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Consultancy to revise indicator guide for malaria behavior change communication programs

Consultancy to Revise the Malaria Behavior Change Communication (BCC) Indicator Reference Guide



For several years, the Roll Back Malaria’s Communication Community of Practice (CCoP) has sought to standardize indicators used in malaria communication programs. In 2012 and 2013, several indicators were shortlisted through a consultative process with prominent researchers and programmatic experts from USAID, CDC, and NGOs. Theories of change, detailed indicator reference sheets and illustrative survey questions were compiled into what is now called “The Malaria Behavior Change Communication Indicator Reference Guide.” The guide has been widely circulated throughout the RBM Communication Community of Practice and feedback on the first edition was extensively sought.

The CCoP is seeking a consultant to help the M&E Task Force to incorporate these inputs. Some of the feedback include, but is not limited to:
1) Adding specific guidance on how to select and use the suggested indicators and research questions
2) Ensuring that there is a balanced number of indicators and questions for each of the core malaria behaviors
3) Incorporating additional behavior change theories, indicators and questions.
4) Referring to and using evidence wherever possible
5) Making the format of the guide more user-friendly, such as through the use of annexes, country/project use profiles, re-organization of categories, etc.

This consultancy is funded by VectorWorks, a global USAID-funded project that bridges the key technical areas of advocacy, policy, distribution, monitoring, and communications for increased net access and use in malaria-endemic countries. VectorWorks is working closely with the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) which seeks to implement state-of-the-art health communication to ensure the sustainability of evidence-based behavior change programming. Both are housed at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health’s Center for Communication Programs (CCP).

Scope of Work

1. Review the current guide and the comments. Outline the changes that are required and information that is needed. Flag issues to be discussed. The current annotated draft of the guide can be found at:
2. Facilitate a one-day meeting with technical experts to resolve outstanding questions and obtain necessary information from CCoP members.
3. Review background documents, evidence, and M&E tools used by CCoP members to identify relevant theories, indicators and questions.
4. Conduct approximately 5-7 interviews to collect examples of how theory, indicators, survey questions, and results were selected and used.
5. Draft the revised document for review by the M&E Task Force.
6. Prepare a draft for review by the larger CCoP.
7. Finalize the guide.
8. Prepare a presentation and a brief summarizing the revision process and changes made. A presentation on the guide is available for adaptation.

Deliverables and Timeline

1) Updated work plan, request for information from CCoP members, and discussion questions for the one-day meeting – within 1 week of signing the contract
2) First draft for the M&E Task Force—within 3 weeks of the meeting
3) Second draft for the M&E Task Force– within 3 weeks of receiving consolidated feedback on the first draft
4) First draft for the CCoP – within 2 weeks of receiving consolidated feedback on the previous draft
5) Final draft (Word version) – within 2 weeks of receiving consolidated feedback on the previous draft
6) Presentation and brief – within 2 weeks of the finalization of the Word version


• Master’s Degree minimum, preferably in Public Health or Applied Research
• Minimum of five (5) years of experience with monitoring and evaluation preferably in SBCC, malaria, or international health
• Experience putting in place the nuts and bolts of an M&E system, i.e. consulting implementers to develop and select indicators, developing indicator reference sheets, data collection forms, performance monitoring plans; developing surveys or surveillance systems
• Strong understanding of behavior change frameworks
• Experience working consultatively with technical expert groups
• Detail-oriented
• Ability to effectively edit and write reports and publications
• Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
• Ability to manage time effectively and meet deadlines

Requirements for Submissions

• Letter of interest highlighting your qualifications for the specific scope of work, technical approach to the assignment, and cost proposal (number of days LOE and rate)
• A current and complete CV
• Three references for similar previous work

Proposals should be submitted to by March 20, 2016. Applications will be evaluated on technical approach, relevant experience, quality of references and price.

Organisation Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs

Country USA