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: SEAOHUN Secretariat
: 19 Oct 2023
31 / October / 2023

Job title:                            Evaluation Consultant

Location:                           Home based

Start date:                         No later than 1 November 2023

Final deliverable date:    No later than 31 March 2024

Total working days:         Up to 30 days

 

BACKGROUND

The spillover of infectious agents from animals to humans in recent decades has had a significant impact on the health of humans, animals, and our environment. To minimize the impact of future pandemic threats, the Southeast Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN) was established in 2011 with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop a resilient and competent One Health workforce to effectively prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease threats by leveraging education, research, and training excellence provided by member universities.

Since its establishment, SEAOHUN has expanded network membership from 10 universities in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam to over 100 universities in eight countries, including the four founding countries plus Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and the Philippines. The expansion was made possible with the support of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), U.S. Department of State (DOS) through its Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI), and USAID. Our university members come from multiple disciplines connected to the health of humans, animals, and their ecosystem.

Our regional programs promote and facilitate collaborative activities among the countries with an emphasis on improving One Health education and research. Examples of our educational initiatives include the development of One Health core and technical competencies, competency-based education, research capacity to provide an evidence-base for One Health advocacy, One Health student clubs, and other experimental learning activities.

The SEAOHUN Secretariat based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is the coordinating body for all the country networks. The Secretariat manages subawards with the country networks, facilitates SEAOHUN Executive Board meetings and regional activities, strengthens One Health University Networks in Southeast Asia through capacity building activities, and partners with national, international and non-governmental organizations to build the next generation of One Health leaders. The Secretariat represents interests of its country networks at global and regional meetings/conferences/forums such as Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), and ASEAN+3 Field Epidemiology Training Network (FETN). SEAOHUN has partnered with Zoetis and Pfizer to address the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and with Chevron to strengthen One Health education in Southeast Asia.

For more information, you may visit https://www.seaohun.org/ and http://facebook.com/seaohun

 

FOUR REGIONAL FLAGSHIP PROGRAMS

There are four regional flagship programs under the USAID One Health Workforce - Next Generation (OHW - NG) project. Two programs focusing on in-service professionals are fellowship and One Health Research and Training (OHRT) Awards. The other two programs focusing on pre-service professionals are scholarship and student engagement.

1) Fellowship program: This program has been implemented for more than five years and is designed to support in-service young and mid-career professionals in working on One Health issues at leading academic and research institutions, government agencies, international organizations, or international non-governmental organizations in Southeast Asia to strengthen the One Health workforce. To date, 41 fellows have been supported through more than 19 host organizations in this program. For more information, please visit our webpage at the following link: https://www.seaohun.org/fellowship.

 

2) OHRT awards program: This program has been implemented for more than four years and is designed to support in-service health professionals and faculty members to develop innovative ideas and implement research projects that advance training and education of prioritized One Health technical and core competencies. To date, SEAOHUN has awarded 49 projects through this program. Please visit our webpage link: https://www.seaohun.org/one-health-awards for more information.

 

3) Scholarship program: This program has been implemented for more than five years and is designed to provide scholarships to young health professionals to pursue first Master’s degrees incorporating One Health training into infectious disease related fields at SEAOHUN's member Universities. As of now, a total of 32 scholarships have been successfully awarded through this program. Please visit our webpage link: https://www.seaohun.org/scholarship for more information.

 

4) Student engagement program: This program has been implemented for more than four years and is designed to include regional students’ activities where students across disciplines and countries can interact and develop technical and soft skills to practice applying One Health concept and approach in One Health issues to the communities through regional student competitions, and student journal club webinars on OH topics. As of now, over 500 students have been engaged for this program. Please visit our webpage link: https://www.seaohun.org/student-engagement for more information.

 

TWO COUNTRY-SPECIFIC PROGRAMS

There are two country-specific programs that have been focused on this evaluation under the USAID One Health Workforce - Next Generation (OHW - NG) project. One program focusing on in-service professionals is Participatory/Field Epidemiology training program for two network countries and the other program focusing on pre-service is One Health Student Clubs (OHSCs) for five network countries.

 

1) One Health Participatory/Field epidemiology training program: This program has been implemented in two network countries, Malaysia and Cambodia, for more than three years. The objective of this program is to enhance the core and technical competencies of the One Health workforce, with a specific emphasis on improving the capacity of in-service health professionals to respond to emerging infectious diseases. To date, over 200 health professionals from these two network countries have received training through this program Please see the link: https://myohun.com/2023/06/22/one-health-field-epidemiology-training-4/ to learn OH Field Epidemiology Training Program in Malaysia and https://www.cambohun.org/PE_ToT training to learn Participatory Epidemiology Training in Cambodia.

 

2) OHSCs’ activities:  Encompassing a wide range of activities within each OHSC in five member countries - Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Viet Nam - including awareness-raising campaigns, seminars, competitions, contests, talk shows, field experiences, risk communication, and community engagement activities for over three years. These activities provide opportunities for students from OHSCs to acquire knowledge and build capacity, enabling them to effectively respond to emerging health threats. To date, more than 800 students have participated in these activities across the five network countries. Please follow the links: https://myohun.com/one-health-student-club/, https://www.adprc.unair.ac.id/ and https://www.seaohun.org/vohun to learn OHSCs’ activities from our country networks, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Viet Nam.

