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Health for All - Behavior Change Consultant

Yangon (Myanmar)

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners ‘expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

Background Information – Myanmar

UNOPS Myanmar is under the UNOPS Asia, Europe and Middle East Regional Office and was established to support, develop and oversee UNOPS’ portfolio of programmes and projects in Myanmar which focus on health programmes and livelihoods and rural development. UNOPS Myanmar ensures that synergies between programmes and projects are effectively developed.

The UNOPS Myanmar portfolio currently includes fund management of the multi-donor Three Millennium Development Goals Fund (3MDG) and the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT). In addition, UNOPS is the Principal Recipient of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grants to Myanmar (PR-GFATM), as well as the Regional Artemisinin Resistance Containment Initiative (RAI). UNOPS is also expanding its infrastructure and procurement services in Myanmar, including advisory services in these areas.

UNOPS Myanmar plays a critical role in ensuring quality services to UNOPS’ partners that meet stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness. It is also responsible for liaison with Government counterparts, Donors, NGOs and UN Agencies.

Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS is the Fund Manager for the Three Millennium Development Goal (3MDG) Fund, a multi donor fund supported by Australia, Denmark, the European Union, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA. The Fund was established in 2012 to provide support for health needs in Myanmar. The three components of the 3MDGF are:

  1. Maternal, Newborn and Child Health care. Increasing the availability and accessibility of essential services;
  2. HIV, TB and Malaria. Support for specific interventions for populations and areas not supported by the Global Fund;
  3. Health systems strengthening.

The detailed program description is outlined in 3MDG Fund Description of Action, available on the www.3MDG.org website.

The 3MDG Fund recognizes that Local Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) often have greater access to hard to-reach areas and underserved communities, and are best-placed to understand the local social contexts in which disease burden is experienced and which affect health seeking behaviors.

In 2014, the Fund launched a competitive Call for Proposals under a new funding window, 'Collective Voices: Understanding Community Health Experiences', targeting local CSOs. Grants were awarded in March 2015 to six lead organisations, each partnering with a minimum of three Community Based Organizations (CBOs). They are undertaking a unique two-stage project in six states/regions of Myanmar (Ayeyarwady, Yangon and Magway regions, and Shan, Chin, and Mon states) that builds on their strong relationship with their local communities and excellent understanding of issues relating to gender, equity, social inclusion, community engagement and participation.

In Stage 1 (USD 50,000), March-October 2015, the CSOs have conducted more than 500 participatory community meetings (in collaboration with their partner CBOs) at the community level to identify the key social barriers that hinder access to health services.

In Stage 2 (USD 200,000) commencing on 1 November 2015, the organisations will pilot a project in their respective project townships to increase access to health services, with four main objectives:

1) To empower women to make personal and family health decisions

2) To increase health seeking behaviour in the community

3) To increase participation and engagement between health care providers and target communities, and knowledge and awareness of their health needs

4) To strengthen the capacity of CBO partners

The "Collective Voices" initiative furthers the 3MDG Fund's contribution to a responsible, fair and inclusive health sector, with a focus on community engagement, to achieve better health for all in Myanmar. This initiative comes in support of the vision of the Government of Myanmar to reach Universal Health Coverage by 2030 and the Constitutional objective of ensuring that every citizen shall have the right to health care. This work is taking place in areas where 3MDG currently supports service delivery and health system strengthening. The findings of this project will be shared with the Ministry of Health, in support to planning and decision making for the health sector.

Functional Responsibilities

While the Stage 2 project activities vary considerably between the six partner organisations, a common theme across all is the aim of improving health knowledge and encouraging changes in health seeking behaviours at the individual and community level to improve access to health services, especially among the poor, vulnerable and marginalised.

In this regard the 3MDG Fund is seeking a Behaviour Change Consultant to support and develop the capacity of the Collective Voices organisations to implement effective behaviour change projects – including providing training, technical support, sharing of best practices and ongoing mentoring to the lead CSOs and their CBO partners as their projects are implemented over the coming two years, until December 2017.

This role represents an exciting opportunity to work in a large multi-donor trust fund, contributing to the 3MDG’s Health for All team and working closely with diverse stakeholders. Under overall supervision of the 3MDG Fund Director, and secondary supervision of the Accountability Programme Officer, and in accordance with UNOPS policies, procedures and practices, the incumbent will:

· Provide initial training (two-day) on behavior change and health - key concepts, models, strategies and best practices - for Collective Voices implementing partners (IPs) and their partner CBOs.

