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  • Posted: Sep 15, 2020
    Deadline: Sep 25, 2020
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    Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Consultancy

     Job Description

    Reports to: MEL Advisor ASCEND Kenya/MoH

    Duration: Maximum Ten days from 1st October to 31st December 2020


    Introduction

    Accelerating the Su­stainable Control and Elimination of NTDs (ASCEND) is a £200 million invest­ment from the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID), to advance the impact and su­stainability of national programmes tackling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). ASCEND comprises of two lots - one focusing on South Asia, East­ and Southern Africa (lot 1) and the other on West­ and Central Africa (lot 2). ASCEND Lot 1’s approach is a close collaboration with National Governments and other implementing partners, to enhance national approaches to NTD control and elimination. ASCEND’s goal is to contribute to the global goal of reducing the burden of targeted NTDs so that they are no longer a public health problem.

    In Kenya, ASCEND will focus on three NTDs – Schistosomiasis, Lymphatic Filariasis and Visceral Leishmaniasis anchored on the following broad areas of intervention:

    (i) *Treatment and prevention of disability, including mass drug administration (MDA), diagnosis and treatment, surgeries, morbidity management.*

    (ii) *Increasing the integration of aspects of NTD programmes within the health systems.***

    (iii) *Strengthening national health systems, integrating efforts to strengthen the relevant building blocks of the health system.*

    (iv) *Data for targeting and monitoring, including impact assessment and alignment of NTDs with national and international MEL systems and processes.*

    (v) *Cross-sectoral collaboration, in particular within the health and WASH/BCC sectors. *

    DFID has contracted Crown Agents together with its consortium partners to act as Fund Manager for ASCEND in Kenya. In Kenya, ASCEND supports the Ministry of Health and specifically, the Kenya NTD programme which is within the Division of Vector-Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases (DVB&NTD) and is responsible for coordinating all the NTD control activities in the Country. In Kenya, both the PC – NTDs and the IDM (CM)- NTDs are endemic and thus requires various approaches for coordination and activities to achieve the overall goal of control and elimination of these diseases.

    The Ministry of Health with support from Sight Savers conducted a landscape analysis for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) WASH and Behaviour change. The landscape analysis provided insights into the situation of the WASH in NTD endemic areas and identified the gaps and challenges that affect the implementation of WASH and NTD activities. One of the main findings was the existence of different stand-alone databases/reporting tools in varying formats for collection of WASH and NTD data, which are not linked and this has resulted to poor coordination, a barrier in joint planning of the activities and ineffective decision making. Furthermore, it was not possible to utilise this stand-alone data to demonstrate the contribution of WASH interventions towards achieving the targets in the Breaking Transmission Strategy. The Kenya National Breaking Transmission Strategy (BTS) has three pillars recommended for achieving the main objective - breaking the transmission. They include; WASH, BCC and MDAs.

    In order to achieve the objective of expanding the NTDs related WASH interventions, it is imperative that the existing data and datasets are linked, analysed and utilised for decision making and for advocacy to ensure that WASH-related interventions are provided in NTD endemic areas, hence the purpose of this Technical Assistance.

    Scope of Work

    The technical assistance (TA) offered by the MEL consultant will be focussed on reviewing existing databases and/or reporting tools, collating and enhancing data quality assurance to ensure compatibility and develop relational linkages to the databases. The TA will facilitate identification of WASH indicators to be reported within NTD databases and most importantly, to provide information that will be used to advocate for additional investments towards WASH interventions in NTD endemic areas.The specific roles of the MEL consultant will include;

    • Lead the development of a high-level Theory of Change (jointly with key stakeholders) that details how integrated WASH/NTD interventions contribute to positive health outcomes.
    • Facilitate the identification of relevant indicators (jointly with key stakeholders) for integrated WASH and NTD interventions.
    • Develop an Indicator Reference Sheet for the selected set of WASH/NTD indicators clearly stipulating the indicator definition, the purpose, frequency of collection, source of data and means of verification.
    • Work closely with the Data Manager to customise WASH indicators in the Country Integrated NTD database to accommodate other NTDs other than the F&E strategy for Trachoma.
    • Together with the Data Manager, analyse NTD/WASH data and generate strategic insights that can be used for purposes of advocacy and sensitisation.

