HP+ has been monitoring the effectiveness of its capacity development and technical assistance inputs, and the women themselves have been monitoring their individual leadership development and their collective advocacy activities. This consultancy will augment these internal monitoring efforts to help tell a more comprehensive story about the outcomes and the kind of influence the women have had in how youth-specific FP services are prioritized and delivered. The consultant will use the Bellwether Interview methodology for advocacy evaluation. This is a particularly useful methodology for capturing the nature and extent of influence that a group of advocates have on an issue. This methodology comprises of two unique features:
1 The individuals being interviewed are 'thought leaders,' or individuals whose opinions carry substantial weight and value in the specific policy arena. They may not have had any direct engagement in the advocacy efforts, but are good 'bellwethers' of what is happening in the context. 2 Interviewees are not informed about the specific focus of the interview (e.g., "I'd like to get your perspectives on how effective this group of women leaders have been with their advocacy on youth and FP in Sindh. Furthermore, I'd like to hear what level of attribution for policy change that you think should be ascribed to their efforts."). Instead, interviewers provide only the general topic of the interview (e.g., "I'd like to talk with you about the current policy environment and implementation of youth-specific outreach and services for FP in Sindh."). The initial interview questions are general, and if and as the interviewee mentions the group of interest (i.e., the women's leadership group) as an actor, the interviewer asks more detailed questions about the effects of their advocacy efforts. This increases the authenticity and reduces the bias of their responses compared to how they might respond if they knew the interviewer was interested in a specific group's contribution to perceived shifts or policy change around an issue.
Key Responsibilities: Specifically, the consultant will prepare, conduct, and summarize findings from 10 Bellwether interviews. The consultant will be required to work closely with HP+ to identify the interviewees among influential stakeholders in the family planning/reproductive health sector and to develop the questionnaire.. The consultant will schedule and carry out interviews and summarize the findings in a brief written report (no more than 5 pages) and in a PowerPoint format (no more than 15 slides) for presentation to stakeholders.
This position is based in Karachi; travel to nearby districts may be involved. HP+ will cover travel and accommodation costs for any travel outside of Karachi related to this consultancy.
Phase 1 (20th - 30th October):
Phase 2 (1st to 20th November):
Phase 3 (20th to 30th November):
Estimated total number of days: 15