Country: Romania, County Brasov & County Vrancea
Language Requirement: Romanian
Length of Commitment: About 1 year
Start Date: ASAP
Terms of Reference for Short-Term Consultant
Impact Evaluation of Motivational Interviewing Intervention on healthcare workers and immunization rates in Romania
Public Health- Vaccination
The evaluation will serve to assess if the assumptions underlying and objectives formulated for the implementation of Interpersonal Communication (IPC) and motivational interviewing (MI) with healthcare workers were validated and achieved as well as to ascertain whether they positively affect immunization coverage in Romania. The study is funded by UN.
Objectives and Responsibilities
The evaluation will assess the impact of IPC and MI training has on: # increasing uptake of immunization and reducing delays or missed vaccinations among children in the selected GP offices/catchment areas and # quality and effectiveness of interpersonal communication of a cohort of HCWs, community mobilizers (where available), and caregivers.
It is to be expected from the candidate to support the research team in the implementation of the impact evaluation and coordinate the implementation and survey teams in country. The main objectives of the consultancy are to ensure the highest quality standard of implementation and data collection, to preserve the impact evaluation and experimental design and to assist in the investigation and analysis activities.
Activities the consultant may get involved:
The selected candidate will:
Coordinate the implementation team at the local level.
Contribute to the development and implementation of field protocols and procedures and survey instruments, including: field protocol, data quality protocol, pilot testing instruments, and production of progress reports.
Devise performance tracking mechanisms for field staff and use these to monitor performance.
Collect and compile required secondary data.
Support the recruitment and contracting of the operators required to complete the data collection and entry activities. This can include the preparation of TORs, review of technical and financial proposals, and the negotiation of the survey firm budget.
Oversee the operators during the impact evaluation. Manage data collection and coordinate survey field teams.
Provide close, on-site supervision of data collection, while surveys are being implemented.
Compile data as appropriate (e.g. administrative data, community surveys, interviews etc.)
Assist and monitor the MI provider in every step of the intervention by closely following the implementation on the field, in order to ensure targets and timeline are met.
Supervise the implementation of data collection and data entry activities (including helping in training field and data entry staff, conducting random spot checks of the activities, making sure that the data quality protocols are adhered to etc.)
Conduct data cleaning and support the team with data analysis. This includes the review of data files and data cleaning to ensure all observations are uniquely identified and reported data are internally consistent; conduct merging across data files to ensure clean merges.
Support in-country capacity building by helping train local hires and stakeholders in impact evaluation methodology, data collection, etc.
Support the dissemination of impact evaluation methodology and results.
Review monitoring reports and help identify the causes of potential bottlenecks in project implementation.Prepare monthly progress reports.
Help in the elaboration and translation of technical documents in English/Romanian for diverse audience.Interact with the project team on a routine basis
Perform other related tasks, upon request.
Travel in the 2 counties is expected
Academic Degree/ Level & Years of Professional Work Experience: Master in Economics or related field, and at least three years of experience in relevant professional or academic experience in program evaluation, applied economics and development/ health economics.
Languages: Proficiency in Romanian.
Areas of Expertise: Economics, Epidemiology, Impact evaluation.
Demonstrated ability to managing large teams and coordinate complex projects.Excellent management and organizational skills.Being able to deal with different stakeholders: providers, consultants, government, researchers, UN.Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to present position and negotiate with senior officials. Experience analyzing quantitative survey data, is required. Experience with DiD and randomization process. Demonstrated understanding of the technical and logistical challenges involved in designing and implementing surveys.Knowledge of Stata (preferred), SAS, R or other data analysis software is highly desirable.
Supervision Arrangement and Application
This assignment is for a local STC contract. The STC will based in Romania. S/he will report to Diana Pirjol (Project manager) and Nathan Fiala (PI) evaluation, and work in close collaboration with others in the Impact evaluation team.
Interested candidates should submit their CVs and cover letter to Diana Pirjol (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Deliverables and Payment
Relevant outputs will be delivered throughout the duration of the consultancy as agreed with the Project Manager. The assignment will be remunerated upon delivery of the agreed outputs, at the agreed remuneration rate.
Data Confidentiality and Intellectual Property
The STC agrees to handle all data in a strictly confidential manner.
Any material created in the fulfillment of this contract, including documents, data, copyrights, patents, trademarks, or other proprietary rights in and to the work will fall under the exclusive ownership of the Human Data Science Consulting Company. This material may not be disclosed publicly or to third parties without the prior written consent of the Human Data Science Consulting Company.
Public disclosure of research resulting from this collaboration will be based on review and analysis of confidential information and may be published and presented on the conditions of strict anonymity and confidentiality. The use of data for additional publications (beyond those mentioned in this TOR) should be agreed upon with the impact evaluation team (including your direct supervisor, any other researchers involved, and the project team leader).