Job no: 519449
Work type: Consultancy
Categories: P-4, Expanded Programme Immunization
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The consultant's task is to develop a short to medium-term strategy and operational plan to strengthen immunization and primary health care services for children in urban areas in Angola with focus on services that are tailored to the needs of poor families in unplanned areas, especially the slum areas (musseques) in Luanda (Detailed ToR provided on request)
Working with the relevant government authorities at the national and decentralized levels in Luanda province, the consultant will have to achieve the following objectives:
- Map and describe current immunization and public health services for the urban population in Luanda with a focus on the urban poor
- Map the distribution of populations in unplanned settlements and their access to health care facilities and outreach health services
- Identify the barriers to immunization and other PHC services faced by urban poor families in Luanda
- Identify the bottlenecks in the immunization services that must be overcome to improve poor and vulnerable families' access to and utilization of immunization and PHC services in the urban areas
- Identify knowledge gaps that require assessments, studies or implementation research to inform the development and implementation of a PHC service delivery strategy for urban poor populations
- Draft a multi-year strategy and costed action plan for increasing population coverage with vaccination and key PHC services in urban areas within Angola, with focus on services for urban poor families in Luanda, including a simple tool kit for central monitoring of social mobilization activities at municipal level. This strategy and action plan, to be developed based on findings within Luanda Province, will serve as prototype for adaptation and application in the other urban areas.
Specific responsibilities and tasks
The work under this contract is broadly divided into a fact-finding phase (tasks 1 to 5) and the development of a strategy and action plan for strengthening vaccination and PHC services (task 6) as follows:
- Submit a workplan for the technical assistance to be delivered
- Conduct a workshop to present the overall exercise, including data collection tools and methods in view of obtaining stakeholder understanding and buy-in well before the start of the assignment
- Conduct a literature/document review and key informant interviews (KII) to produce an overview of the unplanned urban settlements and their populations (characteristics, opinions and expressed preferences) in and around Luanda
- Conduct a desk review to describe how immunization and other PHC services are organized in urban areas; the distribution of health centers and cold chain, organization and implementation of outreach activities, the role of private providers in vaccination and PHC service delivery, assess and quantify as possible, missed-opportunities for vaccination, follow-up and tracking of children who do not return, home-based immunization records (child/family registers)
- Develop tools and conduct Focused Group Discussions (FGD) and Key Informant Interviews (KII) (including identifiable leaders of communities in these settlements) with mothers and fathers of infants and young children living in informal settlements (musseques) and separately with vaccination and PHC service providers to obtain information on how vaccinations and other PHC services are organized, including: formal and informal fees for publicly funded services and private services, reception and treatment of parents from different communities, client satisfaction and trust, inter-personal communication, identify other barriers and bottlenecks hampering service access, and expectations of parents and proposals for how services can be improved
- Conduct a workshop with national immunization programme staff and national and international immunization and PHC partners with the objective to reach consensus on the findings from the fact-finding phase, and on the outline and timelines for the Urban Immunization and PHC Strategy and operational plan development.
- Draft the National Immunization and PHC Strategy for strengthening services in urban areas with focus on services delivery (in an integrated mode) for urban poor families living in informal settlements (musseques), based on the review and consultations' results. The strategy document should cover the areas of interventions, objectives for each intervention area, estimates of effort required in terms of human resources and budget to achieve the objectives, timeline for implementation, milestones for monitoring progress, and identification of knowledge gaps and how to fill them.
- Contractor workplan with methodology and milestones that has been discussed with and endorsed by the National Public Health Director.
- Data collection tools
- A concise document (10-15 pages with an executive summary) and a set of PowerPoint slides summarizing the findings of the fact-finding phase (literature and document review on health services for unplanned urban settlements in and around Luanda. The document should be referenced (documents, data sources including a list with names of people interviewed)
- A concise summary of the findings (10-15 pages with an executive summary) and a report of the Focused Group Discussion findings and Key Informant Interviews
- A concept note, objectives, agenda, background documents, list of participants, facilitators guide and report of a workshop on the Urban Immunization and PHC Strategy
- A National Strategy and action plan for Strengthening Immunization and PHC Services in Urban Areas in Angola that has been reviewed and approved by the National Immunization Programme and other relevant PHC programmes
- A PowerPoint presentation summarizing the strategy components, timeline for implementation, budget estimates and monitoring milestones
- Advanced university degree in the following fields: public Health, community health, social sciences.
- At least ten years of experience of progressively responsible professional work experience at national and international levels in management, monitoring and evaluation of immunization programs.
- Demonstrated experience providing guidance and technical assistance to governments on the implementation of strategies for routine immunization strengthening.
- Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, including scientific publications and presentations on vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization.
- Skills in qualitative research, including on use of data analysis software
- Fluency in spoken and written Portuguese or Spanish is a key requirement
- Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
- Work experience or field work experience in Africa, experience with UNICEF, WHO or international health NGOs in immunization an asset
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.
- Communicates effectively to varied audiences.
- Results driven; able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment and with minimum supervision.
- Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network of individuals across organizational departments and with other partners.
- Ability to work under tight schedule and respond to multiple demands.
- Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.
- Excellent writing skills and demonstrable experience in qualitative and quantitative epidemiological information analysis, program monitoring and reporting.
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.
Suitably qualified candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, CV, signed P11 form (which can be downloaded at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_53129.html) and an inception report stating how they intend to conduct the assignment.
Applications submitted without a fee/ rate will not be considered.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Advertised: 24 Jan 2019 W. Central Africa Standard Time
Applications close: 07 Feb 2019 11:55 PM W. Central Africa Standard Time
Thursday, 07 February 2019