Through the Collaborating, Learning and Adapting in India Mechanism (CLAIM), USAID/India has contracted Panagora Group to conduct a rapid assessment of innovations/adaptations to maintain essential health service delivery in HIV; tuberculosis (TB); maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH); reproductive health (RH); and family planning (FP) during the COVID-19 pandemic in India. The purpose of this assessment is to provide the USAID/India Health Office with a more thorough and systematic understanding of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on essential health services, the adaptations/solutions that emerged (including during the ongoing vaccine deployment phase), the extent to which those solutions can aid in recovery, and their relevance for future programming.
The assessment will be conducted in two stages. During stage 1, the assessment team will identify and quantify changes in service delivery and utilization during the COVID-19 pandemic in HIV, TB, MNCH, RH, and FP. The team will then identify and map adaptations/ innovations that have been implemented to address the effects of COVID-19 on essential services. During stage 2, the team will conduct semi-structured and structured interviews with key informants, health care providers, and, for some interventions, patients/beneficiaries (including users and non-users) in the sites and facilities where the innovations/adaptations have been implemented. The data will be analyzed and combined with the results of stage 1 to produce a final report that includes recommendation for USAID/India.
Responsibilities (stage 1):
- Conduct desk review of existing information and statistical data on the impact of COVID-19 on essential health services, especially in HIV, TB, MNCH, RH, and FP.
- Supervise the work of Health Data Analyst to analyze data on service use in different health service areas, especially in HIV, TB, MNCH, RH, and FP.
- Develop key informant interview guides to collect information on the innovations/ adaptations.
- Develop a template for the inventory of innovations/adaptations in HIV, TB, MNCH, RH, and FP, along with their geographical locations, facility types, and target populations.
- Conduct key informant interviews, including government health officials, healthcare providers in different locations and facilities, health researchers and experts.
- Identify and make an inventory of the adaptations/innovations that have been implemented to limit the impacts of COVID-19 on service delivery in essential health services, especially in HIV, TB, MNCH, RH, and FP.
- Deliver a presentation to USAID/India summarizing the impact of COVID-19 on health services, and the set of innovations/adaptations identified.
- Draft a final report describing the findings on COVID-19 impact on health services, the inventory and short description of the innovations/adaptations and the recommended approach and methods for documenting their implementation.
- Undergraduate and graduate degrees in medicine and/or public health.
- At least 12 years of operational research and evaluation experience in India with graduate degree and 15 years of the same with bachelors degree.
- Experience leading assessments and evaluations, including desk reviews, and qualitative and quantitative data collection.
- Deep knowledge of and expertise in management of India’s healthcare system.
- Professional fluency in Hindi and proficiency in English.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Strong conceptual and writing skills.
Level of Effort
Stage 1 of this assessment will be conducted in April-May 2021. The Lead Researcher will be allocated up to six weeks (30 days at full time, five-day weeks) to conduct the assessment and present the final report. The candidate must be available for full-time work during that period.
About the Organization
Panagora Group is a small business providing novel and integrated solutions in global health and international development. Our goal is to provide innovative solutions that build national capacity and promote sustainability through robust local participation and capacity building, utilizing highly integrated and private sector solutions. Throughout our work, we embrace a virtuous circle of knowledge stewardship, collaborative learning, and application of evidence to heighten and accelerate positive health and development outcomes.
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