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.
Level of Effort
This assessment will be conducted in April-May 2021. The Data Analyst will be allocated up to 10 days to identify and access the relevant data sets, conduct the analysis, and draft the final report. The candidate must be available for full-time work during that period.
- Assist the Lead Researcher with desk review of existing information and statistical data on the impact of COVID-19 on delivery of essential health services, especially in HIV, TB, MNCH, RH, and FP.
- Identify, collect and analyze data on service use in different health service areas, especially in HIV, TB, MNCH, RH, and FP.
- Estimate trends in service use before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in India, comparing service use in 2020 and 2021 with previous five years.
- Estimate trends in service use by state, facility type and other categories of disaggregation, in consultation with the Lead Researcher.
- Identify data gaps and quality issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic in India.
- Develop tables, graphs, and other data visualization aids in consultation with the Lead Researcher.
- Draft a short report with narrative and data visualization aids, describing the available data sets, data limitations, and the results of the analysis, indicating main trends.
- Assist the Lead Researcher to draft sections of a presentation to USAID/India summarizing the impact of COVID-19 on health services.
- Assist the Lead Researcher to draft sections of the final report, including text, tables, graphs and other data visualization aids, describing the findings on COVID-19 impact on health services.
- Undergraduate and graduate degrees in medicine, public health, health statistics or related field.
- At least 6 years of operational research and evaluation experience in India with graduate degree and 8 years of the same with bachelors degree.
- Experience in quantitative analysis of healthcare in India.
- Knowledge and experience using Government of India health data sets
- Professional fluency in Hindi and proficiency in English.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Strong quantitative analysis and data visualization skills.