 

PURPOSE OF THE EVALUATION

SEAOHUN has implemented the above four regional programs and our country networks implement country specific programs for three or more years. While the OHRT awards and student engagement programs started in Year 1 of the OHW - NG project (October 2019), the other two regional programs and country-specific programs have started since the USAID OHW project (~October 2015). SEAOHUN has scheduled an evaluation of their effectiveness to ensure accountability and maximize the impact of these programs. This evaluation is designed to cover the entire duration of these programs, from their commencement until September 2023.  By considering COVID 19 impact on program implementation, the evaluation will assess (1) the effectiveness against the program objectives; assessing how well the programs have met their stated objectives, including their impact on capacity building, and One Health awareness (2) the relevance of the programs; analyzing the alignment of the programs with current countries’ priorities (3) lessons learned; identifying and documenting best practices and impacts from program implementation and  (4) potential impacts; evaluating the long-term impacts of the programs at the county levels, The findings and recommendations resulting from this evaluation will play an important role in shaping SEAOHUN's and OHUNs' leadership strategies. They will guide decision-making regarding areas of improvement, innovation, and the development of future programming.

 

SCOPE OF EVALUATION

The SEAOHUN programs evaluation will assess the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance of programs implementation and results, and impact. These will include program management, the extent of the results achieved, established partnerships, beneficiaries, and gender mainstreaming. The evaluation will cover all the four regional programs and two country-specific programs for up to 30 working days. SEAOHUN will assist in identifying and coordinating with program beneficiaries. Proposed evaluation method has to align with USAID Evaluation Policy, and ADS Reference 201mah. The SEAOHUN Secretariat will assist with interview scheduling and distribution of survey to stakeholders and beneficiaries.

 

EXPECTED DELIVERABLES

  1. Inception report

After selecting the consultant, SEAOHUN will provide feedback to the selected technical proposal. The consultant will incorporate SEAOHUN’s inputs and submit the inception report detailing methodology, evaluation questions, data sources, data collection and analysis, tools to be used, tasks, and timeframes of deliverables 2-4.

  1. Presentation of preliminary findings and recommendations

A consultant will present his/her findings and recommendations to SEAOHUN before drafting a detailed evaluation report.

  1. Draft evaluation report

The consultant will prepare a draft report in accordance with USAID Evaluation Report requirements for SEAOHUN to review. The SEAOHUN will provide comments within ten working days.

  1. Final evaluation report

The consultant will submit the final evaluation report by using the USAID Style Guide within ten working days after receiving comments from the SEAOHUN. The contents of the final evaluation report should include the following:

  • Executive summary
  • Background
  • Objectives
  • Methods
  • Findings
  • Limitations
  • Conclusions and Recommendations
  • Annexes: Graphs, Charts, Interview questions, references of documents reviewed.

 

TIMEFRAME

The start date should be no later than 1 November 2023, subject to funding availability, with the final report to be submitted by the end of March 2024.

 

REPORTING

The consultant will report to the SEAOHUN MEL Officer.

 

SCHEDULE OF PAYMENT

The transfer will be made within one week upon the acceptance of the following deliverables:

  • 30% payment after approval of inception report (deliverable #1)
  • 30% payment after presenting preliminary findings and recommendations (deliverable #2)
  • 40% payment after approval of final evaluation report (deliverable #4)

 

DEGREE OF EXPERTISE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • An advanced degree in education, social sciences, international studies, statistics, or related field.
  • At least 5 years of work experience in development projects, preferably in the context of Southeast Asia
  • At least 7 years of extensive knowledge and experiences in conducting program evaluation as the leader of the evaluation process. Experience in One Health related areas and education sector is an asset.
  • Excellent English language ability both written and oral
  • Experience with USAID-funded projects is highly desirable.
  • Experience working with international/regional organizations, and/or SEAOHUN member countries is an asset.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants should submit the following documents to secretariat+recruitment@seaohun.org and copy to wahwahlwin@seaohun.org using the subject line “Apply for Evaluation Consultant” by 31 October 2023 (11:59 p.m. ICT).

  1. Letter stating how s/he is a suitable consultant and a daily rate.
  2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  3. Technical proposal describing what a consultant can accomplish with up to 30 working days. Should the time be insufficient to evaluate all four regional programs and two country-specific programs, please propose which programs can be covered. The proposal should include methods, their strengths and limitations, sample evaluation questions, sampling and data collection, and tools.
  4. Sample of past work is optional. Any sensitive data should be removed.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

Criteria

Percentage (%)

Education qualification and level of experiences

20%

 

Technical proposal

50%

Total costs

30%

 

All inquiries regarding the TOR should be directed to Wah Wah Lwin at wahwahlwin@seaohun.org

 

SEAOHUN is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, language, religion, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and gender identity. SEAOHUN prohibits the use of forced labor and trafficking in persons and does not charge any fees from applicants. While we respect all applications, only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Contact : secretariat+recruitment@seaohun.org / wahwahlwin@seaohun.org

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