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Consultancy Services

Consultancy services has been a core service offering of ABH since its foundation. ABH’s core team and its networks of consultants’ knowledge of the local landscape as well a rich experience in the area of monitoring and evaluation, program implementation, rolling out national trainings, development of training and IEC/BCC materials, etc., makes it an ideal source of technical expertise for national and international development partners supporting the Ethiopian government in health and social fields. ABH provides innovative, pragmatic, effective solutions by generating and applying evidence leading to understanding what works, where and why. ABH engages in preparing policy documents, technical reports, guidelines, training packages and client support tools, materials in health and social science fields as well as HR and procurement support.

ABH Consultancy portfolio includes:

  • Technical Assistance
  • Program Design and Implementation

 

 

ABH EXPERIENCE:PAST CONSULTANCIES
ABT ASSOCIATES INC.

PROJECT TITLE: Mid-Term Evaluation: Formative Research on TB and Family Planning Services

OVERVIEW: To assess attitude and perceptions that influence individuals to seek or not to seek TB and FP services, specifically in the private sector. The findings of the study will be used to develop effective ICC/BCC materials related to Tuberculosis and Family Planning service expansion.

PLACE OF WORK: Amhara, Oromia, SNNP and Addis Ababa

ABH ROLE: ABH provided overall technical and logistical support.

 
CARE

PROJECT TITLE: Terminal Project Evaluation of Emergency Nutritional Support for Malnourished Children

OVERVIEW: To identify groups at risk of acute food insecurity in East and West Hararghe zones of Oromia Regional State. The teams conducted a qualitative assessment of the population most exposed to risk.

PLACE OF WORK: East and West Hararghe Zones of Oromia Region

ABH ROLE: ABH engaged in recruiting and training data collectors, developing and refining data collection tools, translating questionnaires, in-depth interview guides, conducting review of relevant documents of the project and M & E. In addition, ABH was engaged in preparing logistics for the field work

 

 

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, BLOOMBERG SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS

PROJECT TITLE: Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) Quality of Care Implementation Snapshot

OVERVIEW: The major objectives of this survey was to assess and document the strength of ICCM program implementation, and the quality of ICCM services provided by Health Extension Workers (HEWs). The survey covered 31 Weredas in W. Harerge and Jimma zones of the Oromia region. The primary sampling units were a total of 150 Health Posts (HPs) and the study population for the survey was HEWs working in these facilities. In addition to the HEWs, sick children 2-59 months of age presenting at HPs for consultations and their caretakers are also study participants.

PLACE OF WORK: Addis Ababa, W. Harerge and Jimma zones and Oromia region

ABH ROLE: Provided both technical and logistical support for the study

 

 

SAVE THE CHILDREN, USAID/TRANSACTION

PROJECT TITLE: Qualitative assessment on risky sexual behavior and economic strengthening (ES) interventions for women targeted by the TransACTION program in Ethiopia

OVERVIEW: The aim was to conduct a qualitative assessment of female population groups that were most at risk, targeted by the TransACTION program. Qualitative data was gathered analyzed and a report was produced that validates the emerging relationship between women’s risky sexual behavior & economic strengthening interventions.

PLACE OF WORK: Adama, Mekelle, Debre Berhan, Assaita, Finote Selam and Yirgalem.

ABH ROLE: : Assembling the assessment team, developing assessment tools, collecting data, conducting analysis of the collected data and producing findings reports. All practical and operational arrangements were also provided by ABH Partners

PATHFINDER INTERNATIONAL

PROJECT TITLE: Organizational Capacity Assessment (OCA) of 20 Community PMTCT Implementing Civil Society Organizations

OVERVIEW: This organizational capacity assessment (OCA) was done as part of Pathfinder’s Community PMTCT program and also aimed to build the capacity of the 20 CSOs included in the study. The assessment report also included capacity building plan for each of the assessed organizations. A standard tool was used to assess the overall capacity of the organizations.

PLACE OF WORK: Addis Ababa, Amhara, Oromia, SNNP and Tigray

ABH ROLE: : All logistic and technical support was provided by ABH Partners

 

 

JHPIEGO CORPORATION: AN AFFILIATE OF JOHN HOPKINS

PROJECT TITLE: Qualitative Study on Achievement of Core Competencies of Midwifery and Anesthesia Students in Public Universities and Regional Health Science Colleges in Ethiopia

OVERVIEW: This study aimed to determine the perception of instructors, clinical lab assistants, and preceptors of midwifery and anesthesia programs on the adequacy of graduating students’ learning experience with regard to core competencies. It assessed the current training environments (human resource, equipment and supplies, clinical labs and sites) with respect to their adequacy for the provision of effective training that enables students acquire the core clinical skills in their programs.

PLACE OF WORK: Public Universities and Regional Health Science Colleges in Ethiopia

ABH ROLE: : Review study tool & provide study plan, recruit, train, deploy & conduct data collectors, analyze and present study findings.

 

THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION

PROJECT TITLE: TB Reach program activities & consultation

OVERVIEW: The main challenge was to assess the general food security status of refugee households; identifying preferences and use of food assistance; determining the community asset score of host communities and comparing key performance with findings from the baseline survey.

PLACE OF WORK: Afar, Benshangul Gumuz, Gambella, Somali and Tigray regions

ABH ROLE: : A team of experts were engaged in the design, implementation and reporting of the TB Reach program

 

UNICEF

PROJECT TITLE: Provision of service for monitoring & implementing strategies to improve the quality of the management of severe acute malnutrition (CMAM-IYCF Monitoring Service

OVERVIEW: Assessing the existing CMAM monitoring tool jointly developed by UNICEF and NGO partners, and endorsed by FMOH to assess quality of services. CMAM monitors were deployed to support different woredas under each zone and contributed to improving quality of Outpatient Therapeutic Programs/Therapeutic Feeding Units, strengthening data generation, supply and stock management and increasing the reporting rate in different regions of Ethiopia. The objective of this assessment was to build on the positive results made by the CMAM monitors in earlier years and to ensure the quality of the management of severe acute malnutrition through a long-term agreement.

PLACE OF WORK: Afar, Amhara, Oromia, Somali, SNNP and Tigray

ABH ROLE: : From 2011 to 2018, ABH provided consulting and logistical support with a team of over 134 consultants. ABH was engaged in recruiting, training and deploying nutrition specialists and monitors. ABH also provided technical support in monitoring the quality of malnutrition interventions.

USAID

PROJECT TITLE: Analysis of Areas of Greatest Impact for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH)

OVERVIEW: The purpose of this study is to provide illustration of RMNCH status in Ethiopia by woreda and show where the majority of the burden is related to morality, morbidity and other indicators pertinent through spatial analysis of 15 selected RMNCH indicators. .

PLACE OF WORK: National level

ABH ROLE: ABH’s role consisted of assembling the research team, preparing data collection tools, recruiting and training data collectors, providing logistical and administrative support

WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME (UN WFP)

PROJECT TITLE: Targeted Supplementary Food (TSF) Outcome Evaluation Study 2011

OVERVIEW: Aimed at measuring the effectiveness of the program in reducing the severity of wasting in children 6-59 months of age and lactating and pregnant women and also to measure the specificity of the EOS MUAC measurements to identify moderate and severe acute malnutrition as defined by weight-for-height z-scores and MUAC measurements taken by expert measurers. The study was conducted in two rounds (baseline and follow-up) with three months gap in between, before and after food distribution.

PLACE OF WORK: National level

ABH ROLE: ABH recruited and trained data collectors and collected both qualitative and quantitative data