UNICEF recruits 01 Consultant
Consultant for EPI demand generation strategy development in High Risk Communities- Only for Ethiopian Nationals
Job Number: 523775 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Ethiopia
Work Type : Consultancy
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In this context, based on the existing national strategies, mainly the Health Sector Transformation Plan (2016-2020), the national Health Promotion and Communication strategy (2016-2020), the Pastoralist Health Extension Program and the National Equity Action Plan (2016-2020), the Government of Ethiopia has decided to develop specific and tailored regional community engagement strategy for immunization and a detailed implementation plan in the priority regions of Amhara and Somali for reaching high-risk communities, namely agrarian with vaccine hesitancy due to rumors, the urban poor and population residing in rural remote areas, and the pastoralist communities to improve the immunization coverage with equity and quality.
There is a need to engage a consultant to work with MoH and key Immunization partners, in consultation with various stakeholders, to support in the strategy and implementation plan development.
The consultant will also support in providing operational recommendations to the Health Extension Program to help in the review of the community engagement component of the program in the specific contexts of urban slums, pastoral and remote areas, so that these communities have access to and utilize basic MNCH services.
The purpose of the consultancy is to provide technical support to the development of regionally-based and comprehensive community engagement EPI strategy, approved by government and all key EPI stakeholders, tailored to pastoralist communities, urban slums population and people living in remote areas for reaching the under and never immunized children in the regions of Amhara and Somali. Additionally, provide recommendations for community engagement more broadly under the HEP to increase access to and utilization of MNCH services.
Main duties and responsibilities
The consultant is expected to carry out the following:
In support of the regional EPI and communication Technical Working Groups:
Conduct a desk review, bilateral meetings and individual consultations with relevant federal and regional (Amhara and Somali) stakeholders on key bottlenecks for reaching high-risk communities (people living in urban slums, remote areas and pastoralists), from demand as well as supply side; opportunities, good practices and lessons learnt , and any other relevant documents
Organize visits at regional, woreda and community level with a special emphasis on high-risk communities and health structures serving those communities for a proper understanding of the context, the constraints, challenges but also specific communication channels, community networks and opportunities
Develop draft regional strategy based on the gathered and regionally specific evidence and facts, community engagement models, as well as the results of the various stakeholders’ consultations, including M&E framework taking into account the already existing health sector M&E mechanism
Conduct consultative regional workshops with RHBs (MNCH/EPI program, Health Extension Program and other relevant programs), Women and Child Affairs, WHO, UNICEF, CSOs & Development Partners, and other stakeholders, to get feedback on draft strategy and implementation plan, with the participation and facilitation by the MoH
Revise strategy based on consultation and obtain additional input from UNICEF.
Conduct regional validation workshops withRHBs, Women and Child affaires, WHO, UNICEF, and other partners for approval of final strategy, with the participation and facilitation by the MoH
Submit separate deliverables’ attached reports prior to payment, as shown below
The Consultant will be hired as an national SSA, assigned to UNICEF Ethiopia Country Office, based in Addis Ababa, with frequent trips to Amhara and Somali regions. He/she will work mainly through desk reviews, field visits, meetings with key stakeholders and workshops.
The consultant will report to UNICEF C4D Specialist of the Health Section in close collaboration with the Immunization and Child
The consultant will prepare and submit to UNICEF C4D Specialist the expected deliverables by copying the Immunization and Child Health Specialists of the Health Section
Time Frame and Mode
The consultant will be hired for 60 working days with tentative starting date of 01/08/2019.
|Deliverable – 1||Summary of Amhara regional specific evidence on key bottlenecks, from demand as well as supply side, for reaching high-risk communities (vaccine hesitant group, people living in urban slums and remote areas), opportunities, good practices and lessons learnt ( 5 days)||07/08/2019|
|Deliverable – 2||Amhara region draft community engagement strategy targeting high-risk communities including vaccine-hesitant group, people living in urban slums and remote areas (word document + presentation) based on the gathered scientific evidences and facts as well as the results of the various stakeholders’ consultations, including M&E framework (15 days)|| 28/08/2019|
|Deliverable – 3||Amhara region final strategy (word, pdf document + presentation) validated by the RHB and considering the feedbacks from RHB’s key partners (7 days)||06/09/2019|
|Deliverable – 4||Summary of Somali regional specific evidence on key bottlenecks, from demand as well as supply side, for reaching high-risk communities (pastoralists, people living in urban slums and remote areas), opportunities, good practices and lessons learnt (5 days)||13/09/2019|
|Deliverable – 5||Somali region draft community engagement strategy targeting high-risk communities, including pastoralists, people living in urban slums and remote areas, (word document + presentation) based on the gathered scientific evidences and facts as well as the results of the various stakeholders’ consultations, including M&E framework (15 days)||04/10/2019|
|Deliverable – 6||Somali region final strategy (word, pdf document + presentation) validated by the RHB and considering the feedbacks from RHB’s key partners (7 days)||15/10/2019|
|Deliverable – 7||Key recommendations to HEP for an improved community engagement for reaching hard-to-reach communities (pastoralist, people living in urban slums and remote areas) with MNCH services (6 days)||23/10/2019|
The payment will be linked to deliverable as per the above timeline.
Tranche of payment
Upon signing of the contract
Deliverable – 1, 2, 3
Deliverable – 4, 5, 6
Deliverable – 7
Mode of Price Quotation
The price quotation is as stated above, in the summary chapter.
Expected background and experience
A reputable consultant shall be required to have the following attributes:
Advanced university degree in social/behavioural sciences, public health, preferably with emphasis on strategic planning for community engagement, social and behaviour change, or social sciences
At least five to eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience (including several years based in developing countries) in the development, planning and management of strategies and action plans for community engagement, advocacy, social mobilization, behaviour and social change, with a focus on immunization
Previous experience in developing tailored immunization or child health community engagement strategies for hard-to-reach populations is a strong asset
Fluency in both written and spoken English
High-level communication skills with emphasis on effective writing and ability to present technical information
Ample evidence of cross cultural awareness and ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment
Knowledge/experience working with immunization and prior experience of working in the East region of Africa preferable, previous experience in Ethiopia in the Health Sector is a strong asset
Samples of hard-to-reach community engagement strategies, implementation plans, monitoring framework, strategy results’ documentation developed arising from similar previous work to accompany the application might be required
The consultant should work based in Addis Ababa with expected visits to the regions
The consultant will be managed under the direct formal supervision of the UNICEF C4D Specialist in the Health Section
UNICEF ECO effect allowance/payment upon delivery of expected deliverables report approved by supervisor
The consultant will not be provided lodging and/or meals. DSA will be provided
The consultant should use his/her own materials, i.e. computer.
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Closing Date Wed Jul 24 2019 15:30:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)