Consultancy Dates: November 1st, 2017 – August 31st, 2018 (maximum 80 days of work)
Location: D.C.-based with travel to up to 3 countries: e.g. Burma, Rwanda, and Ghana (to be finalized)
To Apply: Please send CV, writing sample, proposed daily rate/biodata
The Maternal and Child Survival Program is a global, USAID Cooperative Agreement to introduce and support high-impact health interventions with a focus on 25 high-priority countries with the ultimate goal of ending preventable maternal and child deaths (EPMCD) within a generation. The Program is focused on ensuring that all women, newborns and children most in need have equitable access to quality health care services to save lives. The Maternal and Child Survival Program supports programming in maternal, newborn, and child health; immunization; family planning and reproductive health; nutrition; health systems strengthening; water, sanitation, and hygiene; malaria; prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV; and pediatric HIV care and treatment.
Contingent on funding, MCSP’s Monitoring, Measurement, Evaluation and Learning (MMEL) team seeks a short-term consultant to assist with implementing an evaluation method called a “contribution analysis” (CA) in up to three country programs, possibly including India, Burma, Madagascar, Ghana, Zambia or Rwanda. The purpose of this method is to be able to document and highlight MCSP’s achievements at country level.
Developed by John Mayne, contribution analysis is a way to systematically explore cause and effect relationships between interventions and outcomes/impact, and can be done as part of a summative evaluation or prospectively in newer programs. The use of this method is particularly useful in situations where the complexity of interventions, the existing systems, and lack of a counterfactual make it challenging to claim that the program has made a difference. Using this method should help MCSP come to reasonably robust conclusions about the contribution that has been made based on well-articulated theories of change.
The consultant will be tasked with implementing the six step CA process which will require that multiple types of data, both qualitative and quantitative, are brought together to tell program’s story of contributions along a logical pathway to impact.
Data sources will include existing routine monitoring data; results from learning and research activities; documentation efforts (including case studies); results from impact modeling; and other existing data sources. In some cases, the consultant will work with MCSP HQ and in-country staff to collect additional quantitative or qualitative data to obtain stakeholder perspectives. The consultant will be expected to lead the development of a theory of change where one may not exist and then to use it as the framework around which the contribution analysis process will be organized. This will allow MCSP to document program achievements based on credible contribution claims.
 http://www.betterevaluation.org/en/plan/approach/contribution_analysis. Mayne, J. (2008) Contribution Analysis: An approach to exploring cause and effect, ILAC methodological brief, available at http://www.cgiar-ilac.org/files/ILAC_Brief16_Contribution_Analysis_0.pdf
 The six step CA process: 1.) setting the attribution problem to be addressed; 2.) developing a theory of change and risks to it; 3.) gathering existing evidence on the theory of change; 4.) assembling and assessing the contribution story and challenges to it; 5.) seeking out additional evidence as needed; and 6.) revising and strengthening the contribution story,) (Ibid).
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