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Evaluation of the Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship – TOR
The Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship (CwPAMS) programme is a project within the Fleming Fund, a £265 million programme funded by The Department of Health and Social Care of the UK Government. The Fleming Fund’s aim is to support countries in collecting high quality data relevant to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) that will then be shared nationally and globally. By supporting the collection of AMR surveillance data, and other relevant data, the theory of change expects we will collectively be better able to understand the scale and scope of the problem related to AMR in order to more effectively tackle them. Its ultimate aim is to see an increase in the rational use of antibiotics, and ultimately a reduction in morbidity and mortality associated with AMR. The Fleming Fund will achieve these objectives through funding a number of projects with a diverse range of delivery partners, each focusing on a specific set of objectives and outputs.
THE COMMONWEALTH PARTNERSHIPS FOR ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMME
Fleming Fund objectives:
CwPAMS contributes to achieving objectives 2, 6 and 7 of the Fleming Fund:
This will be achieved by leveraging the expertise of UK health institutions and technical experts in AMR through working with national healthcare institutions in four Commonwealth countries: Ghana; Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, to address AMR challenges identified in AMR National Action Plans which have already been drawn up/ are being drawn up with the support of the Fleming Fund. CwPAMS is also expected to galvanise action amongst and between Commonwealth actors on AMR, building on existing Commonwealth partnerships and networks.
Twelve health partnership projects (partnerships between UK health institutions and their peers in LMICs) have been funded to achieve these objectives, where NHS health workers volunteer their time to co-develop strategies and share skills and knowledge to address issues related to: antimicrobial stewardship (AMS), including surveillance; antimicrobial pharmacy expertise and capacity; and, if contextually appropriate, infection prevention control (IPC). Key stakeholders include the Department of Health and Social Care, the respective Ministries of Health in Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, other Fleming Fund implementing partners and the successful health partnerships and the organisations that constitute them. Projects have been running from February 2019 and are expected to end in April 2020.
CwPAMS is a collaborative initiative between THET and the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA).
SCOPE OF WORK AND EVALUATION QUESTIONS
The evaluation will seek to answer the following specific questions focused on programme outcomes:
It will be guided by three overarching evaluation questions:
The evaluation will also consider the following OECD-DAC Criteria:
TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
THET/CPA responsibility (including country directors)
The consultant will produce the following deliverables. All written materials must be in English submitted electronically in accessible formats.
PROPOSED TIMEFRAME AND BUDGET
The consultant is expected to carry out the evaluation and produce the deliverables between March and June 2020. All work must be completed, and final reports accepted no later than 19th June 2020. The evaluation will last no more than 25 working days. The Consultant will be expected to participate in one or two country learning events using them as opportunities for learning and data collection. Country visit dates and feasibility of visit will be discussed and agreed during the inception phase.
Suggested deadline for deliverables
|Inception report||By 15th April 2020|
|Full draft evaluation report||By 30th May 2020|
|Final evaluation report||By 19th June|
The total budget for all consultant fees, international and local travel and accommodation in LMICs should not exceed GBP 15,000.
CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
THET is inviting expressions of interest from individual consultants or a team of consultants to carry out the evaluation of CwPAMS. In case of a team, the team leader will be responsible for coordinating the team and for all deliverables and their quality in accordance with the terms of reference. The team leader should be based in the UK but it is recommended that team members include colleagues from LMIC, have substantial experience working in or understanding of LMIC context.
Consultant selection will be based on the following criteria:
Expressions of Interest should include:
How to submit
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Deadline for submission of expressions of interest: Sunday, 16th February 2020.
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