REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Title: Consultancy for External Evaluation of the SADC Malaria Elimination Eight Regional Initiative (E8)
The SADC Malaria Elimination Eight Regional Initiative (E8) is a coalition of eight countries; Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, who are working across national borders to eliminate malaria in the sub-region by 2030. It was formed in 2009 and is led by the Ministers of Health in eight countries; to plan, coordinate, and execute a regional malaria elimination strategy. As the malaria response arm of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), the E8 is pioneering an ambitious regional approach and driving collective action to end this deadly disease once and for all. Guided by the belief that countries are stronger when they work together, the E8 is building a model that will inform coordinated efforts in Southern Africa and beyond. Within the E8, member countries collaborate to address challenges that go beyond the scope or mandate of any one country, such as those associated with access to services for mobile and migrant populations, surveillance across connected malaria catchment areas in different countries, and pooling of specialized skills. The E8 Ministerial Committee is supported by a Technical Committee, and a Secretariat based in Windhoek, Namibia.
Vision, Goal and Strategic Objectives of the E8
Vision: To have a malaria – free southern Africa
Goal: To enable and accelerate zero local transmission in the four frontline countries by 2020 (and the second line countries by 2030) through the provision of a platform for collaboration and strategic programming.
- COORDINATE - Regional coordination to achieve ‘0’ across E8 by 2030.
- ADVOCATE - Elevate and maintain regional malaria high on leadership agenda.
- HARMONISE - Promote knowledge management, quality control, and policy harmonization leading to elimination.
- ENGAGE - Facilitate reduced cross border transmission.
- SUSTAIN - Resource mobilization efforts to ensure sustainable financing for elimination ambitions.
Milestones since 2009
- Functioning, vibrant partnership ensuring accountability and harmonized approach to zero
- A strategic approach to accelerated progress to zero
- Reduction of malaria transmission in the borders and reduction in importation through access to testing and treatment
- Regional surveillance platform for malaria case identification and response coordination (disease and entomological)
- Over US$40M in additional resources mobilized for malaria elimination between 2015 and 2019 through the regional coordination platform
- As part of the Malaria Elimination agenda, the E8 Secretariat is engaging an Evaluation Consultant. E8 Secretariat hereby invites Individual Consultants to indicate their interest in the following Assignment: Evaluation Consultant
- Objectives of the Assignment
The main objective of the evaluation is to provide all relevant information and assess the extent to which the E8 has effectively implemented activities and deliverables as specified by donors in their support for various interventions. The main interventions to be assessed are those outlined in the Global Fund E8 Multi-country Grant (2019 – 2021) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Investment (2019 – 2021).
The primary objectives of the evaluation are to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the following:
- Implementation of The Global Fund E8 Multi-country Grant for Malaria Elimination in Southern Africa (2019 – 2021); in order to enable and accelerate zero local transmission in the four frontline countries by 2020 through the provision of a platform for collaboration and joint strategic programming
- Implementation of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation investment (2019 – 2021) supporting effective coordination and alignment across countries and partners in southern Africa with a shared goal of malaria elimination by 2030. This will focus on the E8 Secretariat organisational strategy and human resources model.
A. Interventions and Targets of the E8 Global Fund Grant (2019 – 2021)
The E8 focus areas under this grant include the following:
- Policy, planning, coordination and management of national disease control programs – Coordinate the regional planning platform and; ensure accountability and progress towards the goal
- Case Management – Provision of testing, treating and tracking services through facility-based treatment and; case detection and investigation
- Epidemic Preparedness and Response – Coordinate the E8 regional response for epidemics through a functional Situation Room
- Vector Control – Carrying out of indoor residual spraying (IRS) in target districts, the distribution of long-lasting insecticide treated nets to vulnerable populations and conduct the training of trainers for IRS
B. Interventions and Targets of the E8 BMGF Investment (2019 – 2021)
The E8 focus areas under this investment include the following:
- The E8 Secretariat serves as a functional and effectual strategic coordination body in the region- Recommendations from E8 Organizational Strategy successfully implemented
- The E8 Secretariat has sufficient staff who have the capacity and; a clear mandate to coordinate across E8 countries and partners – Recommended hires recruited
- Strengthened potential for, and clarity on partnerships and priorities in the implementation of joint action plans to achieve regional elimination goals - Priority actions and recommendations developed for partnerships to achieve elimination goals
- Resource mobilization efforts are monitored at the regional level to advocate for adequate financing for malaria elimination in the E8 region – Incorporation of E8 malaria programs data in a regional financial tracking tool and monitored annually
- Duration and Timetable for the Assignment
The Assignment will be for three months. The Evaluation Consultant will be expected to start the Assignment in mid-August 2020.
- Outcomes of the Evaluation
The outcome of this evaluation will inform both donor and implementer(s) of the performance of the regional initiatives design and implementation; to provide suggestions for ongoing and future programming, specifically for adapting and strengthening future activities.
Evaluation Consultant is expected to deliver:
An Evaluation Report of the consultation and evaluation results comprising: executive summary; methodology; findings; lessons learned; conclusions; and recommendations, with relevant annexes including TORs; list of documents reviewed; and list of people interviewed.
Structure & Reporting Lines
The evaluation will be carried out by an Evaluation Consultant with the appropriate level and type of experience. The evaluation process will be overseen by the Monitoring and Evaluation Associate, with support from the Senior Management Team. A detailed timeline will be agreed with the Evaluation Consultant at the start of the consultancy.
- Qualifications and Experience of the Evaluation Consultant
This evaluation will be conducted by an expert-evaluator, having the following skills:
- Advanced degree in programme evaluation, development studies, public health, or any other social science fields
- At least ten (10) years of professional experience in evaluation of complex programmes/projects including public health programmes
- Experience in the evaluation of projects funded by international donors
- Familiarity with regional programming and multi-country grants
- A high level of proficiency in oral and written English; knowledge of Portuguese is desirable
- Due to the current travel restrictions imposed by Covid-19, preference will be for consultants that are resident in Namibia. Experienced consultants who resident outside Windhoek or in the other SADC countries, that can conduct efficient virtual work will also be considered.
- Interested consultants shall provide information on their qualifications and experience demonstrating their ability to undertake this Assignment. The Submission must be in the format attached to this EOI and can be accompanied by documentary proof (e.g. educational certificates, certificates of service, experience in similar assignments etc.).
- Eligibility Criteria, establishment of a shortlist and the procurement selection procedure shall be in accordance with the E8 Secretariat’s Procurement and Contracting Manual. A shortlist of three individual consultants will be established after the deadline of the request for expression of interest. The consultants on the shortlist will be judged on the following criteria based on their submission.
Total Points (%)
Understanding of Terms of Reference and Methodology
Qualifications (education and professional)
General Work Experience
Work Experience specific to this assignment
Expressions of Interest, in the attached Submission Format, must be sent to email@example.com on or before 13 August 2020.
Interested Individual Consultants may obtain further information between 08.00 -17.00 hours CAT, five (5) working days prior to submission deadline indicated above. Information can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org.