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Job ID: ABH-013-ZMNH
Title: Zonal Maternal and Newborn Health (Zonal MNH Consultant)
Location: One at Mekelle in Tigray region with extensive travel to the four woredas in South East Zone and one at Hawassa in SNNP region with extensive travel in the five woredas in former Segen Zone
Purpose: Avail a full-time Zonal Maternal and Newborn Health Consultant to provide zonal level technical support to China supported project to improve quality of care for newborn health
Duration: 10 Months
Start Date: March 1, 2020
No of consultants:02
Ethiopia is one of the eight African countries supported by the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) to improve maternal and newborn health services. UNICEF Ethiopia Country Office in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) has successfully mobilized resources from CIDCA to improve the quality of care for newborn health. The project aims to improve the quality of care for newborn health in Ethiopia through competency-based training in maternal and newborn care and management of complications for health practitioners. UNICEF will provide support to MoH, regional health bureaus (RHBs), woreda and primary health care units to increase the availability of and access to quality basic emergency obstetric and newborn care (BEmONC), newborn corners, newborn intensive care units (NICUs), Integrated Management of Newborn and Childhood Illnesses (IMNCI), community based newborn care (CBNC) and clinical mentorship/catchment-based mentorship to improve the quality of care at primary health care (PHC) level in South East Zone of Tigray region and former Segen zone in SNNP Region.
Since the CIDCA grant has a one-year implementation period with a limited budget and tight deliverables, it won’t be feasible to implement through a program cooperation agreement with implementing partners. Consequently, UNICEF prefers to support the implementation of the project directly through the respective RHBs by embedding the project supported activities in the existing approved annual work plan (AWPs). This will be done with strong oversight of UNICEF Field Offices with the technical leadership of the UNICEF Health Section. This is also believed to improve the sustainability and ownership of the project outcomes and improving the competency of the hospital's training centers, instigating more clinical and hands-on training and catchment-based mentorship within the health system. This Zonal Maternal and Newborn Health Consultant will be assigned to support UNICEF Field Office Health Specialists/Officers and RHB on the project implementation as per the agreed AWP. She/he will liaise between UNICEF Field Offices and RHBs, conducting quality assurance on training, supporting mentorship and coaching, ensuring the responsible provision of supplies and equipment, performing data abstraction, and contributing to program monitoring, documentation, and donor reporting.
- Job summary
The Maternal and Newborn Health Consultant (MNH Consultant) will provide technical support to respective RHB, Zonal Health Department, Woreda Health Offices and Primary Health Care Units for the CIDCA supported project to improve the quality of care for newborn health in the life course approaches. S/he will provide technical support for the region, zone and woredas in planning, implementation, and monitoring, reporting progress and use of data for decision making on maternal and newborn health activities at zonal/woreda level.
- Specific Tasks
Under the guidance of UNICEF Country and Field Offices, the MNH Zonal Consultant will:
- Support/assist the regional and zonal maternal and newborn health core process owner (and case teams) and program officer, in planning, executing and monitoring of project activities in the revised annual plan of the RHB.
- Conduct and participate in project-specific training, post-training follow-up, mentoring, supportive supervision and review meetings to improve the quality of care for newborns and review the project implementation and seek solutions for challenges with UNICEF and government counterparts.
- Follow up data strengthening activities at woreda and facility levels, including the RMNCAH dashboard, to improve program performance and monitoring.
- Prepare regular progress reports with DHIS2 and facility data on MNH project implementation as per the agreed timeline of the donor reporting period
- Develop capacity in the health system for further scale-up of activities to improve the quality of MNH services and monitoring.
- Support transfer of skills to the zonal health department, woreda health offices and primary health care facilities with a focus on improving quality of care for newborns
- Participate in regular child survival and newborn health technical working groups, health sector review meetings and supervision in respective woredas and zone
- Conduct documentation including a collection of human-interest stories (HIS) and case studies to support communication activities and ensure appropriate branding for UNICEF and China Aid as per donor requirements.
- Prepare and submit monthly activity and trip plans to the UNICEF Field Office, Health Specialist.
The MNH Zonal Consultants will be hired through ABH. S/he will be posted at UNICEF Field Office both at Mekele and Hawassa, with significant time spent with RHBs and frequent travel to a project supported woredas and health facilities for training, mentoring, reviewing meetings, field program monitoring visit and coordination.
- Contract Duration
The MNH Zonal Consultants will be recruited for 10 months (1 March- 31 December 2020).
- Management and supervision
The MNH Consultant reports and is supervised by UNICEF Field Office, Health Specialists. Technical communications with Health Specialist (MNH) in ECO health section
Weekly and monthly progress report to Health Specialist.
Payment will be monthly upon satisfactory performance and approval by Health Specialist.
- Expected Deliverables
- Ensure that the RHB, Zone and Woredas and PHCs are capable to implement, and monitor the CIDCA supported project as per the revised AWP and the project requirements with strong coordination, networking, and ownership.
- Demonstrated technical leadership to transfer skills to the existing health system staff on the implementation and monitoring of MNH programs at Zone, Woreda, and PHCU level.
- Monthly, quarterly, bi-annual and annual project progress report as per the donor reporting template
- Compiled and aggregated monthly DHIS2/facility report, and field assessment reports on MNH indicators
- Monthly activity plan and performance report
- Ongoing reports of facility visits, training, mentoring, supportive supervision, review meeting, etc.
XI.Expected background and Experience
Education Requirements and qualifications: A minimum of a master’s degree in public health with a clinical background (e.g., MD, health officer, nurse, midwife) with:
- Experience in planning and implementation of Maternal and Newborn health programs both community & facility level (special experience on IMNCI, CBNC, ENC, NICU, BEmONC, QI/mentoring/coaching) required
- Advanced understanding of maternal and newborn health required
- Knowledge and experience of the Ethiopian health system required
- Understanding of and experience in quality improvement in health preferred
- Similar consultancy experience at zone or region level
- Strong result orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets
- >Good skill in communicating, organizing group discussions, writing, and presentation
- Good computer skills, including solid skills in data use and data analysis
- Ability to travels and work approximately 60% of the time in the field
Work Experience: A minimum of 6 years’ experience in planning and implementation of Maternal, Newborn and Child health programs both community & facility level
Language requirement: Excellent communication skills in English and Amharic both in writing and speaking. Knowledge of Tigrigna is compulsory for applicants in the Tigray Region.
Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset
Nationality: Candidates should be a NATIONAL of Ethiopia.
Policy for both parties should be aware of:
- The consultant will not be provided lodging and/or meals.
- The consultant will work in both UNICEF and RHB Offices.
- The consultant should provide his/her own materials, i.e. computer,
- The consultant will use a rented car when needed (provide by the HR firm)
- The consultant will be paid monthly upon completion of deliverables as indicated on this TOR on a monthly basis through the HR firm.
- Policy for both parties should be aware of:
- HR firm will manage all the administrative issues and aspects based on HR’ policies and procedures.
- All remuneration must be within the contract agreement through the HR firm
- No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both the HR firm and the consultant.
- Travel will be facilitated and managed by the HR firm in agreement with UNICEF.
- Consultants will not have supervisory responsibilities or authority on the UNICEF budget.
How to Apply
Qualified and interested applicants who fulfill the above requirements can submit their CV along with application letter and other credentials documents through the ethiojobs portal.
For more information, please call at +251 11618 65 20
Deadline for submission of application: Feb 26, 2020