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Short-Term Consultant - Evaluation of RACS Global Health Eye Programs

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is seeking an evaluation consultant (or team) to undertake a cross-program evaluation of two eye health projects, the East Timor Eye Program and the Sumba Eye Program.

Program/project to be evaluated:  East Timor Eye Program (ETEP) & Sumba Eye Program (Sumba)

Location/s: Flexible/ remote with a preference for applicants currently based in Dili, Timor Leste or Melbourne, Australia (nil travel to country).

Expected evaluation period: ~30 days

Evaluation manager: Caroline Crothers, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, Global Health; Robyn Whitney Program and Operations Manager

Nature of Evaluation: Evaluation of two eye health projects at mid-term (ETEP) and end-of-program (Sumba).

About RACS

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is the leading advocate for surgical standards, professionalism and surgical education in Australia and New Zealand. RACS supports the ongoing development, maintenance of expertise and lifelong learning that accompanies the surgical practice of more than 7,000 surgeons and 1,300 surgical trainees and International Medical Graduates.

RACS also provides specialist medical education, training, capacity development and medical aid to 18 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Our teams provide clinic mentoring and education to national medical workforces, strengthening the capacity of health services in the region. And our volunteer health professionals work with national clinicians, doctors and health staff who share their knowledge, skills and expertise, in providing essential surgical and medical services to people who are unable to access treatment.

The ultimate goal of RACS Global Health is to support the development of national healthcare systems, through National Surgical Plans and activities that focus on supporting medical workforces and services into the future. By focusing on sustainable training and working in alignment with in-country governments and partners in service delivery, we strive to strengthen national systems and partner institutions. These principles are reflected in our Global Health Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Framework (MELF).

Scope of Evaluation

The East Timor Eye Program (ETEP) and Sumba Eye Program have generated significant program evidence and yet, to date reporting has been largely operationally focused. RACS has implemented a program-monitoring process however, the proposed evaluation will be the first in-depth and independent evaluation of both programs.  The evaluation should be guided by OECDE performance standards to assess the extent to which both programs delivered against their objectives with reference to relevance, effectiveness, impact, efficacy and sustainability and gender and disability inclusion. Findings will also be used to determine future models for eye health programming to ensure the incorporation of lessons learnt into the design of new programs or new phases of existing programs. 

Selection Criteria:

Applications will be accepted from both individual consultants or teams. The specific skills and experience required by the individual or team are as follows:

  • Expertise in evaluating specialist global health programs with a preference for candidates with experience in eye health programming in developing contexts
  • Experience evaluating programs with a particular focus on health workforce capacity development
  • Strong understanding of health system strengthening in developing contexts, with a preference for candidates with demonstrated experience in Timor Leste and/or Indonesia
  • Experience working with stakeholders within Ministries of Health
  • Experience in conducting mixed methods evaluations to develop practical recommendations for program improvement
  • Ability to work effectively with clients to meet deadlines and deliver to a consistently high standard

All applications should also include the following:

  • An evaluation proposal that responds to the requirements of the Terms of Reference providing information on the approach, methodology and expected outputs
  • A high-level budget that details the expected number of days per activity and daily rate of each team member

For more information please refer to the attached Terms of Reference.

For any enquiries please contact Caroline Crothers, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, on 0451 345 561 or caroline.crothers@surgeons.org using the subject line: Short-Term Consultant - Evaluation of RACS Global Health Eye Programs enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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