Contraceptive Security Indicators Data Validation Consultant

Chemonics International Inc.
  • Location
    Remote, D.C.
  • Sector
    Commercial
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    May 19

Position description

Chemonics seeks short-term consultants to serve as Contraceptive Security Indicators Data Validation Specialists for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program - Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. GHSC-PSM is the primary vehicle through which USAID 1) procures and provides health commodities, 2) provides technical assistance to improve partner countries’ management of the supply chain, and 3) collaborates with key international stakeholders to support global health initiatives. 

The consultant will support contraceptive security activities under the GHSC-PSM Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) TO (TO3). The globally recognized concept of contraceptive security (CS) is the condition where everyone is able to choose, obtain, and use a wide range of high-quality and affordable contraceptive methods, when they need them, for family planning and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Multiple factors across several sectors contribute to the availability and accessibility of contraceptives within countries, including political commitment, financial capital, partner coordination, capacity, client demand and utilization, product quality, and commodity availability. This year, we are also interested in learning about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected access to family planning and have added a short section on that subject.

GHSC-PSM continues to conduct the Contraceptive Security Indicators Survey every other year, following on USAID’s collection of this data since 2010. GHSC-PSM last conducted the survey in 2019 and received surveys from 43 countries, as well as an additional 7 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2020 through our partner, ForoLAC, a working group of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC). This year, GHSC-PSM is disseminating the survey to approximately 50 countries, including both GHSC-PSM presence and non-presence countries. Once collected and validated, data will be analyzed and disseminated to various audiences and stakeholders to support program management and advocacy efforts in each country and globally.

The consultant will be responsible for working with country-based data collection leads in up to 20 countries to validate up to 20 Contraceptive Security Indicators surveys. The survey is comprised of qualitative and quantitative questions divided into the following eight sections:

  1. Leadership and Coordination
  2. Finance and Procurement
  3. Commodities
  4. Policies
  5. Supply Chain
  6. Quality
  7. Private Sector
  8. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Each section and its accompanying indicators, their purpose, and data collection methodology are explained in the Data Collection and Usage Manual (which will be provided to the consultant). Respondents are requested to answer the questions through a combination of drop-down menus and free text spaces in the Excel questionnaire, as well as selecting the most accurate description of the data source used in the columns on the right. The data comes primarily from key informant interviews with representatives of the government and other sectors within the country. Training will be provided to the consultants, along with a validation checklist with links to various secondary sources for validating the data.

Tasks 

In support of contraceptive security, the specific tasks of the consultant include the following:

  • Participate in (remote) data validation training in early to mid-July.
  • Coordinate with country survey leads to ensure receipt of completed CS Indicators surveys.
  • Conduct a thorough review of each survey and fill out a data validation checklist for each survey.
  • Communicate with country survey leads via email with a list of validation questions and continue to follow up until all responses in each survey are as clear and complete as possible.
  • Conduct a basic copy edit of narrative responses within the surveys.
  • Coordinate (remotely) with the Washington, D.C.-based GHSC-PSM M&E Specialists leading the survey to ensure a smooth validation process. 

Deliverables

  • Up to 20 validated Contraceptive Security Indicators surveys with a completed validation checklist for each (depending on the number of countries responding to the survey and the timing of their responses).

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in public health, public administration, public policy, public finance, international development, monitoring and evaluation, or a related field required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience with quantitative or qualitative research, data collection, or analysis. 
  • Familiarity with global health policy and programs (particularly family planning) strongly preferred. 
  • French, Spanish, and/or Portuguese language proficiency strongly preferred.
  • Language proficiency in English required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

Duration of Assignment: The duration of the assignment will be from on/about July 6, 2021 through on/about September 30, 2021 for 20-40 days of LOE, depending on the number of surveys to be reviewed and the timing of their receipt from countries. 

Location of Assignment: Consultants must be based in the United States, conducting work remotely over email.

Supervision of Consultant: Consultants will report to GHSC-PSM Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

Application instructions

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