    Key Requirements.

    Knowledge (Education & Related Experience):

    • Masters degree in a Public Health, Monitoring and Evaluation,
    • More than 5 years experience working with the Ministry of Health and international development organisation.
    • More than 5years of experience in establishing MEL systems in health systems strengthening interventions.
    • Knowledge and experience working with the Kenya Health Management Information System (KHMIS)
    • Working experience with NTD programs is an added advantage.

    Skills (Special Training or Competence):

    • Ability to work with very tight timelines
    • Strong writing skills.
    • Proficiency in MS-Access, Excel
    • Advance level of programming will be an added advantage
    • Strong Analytical skills

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    Data Manager and Analyst

    Reports to: MEL Advisor ASCEND Kenya/MoH

    Duration: Maximum 20 days from 1st October 2020 to 31st March 2021

    Introduction

    Accelerating the Su­stainable Control and Elimination of NTDs (ASCEND) is a £200 million invest­ment from the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID), to advance the impact and su­stainability of national programmes tackling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). ASCEND comprises of two lots - one focusing on South Asia, East­ and Southern Africa (lot 1) and the other on West­ and Central Africa (lot 2). ASCEND Lot 1’s approach is a close collaboration with National Governments and other implementing partners, to enhance national approaches to NTD control and elimination. ASCEND’s goal is to contribute to the global goal of reducing the burden of targeted NTDs so that they are no longer a public health problem.

    In Kenya, ASCEND will focus on three NTDs – Schistosomiasis, Lymphatic Filariasis and Visceral Leishmaniasis anchored on the following broad areas of intervention:

    (i) *Treatment and prevention of disability, including mass drug administration (MDA), diagnosis and treatment, surgeries, morbidity management.*

    (ii) *Increasing the integration of aspects of NTD programmes within the health systems.***

    (iii) *Strengthening national health systems, integrating efforts to strengthen the relevant building blocks of the health system.*

    (iv) *Data for targeting and monitoring, including impact assessment and alignment of NTDs with national and international MEL systems and processes.*

    (v) *Cross-sectoral collaboration, in particular within the health and WASH/BCC sectors. *

    DFID has contracted Crown Agents together with its consortium partners to act as Fund Manager for ASCEND in Kenya. In Kenya, ASCEND supports the Ministry of Health and specifically, the Kenya NTD programme which is within the Division of Vector-Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases (DVB&NTD) and is responsible for coordinating all the NTD control activities in the Country. In Kenya, both the PC – NTDs and the IDM (CM)- NTDs are endemic and thus requires various approaches for coordination and activities to achieve the overall goal of control and elimination of these diseases.

    The Ministry of Health with support from Sight Savers conducted a landscape analysis for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) WASH and Behaviour change. The landscape analysis provided insights into the situation of the WASH in NTD endemic areas and identified the gaps and challenges that affect the implementation of WASH and NTD activities. One of the main findings was the existence of different stand-alone databases/reporting tools in varying formats for collection of WASH and NTD data, which are not linked and this has resulted to poor coordination, a barrier in joint planning of the activities and ineffective decision making. Furthermore, it was not possible to utilize this stand-alone data to demonstrate the contribution of WASH interventions towards achieving the targets in the Breaking Transmission Strategy. The Kenya National Breaking Transmission Strategy (BTS) has three pillars recommended for achieving the main objective - breaking the transmission. They include; WASH, BCC and MDAs.

