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Founded in 2007, ABH Partners PLC is a leading consultancy and human resources sourcing management firm in Ethiopia with over eleven years of experience in supporting the implementation of development programs and projects. ABH exists to fuel synergistic societal growth by harnessing local knowledge and international standard. Dedicated to the betterment of societal development, technical assistance and knowledge management, ABH has gained credibility and industry experience in the development sector in general and the public health sphere of Ethiopia in particular. ABH focuses on knowledge management as the enabler and cross-cutting theme across its four major service lines or core competencies: Consultancy, Survey Management, Training and Implementation of projects and programs.


Based on a request from UNICEF, our Client, ABH would like to recruit a competent consultancy for developing level 3 NICU clinical guide for advanced procedure (3 MONTHS)


Job ID: ABH-005-NICU-19


Job category: - Consultancy & Training, Development & project management, Health care  




In Ethiopia, despite the progress in child health over the past decades, nearly 205,000 children die every year before reaching their fifth birthday. Nearly 55% of them are newborns who die from birth asphyxia, infection, and preterm/low birth weight. The neonatal mortality rate (NMR) has remained high at 30/1000 live births for the last five years.  To accelerate its efforts, the Ethiopian Government placed maternal and neonatal health as one of its top priorities as outlined in its current Health Sector Transformation Plan (HSTP, 2016-2020). To increase access of high impact essential newborn care interventions to every newborn, the FMOH in collaboration with its partners has been implementing facility-level interventions as well as community-based newborn care. This includes establishment of more than 190 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs), of which 80 are planned to be level III, providing the most advanced care for sick newborns.


The Ethiopian FMOH through the national child survival technical working group and with support from UNICEF, has developed basic NICU training manuals, treatment protocols and recording and reporting forms.  However, with continued and strong commitment to improving newborn survival in Ethiopia, the landscape of neonatal care has changed since these resources have been developed.  There are newly graduated and deployed neonatal nurse who are specializing in newborn care in Ethiopia and new technology and equipment are available in Ethiopian neonatal units.  The country currently lacks level III NICU clinical guideline for the management of extremely high-risk newborns and those with complex and critical illness, that fully maximize current resources to improve the capacity of NICU staff at hospital level.



The country lacks clinical guidelines for level III NICU that is helpful for continuous life support and comprehensive care for extremely high-risk newborns, including those with complex and critical illness. This package ensures that those hospital staff working in advanced NICUs are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to provide appropriate care for extremely high-risk newborns and those with complex and critical illness.



To develop level III NICU clinical guidelines and job aids for care for extremely high-risk newborn infants and those with complex and critical illness. 



Scope of Work


The Consultant will develop level III NICU clinical guidelines for advanced care for extremely high-risk newborn adopting a participatory approach that involves: UNICEF, neonatologists, senior university pediatricians, neonatal nurse, Ethiopian Neonatal Network, Vermont Oxford Network, Ethiopian Pediatric Society, the FMOH, and other relevant stakeholders to develop, test, and finalize the documents.  The documents will then be submitted to FMOH for endorsement.


Specific Tasks

  • Review existing NICU standards, guidelines, and job aids from Ethiopia and other comparable countries.
  • Convene group of experts to draft the level III NICU clinical guidelines and job aids for advanced newborn care
  • Practically test the clinical guidelines in clinical settings
  • Develop system to track use of clinical practice guidelines and changes in morbidity and mortality over time.
  • Gather input from stakeholders to finalize the clinical guideline and tracking system
  • Submit the final documents to UNICEF



  • The approach should be participatory and scientific in nature, based on convening of national experts and local ownership, as well as global best practices
  • Tracking/monitoring system should be practical and based on opportunities already existing in Ethiopia, such as the Ethiopian Neonatal Network and DHIS
  • The award will be made to the consultant based on evaluation of application that best meets the requirement stipulated, considering experience, quality of the content of the application


Time Frame and Mode


The Consultant will start on 10 November 2019 and submit final deliverables by end of January 2020

Reporting and supervision

The TA will be directly recruited by third party HR contractor (ABH) and will be deployed at the FMOH, in the Maternal and Child Health Directorate’s child health team. The TA will report to the Newborn and Child Health Coordinator, and UNICEF’s Health specialist, Health section (MNCH team).

Payment Modality and Schedule 

The fees for this contract shall paid on monthly basis based on the based on the submission of monthly reports against the deliverables indicated above.


Required back ground and Qualifications, and Eligibility of the TA

  • Proven experience in designing and developing similar clinical guideline (how many years)
  • Proven knowledge and expertise with clinical background on NICU service provision and required man power Clinical experience in advanced care of sick newborns (at least Paediatrician level, Neonatologist preferred)
  • Ability to apply participatory methodologies
  • Fulfillment of legal status, tax requirements, etc

Core Competencies

To be successful, the candidate should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Communication (level III)
  • Working with People (level III)
  • Drive for results (level III)
  • Relating and networking (level I)
  • Applying technical expertise (level III)
  • Creating and innovating (level II)



How to Apply


Qualified and interested applicants who fulfill the above requirements can submit their CV along with application letter through the ethiojobs portal or email to jobs@abhpartners.com   by stating the position you are applying on the subject email. Those who prefer to apply in person may submit CV along with supporting documents to our head office located on Bole road, Behind DH Geda Tower.  


For more information, please call at +251 11618 65 20

Deadline for submission of application October 31, 2019


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