The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to enter into a contractual agreement with a successful bidder and select a suitable contractor to carry out an Independent Evaluation of the implementation of the UNAIDS-CDC Cooperative Agreement: Strengthening Public Health Capacity and Strategic Information Systems (October 2016 – September 2021).
The evaluation will focus on UNAIDS Secretariat strategic information work, as funded by CDC within the scope of the Cooperative Agreement (CoAg), and in the context of broader country HIV strategic information progress.
The evaluation is designed for accountability for results and organizational learning. It will provide actionable recommendations to the UNAIDS Secretariat and CDC for improving the implementation of the next phases of the CoAg. It will also inform improvement to UNAIDS work on strategic information at global and country level beyond the CoAg, and benefit HIV stakeholders, including information systems’ managers. The evaluation will highlight good practices and examples of barriers as well as characteristics of the context linked to progress.
The evaluation will examine the global and country level work of the UNAIDS Secretariat (in nine Fast-Track countries) – based on specific questions, and against the standard OECD DAC evaluation criteria.
The evaluation will be carried out by a small team of independent external consultants (two consultants may be sufficient) offering a mix of evaluation expertise and HIV strategic information/epidemiology knowledge. For the countries where case studies will be conducted, the team should include additional local consultants. This is important to ensure consideration of contextual knowledge into the analysis.
Methodologies will include key informant interviews, country case studies, stakeholder surveys, the use of metrics, direct observation and desk reviews. Established techniques for assessing and verifying the subjective findings from interviews and surveys should be applied.
Expected users of the evaluation results are the UNAIDS Secretariat, CDC, UNAIDS Cosponsors (all levels), and other stakeholders, including managers of strategic information systems, Ministries of Health and national AIDS coordinating authorities and AIDS implementing partners at country level.