Consultancy for SAFE Trachoma Evaluative Learning Exercise

United Kingdom
29 Aug 2018
17 Sep 2018

Sightsavers is looking for external evaluators to undertake an end of programme Evaluative Learning Exercise (ELE) of two of its trachoma initiatives – the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust trachoma control programme and the DFID Trachoma SAFE Implementation Programme.

Across the two projects, Sightsavers and the International Coalition for Trachoma Control (ICTC) are working in 10 countries in Africa with a total budget of £80 million. Adopting the World Health Organisation-endorsed SAFE strategy, the programme funds: Surgery; the distribution of Antibiotics donated by Pfizer to treat and prevent active infection; activities to encourage Facial cleanliness to prevent disease transmission; and Environmental improvements to increase access to clean water sources and sanitation.

A joint end of programme Evaluative Learning Exercise (ELE) is being commissioned by Sightsavers with the full involvement of the Trust, DFID and ICTC through an ELE steering group. The overall intention of the ELE is to generate strategic learning that will contribute to the body of evidence available internationally about Trachoma elimination, NTD strategy and programming, and the broader health sector. This learning exercise will particularly seek to advance understanding in areas where there are gaps in knowledge and the opportunity to inform strategies and approaches beyond the WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma (GET2020).

To achieve this the ELE will:

  1. Explore and document examples of good practice
  2. Identify what worked well and what could have been done differently

The above will be applied to the following programmatic areas:

  1. Health system strengthening approaches and outcomes
  2. Balance between vertical programming and integration with other NTD /eye health programmes
  3. Adoption of preferred practices and evidence in decision making and programme implementation
  4. Stages of the programme cycle – start up, scale up, scale down, transition
  5. Integration, transition and sustainability
  6. Equity and value for money
  7. Collaboration and partnerships for policy, strategy and implementation, at international, regional and country level

The learning exercise will take place prior to the end of the programmes in order to provide useful insight for the next meeting of the WHO Alliance for GET2020 in April 2019.

The successful consultants will have considerable and demonstrable expertise in undertaking strategic  reviews of a similar scale in the public/eye health or NTD sector. Consultants should have strong knowledge management, report writing, and oral presentation skills. A good understanding of global and African health systems and policy is also required.

See specific team requirements, information about the outputs required, the timeframe and budget, in the attached Terms of reference.

To apply:

  • Complete and submit the attached Expression of Interest form
  • Submit CVs of the relevant team members
  • Signpost us to publicly available reports, documents, websites or publications, and/or attach relevant examples of pieces of work.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 9am GMT, Monday 17th September 2018. Please send to

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, to be invited to the next stage interview on the 2nd October 2018.

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