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Zimbabwe HIV/AIDS Partnership Project & Behaviour Change

Zimbabwe HIV/AIDS Partnership Project & Behaviour Change

Assess the project’s

Assess the project’s progress toward achieving the higher level results as stated in the contract’s objectives(i.e., whether or not the project is on target to achieve its goals).Identify strengths and weaknesses within the project’s portfolio.Provide recommendations for areas and activities that may warrant continued investment, as well as other keyinitiatives and approaches not covered by the project, but which would likely contribute to improving accessto, use of, and quality of HIV/AIDS products and services.Provide recommendations for improving areas of performance weakness.Assess project management structures and provide recommendations for improving administration,coordination, and implementation of the project.The assessment will draw from and build on a self-assessment from the Partnership Project, feedback from keystakeholders, including USAID/Zimbabwe and U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) staff,and key informant interviews with in-country partners. The overall goal of the assessment will be to determine thestrengths and weaknesses of the program so as to inform the future direction of services provided by thePartnership Project. This evaluation will be used by USAID, DFID, and the Partnership Project to evaluate theproject and to determine its course for the remainder of its life.STATEMENT OF WORKThe assessment is expected to take seven to eight weeks. The external assessment team will develop a detailedscope of work and plan of action prior to the evaluation, based on the sample schedule provided in section VIbelow. The assessment team will have three main tasks:1) Task 1: Review the Partnership Project’s technical and programmatic strengths, weaknesses, successes andconstraints, identifying contributing factors. Based on the assessment findings, the team will present impact-levelresults achieved to date, document lessons learned, and make recommendations toward achieving planned resultsin the remaining period of project implementation.2) Task 2: Evaluate the Partnership Project’s structure and management, including the roles and responsibilities ofeach partner within the consortium, and make recommendations for improving overall management of theprogram.3) Task 3: Identify project activities that warrant continued investment as well as other initiatives and approaches notcovered by the project but which would likely contribute to improving access to, use of, and quality ofHIV/AIDS products and services.Illustrative questions to assist in the assessment are provided below. The assessment team should refine, prioritize,and finalize evaluation questions in discussion with USAID and DFID prior to the start of the assessment.Additionally, the Partnership Project has provided more detailed questions by contractual component that theyanticipate the assessment team will assist in solving.TASK 1: Assess Progress to Date in Achieving Planned Results.1) What has been the Partnership Project’s impact and progress to date in relation to planned results andperformance indicators (provided in the Results Framework and the project’s Performance Monitoring Plan)?2) What have been the Partnership Project’s most important lessons learned to date?3) How has the Partnership Project supported the national HIV/AIDS strategy and scale-up of HIV-relatedproducts and services?4) What contributions has the Partnership Project made to increasing Zimbabweans’ adoption of safer sexualbehaviors and to reduce stigma?5) How far is the program adopting evidence-based approaches in scale up of the behavior change program andother services?Zimbabwe HIV/AIDS Partnership Project & Behaviour Change Programme: A Joint USAID/DFID Assessment 33

6) To what extent are BCC programs addressing drivers of the epidemic in Zimbabwe (concurrency and genderinequalities)?7) To what extent is the program addressing hard-to-reach groups such as young people and socially excludedgroups (sex workers, etc)?8) What are the assessment team’s expectations regarding the project’s future progress?TASK 2: Evaluate the Partnership Project’s Structure and Management.1) What were the most significant structural or management challenges (e.g. with regard to project design, staffing,partnering, or funding) faced by the project?2) The project mechanism is a separately managed task order under a multiple award IQC. What were the benefitsand disadvantages of using this mechanism, particularly with regard to achieving project results? Suggest, ifneeded, alternate management/administrative models and mechanisms for consideration in the design of futureinitiatives.3) Have the partners within the project achieved successful collaboration? Are the strengths of each contract partnerleveraged effectively in the project? If not, what programmatic adjustments are recommended?4) To what extent is the program promoting cost-effective approaches in the present difficult economicenvironment?5) How far is the program managing and responding to financial and wider risks? Is the present risk assessment ofthe program valid?TASK 3: Identify Project Initiatives and Approaches that Warrant Continued Investment and Identify Areas ofWeakness and Solutions to Address the Shortcomings.1) What are the key project initiatives, activities, and approaches that warrant continued investment in the future(consider each of the four components and subactivities outlined in the contract)?2) What initiatives, activities, and approaches should be scaled back or eliminated altogether (consider also theZimbabwean context)?3) Identify how the project outcome can be strengthened through steps to address project weaknesses. Whatmeasures should be undertaken to address project weaknesses?4) What are other promising initiatives, activities, and approaches not addressed by the project that should beconsidered for future investment both in the present policy context and an improving policy context (considerHIV/AIDS within the broader context of health systems strengthening in Zimbabwe)?EVALUATION APPROACHThe assessment team shall use a variety of methods for collecting information and data. The following essentialelements should be included in the methodology as well as any additional methods proposed by the team.Pre-Assessment Briefing: The assessment team will hold preliminary discussions (prior to arrival in country) withthe management teams of USAID and DFID to review the scope of the mid-term assessment, agree on the keyresearch questions, and finalize the schedule. The outcome of this meeting will be a detailed Work Plan for theassessment, including milestones and deliverables with due dates clearly established. The Work Plan will berequired one week prior to the team’s arrival in Zimbabwe.In addition to a formal in-briefing and debriefing, the team may contact the USAID management team as necessaryto provide updates on progress and obtain additional guidance on logistics and additional data and informationsources.Document Review: The team may find it useful to consult a broad range of background documents apart fromproject documents provided by USAID/Zimbabwe. These may include documents that relate to HIV/AIDStesting and counseling services, social marketing of health commodities, and communication strategies that seekbehavior change–particularly in increasing public knowledge of HIV risks. The team may also find the PSP-One34 Zimbabwe HIV/AIDS Partnership Project & Behaviour Change Programme: A Joint USAID/DFID Assessment

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