At MGF, we have assembled a vibrant and growing community of experts with a wide range of skills and expertise in various domains related to global health, social services, international development, and humanitarian assistance. Our network includes clinicians and medical researchers with with different specialisations, other health professionals such as nurses and midwives, nutritionists, as well as specialists in health management, health systems strengthening, and management of humanitarian and development programmes. In spite of the diversity of backgrounds, all of our people have expertise in at least one of the following areas:
- Leadership and Policy;
- Programme Design, Monitoring and Implementation;
- Research, Evaluation and Learning.
All three areas are key to strengthening the capacities of health institutions worldwide, ultimately contributing to reducing global health inequalities.
1. Leadership and Policy
Expertise in leadership and policy means that our consultants are capable of developing national, regional, or organisational policies and strategies, as well as of supporting leadership and governance at different levels – from mentoring the management of a single hospital to advising a ministry. Some selected examples include: - developing an NGO's 5-year nutritional strategy in Cambodia;
- overseeing the development of the original CHW national training manual for Sierra Leone (2010);
- preparing mid-term plans for various hospitals in the UK and abroad;
- writing guidelines to be adopted by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE);
- writing the 2006-2010 national guidance for emergency care;
- developing curricula at medical schools, both in the UK and overseas;
- setting up policies for the deployment of medical volunteers abroad;
- supporting the preparation and negotiation of dossiers on "Development in Africa" for the 2009 G8 held in l'Aquila, Italy;
- acting as the focal point for the Special Session on Global Health at the recent World Humanitarian Summit 2016;
- advising the top management of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone;
- mentoring senior managers in various NGOs.
2. Programme Design, Monitoring and Implementation
This area of expertise includes all phases of project management, from the initial programme design in response to identified needs to the development of concept notes and funding proposals, to programme implementation and monitoring. Some consultants also have formal project management certifications. A few examples of this type of work include:
- ideating and setting up new projects such as the Manchester - Gulu (Uganda) link;
- developing multi-million GBP concept notes and funding proposals to be submitted to DFID and other major donors (including also grant proposals for research programmes);
- managing portfolios of several million GBP, both for humanitarian / development projects and for medical research;
- Managing the start-up of the first ever emergency urban/peri-urban cash-for-work programme in Zimbabwe (ECHO, €1 million)
- managing a team of 21 international and national staff to implement the Basic Package of Health Services across 10 primary health care facilities in South Sudan (2011).
- monitoring the implementation of various projects part of the health portfolio funded by the Italian Government in Mozambique (2009-2010);
- remotely supporting and monitoring implementation of several programmes across East Africa.
3. Research, evaluation and learning
We consider here both academic research and project-related evaluations and assessments (as well as anything in between). Among our consultants we have both qualitative and quantitative researchers, as well as some experts in mixed-methods research who are familiar a wide range of methods and tools. Examples of MGF consultants' involvement in this area include:
- Conducting health needs assessments;
- Conducting operational reviews of health systems and of health facilities in various countries (Somaliland, Zambia, Canada);
- Leading research groups and conducting research on various subjects (mental health, medical microbiology, morbidity to sickness and absenteeism);
- Conducting operational evaluations of public health centres in India through participatory approaches;
- Conducting surveillance studies on diseases such as Hepatitis E, TB, cholera in various countries.
4. Theory of Change - A Participatory Approach to Making Change
Theory of Change (ToC) workshops for planning, monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment bring together key stakeholders to:
-Develop the vision, identify barriers, challenges and their consequences.
- Come up with mitigating actions and solutions together.
- Agree direct and indirect contributions and roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders.
- Develop short, medium and long term goals which are time specific and measurable.
- Agree tasks and assumptions in the current context.
- Develop causal pathway and the ToC narrative
- Agree areas of impact, lines of enquiry
- Assess direct and indirect spheres of influence to assess impact and learning
- Test adapt and retrofit the model when context changes
These workshops delivered by our consultants are highly interactive and discussion based providing an opportunity to develop rapport and trust amongst stakeholders. The community voice and the participants lived experiences as key stakeholders enriches the whole process and ensures change happen from the perspective of the end beneficiaries.
In the present situation of COVID 19, these workshops can be delivered on line such as zoom.
Regional experience and languages
Most of our consultants also have considerable international experience, having worked or conducted research in over 40 countries worldwide – and we expect this figure to keep growing. We value diversity, and within our network we have people of different ethnicities and religious affiliations, based in various countries across four continents. Language skills are also very varied, with several of our people speaking more than one language.
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