Consultant for Evaluation of Medical Mentoring Program

WWO’s vision is to transform the lives of orphaned children around the world. WWO is a U.S.-based NGO that provides medical and psychosocial care and treatment, and educational and arts programs for orphaned and vulnerable children, including those living with HIV/AIDS. 
WWO provides services to encourage healthy development in children living in institutions. These projects aim to address the developmental and psychological effects of HIV and institutional care.  WWO has programs to help integrate HIV infected and affected children into the community and public school, and to reduce stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS.  WWO is expanding its programs for children, capacity building programs for caretakers and social workers, and supportive networks for children and families.
In Vietnam, WWO works with children in orphanages at Linh Xuan in HCMC, Vung Tau, and Social Labor Education Center #2 in Ha Noi (Ba Vi).  WWO staff physicians support and educate physicians and nurses at the orphanages in clinical management for palliative care and ART treatment for children, including treatment of opportunistic infections.  WWO brings experienced doctors with extensive pediatric HIV/AIDS treatment experience to mentor health professionals in Vietnam. 

Purpose of the consultancy:
WWO is seeking a consultant to conduct an external evaluation of the medical mentoring program. This evaluation will be based on the review of three years’ medical records for up to 175 children.  Medical records have been abstracted into Access and Excel based databases. The project will also require on-site review of hard copy medical records. A list of pre-identified project indicators will be provided to the consultant. In addition, the consultant will be required to collect survey responses from former and current program participants. Project deliverables include a written report of findings. This evaluation will be used for purposes of project modification, expansion and grant applications.

Scope of work:
- Site visits to confirm integrity of electronic data
- Data abstraction from Excel and Access based databases
- Analyze cross-sectional medical data
- Assess program performance against project indicators (e.g. viral load, death ratio, CD4 count, adherence)
- Collect and review answers from a survey of participants in the medical mentoring program
- Write evaluation report.
- MD or PhD in Public Health or similar field.
- Previous consulting experience providing summary quantitative  and qualitative evaluations of medical programming, particularly HIV/AIDS care and treatment programs.
- Experience with USAID funding, PEPFAR indicators and Treat Asia database preferred.
- Written and spoken fluency in Vietnamese and English required.
- Ability to travel within Vietnam for at least one week of the three-week consultancy.

The project is expected to take three weeks.

Suggested Timeline:
Phase 1: Data validation- checking electronic databases against original medical records and on site evaluation of practice protocols and sites (including site visits to Linh Xuan and BaVi)- (Approximately 1 week)
Phase 2: Data compilation- consolidating data from several different databases to produce cross-sectional data on pre-identified indicators and reviewing feedback surveys from program participants (Approximately 1 week)
Phase 3: Data analysis and report writing (Approximately 1 week)

The Consultant will work with and be under the supervision of Dr. Le Ngoc Oanh, WWO Medical Project Manager.

Application Instructions
The deadline to apply for the TA position is March 7th, 2011. Interested and qualified candidates must send a letter of interest, CV, and proposed fees to the following individuals to be considered for the position: Ms. Eleanor Hartzell ([email protected]) and Dr. Le Ngoc Oanh  ([email protected]).
No phone calls please.

Salary and benefits: competitive.
Note: Please kindly forward attached job opportunity to anyone who is interested in the consultancy.

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Application Deadline: 
Mon, 2011-03-07