Terms of Reference: Individual or team to conduct assessment of Ebola contact tracing mHealth application

A team of researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Innovations for Poverty Action Sierra Leone developed a study evaluating the use of mobile technology in improving the process of tracing contacts of Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. As part of this study, the team, with the help of a developer, designed a customized application using Dimagi’s CommCare that has been implemented in the district of Port Loko.

The research team seeks an individual or small group of mHealth experts to conduct an assessment of the design of the custom-built CommCare application used for contact tracing in Sierra Leone’s Port Loko district. The review should include, but may not be limited to, the following components:

– Appropriateness

– Functionality

– Usability at all stages

– Security

–  Recommendations on further uses of the app in Port Loko district

–  Any other criteria deemed appropriate by the research team and/or consultant(s)

The research team will support a week-long field visit to investigate the on-the-ground use of the app and interact with end users. After a review of key documents, largely qualitative methods are expected to be used, including interviews with users at all levels, ideally with comparisons to user experiences of the existing paper-based system.

The assessment is expected to be conducted for a period of 25 days, to be completed by September 10th.

Note that the deadline for application is 14th August, 2015!


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