· Develop simple, practical resources and behaviour change tools, showcasing good practices in other projects, for IPs to use in implementing behaviour change projects for Collective Voices.

· Assist the IPs in fine-tuning their behaviour change strategies and approaches, and developing an implementation plan as required.

· Conduct a series of field visits to project sites in 2016 and 2017 to guide and support IPs in implementing effective behaviour change approaches, including their application of tools and strategies developed by the consultant.

· Prepare brief reports after training sessions and field visits, including a summary of findings and recommendations on adjusting or strengthening the project activities as required.

· Provide customized support to individual IPs to strengthen project implementation based on the observations and recommendations from field visits, as required.

· Share the overall outcomes and lessons learned from the behaviour change technical support process with 3MDG staff, donors, and Collective Voice IPs via a one-day forum at third quarter of final project year (2017)

· Prepare one final overall report sharing the overall outcomes and lessons learned.

3. Monitoring and Progress Controls

The 3MDG Fund Director, with support from the Accountability Programme Officer, will monitor the performance of the incumbent in line with his/her assignment against the workplan developed at the beginning of assignment.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education(Level and area of required and / or preferred education)

· A Master’s degree in political science, social science, public health, or other related field relevant to the above duties with 7 years of professional field experience in a context relevant to this position or Bachelor's degree with 9 years of field experience is considered as equivalent.

Work Experience (List number of years and area of required work experience. Clearly distinguish between required experience and experience which could be an asset)

· A minimum 7 years of relevant experience in the area of social development, community mobilisation and behaviour change in a development context is required;

· 4 years of experience in behaviour change projects, including provision of capacity development, in the Myanmar context is required;

· At least 3 years good knowledge of civil society in Myanmar is required;

· A minimum of 3 years experience working with minimal supervision in a complex environment is required.

· Previous successful involvement in health-seeking behaviour change strategies in Myanmar is asset;

· Proven experience in undertaking activities aimed at engaging and empowering local communities, including poor, vulnerable and marginalised groups would be an asset.

· Strong communication and facilitation skills, and ability to establish good working relations with colleagues and stakeholders in a sensitive environment is desirable;

· willingness to undertake regular field visits in difficult conditions would be an advantage.

· Excellent writing and analytical skills is great asset.

Language

· Fluency in written and spoken English is essential.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

(Clear description of measurable outputs, milestones, key performance indicators and / or reporting requirements which will enable performance monitoring)

The 3MDG Fund Director, with support from the Accountability Programme Officer, will monitor the performance of the incumbent in line with his/her assignment against the work plan developed at the beginning of assignment.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education(Level and area of required and / or preferred education)

· A Master’s degree in political science, social science, public health, or other related field relevant to the above duties with 7 years of professional field experience in a context relevant to this position or Bachelor's degree with 9 years of field experience is considered as equivalent.

Work Experience(List number of years and area of required work experience. Clearly distinguish between required experience and experience which could be an asset)

· A minimum 7 years of relevant experience in the area of social development, community mobilisation and behaviour change in a development context is required;

· 4 years of experience in behaviour change projects, including provision of capacity development, in the Myanmar context is required;

· At least 3 years good knowledge of civil society in Myanmar is required;

· A minimum of 3 years experience working with minimal supervision in a complex environment is required.

· Previous successful involvement in health-seeking behaviour change strategies in Myanmar is asset;

· Proven experience in undertaking activities aimed at engaging and empowering local communities, including poor, vulnerable and marginalised groups would be an asset.

· Strong communication and facilitation skills, and ability to establish good working relations with colleagues and stakeholders in a sensitive environment is desirable;

· willingness to undertake regular field visits in difficult conditions would be an advantage.

· Excellent writing and analytical skills is great asset.

Language

· Fluency in written and spoken English is essential.

Key Competencies

· Knowledge Management and Learning

· Promotes a knowledge-sharing and learning culture in the office;

· In-depth knowledge of development issues;

· Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;

· Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills;

Development and Operational Effectiveness

· Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;

· Ability to lead implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects;

· Ability to lead implementation of new systems (business side), and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change;

· Excellent conceptual and analytical abilities and an analytic approach to information management.

Additional Considerations

· Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)

· Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

· Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.

· Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

· For staff positions UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post

· The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

· It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement Contract level: IICA 3

Contract duration: 2 years (maximum 20 days per year)

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx

https://gprs.unops.org

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Yangon (Myanmar)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2015-12-04

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