Plan and Conduct the Review Consultant

United Nations Children's Fund

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

The objective of the consultancy is to provide high-quality technical and scientific expertise in conducting the review of the implementation of the Digital Health Strategy 2019 – 2024 in Tanzania and aim to provide answer to the following questions:

  • What has been the learning (achievements, successes, failures) during the implementation of the country’s digital health strategy?
  • What has hindered the implementation of the strategy to date? 3. How has the strategy/country been able to adapt to challenges and new developments?
  • The specific scope of work is to: a. Assess the progress made towards achieving the strategy's stated goals and objectives, including identifying any areas where progress has been limited and the reasons for this b. Identify the key achievements, successes, and failures realised during the implementation period as per the monitoring and evaluation road map for the National Digital Health Strategy 2019–2024 implementation.
  • Assess the effectiveness of the coordination and governance structures in place for implementing the strategy, and identify any areas where these structures could be improved
  • Identify and analyze the key bottlenecks, challenges, and risks that have hindered the implementation of the strategy, and develop recommendations for addressing them
  • Identify and analyze the lessons learned from the implementation of the strategy, as well as the best practices and opportunities to inform future digital health initiatives
  • Provide recommendations for enhancing the strategy's effectiveness in the remaining period, to strengthen ongoing and propose future digital health initiatives and inform development of future strategy
  • Identify and analyze new developments in the context (policy, social economic changes, global issues/events with local implications, emerging standards, and tech etc) that should inform the next evolution of strategy.

Assessment / Selection Process And Methods:

  • Evaluations: The applicant should submit both technical and financial proposals which clearly stipulate how the work will be conducted. The Financial Proposal should include all costs of this assignment including fee, travel costs, accommodation as UNICEF will not pay any DSA. 
  • Proposals will be both technically and financially evaluated. The technical part will carry a weight of 75%, in which the consultant will put clear his/her technical approach to ensure quality attainment of each deliverable and the consultancy in totality. The financial part will take 25% showing the proposed budget breakdown of consultancy cost for each deliverable (fees, travel and accommodation) and eventual total consultancy cost. 

Location, Duration & Logistic:

  • The consultant will work remotely with scheduled travel to Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, and other regions in Tanzania mainland as appropriate. The validity of the contract will be for 48 days.  


The review will adopt a mixed-method approach which may include the following components: 

  • Desk review: Conduct an extensive review of documents related to the strategy, implementation plans, progress reports, relevant literature, existing reports, progress documents, data sets, and other relevant sources to gather data on the strategy's implementation.  

Stakeholder consultations:

  • Engage with key stakeholders both public and private stakeholders and the digital health governance structures at different levels (community to National) through meetings, interviews, and focus group discussions (FGDs), including policy makers, government officials, healthcare providers, digital health experts, private sector, academia, and civil society organisations, to gather insights and perspectives on the strategy's implementation based on available data. Surveys/questionnaires: to gather quantitative data on the implementation progress, digital interventions per the strategic areas and outcomes  
  • Site visit. To assess the utilisation and adoption rates of digital health strategy and digital health interventions. The selection of the sites will be done jointly with the Government (MoH (Ministry of Health) and PORALG) and UNICEF. 
  • Analysis and synthesis: Analyse the collected data, identify trends, patterns, gaps, and unmet needs, and synthesise the findings to draw meaningful conclusions and opportunities for a new Strategy. f) Data validation: Present findings to relevant stakeholders for validation purposes. 

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

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field, including Information Systems, Public Health, Health Policy, Health Systems, Primary Health Care, Quality of Care, Implementation Research 
  • A minimum of eight years’ experience in conducting and managing policies and strategies review for Health systems and services, including experience in digital-related activities.  
  • Familiarity with the Tanzanian healthcare system and digital health landscape.  
  • Experience in engaging with initiatives and networks on digital health related activities and working with national and subnational levels  
  • Experience in analysing healthcare policies and strategies would enable the person to assess the alignment of the digital health strategy with broader health sector goals and objectives in Tanzania  
  • Experience in stakeholder engagement and communication at both national and sub-national levels. 
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis and report writing.  
  • Excellent interpersonal and facilitation skills to engage with high level policymakers in Tanzania 
  • Proven project management skills towards ensuring timely production of high-quality deliverables. 
  • Documented excellent written communication skills, including the ability to tailor messages depending on the intended audience.  
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with international and national staff at all levels. 
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required  
  • Proficiency in Swahili is an asset