Short-term consultancy - Evaluation of RACS International Eye Health Programs
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is seeking an evaluation consultant (or team) to undertake a cross-program evaluation of two eye health projects, the East Timor Eye Program and the Sumba Eye Program.
About the programs:
The Sumba Eye Program’s (SEP) overarching goal was to reduce avoidable blindness and vision impairment on the island of Sumba, Indonesia, by providing quality ophthalmology and eye care services, including refractive correction, and by building the capacity of the local eye health workforce. In service of this goal, the Sumba Eye Program supported intensive outreach clinics, annually at the main hospital, Rumah Sakit Umum Daerah (RSUD) and provided teaching and training of Indonesian eye health personnel, to support the establishment of sustainable local infrastructure for eye care in Sumba. Program activities were supported by RACS Visiting Medical Teams (VMTs) who undertook specialised clinical activities (i.e. consultations and operations) while in-country and supported the ongoing operation of outreach clinics to undertake patient screening, referrals, spectacle dispensing between visits.
The East Timor Eye Project (ETEP) has been supported under various grants with the unifying aim to make Timor Leste self-sufficient in eye care services by 2020 and help eradicate preventable blindness by 2025. In the early years, the focus of the ETEP was on delivering curative eye care services. This included cataract and other ophthalmic surgery as well as the provision of spectacles to people affected by the conflict. Over the years, the focus of the ETEP has shifted from service delivery towards capacity building. In service of these objectives, the ETEP delivers a wide-ranging set of in-country training activities in ophthalmology, optometry, eye care nursing and allied eye health specialties, and facilitates capacity building of the national eye health workforce through education and clinical service delivery coupled with on the job mentoring and training. ETEP also supports infrastructure development for eye health services and improvements to patient management systems and referral pathways. The ETEP has also played an important advocacy role at the national level, leading and contributing to the development of Timor-Leste’s National Eye Health Strategy 2014-2019 (NEHS) and the National Eye Care Strategic Plan 2021-2050 (NEHSP), endorsed by the Minister of Health in 2020.
The evaluation methodology will be predominantly retrospective and incorporate a process-outcome approach, though it will also look prospectively to review the design to make recommendations for the feasibility and future implementation of the ETEP and Sumba model(s). The evaluation approach should include analysis of ETEP and Sumba program documents, including monitoring and evaluation (M&E) performance data, progress reports and program implementation documentation including clinical and training activity reports. External program documentation should include health sector planning strategy documents and relevant national health sector documents. In addition, the consultant should undertake extensive key informant interviews with partners and stakeholders based in Australia, Timor Leste and Sumba, Indonesia.
The successful applicant will have:
- Expertise in evaluating specialist global health programs with a preference for candidates with experience in eye health programming in developing contexts
- Experience evaluating programs with a particular focus on health workforce capacity development
- Strong understanding of health system strengthening in developing contexts, with a preference for candidates with demonstrated experience in Timor Leste and/or Indonesia
- Experience working with stakeholders within Ministries of Health in international settings
- Experience in conducting mixed methods evaluations to develop practical recommendations for program improvement
For more information please refer to the attached Terms of Reference below.
Details of how to apply:
All applications should include an evaluation proposal that responds to the requirements of the Terms of Reference providing information on the approach, methodology and expected outputs and a high-level budget that details the expected number of days per activity and daily rate of each team member.
Applications should also include:
- An overview of the team composition (if applicable)
- CV of each team member
- A response to the qualification criteria
- Examples of 2 previous evaluation reports
- 2 previous clients as references should their application be shortlisted.