FHI 360

Consultant (Bridge to Employment Program Evaluator)

FHI 360

Job Description

FHI 360 seeks a program evaluator to conduct independent assessment of its Bridge to Employment (BTE) program to be implemented in Bangkok Thailand from March 2021 through December 2023.

The Bridge to Employment initiative (BTE) was launched by Johnson & Johnson in an effort to support education by communicating to at-risk students that learning can be meaningful, engaging, and relevant. BTE helps young people in secondary schools build solid futures by introducing them to a broad array of careers in health, providing them with real world experiences, and exposure to higher education institutions. Since 2003, FHI 360’s National Institute for Work and Learning has been a partner with Johnson & Johnson in the management and evolution of the BTE initiative.

BTE program excellence stems from using a common core of school-to-career principles: maintaining high standards of academic learning for all students, providing opportunities for contextual learning, creating links with institutions of higher education, and connecting students with adults in the workplace. BTE is based on solid research and uses evaluations for continuous improvement, to promote success, and to measure outcomes.

Each program engages an independent evaluator to look at the results of the program on a yearly basis. Evaluators administer yearly surveys to youth in the program, collect grades and attendance from each participating school, and analyze the findings, submitting an annual narrative report to the site and FHI 360. Additionally, an excel spreadsheet with all data is provided annually to FHI 360 for additional Analysis. BTE Program Evaluators work with the Program Coordinator of the local BTE site on creating an evaluation agreement which includes timelines and persons responsible for various activities. The Program Evaluator also shares results and feedback from focus groups with the Program Coordinator and FHI 360 with a view of informing continuous program improvement and also to report on progress and program success.

Scope of Work

The National Institute for Work and Learning (NIWL), FHI 360 is looking for an experienced Researcher, and/or Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning professional to provide evaluation services to assess the BTE program in Bangkok Thailand- a 3-year program. The goal is to follow FHI 360’s evaluation protocol, and adequately document all findings using primary and secondary data to help NIWL in determining what aspects of the program might need to be augmented to increase student satisfaction, and to ultimately determine the impact that the program has on key program beneficiaries.

Key Activities under this scope include:

• Finalize language on program/logic model to align with outcomes/indicators being measured for the program • Participate in an Evaluation Agreement meeting with FHI 360 and the local BTE program implementing organization to establish timeline of activities • Participate in quarterly evaluator meetings facilitated by FHI 360 • Attend the Annual Alliance Building & Training Session (ABTS) Conference sessions for evaluators hosted by FHI 360 • Customize survey instruments to ensure cultural competence, contextual relevance, and alignment with the Program Model; send final version to FHI 360 • Work directly the point of contact to obtain deidentified student academic data for BTE participants and the comparison group to help respond to program outcomes and assess the program’s impact • Distribute Comparison Group survey instructions and surveys to School Contact • Administer BTE Participant surveys (if evaluator is not local, or in instances where there may be a significant Public Health threat to in-person distribution, the evaluator shall provide surveys and instructions to the Site Coordinator for Administration) o Administer BTE Surveys o Pre- Survey (at BTE student Entry) o End-of Year Survey (Year 1 and Year 2) o Exit Survey (Year 3 or any Exiting student) • Work with Site Coordinator to schedule BTE Participant focus groups • Conduct BTE Participant focus groups o Conduct Student Focus Groups (Year 1, Year 2, Year 3) • Schedule a conference call with FHI 360 and the Site Coordinator to debrief results following the focus group sessions • Provide FHI 360 with raw academic data and survey data files on the Master survey data template provided by FHI 360 • Analyze survey and academic data o Collect and analyze additional site-based data, including student performance data using the evaluation guidebook provided by FHI 360 (Science, Math, Language Arts, and any other subjects the site may be supporting students in.) • Develop and disseminate annual evaluation report to be submitted annually to FHI 360 (guidelines for the report are provided by FHI 360) Location of Work

Bangkok, Thailand, Remote Travel

Only local travel/ground transportation may be needed as part of this scope but is not required.

Program evaluators may for instance travel to the local site to meet with students for the purpose of conducting focus groups sessions.

Timetable and Address for Submission

Proposals are due no later than 5:00 PM (Bangkok Time) on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Required documentation listed below must be e-mailed to: bte@fhi360.org with the subject line “**RFP: BTE** Program Evaluator ThailandQualifications

• A minimum of 5 years research and evaluation experience • Proven experience conducting focus groups with students at the secondary school level • Proven experience conducting program evaluations • Presentation skills and ability to provide programmatic recommendations based on data/findings • BS or MA degree in Social Sciences or the equivalent with preferred emphasis on research and evaluation methods.

** Evaluation Criteria:** Proposals will be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria: Proposals will be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria: • Cost Efficiency- 30% • Evaluation/Research Experience (including academic qualifications and experience working with youth) - 65% • Overall Proposal submission- 5% Proposals are due no later than 5:00 PM (Bangkok Time) on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

Required documentation listed below must be e-mailed to: bte@fhi360.org with the subject line RFP: BTE Program Evaluator Thailand
  1. Proposal (to include) a. Technical Response - a maximum of 4 pages outlining consultant experience (background, qualification and highlights of similar work undertaken to demonstrate suitability to perform in the capacity of Program Evaluator as outlined by the scope) b. Detailed Budget – a complete annual budget for a 3-year academic period (Total budget not to exceed $24,000 USD). Budgets should include cost justification/ budget notes.
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  3. Curriculum Vitae
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