Local Research Assistant - Public Health and Family Planning
For over twenty years, USAID has invested in technical assistance for Jordan on Family Planning (FP) services. USAID and the Government of Jordan (GoJ) have worked together to safeguard the health of women and children. In March 2019, and after more than two decades of investing in family planning in Jordan, USAID decided to use a government to government (G2G) award mechanism as a step towards institutionalization and sustainability of FP programming. Directly implemented by the Ministry of Health (MOH), the Partnership for Health and Family Planning (PHFP) was designed to sustain USAID efforts to increase demand for, and improve the quality of, public family planning services. These efforts support the GoJ’s overall strategic goal to increase the use of voluntary modern contraceptive methods to promote healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies through family planning. The seven-year agreement was signed in March 2019, with an estimated cost of sixteen million dollars on FP.
PHFP was the first mechanism where the USAID mission invested in FP through a Partner Government System (PGS) agreement and was the first PGS agreement to be signed with MOH. PGS awards involve working directly with democratically accountable Ministers and national bureaucracies. Governments tend to be more risk-averse and change-management is often more challenging than in other sectors.
When working with a conventional non-governmental Implementing Partner, typically most or all of the funding will come from their USAID grant, and therefore they are to dedicate their full attention to the project. However, even with a $15 million PGS award, USAID’s funding to MOH is a relatively small proportion of their overall budget, and delivery of the PHFP program needs to be prioritized alongside other MOH commitments and activities. Inevitably this requires a different way of working for both MOH and USAID.
The objective of the evaluation is to assess progress in achieving the deliverables referenced in the Project Implementation Letter (PIL) to date, including identifying challenges and barriers relating to the management and implementation of the PGS mechanism and technical aspects of PHFP itself. The evaluation should provide recommendations for the next three years of the program’s activity and future FP planning.
Under this assignment, the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity (the Activity) will recruit up to three (3) Local Research Assistants.
Local Research Assistant
The Local Research Assistants will be part of the PHFP Mid-term Evaluation team and will assist the Evaluation Team with data collection, analysis and data interpretation. They need to have deep knowledge of the health sector in Jordan, as well as social research skills including the ability to conduct interviews and focus group discussion, as well as have strong skills in notetaking. They will assist in preparation of data collection tools and transcripts, as needed. They will also assist with logistics and administrative tasks, including arranging lodging, transportation, meeting and workspace (as needed). The Local Research Assistants will have a good command of English and Arabic.
Roles & Responsibilities:
The Local Research Assistants will be responsible for:
- Reviewing all related data as part of the desk review from MOH/ PHFP that help in the Mid-term Evaluation;
- Contributing to the development of quantitative and qualitative data collection tools and methodologies;
- Conducting KIIs and/or FGDs with MOH/ PHFP related staff;
- Serving as the primary notetaker during interviews, and the subsequent transcription of all information taken through the KIIs and FGDs;
- Supporting the Evaluation Team in data analysis and report writing.
- B.A in Public Health, Behavioral Change, Social Studies, International Development, Human Development or Related Field.
- Typically requires at least 5 years of research or evaluation experience and study implementation.
- Ability to analyze and interpret data, identify errors and prepare reports.
- Expert knowledge of concepts, practices and procedures for conducting research studies under government regulations.
- Command of data analysis approaches required; ability to use statistical analysis software program (SAS, Stata, or R) or qualitative analysis software (Nvivo, Atlas.ti, MAXQDA) preferred.
- Able to communicate in a clear, positive manner with clients and staff.
- Excellent teamwork skills.
- Prior experience in working with Government preferred.
- Ability to travel between Governorates 25% - 50%
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