National Consultant - Child Health review as part of RMNCAH policy and implementation plan review, Port Vila, Vanuatu

Organization: Unicef

Country: Vanuatu

City: Port Vila, Vanuatu

Office: UNICEF Port Vila, Vanuatu

Closing date: Sunday, 27 December 2020

National Consultant - Child Health review as part of RMNCAH policy and implementation plan review *Open to ni-Vanuatu Nationals Only*

Job no: 536781

Position type: Consultancy

Location: Fiji, Vanuatu Division/Equivalent: Bangkok (EAPRO), Thailand

School/Unit: Fiji (Pacific Islands) - MCP

Department/Office: Port Vila, Vanuatu

Categories: Health

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Vanuatu’s national development goal has identified child mortality reduction one of the key goals to achieve by 2030. Current indicators of child health and nutrition are below the average of other Pacific countries. The situation of the health system and provision of child health and nutrition services are not sufficiently mature to achieve the goal. Compounding this, the country is prone to various disasters affecting household food security, nutritional status and health infrastructure. The current reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) policy is due to end by December 2020. Thus, under the leadership of the MOH, UNICEF is supporting the review of the child health, nutrition and immunization part of the RMNCAH strategy.

The review will focus on current achievements of child health, nutrition and immunization against RMNCAH program targets for 2017-2020 and define a way forward to achieve NSDP goals to reduce child mortality in Vanuatu. The review will cover not only public health programs but also service provision at hospital level, health system components and possibly disaster risk resilience.

How can you make a difference?

UNICEF has hired an international consultant to complete the main work however, there is a need to hire local consultant to facilitate focus group discussions and key informant interviews.

Scope of Work:

The review will be done using the following methods:

A desk review of documents of relevance to the assignment (from 2016-present). These will be provided by UNICEF.

Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) with selected national level stakeholders, including programme managers, decision makers and partners.

Focus group discussions (FGDs) with provincial and facility teams.

Interactive session with UNICEF to present the draft review and plan get further inputs and clarifications (Q4, 2020)

Validation meeting with the National RMNCAH Committee (Q1, 2021).

KIIs and FGDs will be done using a combination of in-person and remote formats. These will be supported by a local consultant in Vanuatu as well as the international consultant and her assistant.

Under overall guidance provided by the international consultant, the local consultant will provide the following support to the review:

Support the identification of key informants and focus group discussion participants (including contact information)

Schedule in-person and remote KIIs and FGDs including high level officials from the health sector and other sectors

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Conduct in-person KIIs and FGDs using guidelines provided by the international consultant

Support remote KIIs and FGDs

Prepare detailed notes/transcripts of KIIs and FGDs in English

When required written and oral translation from English to bislama or vice versa for relevant interviews

Organize in country review meeting at national level to present findings

Organize in country planning meeting and agree on targets and milestones

In total we anticipate 21 KIIs and 10 FGDs to take place over the month of December 2020/January- February 2021.

Consultant Work Place: The local consultant will report to UNICEF for the period of the contract. They will work closely with the international consultant and her assistant to coordinate and execute the KIIs and FGDs. UNICEF will be providing recording device for the consultant to record FGDs and KIIs.

Work Assignment Overview

Tasks 1. Support the identification of key informants and focus group discussion participants (including contact information) Deliverable: List of key informants with contact details

Tasks 2. Schedule in-person and remote KIIs and FGDs including high level officials from the health sector and other sectors Deliverable: Confirmed appointments as per list of key informants

Tasks 3. Conduct in-person KIIs and FGDs using guidelines provided by the international consultant Deliverable: Detailed notes/transcripts of KIIs and FGDs in English Written and oral translation from English to bislama or vice versa for relevant interviews when required

Tasks 4. Support remote KIIs and FGDs using guidelines provided by the international consultant Deliverable: Prepare detailed notes/transcripts of KIIs and FGDs in English Written and oral translation from English to bislama or vice versa for relevant interviews

Tasks 5. Organize in country review meeting at national level to present findings Deliverable: Prepare detailed meeting minutes on the feedback on findings When required written and oral translation from English to bislama or vice versa for relevant interviews

Tasks 6. Organize in country planning meeting and agree on targets and milestones Deliverable: Prepare detailed meeting minutes of planning discussion When required written and oral translation from English to bislama or vice versa for relevant interviews

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

Relevant qualifications in Pediatrics or pediatric nursing or Master of Public health

A minimum of 5 of relevant professional experience in research background

Must have good communication skill (listening, reflection and verbal) in English and Bislama and ability to comply/stick to research ethics and standards

Fluency in English is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People, and Drive for Results.

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.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered ‚staff members‘ under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

Due to the time different between Fiji and our hiring portal the consultancy may close 1 hour before the mentioned closing time.

Advertised: Dec 11 2020 Central Pacific Standard Time Application close: Dec 27 2020 Central Pacific Standard Time