    In order to achieve the objective of expanding the NTDs related WASH interventions, it is imperative that the existing data and datasets are linked, analysed, insights generated and utilized for decision making and for advocacy to ensure that WASH-related interventions are provided in NTD endemic areas, hence the purpose of this Technical Assistance (TA).

    Scope of Work

    The technical assistance (TA) offered by the Data Manager/Analyst will be focussed on reviewing existing WASH and NTD databases, Updating the Country Integrated NTD database (CIND) with current and retrospective WASH and NTD data, enhancing data quality assurance and generating strategic insights. The TA will primarily focus on generating strategic insights which demonstrate if WASH interventions are contributing towards achieving NTD targets in the Breaking transmission strategy. This information will be used to advocate for additional investments towards WASH interventions in NTD endemic areas where targets are not being achieved and where there is little investment in WASH interventions. This role will require a close working relationship with the MEL advisor, NTD disease focal points, data clerks and the MEL consultant. The specific roles of the MEL consultant will include;

    •     Lead the reviewing existing WASH and NTD databases based on defined WASH/NTD indicators
    •     Customizing WASH indicators in the Country Integrated NTD database to accommodate other NTDs other than the F&E strategy for Trachoma.
    •     Manage Data Entry Assistants and ensure current and retrospective NTD/ WASH data is entered in the CIND.
    •     Design and roll out NTD endemicity/WASH access decision tools ( dashboards)
    •     Implementing and enforcing regular data security activities such as storage, backups, archiving and user administration
    •     Perform various data manipulations, analysis of NTD/WASH data and generate strategic insights and data dashboards as required.

    Key Requirements.

    Knowledge (Education & Related Experience) and Skills (Special Training or Competence):

    • Master’s Degree in Data Management /Information Science or Computer Science
    • At least three years’ experience as a Data Manager in a similar position in a research or health institution.
    • Demonstrated competence in information management and statistical analysis
    • Excellent skills in systems analysis, data management, database design and structures
    • Excellent computing skills, including LINUX R and other Open Source software
    • Experience in managing multisite, distributed data collection and integration
    • Business analysis and basic SQL skills
    • Ability to handle large databases and troubleshoot issues involving complex data integration
    • Expert knowledge of maintaining and debugging software systems and of writing and editing program documentation
    • Ability to work with very tight timelines
    • Strong Analytical skills

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    Advocacy and Influence Consultant

    Reports to: MEL Advisor ASCEND Kenya/MoH

    Duration: Maximum 15 days from 1st October to 31st March 2021

    Introduction

    Accelerating the Su­stainable Control and Elimination of NTDs (ASCEND) is a £200 million invest­ment from the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID), to advance the impact and su­stainability of national programmes tackling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). ASCEND comprises of two lots - one focusing on South Asia, East­ and Southern Africa (lot 1) and the other on West­ and Central Africa (lot 2). ASCEND Lot 1’s approach is a close collaboration with National Governments and other implementing partners, to enhance national approaches to NTD control and elimination. ASCEND’s goal is to contribute to the global goal of reducing the burden of targeted NTDs so that they are no longer a public health problem.

    In Kenya, ASCEND will focus on three NTDs – Schistosomiasis, Lymphatic Filariasis and Visceral Leishmaniasis anchored on the following broad areas of intervention:

    (i) *Treatment and prevention of disability, including mass drug administration (MDA), diagnosis and treatment, surgeries, morbidity management.*

    (ii) *Increasing the integration of aspects of NTD programmes within the health systems.***

    (iii) *Strengthening national health systems, integrating efforts to strengthen the relevant building blocks of the health system.*

    (iv) *Data for targeting and monitoring, including impact assessment and alignment of NTDs with national and international MEL systems and processes.*

    (v) *Cross-sectoral collaboration, in particular within the health and WASH/BCC sectors. *

    DFID has contracted Crown Agents together with its consortium partners to act as Fund Manager for ASCEND in Kenya. In Kenya, ASCEND supports the Ministry of Health and specifically, the Kenya NTD programme which is within the Division of Vector-Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases (DVB&NTD) and is responsible for coordinating all the NTD control activities in the Country. In Kenya, both the PC – NTDs and the IDM (CM)- NTDs are endemic and thus requires various approaches for coordination and activities to achieve the overall goal of control and elimination of these diseases.

