Consultant

UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund, Suva, Fiji

Skill Required:, Training and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
13th May, 2017


Job Description

Overview

  • For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development.
  • The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Assignment

  • Develop three community health strategies (one for each country- Kiribati, Solomon Island and Vanuatu) based on the local context (political, legal, institutional, socio-economical, cultural and technological)  and global experiences and best practices.
  • The main objectives of the community health strategy should be: a) a document based on wide consultation and agreement that provides a framework for community based health services; b) a strategy that is embedded in the MoH health system with sustainability at the center of the design; c) a strategy that takes into account the unique multi island nature and complex logistics in these countries.

Assignment Tasks

  • Under the supervision of the UNICEF Pacific Chief of Child Survival and Development and with support from the MCH Specialist based in Suva as well as the field office Chiefs, consultant will undertake the following tasks to achieve the objective of the assignment:
  • Desk review global experiences and best practices on community health programmes in developing countries including pacific island countries.
  • Collect and review existing community health documents, data, guidelines, tools, job aids from 3 countries (Kiribati, Solomon Island, Vanuatu) and review the relevance of the CBH strategies and tools on MNCH&N
  • Identify gaps in community health services
  • Country visits and consultation meeting with the MoH and development partners to understand the real country context
  • Design a community health strategy for each country based on the local context (political, legal, institutional, socio-economical, cultural and technological), global experiences and best practices.
  • Ensure the design is based on consultation and consensus with the MoH in each country and interested development partners (NGOs, donors, UN etc.).
  • Ensure the design includes the community health programme components that will result in strengthened delivery of integrated, comprehensive maternal, neonatal, child health and nutrition services - preventive, promotive and treatment services.
  • The design should prioritise community health services for the most vulnerable families and communities located in remote, difficult to access areas with limited services.

For example

  • Propose country specific community health programme structure;
  • Key interventions with expected results and action areas;
  • Community health programme implementation framework;
  • Propose list of tools / job aids;
  • Mentoring and supportive supervision plan;
  • Country specific costing of the community health programme;
  • Sustainability
  • Monitoring and evaluation framework linked to DHIS.
     

Expected Deliverables

  • Inception report.
  • Gap analysis report (Detailed gap analysis of the community health strategy by country)
  • Country visit if needed- (to understand the local context )
  • Country specific community health strategy (three, each one for Kiribati, Solomon Island and Vanuatu).
  • Community health strategy development will be based on the local context (political, legal, institutional, socio-economical, cultural and technological), global experiences and best practices. Highlighting the following community health programme components by country, to strengthen the delivery of integrated, comprehensive maternal, neonatal, child health and nutrition programme and quality community health services for the most vulnerable families and communities located in remote, difficult to access with limited services:
  • Propose country specific community health programme structure;;
  • key interventions with expected results and action areas;
  • community health programme implementation framework;
  • propose list of tools / job aids;
  • mentoring and supportive supervision plan;
  • country specific costing of the community health programme
  • sustainability
  • monitoring and evaluation framework linked to DHIS
  • Submission of a short reflections and observations report (no more than 5 pages) - format of which to be agreed.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Post-graduate degree in public health, social sciences, human resources or maternal, child health and nutrition related fields
  • Years of relevant experience
  • Relevant working experience in developing health policies, strategies and guidelines
  • A solid understanding on the community based health care services, policies, strategies and tools
  • Documented experience in community based programme development and review
  • Strong inter-personal, teamwork and organizational skills
  • Substantive knowledge on maternal, neonatal, child health and nutrition (MNCHN) issues/ policies, strategies, guidelines, tools, checklists, SOPs
  • Familiarity with information technology, including proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software
  • Previous working experience in the Pacific and with health and nutrition programmes will be an asset.
  • Proven analytical and report writing skills;
  • Familiarity and experience of working with UN agencies is an asset
  • Languages
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required.
  • Competencies of Successful Candidate
  • Good analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.

To apply

  • A cover letter describing how you meet each of the requirements listed above (max. 2 pages)
  • A detailed proposal that includes your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable).
  • Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

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