National Consultancy Assignment: Comprehensive Review of the National MCHA Training Programme

UN Children's Fund, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st September, 2018

Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, an MCHA Champion

Sierra Leone’ health care system has been facing significant challenges in delivering even the basic package of essential health services (BPEHS), which translates into the persistently poor health and development indicators. Indeed, the country currently has the highest maternal mortality ratio in the world at 1,165 per 100,000 live births[1]. Neonatal, infant and child mortality ratios are also amongst the highest at 33, 83, and 114 per 1,000 live births, respectively[2]. At an average of 4.78 children born per woman, total fertility rate in Sierra Leone is high[3].

The civil war, which lasted from 1991 - 2002, left the country’s health system with some serious constraints in the areas of infrastructure, human resource capacity, policy and legislation amongst others, affecting the access and quality of care at all levels and particularly for the marginalized and disadvantaged communities.

Series of sporadic outbreak of diseases including cholera, diarrhea and vomiting and most recently Ebola viral disease further aggravated the situation. The Ebola outbreak recorded as the worst-ever disease outbreak in recent history killed over 3,800 people in Sierra Leone and infected more than 12,000 over the course of the year. The health workers were disproportionately affected by this disaster: 296 healthcare workers were infected, and of which, 221 lost their lives including 11 physicians. The high death rate of health care workers amongst others, brought an already weak and fragile health system to jeopardy by further causing the chronic shortage of these professionals.

How can you make a difference?

  • The Local Midwife will closely work with the International Consultant to ensure that the deliverables of the consultancy are met (see Annex 1; ToR for the International Consultant)
  • She will specifically perform duties around assessment of skills and observation for competence around maternal and child health care services performed by MCHA and in line with BPEHS standards.
  • The Midwife will perform duties around translation and interpretation of questions as and when necessary
  • She will collect and analyze information as per guidance and support from the international consultant.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

  • The Local consultant will assist the International Consultant who will lead and guide the Review process. The competencies required from the national consultant are the following:
  • Advanced degree in Midwifery and/or Obstetrics and Gynecology or thematic expert in maternal and child health care
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in maternal, neonatal and child health particularly at primary health care level
  • Documented experience in leading similar assignment
  • Team worker with strong inter-personal skills
  • Strong judgement and good organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Excellent understanding of the human rights-based approach to programming, results-based management, and gender equality
  • Substantive knowledge of maternal and neonatal health issues and community-based health interventions in Sierra Leone is preferred
  • Previous working experience with the UN or development agencies is an asset
  • Preferably a woman

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The technical competencies required for this post are:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.


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