Call for 'Expressions of Interest' in participating as a member of the '3 by 5' Evaluation Team

Expressions of Interest due Monday, June 13, 2005

Background

In December 2003, WHO and UNAIDS launched a major program of work to help expand access to antiretroviral therapy for people living in low and middle income countries to 3 million people by the end of 2005 (the '3 by 5' initiative). An independent, external evaluation of WHO's work under this initiative will be undertaken in the second half of 2005 and first quarter of 2006. The objectives of the evaluation are:

1. To review how effectively WHO has contributed to the realization of the '3 by 5' targets and milestones, including technical, managerial and administrative guidance and support provided by programs across WHO at global, regional and country levels;

2. To document lessons learnt from '3 by 5', including its role in health systems strengthening, and develop recommendations for future plans and the way forward for WHO and its partners;

3. To assess WHO's ability to effectively, mobilize, sustain and contribute to a major global partnership, including improved harmonization between UN agencies and other stakeholders and partners;

4. To identify potential opportunities for further collaboration between WHO, main donors and partners.

Terms of reference for the evaluation are attached.

The Evaluation Team

Expression of interest are sought from individuals interesting in working on a consultancy basis between (approximately) July 2005 and March 2006 as members of the Evaluation Team.

It is anticipated that the evaluation will be undertaken by a small, external team of five (5) senior consultants (including a Team Leader) and, in addition, two (2) WHO staff members (one from headquarters and one from a regional office, whose role is to facilitate and assist the evaluation process).

Evaluation Team members will formulate the final conclusions of the evaluation independently of WHO staff members. The Team will be assisted by a secretariat based in the Strategic Information, Research and Policy Unit of the HIV/AIDS Department at WHO headquarters in Geneva.

Key Tasks, Deliverables and Timelines

The evaluation team is responsible for the following key tasks:

  • Phase 1 (June-July 2005): Develop an evaluation plan with critical themes to be assessed, methodology and work plan, including the identification of up to 8 focus countries for field visits, a stakeholder analysis and a stakeholder consultation process
  • Phase 2 (July - November 2005): Perform data collection work through desk reviews, consultations, filed visits and other methods identified in the work plan, and prepare a report describing the evaluation process
  • Phase 3 (November-December 2005): Draft the evaluation report
  • Phase 4 (December 2005 - March 2006): Consult with stakeholders, review the draft document and prepare final report

Oversight

An Evaluation Steering Committee composed of representatives of key stakeholders will serve as an advisory body to the Evaluation Team and WHO at essential phases of the evaluation. Specifically, it is expected that the Steering Committee will:

  • Review and endorse the draft Terms of Reference;
  • Endorse the selection of the Evaluation Team, as recommended by the review panel, including the participation of WHO staff members;
  • Review and endorse the evaluation methodology and process to be followed, and
  • Review and endorse reports to be submitted during the various phases of the evaluation.

Skills and Experience Required

The Evaluation Team as a whole will comprise internationally-recognized experts in the evaluation of international public health and development initiatives who have familiarity with the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the perspectives of various stakeholder groups. It should include representation from the NGO sector and an appropriate balance of gender, cultural and geographic diversity.

The Team should have an appropriate mixture of technical skills and expertise in such areas as evaluation, HIV/AIDS, public health, international health, health systems, gender and women's health, reproductive health and community development. Skills and expertise in the possible special focus areas described in Section 3.2.2 of the Terms of Reference would be an advantage. Participation by a person living with HIV/AIDS is highly desirable.

The Team Leader should have leadership and communication abilities and experience with complex institutional evaluations and will be responsible for drafting the final evaluation report to submit to WHO.

Time Commitment

Annex A of the draft terms of reference provides an illustrative allocation of the level of effort estimated by members of the Evaluation Team. Although the specific time commitment required of individual team members may vary, an average time commitment of 100 days is estimated between July 2005 and March 2006, including field visits, participating in meetings in Geneva and undertaking office-based review and drafting of documents.

  • A current curriculum vitae (no more than 10 pages)
  • The names and contact information of three (3) people willing to act as references
  • A covering letter which
    • describes the relevance of the applicant's experience and skills to the evaluation
    • describes the reasons for the applicant's interest in participating as a member of the Evaluation Team
    • declares the applicants interest in participating as a team member or team leader
    • provides an indication of the applicant's availability between June 2005 and March 2006
    • The expression of interest should be sent either by fax or email to:

Dr Yves Souteyrand, Coordinator, Strategic Information, Research and Policy Unit, Department of HIV/AIDS, WHO, Geneva Email: souteyrandy@who.int Fax: +41 22 791 1575 no later than June 13, 2005.

Selection Process

Expressions of interest will be reviewed by a panel comprising the Chair and an additional member of the Evaluation Steering Committee and the Director of the HIV/AIDS Department. Successful candidates will be notified by the end of June 2005.

WHO reserves the right to select the most qualified candidates as members of the Evaluation Team, regardless of financial or other considerations, and persons submitting an expression of interest further to this notice shall have no claim whatsoever against WHO.

Applications from women and from nationals of non- and under-represented member states are particularly encouraged. Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

Please direct enquiries or requests for further information to Ms Uzma Noon (email noonu@who.int or telephone +41 22 791 1835).


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