel like you may not be a ‘perfect fit’.

Safeguarding

We define Safeguarding as “the preventative action taken to protect our people, clients and the communities we work with from harm”. We are committed to ensuring that all children and adults who come into contact with us are treated with respect and are free from Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment. Successful candidates may be subject to an enhanced selection process including safeguarding-focused interviews and a rigorous due diligence process

How to Apply

If this sounds like you, please apply now and we will be in touch! To apply for this consultancy please submit:

  • CV of all consultants that will be working on the evaluation. CVs should be no longer than 4 pages each
  • A cover letter outlining how the consultants meet the above selection criteria and tell us why you think you’d be a good fit for this engagement
  • A proposed plan for implementing the evaluation, including the budget
  • An example of an evaluation report written solely by the consultants, or the lead consultant

For further inquiries or questions regarding this position, send an email to jobs@catalpa.io with ‘Liga Inan M&E consultancy’ in the subject line of the email. Please do not email CV's as we require them to go through our website, thanks.

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