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Aug 152018
 

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Senegal
Closing date: 20 Aug 2018

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, [health]

Background

Progress in the survival of children in West and Central Africa Region (WCAR) since 1990 has been significant. The mortality rate of children under five years has fallen by 50 percent from 197 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 99 deaths in 2015, despite all the challenges the region faces chronically (poor governance, political instability, conflicts, etc.) or acutely (Ebola virus epidemic; recurring cholera epidemic, measles, meningitis, etc.). It should be noted that, despite this regional context, Niger and Liberia among the poorest countries of the world, are very few countries in sub-Saharan Africa to have achieved the MDG 4 by reducing by two-thirds the under-five mortality rate between 1990 and 2015.

Since the 80’s, UNICEF has promoted low cost community-based interventions such as breastfeeding, growth monitoring, ORS and immunization. For over a decade, UNICEF has been implementing community health programmes by piloting, documenting and supporting integrated community case management of the three major childhood illnesses (malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea).

UNICEF coordinated a regional survey on community health aiming at examining all policy documents – policies, strategic plans, implementation plans, and guidelines – of the 20 countries of the region (out of 24) that have a community health program.

This allowed the setting up of context-specific benchmarks and criteria (baseline) for institutionalization of community health systems in WCAR, which will help ensuring monitoring of progress in the region and countries in the coming years. This will also orient community health programming and enforce a harmonized institutionalization of community systems at national and regional level.

How can you make a difference?

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Scope of work

The below steps are suggested for the completion of the consultancy and the identified deliverables:

Step 1: Finalization of the consolidated report:

  • Clean and format the existing data to be presented in annexes for integration into the consolidated report on in-depth analysis of Community Health Programmes in WCAR for easy reference by the readers;
  • Edit the Consolidated report by highlighting, throughout the report, countries experiences, distinctive characteristics, and special case.
  • Step 2: Set-up a monitoring mechanism on institutionalization of Community Health Systems:

  • Develop a regional Scorecard for the monitoring progress of institutionalization of community health systems, based on the identified 8 benchmarks and criteria;
  • Develop a self-assessment tool to monitor progress towards institutionalizing community health, based on the 8 benchmarks and specific criteria (1 tracking tool shared and disseminated to countries).
  • Step 3: In-depth analysis per country:

  • Based on the policy survey, refining the analysis for each country by analysing each benchmarks and criteria that highlights Strengths, Weaknesses and Recommendations (20 country-specific analysis);
  • Develop Country Profiles on Institutionalization of Community Health Systems (20 country profiles).

    Deliverables and Schedules

    The following deliverables will be expected:

  • Deliverable 1: Consolidated report on in-depth analysis of Community Health Programmes in WCAR, including annexes that reflects data and highlights of country characteristics as appropriate;
  • Deliverable 2: Regional scorecard for the monitoring progresses of institutionalization of Community Health Systems;
  • Deliverable 3: Self-assessment/tracking tool for countries to monitor progress towards institutionalizing community health;
  • Deliverable 4: 20 country-specific analysis reports on the Institutionalization of Community Health Systems;
  • Deliverable 5: 20 country Profiles on Institutionalization of Community Health Systems.
  • Timing

    The consultancy is schedule for a three-month period (60 effective working days) and will be organized along three phases.

    Deliverables

    Timeframe

    % budget

    Phase 1

    Finalizing the consolidated report on the in-depth analysis of Community Health Programmes by cleaning the data, integrating annexes to the report, and highlighting countries characteristics (Deliverable 1)

    15 days

    25%

    Phase 2

    Develop a monitoring mechanism for the region and countries (Deliverables 2 and 3)

    10 days

    17%

    Phase 3

    In-depth analysis per country (Deliverables 4 and 5)

    35 days

    58%

    Total of effective working days

    60 days

    100%

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

  • Master in Public Health, Epidemiology or a related field;
  • At least two years’ experience in public health issues in developing countries;
  • Experience in data collection and analysis techniques, especially in the public health sector;
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to clearly synthesize and present findings, draw practical conclusions, make recommendations and prepare well-written reports;
  • Knowledge of the Community Health sector in West and Central Africa;
  • Understanding of institutional mandates and operations of UNICEF preferred;
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
  • For every Child, you demonstrate commitment

    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….

    View our competency framework at

    http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

    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.

    Remarks:

    Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=515280

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