Applications Open for Family Planning Measurement Series Consultant

Project Background

Over the last decade, the family planning (FP) measurement landscape has changed significantly. Countries increasingly use a variety of data sources and tools to optimize program implementation/effectiveness and monitor progress. At the same time, many measurement challenges remain, such as how to efficiently and routinely measure quality of care and how to monitor the scale-up of high-impact practices. Advocates and researchers are also advancing new measurement approaches and, in some cases, reimagining FP measurement with greater attention to person-centered measures that prioritize client autonomy and experience of care. Despite these efforts to advance measurement, progress on new measures has been fragmented and disparate, and there are few opportunities for FP measurement partners to connect and align on best approaches.

Within this context, USAID supports the MOMENTUM suite of projects to accelerate reductions in maternal, newborn, and child mortality and morbidity in high-burden USAID partner countries. To advance deliberation, refinement, and consensus in FP measurement, within MOMENTUM and beyond, the MOMENTUM Knowledge Accelerator project, in collaboration with the FP2030 PME Working Group and other measurement partners, will launch an FP Measurement Convening Series.  The aim of these convenings is to highlight key FP measurement successes, learn from measurement challenges, and prioritize needs to be addressed.

The first session will focus on elevating local leadership in identifying critical FP measurement issues and challenges, leveraging the presence of MOMENTUM across country contexts. This convening will bring together 30-40 stakeholders to share recent advances, identify gaps and challenges, and build consensus on next steps to address the measurement challenge at scale. In advance of this event, MOMENTUM will collaborate with one or more consultants based in USAID priority countries in East and West Africa to conduct an initial landscape assessment of key measurement initiatives and challenges, with an emphasis on identifying priorities in measurement availability and utility of local actors and implementers. The scoping will shed light on the extent to which global family planning measurement initiatives are responsive to locally identified measurement issues and needs. With technical support from MOMENTUM, the consultants will develop a data collection protocol and relevant instruments, prioritizing key informant interviews, focus group discussions, and a semi-systematic literature review.

Scope of Work & Qualifications

Tasks and Deliverables

  • Collaborate with FP Measurement Convening Series team (including the focal points at PRB and FP2030) to jointly develop a data collection and analysis plan.
  • Design data collection tools for key informant interviews (KIIs) and focus group discussions (FGDs).
  • Pilot interview instruments forms and protocols.
  • Conduct 5-7 focus group discussions with 4-8 stakeholders per FGD.
  • Conduct KIIs of individual data, programmatic, and policy stakeholders (6-10 countries, 4-6 interviews per country).
  • Data entry (if needed), translation (if needed), and cleaning.
  • Data analysis (following approved methodology from inception report) and translation as needed.
  • Present key findings to FP Measurement Convening Series team.
  • Light-touch follow-up or additional data collection to gather missing information or elaborate unexpected results.
  • Draft 5-7 page report, in consultation with the FP Measurement Convening Series team.

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the subject matter: family planning and reproductive health measurement, particularly in low- and middle-income country contexts.
  • Experience developing and implementing tools and protocols for KIIs and FGDs.
  • Experience analyzing and synthesizing qualitative data.
  • Strong written communication skills, particularly a proven ability to translate and package data for different audiences.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and strong attention to detail.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and resourcefulness.
  • Fluent in English and/or French.
  • Based in a USAID family planning priority country.
  • Availability to conduct activities during the period of September 18, 2023 – November 30, 2024.

Application Instructions

Interested and qualified consultants should submit an up-to-date CV to by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, September 15.