    The Ministry of Health with support from Sight Savers conducted a landscape analysis for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) WASH and Behaviour change. The landscape analysis provided insights into the situation of the WASH in NTD endemic areas and identified the gaps and challenges that affect the implementation of WASH and NTD activities. One of the main findings was the existence of different stand-alone databases/reporting tools in varying formats for collection of WASH and NTD data, which are not linked and this has resulted to poor coordination, a barrier in joint planning of the activities and ineffective decision making. Furthermore, it was not possible to utilise this stand-alone data to demonstrate the contribution of WASH interventions towards achieving the targets in the Breaking Transmission Strategy. The Kenya National Breaking Transmission Strategy (BTS) has three pillars recommended for achieving the main objective - breaking the transmission. They include; WASH, BCC and MDAs.

    In order to achieve the objective of expanding the NTDs related WASH interventions, it is imperative that the existing data and datasets are linked, analysed, insights generated and utilised for decision making and for advocacy to ensure that WASH-related interventions are provided in NTD endemic areas. If the strategic insights demonstrate that NTD targets have not been achieved in an implementation unit and WASH interventions/infrastructure is inadequate, then there is need to advocate and influence key actors to mobilise additional investments in WASH, hence the purpose of this Technical Assistance (TA).

    Scope of Work

    The Advocacy and Influence consultant role will provide Technical Assistance (TA) to the MoH and build their capacity to utilise strategic insights form WASH/NTD data analysis for advocacy. The consultant will develop influence and advocacy plan targeting different stakeholders and investors in both WASH and NTD sectors.

    The consultant will have a close working relationship with the Division of Vector-Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases, Data Analyst Consultant, WASH Manager and NTD Focal Program Officers. The specific roles for this position are as below;

    •     Lead the development of an advocacy and influence plan for the NTD/WASH integrated interventions.
    •     Build the capacity of the division to implement the advocacy and influence plan.
    •     Work with the Data Analyst to generate data-driven insights that drive the influence and advocacy agenda.
    •     Support the MoH in the timely development of position papers, policy briefings, presentations and other advocacy materials targeting different audiences.
    •     Identify opportunities to secure resources from partners towards new investments in WASH interventions.

    Key Requirements.

    Knowledge (Education & Related Experience) and Skills (Special Training or Competence):

    • Master level qualification in a relevant field (e.g. communications, humanities, environment);
    • At least 5 years working experience in policy analysis, lobby and advocacy, working with national, regional and global dimensions;
    • Demonstrable experience and achievements working in and advocating towards multi-stakeholder platforms and processes;
    • Track record in policy analysis, writing and editing articles, website content, reports and press releases;
    • Ability to quickly understand and absorb new topics, issues and disciplines and distil relevant advocacy strategies from them;
    • Ability to deliver oral presentations to various audiences;
    • Excellent communication and project management skills; team player and facilitator;
    • Excellent command of written and spoken English

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    Data Entry Clerks

    Reports to: MEL Advisor ASCEND Kenya/MoH

    Duration: Maximum 60 days from 1st October 2020 to 31st August 2021

    Introduction

    Accelerating the Su­stainable Control and Elimination of NTDs (ASCEND) is a £200 million invest­ment from the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID), to advance the impact and su­stainability of national programmes tackling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). ASCEND comprises of two lots - one focusing on South Asia, East­ and Southern Africa (lot 1) and the other on West­ and Central Africa (lot 2). ASCEND Lot 1’s approach is a close collaboration with National Governments and other implementing partners, to enhance national approaches to NTD control and elimination. ASCEND’s goal is to contribute to the global goal of reducing the burden of targeted NTDs so that they are no longer a public health problem.

    In Kenya, ASCEND will focus on three NTDs – Schistosomiasis, Lymphatic Filariasis and Visceral Leishmaniasis anchored on the following broad areas of intervention:

    (i) *Treatment and prevention of disability, including mass drug administration (MDA), diagnosis and treatment, surgeries, morbidity management.*

    (ii) *Increasing the integration of aspects of NTD programmes within the health systems.***

    (iii) *Strengthening national health systems, integrating efforts to strengthen the relevant building blocks of the health system.*

    (iv) *Data for targeting and monitoring, including impact assessment and alignment of NTDs with national and international MEL systems and processes.*

    (v) *Cross-sectoral collaboration, in particular within the health and WASH/BCC sectors. *

    DFID has contracted Crown Agents together with its consortium partners to act as Fund Manager for ASCEND in Kenya. In Kenya, ASCEND supports the Ministry of Health and specifically, the Kenya NTD programme which is within the Division of Vector-Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases (DVB&NTD) and is responsible for coordinating all the NTD control activities in the Country. In Kenya, both the PC – NTDs and the IDM (CM)- NTDs are endemic and thus requires various approaches for coordination and activities to achieve the overall goal of control and elimination of these diseases.

    The Ministry of Health with support from Sight Savers conducted a landscape analysis for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) WASH and Behaviour change. The landscape analysis provided insights into the situation of the WASH in NTD endemic areas and identified the gaps and challenges that affect the implementation of WASH and NTD activities. One of the main findings was the existence of different stand-alone databases/reporting tools in varying formats for collection of WASH and NTD data, which are not linked and this has resulted to poor coordination, a barrier in joint planning of the activities and ineffective decision making. Furthermore, it was not possible to utilise this stand-alone data to demonstrate the contribution of WASH interventions towards achieving the targets in the Breaking Transmission Strategy. The Kenya National Breaking Transmission Strategy (BTS) has three pillars recommended for achieving the main objective - breaking the transmission. They include; WASH, BCC and MDAs.

    In order to achieve the objective of expanding the NTDs related WASH interventions, it is imperative that the existing data and datasets are linked, analysed and utilised for decision making and for advocacy to ensure that WASH-related interventions are provided in NTD endemic areas, hence the purpose of this Technical Assistance.

    Scope of Work

    The technical assistance (TA) offered by the data collection assistants will be focused on updating the Country Integrated NTD database with current and retrospective WASH/NTD data. The Data Entry Assistants will conduct validation of the data to ensure data quality assurance The TA will be undertaken every quarter, and the Data Clerks will have some interaction with the MoH NTD focal persons. The specific roles of the Data Entry Assistants will include;

    • Data entry of the current and retrospective data from WASH and NTD interventions using established procedures.
    • Verifies entered data by reviewing, correcting, deleting, or reentering data; combining data from multiple sources when information is incomplete; purging files to eliminate duplication of data.
    • Communicate data quality issues effectively with the relevant supervisors routinely.
    • Perform other duties as directed by the supervisor.

    Key Requirements.

    Knowledge (Education & Related Experience):

    • Preferable University degree in statistics, economics, IT or related fields.
    • Minimum 1 years of previous job experience relevant to the function or in data management, statistics, analysis and information technology.
    • Knowledge and experience working with the Kenya Health Management Information System (KHMIS) is an added advantage.
    • Working experience with NTD programs is an added advantage.

    Skills (Special Training or Competence):

    • Proficiency in English is essential.
    • Advanced MS Excel skills and experience of working with MS Access is required. Previous experience of working with SPSS, STATA, or R is desirable.
    • Strong writing skills.
    • Strong Analytical skills

    Method of Application

    Send a covering letter and a copy of your CV to “[email protected]” by 25th September 2020

    NOTE: This is a national only position

     

    For any questions regarding the scope of the ToR, Please send them to [email protected]

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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